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31 May 2011

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110530 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110530 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: An unexpected program error could occur when creating an HTML report with a URL as the source title for an event record.

MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 13 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 13 has been released.

Changes:

• Many fixes synchronizing Macs.
• Notes and Media can be entered for Families directly from the Family Tree view.
• Existing To Do's can be assigned from an objects pane.
• Object counters in the functions list improved.
• Several other bug fixes and smaller improvements.

GedSpy 0.7n1/2 Update Released

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GedSpy 0.7n1/2 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed some minor bugs on the Register report.
• Updated expiration date.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.25 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.25 has been released.

Changes:

• On the Lists, Word Search report, new tab for 'Name and relationship' where you can search for siblings, or child and parent.

Ancestral Quest 12.1.30 Update Released

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.30 has been released.

Changes:

• Text on Pedigree/Family Views: Additional refinements were made.
• Web Pages/Scrapbook Links: If you linked scrapbook items stored on the Internet to your individuals and sources, you would get an error when trying to generate Web Pages from AQ, and the Web Page would not show the scrapbook items. Fixed.

Agelong Tree 4.1 Update Released

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Agelong Tree 4.1 has been released.

New:

• Premium edition: saving the tree into vector format SVG.
• Premium edition: lineage list building (persons by generations list).
• Premium edition: export to XML.
• Premium edition: tree nodes layout is saved to XML.
• Premium edition: a possibility to unite two data files into one.
• Premium edition: a possibility to save a part of data that meets the condition(-s) of active filters to a separate data file.
• Premium edition: printout and export of information from main program tables (Persons, Events, etc).
• Premium edition: collapsing (folding) of tree branches.
• The “dynasty” has been changed into “family”.
• Some errors have been fixed.
• There have been added German, Galician, Estonian, Byelorussian, Turkmen and Ukrainian languages.

National Archives of Australia to Receive UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize

The Director-General of UNESCO has designated National Archives of Australia (NAA) as the laureate of the 2011 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize for its work, which includes publications, and innovative initiatives in the preservation of digital records.

Established in 1960, the National Archives have become a world leader in many areas notably in digital preservation. It consistently shares its professional know-how with experts and interested members of the public through extensive publications.

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Family Discovers Fate of WWI Soldier After Wondering for Years

Pvt. Roy Hassel Stover's family wasn't told much when he was killed in the Battle of Chateau-Thierry in France during World War I. The Stovers, then of Luray, Va., received a death certificate and a picture of his grave in Cierges, France.

What happened to Roy remained unknown, a common fact of war in those days. Undelivered mail was often returned to sender with the words "deceased" or "killed in action." Most families received telegrams weeks later with the date their loved one died and sometimes a temporary burial location.

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30 May 2011

British Library Creates a 'National Memory' with Digital Newspaper Archive

"It's an absolute fact. The history of the newspaper publishing industry is the history of failure," says Ed King, the charismatic head of the British Library's newspaper collection. King paints a bleak picture – but he is overseeing the library's ambitious attempt to make millions of pages of yesterday's chip paper available online for the first time. This, he claims, could give "short-lived, ephemeral titles" a second birth.

The library is one year into its plan to digitise 40m news pages from its vast 750m collection, housed in Colindale, north London. This autumn, the library will reinvent its cavernous vaults as a website, where amateur genealogists and eager historians will be able to browse 19th-century newsprint from their home computer.

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Are You Related to Marilyn Monroe?

Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, as Norma Jeane Mortenson (soon after changed to Baker), the third child born to Gladys Pearl Baker (née Monroe) (May 27, 1902 – March 11, 1984). Monroe's birth certificate names the father as Martin Edward Mortensen with his residence stated as "unknown".

The name Mortenson is listed as her surname on the birth certificate, although Gladys immediately had it changed to Baker, the surname of her first husband and which she still used. Martin's surname was misspelled on the birth certificate leading to more confusion on who her actual father was.

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NYC Project IDs More Than 4,000 Civil War Graves

The first Civil War casualty to be buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was a 12-year-old drummer for a New York regiment. Clarence McKenzie, a local boy fatally wounded in an accidental shooting in Maryland, was buried June 14, 1861, two months after the Union garrison at Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate forces.

Today, the 478-acre expanse of greenery and statuary covering the cemetery's rolling hills is believed to be the final resting place of about 8,000 Civil War veterans. A team of volunteers and Green-Wood staff has spent nearly a decade trying to identify all those graves. When the project began in September 2002, cemetery officials figured they had, at most, 500 veterans of the nation's bloodiest war buried here.

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Dutch Slavery Records Added to World Heritage

In Paris, UNESCO has announced that Dutch slavery records and a film collection are to be added to its Memory of the World Register. Among the latest additions is the slavery administration of the Middelburg Commercial Company (MCC).

The MCC, based in the Province of Zeeland, was involved in the international slave trade in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Between 1720 and 1889, MCC ships made 300 voyages, more than a third of them carrying slaves.

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Behind the London Jewish Museum's Ambitious Digital Archive Project

Transcribing anything is a painful, tedious process. But imagine if the material you're transcribing is 40 years old and badly-recorded on dusty, rapidly degrading cassette tapes. As an added bonus, the people speaking often slip into heavily accented Yiddish. This is just one of the challenges faced by London's Jewish Museum, located down a quiet street in Camden.

The museum will also be photographing and indexing their collection of artefacts, which include hundreds of posters, handwritten postcards, a 17th century Venetian synagogue ark, Hannukah lamps and Purim scrolls, among rather a lot else.

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Some New GeneaNet Options

You can now quickly and easily share GeneaNet pages with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter, and add pages to your bookmarks list.

You can now quickly search the GeneaNet database by name and place (Main Search), and by full name (Individual Search, Reserved for Club Privilege members) from the home page of the website.

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23 May 2011

GeneaNet Login Options & Errors

EN-geneanet-emails-00.jpgWhen creating a new GeneaNet account, you can pick one of the suggested usernames or enter a username that is not yet registered.

You can’t change your GeneaNet username. If you really need to use a new username, you must create a new GeneaNet account, then copy your data and media files (archival records, family pictures, etc.) from your current account to the new one, and delete the from now on unused account. Note that the Club Privilege membership can’t be transferred.

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21 May 2011

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 2.04 Update Released

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Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 2.04 has been released.

Changes:

• Minor bug when writing results of Bernoulli/Poisson random network generator to report window fixed (number of reported lines was too large for one).
• Number of decimal places when doubleclicking to view Vector in window or selecting File/Vector/Edit decreased from 7 to 6.

20 May 2011

MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 12 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 12 has been released.

Changes:

• Much improved Source Selection window.
• Family events are now correctly sorted in all charts.
• Change date display improved.
• Media browser now shows the correct media count.
• Sync menu fixed.
• Several web export fixes.
• Localization updates.

GenSmarts 2.1.1.91 Update Released

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GenSmarts 2.1.1.91 has been released.

Changes:

• A bug fix that for a couple of FamilySearch links.
• Plus link updates for NEHGS.
• Plus link updates for Scotland's People.

GedView 3.0.6 Update Released

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GedView 3.0.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved support for ANSI gedcom files allowing non latin languages such as Greek to import correctly when the GEDCOM specifies ANSI as the character set.
• Media import fixes.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Ancestral Quest 12.1.29 Update Released

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.29 has been released.

Changes:

• Backups: You can now have AQ add the date and time to the name of a backup file. By default, the date is turned on. In 'Preferences' you can turn this off if you want backup filenames as before, and you can also ask for the time of day to be added to the backup filename.
• Backups: In the past, AQ would remind you every 10 times that you closed the file that you should backup. Now it will remind you every 3 times.
• Database Check/Repair: Additional refinements were made to find and fix additional reported issues.
• PDF Printing: The PDF-Exchange driver used by AQ requires 32-bit Windows. Users with 64-bit Windows were unable to print PDF files without the "Demo" watermark. AQ will now guide these users to download and use other free PDF creation drivers.

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Last Great War combatant laid to rest

The last surviving combat veteran from WWI, Briton Claude Choules, was laid to rest in Australia on Friday in a moving naval ceremony quietly marking the end of an era. Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died in his sleep at his hostel home in Perth two weeks ago. He was 110.

In his eulogy, son Adrian Choules said his sailor father had been a loving parent, had lived a very long and wonderful life, and "now belongs to the rest of the world". "The last time I spoke at a funeral I was sad, very sad," Adrian Choules said. "But today it is different... today is a celebration."

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440-Year-Old Document Sheds New Light on Native Population Decline Under Spanish Colonial Rule

Analysis of a 440-year-old document reveals new details about native population decline in the heartland of the Inca Empire following Spanish conquest in the 16th century.

According to the analysis, the native Andean population in the Yucay Valley of Peru showed a remarkable ability to bounce back in the short term from the disease, warfare, and famine that accompanied the initial Spanish invasion. However, it was the repetition of such disasters generation after generation, along with overly rigid colonial administration, that dramatically reduced the population over the long term.

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Rare Library of Congress Colour Photographs of the Great Depression

It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken.

These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

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19 May 2011

Family Unearth WWI Soldier's Diary in Glasgow Attic

Nearly 100 years after it was written, a harrowing account of trench warfare has been found in a Glasgow attic. A family looking through the loft of their new home in Mount Vernon were surprised to find the diary of a young black soldier who had served in the King's Own Scottish Borderers.

Now the family are appealing to relatives of Private Arthur Roberts to come forward and claim his memoirs. During the First World War, soldiers were not allowed to keep diaries in case the information fell into enemy hands but Pte Roberts made entries over a ten-month period during the conflict. Wittty and honest, his account of life on the frontline is a poignant read.

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Digital Images of Yale’s Vast Cultural Collections Now Available for Free

Scholars, artists and other individuals around the world will enjoy free access to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale's museums, archives, and libraries thanks to a new "Open Access" policy that the University announced today. Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog.

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New Hitler Photos Discovered by Cambridge PhD Student

The photos of the Nazi leader at the Nuremburg Rally of 1937 were found alongside documents and letters in the family loft of George Henry LaneFox Pitt-Rivers, an internee from the Second World War.

Churchill College postgraduate Bradley Hart made the discovery when he contacted Mr Pitt-Rivers’s son Anthony and found more than 50 boxes of archive material in the family loft. Mr Pitt-Rivers was a vocal supporter of fascism and national socialism. In 1937 he attended the Nuremburg Rally, the annual Nazi propaganda march, after an official invitation from the Nazi Government, where he met Hitler.

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Google Books From 16th and 17th Centuries Now in Full-Color View

Google has formed partnerships with many of the great libraries of Europe, including the Czech National Library, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Austrian National Library, the National Libraries of Florence and Rome, the Municipal Library of Lyon, Ghent University, the Bavarian State Library, the National Library of Catalonia, the University Complutense of Madrid, the University Library of Lausanne and the Oxford University Library.

To date, they’ve scanned about 150,000 books worldwide from the 16th and 17th centuries, and another 450,000 from the 18th century. With their growing list of partners, they expect to scan many hundreds of thousands more pre-1800 titles.

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17 May 2011

Family Tree PHP 1.1.1a Update Released

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Family Tree PHP 1.1.1a has been released.

Changes:

• The GEDCOM and image upload functions did not work in Internet Explorer 9.
• In some browsers, the user address fields were always required, even when set to not required.

Johnny Depp Believed To Be Distant Cousin of Queen Elizabeth II

Ancestry experts said they were able to work a connection which established the Pirates of the Caribbean star and Queen Elizabeth II as 20th cousins.

The bloodline was not set in stone, though, with genealogists admitting they were relying upon an unreported but widely known marriage in the 1600s between Yorkshireman Richard Denton and Helen Windebank to link the pair. One branch of Depp's family tree descended from Sir William Gascoigne and his wife Margaret Percy, who was a direct descendant of King Edward III.

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Lady Gaga and Madonna Revealed To Be Distant Cousins

According to celebrity genealogist Chris Child, Gaga and Madonna are distant cousins. 'They are ninth cousins once removed,' the New England Historic Genealogical Society specialist told the Boston Globe.

After much research, Child reportedly provided proof of the findings, which showed that the two had common ancestors in the form of a farming couple, who moved from France to Quebec in the 1600s.' When I saw that Lady Gaga had French Canadian ancestry, I thought there might be something there,' he said.

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16 May 2011

GeneaNet Search Preferences

The GeneaNet Search Preferences allows users to save some settings that will be applied to all future searches.

You can enter some GeneaNet Account usernames to exclude from your search results list or you can select a Group of Contacts in your Address Book.

You can also restrain your search to some places and to the most popular places in your Family Tree.

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13 May 2011

British Heraldry 1.2 Update Released

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British Heraldry 1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• More than 200 extra names added.
• You can now send your family crest by email or post to your Facebook page.
• New - Send iPhone cards by email or post to your facebook page (Will new cards on a regular basis).
• New - Refresh button - due to the frequency of adding new names, I've added a Refresh button so that you don't have to be updating the App on a regular basis. This way the content can always be fresh and you won't have to download from App store again.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 10 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 10 has been released.

Changes:

• Several fixes syncing databases.
• Bookmarks menu improved.
• Person notes are now shown in the Genogram.
• Localization updates.

Irish Heraldry 3.0 Update Released

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Irish Heraldry 3.0 has been released.

Changes:

• More than 200 extra names added.
• You can now send your family crest by email or post to your Facebook page.
• New - Send iPhone cards by email or post to your facebook page (Will new cards on a regular basis).
• New - Refresh button - due to the frequency of adding new names, I've added a Refresh button so that you don't have to be updating the App on a regular basis. This way the content can always be fresh and you won't have to download from App store again.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Family Trees 1.3 Update Released

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Family Trees 1.3 has been released.

Changes:

• All the facts attributes are optional, including the dates.
• Possibility to enter fact's date partially (e.g. only year).
• Biography section is extended with Residence & Migrations facts.
• Siblings are auto-arranged by date of birth.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Branches 1.2.0.8 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.0.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem with the descendants report which was caused by a custom event named 'Marriage'.

Mount Vernon's Forgotten Graveyard

Juliet North was only a month old when she died in 1834. There was no cemetery in Mount Vernon at the time, so it was up to her father, Darius, a local merchant, to choose a burial spot for her small body.

He chose a hill just north of town, one covered in maple trees and high enough to remain above the flood waters of the Ohio River. Over the next six decades, more than 500 Mount Vernon residents were buried in what became known as North Cemetery.

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12 May 2011

North America Was Populated by No More Than 70 People 14,000 Years Ago

Professor Hey, of Rutgers University, was quoted in Live Science as saying his method favoured 'actual genetic data over estimates used in previous calculations'. He said: 'The estimated effective size of the founding population for the New World is about 70 individuals.'

Archeological evidence supports his calculation that the initial settlement of North America occurred between 12,000 and 14,000 years ago. He said: 'The beauty of the new methodology is that it uses actual DNA sequences collected from Asian peoples and Native Americans, an approach that can provide a detailed portrait of historical populations.

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Domesday Project Reborn Online After 25 Years

A good idea, combined with the right technology, can change the world. Facebook, Wikipedia and the wheel have all shown this to be true. 25 years ago, the BBC dreamt up a similarly inspired scheme. However, in the case of the Domesday Project, it was the tech that doomed it.

The premise was straightforward enough - create a 20th century version of William the Conqueror's 900-year-old page-turner, the Domesday Book. Instead of land rights and livestock, it would chronicle life in 1980s Britain, based on photographs and written accounts submitted by ordinary people.

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11 May 2011

New Genealogy Software: GenDetective 2011

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GenDetective 2011 has been released.

GenDetective allows you to organize your research to a location, a time period, a family line or even an individual. Say you are making a trip to visit your grandmother, and while you're there, maybe visit a few cemeteries. GenDetective will provide a report that identifies the individuals who died in that area and who's grave markers you have not located yet.

The Master Genealogist 8 Free Public Beta

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The Master Genealogist 8 Free Public Beta has been released.

TMG v8 is now available in the form of a free public beta that will expire in 30 days. TMG v8 is in the final stages of testing and we believe it to be stable and functional in all of its major features.

For conditions, details, and download instructions, see: http://www.WhollyGenes.com/tmg8publicbeta.htm

MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 9 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 9 has been released.

Changes:

• New labels menu added in the title bar.
• Fixes syncing your tree to other Macs.
• Localization updates.
• User interface improvements.

iScrapbook 3.2.1 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.2.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Added an Image Display Quality control to help users easily control speed of drawing.
• Added prompt to remind users to download included artwork and templates.
• Added support for aliases to photos in the iPhoto Library.
• Added support for aliases that point to the iPhoto Library.
• Fixed problem where zoom in/out commands would sometimes get "stuck".
• Fixed image shifting problem that occurred when cropping images in rotated placeholders.

GenSmarts 2.1.1.87 Update Released

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GenSmarts 2.1.1.87 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved detection for VFP driver with TMG files.
• Workaround for MS bug that caused form filling to not work on a few PC's.
• Improved FTM 2011 detection/integration.

GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.1 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Changes to support future enhancements.
• Minor bug fixes.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

10 May 2011

Memorial Unveiled to Dorset World War I Soldiers

A memorial to Dorset soldiers who died in World War I has been unveiled on the Somme battlefield in France. Volunteers raised £23,000 for the 8ft (2.4m) Portland stone obelisk, the first memorial dedicated specifically to members of the Dorsetshire Regiment.

Former soldiers and descendants of World War I servicemen attended the ceremony near the village of Authuille. Martin Willoughby of the Western Front Association said: "At last we have a fitting memorial to the men of Dorset."

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9 May 2011

MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 8 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 8 has been released.

Changes:

• Event descriptions can now be directly edited in the Family Tree edit mode.
• Several bug fixes.
• Database migration fixed for tree files from MacFamilyTree 5.4 and prior.
• Localization updates.

Recently Discovered Photographs Throw New Light on Australia's World War I History

Recently discovered photographs of Australia’s little known internment camps operating during WWI, reveal how the internees created an extraordinary life behind the barbed wire. The photographs, of remarkable artistic quality, show groups of civilian detainees whose only crime was to be of German or Austrian descent.

Taken by interned photographer Paul Dubotzki between 1915 and 1919, the photographs reveal how the 7,000 internees built for themselves a thriving working economy and cultural life that included all sorts of businesses and trades including newspapers, cafes, clubs, sporting events and elaborate theatre productions.

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GeneaNet: Upload and Import a GEDCOM File

You can manually build your GeneaNet Online Family Tree but you can also upload and import a GEDCOM file if you are already using a genealogy software.

You can upload a GEDCOM file to create a new family tree and you can upload as many other GEDCOM files as you want to add data to your actual family tree.

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6 May 2011

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110504 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110504 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: The text of separate (level 0) NOTE records not being imported.
• New: Swedish cousin reporting option: "Kusin, Tremänning" (as an alternative for "Tvåmänning, Tremänning").
• Improved: Swedish report language translation ("Fyrmänning" instead of "Fyramänning).

Spanish Civil War Victims' Bodies Finally Removed from Mass Grave

The bones of 62-year-old Severina Gómez and 23 others whose remains had lain together for 75 years, surrounded by bullet cases and with hands tied behind backs, have finally been removed from their mass grave in countryside near the central Spanish village of Loma de Montija.

Anxious family members watched last week as forensic archaeologists and volunteers scraped through layers of mud to uncover evidence of a crime committed in the heat of a civil war that still haunts parts of Spain – and that served as a curtain raiser to the bloodshed of the second world war.

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110504 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110504 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: The text of "Library" NOTE records not being imported.

Census Change Worries Montreal Archivists

With the 2011 census under way, Canadians are being urged to think about future generations when they sit down to complete either the short- or long-form census that arrives in the mail this week. While the short-form census continues to be mandatory, the National Household Survey, formerly known as the long-form census questionnaire, will be voluntary for the first time.

That change, along with another made in 2006 giving Canadians a choice on whether to allow their census data to be made public 92 years from now, has left archivists, historians and genealogists concerned.

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RootsMagic 4.1.1.2 Update Released

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RootsMagic 4.1.1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed freezing during NFS operations on some computers.
• Information would sometimes not print in the Individual Summary.
• GEDCOM would sometimes mix up address fields when only partial addresses existed.
• Explorer now displays place details for events.
• Source template values in GEDCOM can now span multiple lines (CONT/CONC).
• NFS filter sometimes showed incorrect group name.

Archive of Artworks Stolen by Nazis Goes Online

Despite a reputation for reaching for their revolvers at the merest mention of culture, the Nazis were among the most ruthless, avaricious and methodical art collectors ever to cast a greedy eye and thieving hand over other people's property. That appetite for the most beautiful and precious works of European art saw thousands of pieces stolen from their owners between 1933 and 1945 and entire collections raided, scattered and lost.

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 7 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 7 has been released.

Changes:

• New Sync Menu in the title bar of each family tree to quickly access the syncing function between Macs.
• Improved Bookmarks menu.
• Several bug fixes.
• Localization updates.

FindMyPast Ireland Launches

Findmypast, one of the leading family history sites, has today announced a joint venture with Eneclann, the award-winning Irish history and heritage company, to launch findmypast Ireland. The new site jointly owned by Eneclann and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology group, will host the most extensive collection of Irish land records available anywhere online and will be a valuable resource for those 80 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry.

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5 May 2011

Last WWI Combatant Dies in Australia

Briton Claude Choules, the final World War I combat veteran, has died aged 110 in Australia, the last of more than 70 million military personnel mobilised during the conflict. Blind and almost totally deaf, Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died at his hostel home in Perth overnight.

After American Frank Buckles died earlier this year, Choules was declared the last known combat survivor of the Great War that left 37 million soldiers dead or wounded. The only other surviving veteran of World War I is said to be Britain's Florence Green, who served with the Royal Air Force in a non-combat role and is now aged 110.

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4 May 2011

Ireland Genealogy

Ireland Genealogy is a fascinating new web site for anyone doing Irish Family Tree Investigation. Irish Family History studies are normally quite hard and time-consuming due to the deficiency of information, and much more specifically the possible lack of virtually any comprehensive Census details right before 1901.

That's why almost any records which contain knowledge extracted from the Irish Census are usually of such vital value in ancestral investigation. One way to obtain info is the Irish Pension Records.

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Census 2011 Project (UK)

In March 2011 the great census took place and schools connected to The National Education Network have been invited to join a project that gives free access to the 1911 census online. Until the end of the Summer term (July 31st. 2011) findmypast.co.uk is offering schools free access to research the 1911 census online database. Follow the link to search for people and places in the 1911 census for England and Wales.

Census 2011 Project

3 May 2011

GRAMPS 3.2.6 Update Released

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GRAMPS 3.2.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix memory leaks.
• Fix corrupted reports.
• Fix crash in gramplets.
• Fix GEDCOM import and export.
• Import speed improvements.
• NarrativeWeb fixes.
• Prevent corrupting databases.
• Various other small fixes.
• Many translation updates.

Archives New Zealand Selects the Ex Libris Rosetta Digital Preservation System

Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation technology, is pleased to announce that Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga) has selected the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation solution to preserve, manage and provide access to the diverse, rapidly growing digital collections stored by Archives New Zealand.

The Rosetta digital preservation system enables institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access, in perpetuity, to institutional documents, digital images, research output in digital formats, Web sites, and other digitized and digitally born materials.

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2 May 2011

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.1.2 Update Released

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Albums: Albums linked to places sometimes did not show correctly on the Place page (fixed).
• Albums: If an album did not have a default photo, it would cause an error on the page of any individual it was linked to (fixed).
• Albums: Thumbnails were not showing if any person linked to those photos were marked as "private", even if the visitor had rights to see them (fixed).
• Associations: Associations were only being displayed if notes were displayed with events (fixed).
• Calendar: In some cases the "Previous" month link did not work (fixed).
• Custom Event Types: Other language display values were not being saved with new records (fixed).

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 6 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1 Public Beta 6 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixes for the Web Export.
• Localization updates.

GenSmarts 2.1.1.85 Update Released

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GenSmarts 2.1.1.85 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a bug related to custom flags in TMG when using multiple data sets.
• Fixed a bug relating to chronology not being properly formed in some rare cases.
• Approximately 50 FamilySearch.org databases added... mostly US State BMD.

GedView 3.0.5 Update Released

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GedView 3.0.5 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix startup crash.
• When adding an event/fact the type selector will appear straight away.
• Airplay support when playing back video.
• Improved handling of media.
• Fixed problem with adding "Other" media types.
• Fixed thumbnails not updating / being removed.
• Improved memory usage when importing from zip files.
• Fixed bug when opening gedcoms from other apps when the GedView lock screen is enabled.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Brother's Keeper 6.4.23 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.23 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem on the Custom Lists where if you were printing the Flags for a person, it would sometimes have the wrong flags if you printed a column to the left of the flag column that contained the name of the spouse, father, or mother.
• On the Register Book, there has been an option when showing lineage back to show either the first name or first and middle names. Now if you ask for first name, it will check the 'First Name' field for that person to see if that person has a two part first name and it will use that instead of the first word in the name.
• On the Ahnentafel Book, if the user picked the 3rd or 4th options for the 'he/she married' option, it would print all family events before the spouse name was printed. Fixed.
• If using the new Custom Wording on a Book report, and if printing a family event that had a description and not a location, it would sometimes not print that family event. Fixed.
• On most reports that can save as a text file, it will default to the same folder as the data files. Changed.
• On File, Locations, Change Globally, you can press Shift+F3 while on the bottom location field to change the field to normal case (first letter of each word upper case)

Branches 1.2.0.5 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.0.5 has been released.

Changes:

• Event display order - by selecting options in preferences, events can be shown in alphabetical, chronological or basic events first order.

Behold 0.99.21 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.21 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Eliminate abend whenever Instant Organize is done (bug added in 0.99.20).
• Create the sample files in a Behold directory under the user's Documents folder, rather than in the program files diretory, which Vista and Windows 7 don't like.
• Set default Open/Close directory to "(user)\Documents\Behold\Sample Files"
• Display many of the dates and places that were inadvertently not being displayed in the Source Details section.
• Prevent abend when clicking on a person in the Organize Families window whose family has not been set up yet.
• Remove the unnecessary "ready to install" page from Behold's install.
• Digitally sign the uninstall script.
• Change the default to be to display for every person, their parents and children rather than to leave this as hidden (greyed) data.

Unlocking the Family Secrets of Wales

Wherever you go in the world, if you meet another Welsh person, someone’s sure to ask, "Where are you from?" or "Are you related to anyone I know?" Quizzing someone about their family history is almost a national obsession – and that’s the idea at the heart of new S4C series Perthyn.

Presenter Heledd Cynwal and a group of experts from the National Library of Wales will burrow into the past of eight families in different areas of Wales in the programme, starting on Wednesday.

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Guide Helps Family Archivists Keep What's Important

A family history guide created by the Provincial Archives of Alberta is designed to help people figure out what's trash and what's treasure when it comes to documents and records. "People phone us and quite often want to know what to keep at home. They don't know for how long or what to keep," says Claude Roberto, a private records archivist who helped write the guide.

The guide is available in English or French and is free to anyone who stops by the archives. Originally funded through a grant from the Francophone Secretariat of the Alberta government, additional money for the guide also came from the provincial archives.

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Armenian Archive Digitalization Might Not Shed Light on 1915, Scholars Say

Armenia’s National Archives will begin posting hundreds of thousands of documents online this month, yet some researches have cautioned against optimists who say the primary sources will shed light on the events of 1915.

"Armenia was not a center of anything in 1915,” historian Ara Sarafyan, the director of the London-based Gomidas Institute, recently told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

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Trove of Historic Records of Holocaust Goes Online

A trove of papers and photographs documenting the lives of Holocaust victims and survivors includes notable names like Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. But Benzion Baumrind's name might have stayed forgotten to his descendants without the records kept by a humanitarian aid agency.

With over 500,000 names, and more than 1,000 photographs, the searchable collection documents the relief organization's vast efforts during World War II and the postwar era in 24 countries, from China and Japan to the Dominican Republic and Bolivia.

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GeneaNet Favorite Searches & Cross-Database Alert

The GeneaNet 'Favorite Searches' let you receive a weekly email aggregate of the latest entries that contain the surnames and places of your choice,and you can also view the history of these latest entries on the website.

You can automatically compare your family tree with all of the individuals in the GeneaNet database and receive a periodical email aggregate of the latest entries. All of your Cross-Database Email Alerts are saved and you can read the archive at any time.

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