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29 April 2011

Orlando Bloom's Son Named After Ancestor

'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor Orlando Bloom has revealed that he and his wife Miranda Kerr named their son Flynn after his grandmother. The star, who became a father for the first time earlier this year, said that the name was inspired by his grandmother, who passed away when the baby was conceived.

Speaking on 'Live with Regis and Kelly', Bloom said: "I was convinced we were going to have a girl. Because my grandmother actually passed when Flynn was conceived and she was really dear to my heart."

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Personal Ancestry Writer II 98 Update Released

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Personal Ancestry Writer II 98 has been released.

Changes:

• When File > Write Text > List of Tagged Places is chosen, the places are now listed in the format State/Country: Town/Township, County/Province • Minor Locality. (This assumes places are entered in the sequence Minor Locality, Town/Township, County/Province, State/Country.)
• The List of Possible Problems now includes a list of towns/townships which appear in more than one county/province within a state/country. (This assumes places are entered in the sequence Minor Locality, Town/Township, County/Province, State/Country.)
• The About PAWriter window now lists an Intel or G4 Mac and Mac OS 10.4 as minimum system requirements.
• When File > Save As is chosen, the suggested file name is now Untitled.paw (i.e., the extension .paw is added to the suggested file name Untitled).

MayDay at the National Archives of the U.S.

Each year, archives, libraries, museums, and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect the nation's cultural heritage. MayDay reminds us to be proactive about emergencies that affect our holdings. Simple steps to prepare can make a big difference.

The National Archives and Records Administration has participated in MayDay since its inception. This year, Preservation Programs is distributing bookmarks to NARA staff saluting the part we all play in protecting records.

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India: 30,000 NE Manuscripts Digitised, Micro-Filmed

In all, 30,000 manuscripts from the NE region have been digitised and micro-filmed by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). The IGNCA has also digitally photo-documented both the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected and non-protected monuments in the NE States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.

This was disclosed by Dr Ramesh C Gaur, Librarian and Head of the Kalanidhi Division of the IGNCA. He was speaking to this newspaper on the sidelines of a three-day seminar on status of digitisation, digital preservation and access to libraries and archives in the NE India that got under way here today.

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28 April 2011

DNA Solves Family Mystery of Lost World War I Soldier

Julie Hunt knew her great-uncle was killed in World War I and that his body had never been found. But what she could never have imagined was that her grandfather’s brother Matthew Hepple finally would be formally identified through DNA testing.

He was one of hundreds of Australian soldiers whose remains were found 95 years after their death, buried at Fromelles. Not only did this bring closure for Ms Hunt and solve a long family mystery but it also gave her the opportunity to meet distant relatives for the first time.

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Royal Wedding: Prince William 'Has Middleton Ancestry'

A heritage consultant who was trying to establish if Kate Middleton had Scottish roots has found an ancestral link to Prince William instead. Gordon Casely, who is based in Aberdeen, said he found Prince William was a direct descendant of a "hard-drinking" 17th century Middleton from Aberdeenshire.

Mr Casely claimed the prince's lineage could be traced back to John Middleton, the son of a laird from the parish of Luthermuir. Middleton's daughter went on to marry an ancestor of Prince William's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

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Hunt Begins in Florence, Italy, for Mona Lisa Model

A team of researchers in Italy has begun a search for the tomb of a woman who may have been the model for Leonardo Da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa. The team is using a special radar device at the convent in the city of Florence where it thinks the body of the woman, Lisa Gherardini, is buried.

It hopes to find skull fragments and to try to create a facial reconstruction. The identity of the enigmatic Mona Lisa remains one of the great mysteries of the art world.

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27 April 2011

TMG Utility 7.1 Build 2 Update Released

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TMG Utility 7.1 Build 2 has been released.

Changes:

• Added the Change Citation Parts feature
• Added Create folder report option to the Verify Exhibit Paths feature
• Added Retain if has citation option to the Delete Tags by Type feature
• Removed the Change Citations feature; it has been replaced by Change Citation Parts
• Modified the log file contents for the Verify Exhibit Paths feature as part of adding the Create folder report option
• Changed the Choose External Image Exhibit window to be resizable

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110425 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110425 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Release of Slovak report language translation.
• Improved: Czech report language translation.

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.77 Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.77 has been released.

Changes:

• Book Reports - The Compiler info at the bottom of the Table of Contents pages is now in the same position as the remainder of the report. (It was previously different because there were no page numbers on ToC pages.)
• Book Reports - When using some fonts, the leaders were not going all the way across the page. Fixed.
• Book Reports - With no Event subtitle phrase, there was no space between the first two events in the list. Fixed.
• Chronology View - Fixed some capitalization issues for Spouse lines.

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New Website to Trace Origins of Enslaved Africans

Little is known of the ancestry of Africans pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A new website, launched at Emory University this week, aims to change that. The African-Origins (http://www.african-origins.org) website provides a rare glimpse of the identities of Africans aboard early nineteenth-century slaving vessels, and through this information, the possibility of tracing the origins of millions of other Africans forcibly transported to the Americas. Public participation will be critical to piecing together this missing history.

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26 April 2011

Rare Brunswick, Australia, WWI Photos Unearthed

A recently unearthed collection of rare WWI photographs has shed new light on Brunswick’s wartime history. The 750 glass plate and glass negative collection features several telling images of the era including rare photographs of local soldiers on the eve of their departure and on their return to the suburb.

One such image, which is known to historians, shows a room full of Brunswick soldiers from the 1st Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force at a farewell dinner on September 9, 1914 just before being shipped off to war in Europe.

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Titanic's Unknown Child Given New, Final Identity

Five days after the passenger ship the Titanic sank, the crew of the rescue ship Mackay-Bennett pulled the body of a fair-haired, roughly 2-year-old boy out of the Atlantic Ocean on April 21, 1912. Along with many other victims, his body went to a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the crew of the Mackay-Bennett had a headstone dedicated to the "unknown child" placed over his grave.

When it sank, the Titanic took the lives of 1,497 of the 2,209 people aboard with it. Some bodies were recovered, but names remained elusive, while others are still missing. But researchers believe that they have finally resolved the identity of the unknown child -- concluding that he was 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England.

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25 April 2011

GeneaNet: Data Privacy

When creating your GeneaNet Online Family Tree and when uploading a new GEDCOM file, you will be asked for the configuration of your privacy options: Semi-Public, Private or Public.

You can change your privacy options at any time by clicking ‘Privacy’ in the ‘Online Family Tree’ tab:

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22 April 2011

Library of Birmingham Boosted by Important 19th Century Photography Collection

A collection of rare photographs from the first photography commission for a Royal trip abroad has been purchased by Birmingham Library and Archive Services. Taken by the pioneering British photographer Francis Bedford (1816-1894), they chronicle the ‘Tour in the East’ made in 1862 by the Prince of Wales, (the late Edward VII).

Bedford became the first official photographer to accompany a member of the British Royal Family when he was invited to travel as part of the entourage of the Prince of Wales on a ‘Tour In The East’ which covered Athens, Corfu, Constantinople, Tripoli, Egypt, Syria and the Holy Land.

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Amsterdam to Mark Homes Where Jews Lived in WWII

A commemoration committee is asking thousands of Amsterdam homeowners to mark their houses if a former Jewish resident was arrested or deported to Nazi death camps during World War II.

The May 4-5 Committee, named for the date of the Netherlands' liberation from German occupation in 1945, made posters available Friday for display in windows of the former Jewish homes. The poster reads: "1 of the 21,662 houses where Jews lived who were murdered in World War II."

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TMG Utility 7.1 build 0 Update Released

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TMG Utility 7.1 build 0 has been released.

Enhancements:

• Added the Change Citation Parts feature
• Added Create folder report option to the Verify Exhibit Paths feature
• Added Retain if has citation option to the Delete Tags by Type feature

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 4 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 4 has been released.

Changes:

• Database migration fixed for users migrating from MacFamilyTree 5.x
• Fixes for the Web Export
• Localization updates

Branches 1.2.0.3 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.0.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Adaptive Zoom – names, events, source citations, multimedia items and notes are re-formatted to remain under the cursor while zooming.
• GEDCOM import has been enhanced to allow import of large files Faster data changes, even with large files.
• Faster zooming of high resolution images Faster database loading

Secret Transcripts Reveal the Inner Workings of Soldiers' Minds

When German historian Sönke Neitzel ran across a bundle of documents in Britain's National Archives in 2001, he could hardly believe his eyes: He had found transcripts of conversations between German soldiers secretly recorded while they were being held as prisoners of war during World War II. These were private conversations between soldiers who didn't know that a third party was listening to and transcribing their every word.

Their British and American captors had hoped these conversations would provide them with militarily useful information. But they learned little about weapons depots or secret weapons. Most of what the transcripts reveal is what everyday life is like for the foot soldiers in a war, as they fight, kill, and die.

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21 April 2011

Australian Soldiers Missing Since WW1 in France Are Being Reburied After Discovery

The remains of Australian war dead are being uncovered by farmers in France and Belgium and immediately reburied to avoid red tape and delays - and there is nothing authorities can do about it.

The fields of Flanders and the Somme are littered with the remains of more than 10,800 Diggers from five Divisions of the First Australian Imperial Force, still listed as Missing in Action from the carnage of the Western Front from 1916 to 1918.

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North Carolina State Archives Offers Suggestions for Saving Storm-Damaged Documents

Gov. Bev Perdue requested a Disaster Declaration for 18 North Carolina counties touched by fierce thunderstorms this past weekend, and 10 have been declared disaster areas by the federal government. This is a time for all citizens to get their emergency plans and supply kits ready for the summer storm season.

The North Carolina State Archives, Department of Cultural Resources, recommends the following suggestions from Heritage Preservation (www.heritagepreservation.org).

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20 April 2011

Bee Docs' Timeline 3D 3.0.27 Update Released

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Bee Docs' Timeline 3D 3.0.27 has been released.

Changes:

• This update fixes some serious bugs that were affecting customers using Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5). It also has other stability and usability fixes for all customers.

CIA Declassifies Documents for Secret Ink Recipes

The Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday declassified six World War I-era documents -- the oldest classified documents held by the spy agency -- containing the ingredients used to create invisible ink.

The formulas, which date from 1917 and 1918 and were the CIA's oldest classified documents, were apparently so sensitive that as late as 1976 the agency decided against releasing the information.

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How Do You Get a Coat of Arms?

A coat of arms has been granted to Kate Middleton's family ahead of the royal wedding. How do you acquire such a design? Her parents may have been an ex-flight dispatcher and a former air stewardess descended from a miner, but an absence of noble blood has not prevented the family of Kate Middleton having a coat of arms drawn up for them.

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WWI Postcard Found in Cambridgeshire Returned to Family

A postcard lost by a World War I soldier being treated in a village hall hospital has been returned to relatives. Carpenters Alan Payne and Jason Grant found Private Edward Wolstencroft's card in December while working in the hall at Shepreth, Cambridgeshire.

Amateur genealogist Chris East located the man's nephew, Paul Wolstencroft, in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire. He was presented with the card during a special exhibition in Shepreth. The card was handed over to Mr Wolstencroft, who is in his 60s, by villager Eve Hardman, 82, whose grandmother Flora Pearce was a nurse at the hospital.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110419 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110419 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved: Nicknames (marked by "*") are now automatically extracted from NAME tags created by MinSläkt (another leading Swedish genealogy program).

Searching Daughters of the American Revolution Databases is Free to Public

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been digitizing materials the society has collected since its formation in 1890. The material is now available on its website at www.dar.org. Searching the databases is free. Only information of a genealogical and historical nature is available. Information for living DAR members is restricted.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney Ancestors Revealed as Liverpool Records Office Documents Go Online

John Lennon and Paul McCartney made history with their many famous records.Now their ancestors are to have their moment in the spotlight, when their baptism and marriage records go online for the first time.

They are included in a collection of more than 3m historic Šdocuments from the Liverpool Record Office, which are being made available for the first time from today. The collection spans almost 500 years and offer a unique insight into the city’s history and people. The records show each of Lennon’s grandparents’ baptism records and their marriage record, and McCartney’s grandparents’ marriage record.

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110419 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110419 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: A further incidence of incorrect maintenance of "Referenced by" back-links when a Source citation is deleted. (These links will be recreated automatically the first time this build is run.)
• Fixed: The display of preferred images in the main window when one of the original images is smaller then 72x91 pixels.

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts: New Website Will Benefit the World War I Memorial

The 80-year-old World War One Memorial at Shrewsbury's Beal Elementary School, named in honor of Maj. Howard W. Beal, (a Shrewsbury resident who practiced medicine in Worcester and was killed in action on the Western Front in July 1918) has deteriorated beyond repair due to the ravages of time and weather.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with several interested citizens in the community have decided to address this problem by forming The World War I Building Committee. The goal is to raise the needed funds to build a new memorial.

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My Family Tree 1.0.5.0 Update Released

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My Family Tree 1.0.5.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed problem with file corruption on save.

Soldier's Bible Found on WWI Battlefield Returned

A Bible found on a battlefield during World War I has been returned to the family of its former owner. British soldier Herbert Hodgson found the book when he was fighting in Flanders, Belgium, in 1918. He kept it until he died in 1974.

Mr Hodgson's sons Bernard and David, from Crawley in West Sussex, traced the soldier from the service number written across the top of some of the pages. They found the Bible belonged to New Zealander Richard Cook.

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 3 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 3 has been released.

Changes:

• Localization Updates
• Fixes in the My Tree Edit Pane
• Stability improvements for Mac OS X Lion

19 April 2011

Online Map for Australian Diggers

A new online map launched by the National Archives of Australia shows the home towns of World War I diggers and allows people to view individual service records, build tributes, or attach memories to an online scrapbook.

The web map, entitled Mapping Our Anzacs, allows researchers or community members to start at an area and find all the diggers from that area. Previous to this, researchers had to start with a name, rather than a place. Now, any interested community member can quickly find all the diggers that were born or enlisted in their town.

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LTools 1.3.11 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.11 has been released.

Changes:

• Find Unattached Multimedia – added error messages for referential integrity database errors. These error messages will suggest running a Check/Repair in Legacy to try to correct the database errors.

Cemeteries Offer Fascinating Look Into the Past

“Dead men tell no tales but their tombstones do,” wrote Tom Weil in “The Cemetery Book.” Asked why she describes herself as a “cemetery junkie,” Rommy Lopat, of Lake Forest, said, “The history, landscaping, architecture, sculpture, genealogy — all of the above.

“They’re nice places to visit. And you meet some very interesting people there.” Thanks to the Internet, Lopat is connected to people who share her sentiments. “I’ve taken dozens of pictures of gravestones and posted them online,” she said. “But that’s nothing. There are people out there who have posted thousands.”

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18 April 2011

Edit your GeneaNet Account

EN-geneanet-emails-00.jpgGeneaNet is a collaborative genealogy website so you may want to introduce yourself and let other members know who you are: email address, picture, some words about your family tree, etc.

Select the ‘Account’ item in the drop down menu at the top right of the screen.

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15 April 2011

My Family Tree 1.0.2.0 Update Released

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My Family Tree 1.0.2.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Scrollable timeline view.
• Application settings preserved when updating the program.
• Application preserves state and window size/position.
• Added file description text to My Family Tree main window summary bar.
• Added option to hide summary bar.
• Improvements to full screen mode.
• Optimised executable size.
• Added support for the My Family Tree Language Pack.
• Digitally signed the installer and executable.
• Operating system information and .NET version information now displayed in the About dialog.
• Some fixes.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110411 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110411 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Preference option to protect a PDF report such that it may only be viewed and printed.
• New: Capability to add a logo and/or text to the bottom of the front page of each volume. (See "Section Customization" in the help file.)

Branches 1.2.0.2 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Major update Adaptive Zoom – names, events, source citations, multimedia items and notes are re-formatted to remain under the cursor while zooming GEDCOM import has been enhanced to allow import of large files Faster data changes, even with large files Faster zooming of high resolution images.
• Faster database loading.

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.75 Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.75 has been released.

Fixes:

• FamilySearch - Fixed a display problem with possible duplicates.
• Pictures - Choosing Tagged-Preferred pictures to show on Pedigree, Descendant, and Chronology Views now honors the tag setting.

Behold 0.99.20 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.20 beta has been released.

Fixes:

• Get the keyboard shortcuts working again. They got broken in 0.99.19
• Fix: Show file type "unknown" for .ged files without a HEAD record, and as "Behold log" for log
• Fix: Prevent abend when trying to update Behold when it is currently being updated in another window.
• Fix: Ensure that report options are not saved into the Registry. They are only saved into Behold files.

World's Oldest Man Walter Breuning Dies in US Aged 114

The world's certified oldest man, whose advice to others included the observation "you're born to die", has passed away aged 114 in the US.Walter Breuning was old enough to remember his grandfather recounting his part in the slaughter of the American Civil War, during the 1860s.

In his final years in Montana, he was passionate about ending two modern wars, those in Iraq and Afghanistan. His long good health he put down to a strict regime of two meals a day. "How many people in this country say that they can't take the weight off?" he asked in an interview with the Associated Press news agency in October.

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 1 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 1 has been released.

Changes:

• Sync between Macs using the new Sync Organizer
• New Chart: Double Ancestor Chart
• Improved Charts: Kinships are shown in each chart
• Improved Fan Chart: Can show descendants or ancestors
• New Database Format: Much improved load times, performance and Time Machine compatibility
• New Kinship Report: Totally rewritten from scratch
• Improved Person Report and Birthday Report
• New Person Merge feature
• Several User Interface improvements
• Many performance and memory optimizations

Missouri State Archives Digitize Civil War Governors' Papers

The Missouri State Archives has made documents from four Civil War-era governors available for viewing online. The documents come from governors Claiborne Fox Jackson, Hamilton Rowan Gamble, Willard Preble Hall and Thomas Clement Fletcher. The four headed Missouri's government at different points from 1861 through 1865.

The Secretary of State's office says the documents contain information about Missouri's decision to stay in the Union and its emancipation of some slaves. The office says the papers will help researchers study war-time actions of the state's government.

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World War Two Pilot To Be Buried with Military Honours 68 Years After He Went Missing Over the South Pacific

A Massachusetts pilot will receive a funeral with full military honours this weekend - 68 years after his plane went missing over the South Pacific during World War Two. U.S. Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Martin Murray, then 21, disappeared without trace on October 27, 1943 along with 11 crew after the B-24D Liberator failed to land on the island of New Guinea.

The wreckage could never be found - until a villager on the remote island stumbled across what looked like an old crash site deep in the jungle, six decades later. It took military experts eight years to recover the wreck and then positively identify some of the human remains, using dental records and DNA evidence.

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14 April 2011

Family Finds Tombstone Under Home

A Shawnee, Oklahoma, woman is trying to figure out what to do with a tombstone that was found under her home. It was quite a shock when the new owners of this home crawled beneath to do some plumbing work, and instead of finding a leak, found a headstone.

They are now hoping someone will recognize the name on it and help them return it to the rightful owner. "It hasn't been lived in since '09," Lisa Boland said. But what was found underneath her home is almost a century old.

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Tombstone Touring

"Dead men tell no tales but their tombstones do," wrote Tom Weil in "The Cemetery Book." Asked why she describes herself as a "cemetery junkie," Rommy Lopat, of Lake Forest, said, "The history, landscaping, architecture, sculpture, genealogy — all of the above.

"They're nice places to visit. And you meet some very interesting people there." Thanks to the Internet, Lopat is connected to people who share her sentiments. "I've taken dozens of pictures of gravestones and posted them online," she said. "But that's nothing. There are people out there who have posted thousands."

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France Returns Rare Korean Books After 145 Years

France Thursday sent back a shipment of ancient Korean royal books, 145 years after its troops looted them during a retaliatory raid on an island west of Seoul.

Two shipping containers carrying 75 volumes of "Uigue," illustrated manuals on royal protocol written during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910), arrived at Incheon airport after being released by the National Library of France.

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'First Australian WWI Doco' Goes Online

Rare footage of Australian soldiers at the 1916 Battle of Pozieres, filmed for what is believed to have been Australia's earliest attempt at a war documentary, has been made available online.

The Western Front battle saw 23,000 Australian soldiers killed or wounded over a six-week period in July and August 1916. The footage, which runs for more than 10 minutes, has been published in collaboration with the Australian War Memorial. In the video, Australian troops are shown building trenches and preparing for battle in Pozieres.

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13 April 2011

Funeral for Murderer Hanged in 1821 After His Skeleton is Found in Bristol University Cupboard

A murderer whose skeleton was found hanging in a university laboratory was laid to rest today - exactly 190 years after he was executed. John Horwood was just 18 when he became the first person to be executed at the New Bristol Gaol in 1821.

The teenager was convicted of killing his former girlfriend Eliza Balsum after a pebble he threw at her struck her on the head. Tragically Eliza, 20, died a fortnight later after she suffered complications during a bungled operation.

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Newly Found Papers of Walt Whitman Unveiled

Kenneth Price, a Whitman expert from the University of Nebraska, realized he had unearthed a trove of documents in the famous American poet’s handwriting, filed away in the National Archives and virtually forgotten until now.

On Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the archives announced that Price had found almost 3,000 pieces in Whitman’s handwriting, a discovery that Archivist of the United States David Ferriero called “astonishing.”

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Dutch National Archive Releases Information about Arrests of 9,000 Jewish WWII Victims

The Netherlands' national archive said Tuesday it has gathered new information about the arrests and deportations of some 9,000 Dutch Jews during World War II.The information, from a sealed archive on wartime collaborators, will reveal to some Dutch Jews the names of those who arrested their relatives and other precious facts about their final days as they were deported to Nazi concentration camps during the German occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 to 1945.

The project was carried out by journalist Ad van Liempt and a team of researchers who received special permission in Sept. 2010 to review dossiers of 250 collaborators who are no longer alive.

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12 April 2011

Hundreds of Civil War Photos Unearthed

For Brandon Liljenquist, a tintype photograph of an American Civil War drummer boy turned out to be such an image. Liljenquist says a portrait of a young Civil War drummer boy "reached across time to challenge his beliefs about what makes an army great, leading him on a journey of discovery."

Liljenquist recounts of his journey, "Over time, as my brother Jason and I learned more about the Civil War, we came to understand the meaning of Weeks' words. We came to learn the ideals an army embraces are what make it great, not its military prowess."

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Philadelphia Tribune to Digitally Archive Photos Documenting African-American Experience

The Philadelphia Tribune announced that it is digitally archiving their entire photo collection, which includes more than 250,000 photos and spans 125 years. The photographs, which were previously unpublished, showcase African-American life in and around Philadelphia from 1884, when the newspaper was founded.

Of their new offering, Tribune President and CEO Robert Boyle said: “These photos reflect the life and experiences of the African American community in both America and in the Philadelphia region.”

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TV Show: Guess The Relative

An announcement by Dragonfly TV: Do you think your family tree might have British roots? Would you like to travel to Great Britain to discover your living relatives? Dragonfly Film and TV in the UK is making an exciting new game show featuring families and long-lost relatives. And we're searching for people from all over the world, who think they might have British ancestry who they've never made contact with.

Click here to apply - via Dick Eastman

11 April 2011

How Civil War Photography Changed War

We've all seen photographs of the Civil War: black-and-white images of bearded Union generals or mustachioed Confederate colonels posing to one side of the camera, dead bodies stacked on the battlefield or common soldiers around a camp tent.

Looking back 150 years to the start of the Civil War this month, what impact did photography have on the war? On the people who lived during the time? What do these images tell us today about the soldiers and their families?

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110410 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110410 has been released.

Changes:

• New: French user interface.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110410 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110410 has been released.

Changes:

• New: French user interface.

Nigeria Archives in Need of Modernity

In a country where written history is lean and almost non-existent, the government made a good effort and set up a National Archives to cater for the few historic documents accumulated during and after the colonial era.

To educate on how rich and vital this establishment is to the nation’s history, at the reception of the National Archives in Enugu, a banner on display says the Nigerian Archives: “Holds over 9,000 linear metre of records. Holds official records from 18th century to date.

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Michelle Obama's Irish Roots Traced to Irish Slave Owner

New research has revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama, like her husband President Barack Obama, has Irish roots. Megan Smolenyak, the same genealogist who discovered that President Obama’s Irish roots go back to Moneygall in County Offaly, has discovered that Michelle Obama's family tree has a large Irish branch.

Smolenyak traced Michelle's heritage back to a young slave girl Melvinia Shields who was once traded for $475. Melvinia would go on to have children with an Irish-American slave-owner named Shields. The Times says Michelle Obama is linked to Melvinia's son Dolphus Shields. Melvinia became the property of Henry Shields in 1852.

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How Medieval Soldiers Survived After Battle Thanks to Early Day Brain Surgery

A massive haul of bones discovered in a medieval graveyard has given an insight into the medical capabilities of people 1,500 years ago. The skeletons, found in central Italy, show that many soldiers buried close to one another survived after suffering blows to the head with maces and battle axes.

There are signs of medical interventions with one man going on to live despite having a two inch hole in his head, probably caused by a Byzantine mace. The edges of the wound are smooth and have no fragments, suggesting the victim went through the equivalent of medieval brain surgery.

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Amazing Girl Scouts History Collection Hidden in Family's Basement

The Girl Scouts have never been what you'd call an underground movement. But the world's largest display of their memorabilia is tucked into the basement of one home in Denver.

Carol and Ernie Altvater's collection, with its estimated 8,000-11,000 items, is open for tours by Girl Scout troops. The basement of their home, a converted duplex, is packed with display cases and drawers of meticulously labeled items from all 100 years of Girl Scouts history.

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FamViewer 2.4 Update Released

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FamViewer 2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• FamViewer displays multimedia files associated with a GEDCOM file. This includes jpeg, bmp, tiff, other image formats, mov, mp3, wav, rtf, doc, and other multimedia file formats.
• FamViewer allows the user to display and edit text files from the Documents folder where iTunes File Sharing places files. This can be used to view and edit To Do Lists when researching or other data files.
• Other performance improvements, bug fixes and usability improvements.

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Bodies Found from London's Old Bedlam Hospital

Archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of skeletons at a 16th Century burial ground in the heart of the city that once served London's most notorious psychiatric hospital, the original "Bedlam." The bones are expected to yield valuable information about mortality, diet and disease in the period.

They were discovered while experts surveyed a site that is destined to become a new ticket hall for the capital's huge Crossrail project at Liverpool Street Station. Opened in 1247, the Bethlehem Royal Hospital began admitting the mentally ill in the 14th Century, eventually becoming known by its middle-English abbreviation Bedlam.

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8 April 2011

3D World War II Footage To Be Shown on TV

Previously unseen 3D footage of World War II, showing a German anti-aircraft crew in 1943, is to be shown on TV. Footage including a 2D Nazi film explaining how to use 3D technology will also feature on the hour-long show, to be aired on Sky 3D on 26 May.

Stereoscopic film found in the Imperial War Museum's archives and 3D allied reconnaissance photos will also be included in the WWII in 3D programme. Sky 3D director John Cassy said the footage was "a remarkable find".

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7 April 2011

14 More Fromelles Diggers Named

A further 14 World War I Australian soldiers killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles have been identified. Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said the diggers, originally from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, were among 250 Australian and British soldiers recovered from mass graves in Pheasant Wood, France, in 2009.

Mr Snowdon said it brought the total number of Australians identified at Fromelles to 110. But, of the 250 recovered soldiers, 100 Australians and two Britons remain unnamed. The Battle of Fromelles on July 19, 1916, was the first action in which Australian troops fought on the Western Front. It proved disastrous.

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Explore The National Archives of the UK New-Look Image Library

Looking for an image to illustrate Victorian design, the Second World War, or another historical event? The National Archives has updated their image library with an eclectic selection of images available for commercial and direct reproduction uses.

The image library provides high-resolution digitised scans and photographic prints of The National Archives' images for commercial publication, display, broadcast and product and brand licensing.

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A Glimpse of the Archives of the Future

How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? With the proliferation of digital records, the task of the archivist has grown more complex. This problem is especially acute for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation's historical records.

At the end of President George W. Bush's administration in 2009, NARA received roughly 35 times the amount of data as previously received from the administration of President Bill Clinton, which itself was many times that of the previous administration.

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Saratoga Town Historian Seeking Old Photos for Digital Archive

Once a month, Sean Kelleher sets up a makeshift office inside Saratoga Town Hall in front of a 10-inch computer screen and an image scanner. A bulky stack of blank discs sit at his side, waiting to be filled.

In the historic town known for its contributions to the American Revolution, the musket ball has been replaced by the shiny digital disc. Kelleher began hosting photo scanning sessions in January, inviting area residents to bring in their historic photos of the town of Saratoga to add to the town's archival collection.

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6 April 2011

New Genealogy Software: Ancestral Quest Basics

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Ancestral Quest Basics contains the core features of Ancestral Quest. The Basics version contains fewer advanced features, and is absolutely free.

Exhibits Discover History of Old Seoul

Skyscrapers create an impressive skyline for modern-day Seoul. It’s hard to imagine the city without the present landscape. What did Seoul look like back in the 1930s or in the 50s-60s when the nation was savaged by the Japanese colonial government (1910-45) and the Korean War (1950-53)?

Two exhibitions are being held to highlight the past and the old version of Seoul with special historic photographs and various installations. Held at the Seoul Museum of History, “Seoul, To Rise Again” will continue through April 24 while the Cheong Gye Cheon Museum is presenting “Old Seoul Through Foreign Eyes” through June 26.

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Restoration of Old Home in Stamping Ground, Kentucky, is about Family Pride, History

The old home adjacent to Shirl Marks' house in Stamping Ground stood untouched for about 10 years after it was acquired by her family. "Trees were growing through it," Marks said. "Possums lived in it." When her son played at a nearby basketball goal, "the critters would be looking out the window," she said, laughing.

Renovations of the home began about five years ago after a Scott County historian wrote an article about a black woman who owned the home in the 1800s. Marks learned that several black families lived in that home in the 1800s and 1900s and hundreds of blacks had moved to Stamping Ground after the Civil War.

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5 April 2011

Folkloreinsweden.com: Swedish History and Genealogy

Folkloreinsweden.com is a web publication in English aimed at Swedish descendants around the World, but primarily in North America. It contains Swedish history, genealogy and other related articles. Besides being just a web publication it will also be a meeting place and knowledge bank for those interested in their heritage.

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.22 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.22 has been released.

Changes:

• This version fixes a problem where sometimes on Edit if a person had multiple spouses, and you changed spouses and then added a new event, it would add a source to that new event that was not correct.

Secret Nazi saboteurs invaded Long Island during World War II, MI5 documents reveal

Bumbling Nazi secret agents slipped into the U.S. through Long Island to sabotage the American war effort, declassified British documents revealed Monday. The spies were tasked with committing "small acts of terrorism" with "incendiary bombs in suitcases left in luggage depots and in Jewish-owned shops," the report said.

The not-so-subtle spies stormed the beach near Amagansett in the Hamptons on the morning of June 13, 1942. Each was dressed in German uniforms, the documents say, and disembarked from a Nazi U-boat.

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Behold 0.99.19 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.19 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Improved the text in the status bar of the Find Files window to better indicate the search progress.
• Added a "view exported file now" confirmation box after exporting to allow easy opening.
• Insert a page break between sections when printing, print previewing, and exporting to Rich Text Format (RTF).
• Ensure Behold looks good in High Contrast Black (special request by a visually impaired genealogist).
• Simplify the anchors in the exported HTML and RTF using sequentially numbered checkpoints rather than internal Behold checkpoint names.
• Many fixes.

The 1911 Scottish Census Will be Released Today

The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census will be released on Tuesday 5 April 2011. This census details information collected from more than 4.7 million Scots – marking a century since the data was first gathered.

The records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the 1911 census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.

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4 April 2011

Australia: War Law on Germans Shot Down at Last

The days of Australians being able to seize the property of Germans to repay the debts of World War I are finally over. Almost 83 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, the battle opened by then prime minister Billy Hughes against the German empire has been concluded by a bunch of bureaucrats cleaning up Australia's legislative wasteland.

The Federal Government began a review of so-called subordinate legislation more than a year ago in a bid to clean up laws and regulations that sit on the statute books but which are never used. One of those included the legislative response of the Hughes government to the Treaty of Versailles.

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1 April 2011

Publication of 1926 Irish Census to Require Legal Shift

The government intends to press ahead with the publication of the 1926 census although it would be in breach of the 100-year rule which governs all such information, Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has said. He said publishing the census would need a change of legislation but he had received “widespread approval” for this.

The 100-year rule was included in the Statistics Act 1993. The publication of the 1901 and 1911 censuses online has been a huge success with millions of hits on both websites. The Government is keen to include the 1926 census as part of a programme it hopes will draw tourists to Ireland looking for their roots.

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Digitizing Local History in Manitoba, Canada

The Rural Municipality of Rosser will be part of the first phase of a University of Manitoba-led project aimed at making historical research of rural Manitoba easier. A book on Rosser’s history, The First Hundred Years: 1893-1993, will be included in the historical digitization project, which is being spearheaded by the U of M’s archives and special collections, the Manitoba Historical Society, the Manitoba Libraries Association and the Manitoba Legislative Library.

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Monuments Men Foundation Discovers New Audio Recording of General Eisenhower

Robert M. Edsel, President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art and author of The Monuments Men, announced today the discovery of an audio recording of a speech given by General Dwight D. Eisenhower about the importance of art and its protection during war.

The speech was delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 2, 1946 at an event in which General Eisenhower was presented with an Honorary Life Fellowship from the museum with a citation that read: “To Dwight D. Eisenhower, soldier, diplomat and statesman, through whose wisdom and foresight irreplaceable art treasures were saved for future generations."

To listen to the full audio recording and associated images of General Eisenhower’s speech at the Met, or to view archival images of Eisenhower’s historic orders, visit www.monumentsmenfoundation.org.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110331 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110331 has been released.

Changes:

• New: "Emphasize Nicknames" preference option ("Report Detail" section). When selected individuals nicknames are used instead of first names within narrative sections. See the updated help file for details.
• New: Support of a custom _AFTSUN tag. This may be subordinate to a DATE tag containing a Hebrew date to specify that the event occurred after sunset. Hebrew-Gregorian date conversions now take account of this.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110331 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110331 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Support of a custom _AFTSUN tag on import, and on export to The Complete Genealogy Builder and My Heritage Family Tree Builder. This may be subordinate to a DATE tag containing a Hebrew date to specify that the event occurred after sunset. The Date form now includes an "After sunset" checkbox and Hebrew-Gregorian date conversions now take account of this.

Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.4 Update Released

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Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Changed minimum requirements from iOS 4.3 to iOS 3.0.

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Canada: Province of Saskatchewan Announces Funds to Digitize History

Officials from the Ministry of Education have joined with library leaders to announce funding for the Saskatchewan Multitype Digitization Initiative. This initiative will lead to the digitization of historical and cultural materials from across the province and ensure they are easily accessible for students, researchers and the general public.

"This is an exciting opportunity to bring a number of valuable literary items to the public, perhaps for the first time," Education Minister Donna Harpauer said. "The ministry is pleased to be working with the University of Saskatchewan on this important project. Their knowledge and experience will help us create an accessible and convenient place online where Saskatchewan's historical and cultural content can be discovered."

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