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31 January 2012

Vikings Explore Hudson Bay

Viking exploration of Hudson Bay will continue in 2013 when descendants of the first Viking voyagers to reach North America 1,000 years ago sail into the Arctic from Churchill, Manitoba.

Jóhann Straumfjord Sigurdson and David Collette, whose ancestral grandmother was Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, the mother of Snorri, the first European child born in North America, will sail from Canada to Iceland along a route that was old before Christopher Columbus was born.

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US Census Reveals Important New Information on Irish Americans

Irish Americans continue to thrive, so the latest US census makes clear in their just released report.

Number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2010. This number was more than seven times the population of Ireland itself (4.58 million). Irish was the nation's second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German.

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Philly Historic Documents Dealer Donates Copy of Long-Lost JFK Tape to National Archives

A long-lost version of an Air Force One recording made right after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination can now be heard by the general public.

The Raab Collection is a Philadelphia historic documents dealer that acquired the tape from a Kennedy aide’s estate and put it up for sale. It donated a digitized copy Monday to the National Archives outside Washington.

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Rescued From the Trash: Photo Album of Fascinating WWII Portraits of African-American Troops in Europe

A Philadelphia woman has unearthed a family photo album filled with fascinating pictures of African American soldiers fighting during World War II.

While much attention is currently being devoted to the Tuskegee Airmen who are the subject of a new Hollywood movie called Red Tails, these photos show the plight of less-publicized groups of African American soldiers during the war.

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30 January 2012

Mother-Daughter Letters Open Digital Window to South Carolina Colonial Era

When Eliza Lucas was a girl of 17 she wrote a friend: “I have the business of three plantations to transact, which requires much writing and more business and fatigue of other sorts than you can imagine.

But least you should imagine it too burthensom to a girl at my early time of life, give me leave to answer you: I assure you I think myself happy that I can be useful to so good a father...”

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Auschwitz Survivor Dies on 67th Anniversary of Camp’s Liberation

Kazimierz Smolen, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor who after World War II became director of the memorial site, died Friday on the 67th anniversary of its liberation.

Smolen died in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II, said Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.

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Finding Kuwait's Missing National Archives

Jurist Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the Kuwaiti national archives, which were taken by Iraqi forces in 1990, have still not been returned and keep the post-Saddam Iraq under a UN Security Council resolution aimed at having the documents returned.

As the final US military convoy left Iraqi territory last month, the US, along with other members of the UN Security Council, criticized Iraq's lack of progress in locating Kuwaiti national archives — the historical records of the nation — that disappeared during Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion.

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Are You Related to Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911, to Jack Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan.

Reagan's father was a salesman and a storyteller, the grandson of Irish Catholic immigrants from County Tipperary while his mother had Scots and English ancestors. Reagan had one sibling, his older brother, Neil (1908–1996), who became an advertising executive. Reagan's family briefly lived in several towns and cities in Illinois, including Monmouth, Galesburg and Chicago, until 1919, when they returned to Tampico and lived above the H.C. Pitney Variety Store..

Ronald Reagan's Family Tree

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27 January 2012

Following Genetic Footprints out of Africa: First Modern Humans Settled in Arabia

A new study, using genetic analysis to look for clues about human migration over sixty thousand years ago, suggests that the first modern humans settled in Arabia on their way from the Horn of Africa to the rest of the world.

Led by the University of Leeds and the University of Porto in Portugal, the study is recently published in American Journal of Human Genetics and provides intriguing insight into the earliest stages of modern human migration, say the researchers.

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The British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App Wins Prestigious Publishing Innovation Award

At the opening of the Digital Book World Conference in New York City yesterday, the British Library, together with technology partner, BiblioLabs, LLC, was awarded the prestigious Publishing Innovation Award (PIA) for their British Library 19th Century Historical Collection iPad App.

The App, released in August last year to rave reviews from both critics and consumers, offers seamless, cloud-based access to more than 45,000 historical works from the British Library, spanning 21 thematic collections.

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Restored Film Shows Rare Color Footage of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Before World War II

Rare color footage of several Ann Arbor businesses and streets in the pre-World War II era is visible in a newly restored film. Ann Arbor-based startup Priceless Photo Preservation has restored an hour-long "movie" belonging to Larry Goetz, owner of 112-year-old Goetzcraft Printers.

The 16-millimeter film — shot by Fostoria, Ohio-based traveling film producer John B. Rogers Co. using technicolor technology in 1939 — shows several structures and businesses that still exist in some form today.

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Student Produces Middle-earth Genealogy Site

Chemical Engineering student Emil Johansson has an amazing passion project he developed mapping out the genealogy of everybody in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Called the LOTR project, it provides a great big family tree for Tolkiendom. Its scope is amazing as is the effort and organization, although it is still a work in progress.

The Lord of the Rings Project

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Native Americans Hailed From Siberian Highlands, DNA Reveals

For nearly a century now, most scholars have agreed that the ancestors of Native Americans likely hailed from Siberia, trekking across the Bering Strait to Alaska via a long-gone land bridge.

But certain aspects of the historic migration—including the settlers’ specific region of origin, when exactly they left it and what drove them to seek new lands—remain matters of debate to this day. A new DNA-based study published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics offers new insight into these questions.

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Shoebox 1.1.1 Update Released

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Shoebox 1.1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Post directly to Facebook Timeline.
• Tag Facebook friends in photos.
• Find and follow friends through your iPhone Contacts, Facebook and 1000memories.
• Bug fixes and performance improvements.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

RootsMagic 5.0.2 Update Released

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RootsMagic 5.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Added ability to split a place into separate place and place details (on Edit Place screen).
• Added Merge Place Details to place details list.
• Added option to print place details in place index.
• Place details now print in Ahnentafel, Descendant lists, and Individual list.
• Added ability to turn off spouse, children, parent, and sibling events on Timeline view.
• Added ability to turn off graphical timeline on Timeline view.
• Christening and Burial events are displayed in Timeline view if Birth / Death are not available.
• File > Database tools > Reindex will repopulate birth/death year in Explorer and side list.
• Many fixes.

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.3 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Several issues importing media files from GEDCOM fixed.
• Stability improvements.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

26 January 2012

MacFamilyTree 6.2.4 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Several issues importing media files from GEDCOM fixed.
• Stability improvements.

Genota 4.3.7.44 Update Released

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Genota 4.3.7.44 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a bug causing an EVariantInvalidArgError bug when opening Notebooks under specific conditions.
• Fixed an issue raising an EAccessViolation error when generating specific reports.

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:

Susan B. Anthony, Dolores Costello, P. T. Barnum, Rhonda Fleming, Ida Saxton McKinley, Kirk Douglas, Commodore Vanderbilt, Cole Porter, William Walker, Dale Evans, Lillian Russell, Tom Selleck, Georgia O'Keeffe, Helen Hunt, Anderson Cooper, Suzy Amis, Christina Applegate, Pinto Colvig, LLoyd Bridges, Sarah Palin, Nancy Reagan, George Eastman, Jane Wyman, Judy Garland, Ronald Reagan, George Hamilton, John D. Rockefeller, Cloris Leachman, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Ty Cobb, Gloria Vanderbilt, Bruce Jenner, Rachel Fuller Brown, Lance Burton, Marie Tharp, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones, Anjelica Huston, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Jr., Raquel Welch, Whitney Blake, Roy Rogers, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn.

Thanks Tim Dowling

Branches 1.2.1.9 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.1.9 has been released.

Changes:

• Corrected a problem with less than maximum windows.
• Changed display to show direct ancestors in multiple branches of the tree.
• Added support for PAF 'Other' fields (Title, AKA, Nickname, Married Name etc.)

Who Should Save Egypt's Archives?

It has sometimes been claimed that, like human rights and democracy, the protection of Egypt's cultural heritage cannot be left to the Egyptians. Corruption, poverty and ignorance, Egypt's critics maintain, pose a serious threat to the preservation of artefacts of "global importance".

Egypt's own Antiquities Council, of course, claims otherwise. Attempting to demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding "national heritage", erstwhile director Zahi Hawass waged a mildly successful international campaign to repatriate what "rightly belongs" to Egypt.

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Stolen World War II Rescue Fishing Boat To Be Returned

A fishing boat stolen for a dramatic escape during World War II is to be returned to Norway from Scotland. Four Norwegians desperate to escape the Nazi occupation took the boat and crossed the North Sea to the Aberdeenshire coast in 1941.

The boat was renamed Thistle and then worked out of Stonehaven, before being donated to Johnshaven Heritage Society. However, children of one of the original four escapees traced the boat, and it is now to be sent home.

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Huntington Acquires Trove of Lincoln, Civil War Telegrams, Codes

A long-unknown, 150-year-old trove of handwritten ledgers and calfskin-covered code books that give a potentially revelatory glimpse into both the dawn of electronic battlefield communications and the day-to-day exchanges between Abraham Lincoln and his generals as they fought the Civil War now belongs to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

The collection, acquired in a private sale on Saturday and disclosed Wednesday, includes 40 cardboard-covered albums of messages that telegraph operators wrote down either before sending them in Morse code, or transcribed from telegraphic dots and dashes at the receiving end.

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More Than 400,000 Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Far More Than Thought

Arlington National Cemetery is a lot more full than anyone knew. At a Senate hearing Wednesday, cemetery Executive Director Kathryn Condon estimated that more than 400,000 people are now interred there. That’s 20 percent more than previous estimates of about 330,000.

The new estimate comes as a meticulous grave-by-grave review is under way at the cemetery following reports in 2010 of misplaced remains and mismanagement that led the Army to oust the cemetery’s top leadership and install Condon to lead an overhaul.

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25 January 2012

Family Search for History Behind WW1 Photo

Missing details about the lives of these First World War heroes could hold the key to a woman’s family history. The old photograph was discovered by 89-year-old Elsie Kersley who believes one of the men, from the Northumbrian Regiment, is her great uncle.

When Elsie and her daughter Lynne Wright took the picture to a military historian, they were told the men may have been miners who dug deep tunnels under the German lines where they planted high explosives, which caused great damage.

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How the European Conquest Affected Native Americans

Researchers from Germany and the United States suggest that the European conquest triggered the loss of more than half the Native American population. The results of their study provide new insight into the demise of the indigenous population.

Experts recognise that Native Americans died while at war or due to diseases when Europeans first arrived in the Americas; the question this latest study addresses is how the overall population was impacted by the conquest.

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24 January 2012

Genealogist Leaves no Tombstone Unturned

A researcher and genealogist spent seven months tallying Forsyth County cemeteries to complete the painstakingly historical endeavor of documenting every grave.

John Salter, 64, a professional writer, researcher, historian and genealogist, has recently published his latest book entitled, "Forsyth County, Georgia, Cemeteries." Salter will be at the Historical Society of Forsyth County, 101 School Street in Cumming, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 for a book signing and book sale event.

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With DNA Testing, Suddenly They Are Family

Growing up, Khrys Vaughan always believed that she had inherited her looks and mannerisms from her father, and that her appreciation for tradition and old-fashioned gentility stemmed from her parents’ Southern roots. But those facets of her self-image crumbled when she was told, at age 42, that she had been adopted.

She began searching for her origins, only to find out that her adoption records had been sealed, a common practice in the 1960s. Then Mrs. Vaughan stumbled across an ad from a DNA testing company offering to help people who had been adopted find clues to their ancestry and connections to blood relatives.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Has Discovered Misplaced Headstones at Military Cemeteries

Only a couples months after a shocking and disheartening burial practice by the Air Force was discovered, the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that errors during renovations at multiple VA cemeteries have caused a substantial number of graves to be marked with the wrong headstone.

Reports are pending at national burial grounds in Ohio, New Mexico, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but the report, prompted by burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery, already indicates "scores" of mistakes at many of the VA's 131 cemeteries.

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23 January 2012

Gale Outlines First Archives for Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the source libraries, collections and plans for the first four modules of Nineteenth Century Collections Online, its global digitization and publishing program that brings together rare nineteenth-century primary source content. Currently still in development, the modules will be available this spring.

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Covington Library Gets Rare WWI Books

As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I approaches, historians and genealogists will soon be able to use a rare series of books at the Kenton County Public Library system’s Covington branch.

“The Source Records of the Great War,” a set of seven, gold-leafed volumes on World War I (1914-18) were donated this month by the Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Moon Brothers Post 275 in Independence.

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Are You Related to Bridget Fonda?

Fonda was born on January 27, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, into a family of actors, including her grandfather Henry Fonda, her father Peter Fonda, and her aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother, Susan Jane Brewer, is an artist.

She is named after actress Margaret Sullavan's daughter Bridget Hayward who committed suicide at the age of 21. Sullavan was Henry Fonda's first wife. Bridget's parents divorced and Peter remarried Portia Rebecca Crockett (former wife of author Thomas McGuane). Peter and Portia brought up Bridget, her brother Justin, and older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr (born circa 1962) in the Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles as well as just south of Livingston, Montana, where both brothers attended high school. Fonda attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles.

Bridget Fonda's Family Tree

Add a Slideshow of Family Pictures and Links to your Favorite Persons in your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

Club Privilege members can add up to 8 pictures that will be displayed in a slideshow in the home page of their Online Family Tree. These pictures can be linked to the page of an individual in the family tree.

Every GeneaNet member can add up to 8 Favorite Persons in the home page of their Online Family Tree to create a quick access to their individual page. Club Privilege members can also create a quick access to the charts and lists, and they can create two groups to organize their Favorite Persons.

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21 January 2012

Digitizing the Past to Protect and Preserve History

Adam Rabinowitz, now the assistant director at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, is still travelling around the world getting dirt under his nails. And though much remains the same about archaeology since he first picked up a trowel, a lot has changed.

In previous eras, researchers logged their data in notebooks, which were preserved along with photographs, maps and objects, in a physical archive. Rabinowitz can still access the notebooks and negatives of people who conducted research more than a hundred years ago at the same sites he is exploring.

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20 January 2012

University of South Alabama Searching for New Archives Location

The University of South Alabama is looking for a new permanent location for its archives. The archives expanded almost a year ago with the donation of the Doy Leale McCall Collection, which includes 1 million documents valued at $3.1 million.

As a result of the donation, the school gave the USA Archives a new name: The McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The archives already housed about 1 million pieces before the donation was made.

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New Zealander Family Hunter Rewarded

Life is like a never-ending treasure hunt for genealogist Janet Gow. Her service and dedication to helping Kiwis find their familial roots has earned her a Queen's Service Medal.

The accolade comes after almost 30 years of volunteering with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists in various roles. "I'm very humbled. It's a big thrill to receive the honour and I hope that it's going to a good thing for genealogy in this country," she says.

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National Library of Ireland Gets Digital

The Kildare Street library is expanding its online footprint and giving equal weight to archiving material that comes in bits and bytes.

For 135 years, saving paper has been its focus. But with so much of the world’s written content and images increasingly in digital form, the National Library of Ireland has embarked on a major project to digitise its collections and give equal weight to archiving new material that comes in bits and bytes.

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Transcript 2.3.3.83 beta Update Released

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Transcript 2.3.3.83 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Added a highlighter for the Image window.
• Bug fixes.

Surname Suggestion List 5.0 Update Released

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Surname Suggestion List 5.0 has been released.

Changes:

• New compiler.
• Added additional Australian and Croatian Surnames.

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.2 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Several fixes and improvements in the GEDCOM Exporter and Importer.
• Date parsing improved.
• Descendant Chart improved.
• Performance of the Tree Chart improved.
• Several other bug fixes.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Several fixes and improvements in the GEDCOM Exporter and Importer.
• Sources List now shows source abbreviations.
• Web Media improved.
• Date parsing improved.
• Descendant Chart improved.
• Performance of the Tree Chart improved.
• Several other bug fixes.

GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.1 Update Released

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GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Major improvement of the smart stretching of family objects, such as removing overlapping lines and correcting pedigree links of children so they are always displayed under their parents.
• Added a dedicated tab named Comments to edit long descriptions of Labels and/or Social Entitles.
• The time delay of the Tooltip / Datatip is proportional to the length of text to display, giving time to the reader to read very long tips.
• Improved the installer to upgrade GenoPro.
• Fixed bug where cloning a selection by holding the Ctrl key and dragging the mouse was not working properly.

GedView 3.2.4 Update Released

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GedView 3.2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Various bug fixes.
• Improved handling of zip files with varying character encodings.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.3 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix crash (Force Close) when selecting a new person from the list or Favorites.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

19 January 2012

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.1.17.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.1.17.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a crash.

Up to a Dozen Victims of Great Irish Famine Unearthed

The remains of up to a dozen people, possible victims of the Great Famine in the 19th Century, have been discovered in a grave in north Galway.

The skeletal remains were uncovered by contractors working on the Tuam Public Water project and archaeologists were immediately called in. The neatly arranged skeletons were discovered close to where an old workhouse stood, on the Athenry Road on the outskirts of Tuam town.

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GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:

Crystal Gayle, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, Bob Younger, John Younger, Vanessa Rousso, Bill Bixby, Dick Cheney, Mia Farrow, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgwick, Michelle Phillips, Kate Middleton, Montgomery Clift, Bette Davis, Dorothy Davenport, Erle Stanley Gardner, Jimi Hendrix, Cheryl Ladd, Diane Sawyer, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Mackenzie Phillips, Maureen O'Sullivan, H. P. Lovecraft, Audrey Meadows, Cher, Paget Brewster, Richard E. Byrd, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Gale Storm, Wynonna Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Willis, Dennis Hopper and Hilary Duff.

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British Archaeologist Destroys Holocaust Deniers' Argument with Mass Grave Find at Treblinka

A British forensic archaeologist has unearthed fresh evidence to prove the existence of mass graves at the Nazi death camp Treblinka - scuppering the claims of Holocaust deniers who say it was merely a transit camp.

Some 800,000 Jews were killed at the site, in north east Poland, during the Second World War but a lack of physical evidence in the area has been exploited by Holocaust deniers.

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Behind the Scenes of the British Library Digital Newspaper Project

Online publisher Brightsolid has worked with IBM to digitise four million pages of the British Library's historical newspaper collection for online access as part of a 10-year big data analytics project that could cost Brightsolid millions of pounds.

The online publisher was selected by the British Library in April 2010 to digitise the newspapers and it launched the British Newspaper Archive website in November 2011. Brightsolid is investing the money because it will see a finanancial return from payments for access to the digital content.

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Egypt Library Czar Calls for New Archives Law

In an interview this week with Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency, Zein Abdel-Hadi, recently appointed head of the Egyptian National Library and Archives, laid out an ambitious plan to revamp Egypt’s National Library, restructure the country’s library system, and push for a long-awaited archives law.

According to Abdel-Hadi, the challenges currently facing Egypt’s National Library are tremendous, the first of which has to do with the fact that library management reports to the Ministry of Culture at a time when the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is linked directly to the president’s office.

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India Exhumes Graves of Japanese World War II Soldiers

The remains of 11 Japanese soldiers killed in World War II are being exhumed at a war cemetery in the north-eastern Indian city of Guwahati. Three Japanese officials are in the city to take back the remains to Japan, officials say.

No significant remains have been exhumed yet, reports say. The Guwahati war cemetery was established during World War II for burials of those killed during the war in the area.

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18 January 2012

Titanic Link to Italian Costa Concordia Disaster

Valentina Capuano could not believe it when the luxury cruise ship she was on began to sink - she only hoped that she would be saved like her grandmother, who survived the Titanic disaster, 100 years ago.

"It was like re-living history, it was horrible, I was really shocked," said Capuano, who managed to escape when the giant Costa Concordia hit a rock and tipped over off the northwest Italian coast on Friday.

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Hundreds of Lost Darwinian Specimens Discovered in Cabinet

A collection of hundreds of fossil specimens, including some gathered by Darwin on his travels, have been discovered after 165 years hidden in an old cabinet.

The 314 slides were found by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway at the British Geological Survey. The professor says in a release: "While searching through an old cabinet, I spotted some drawers marked 'unregistered fossil plants'. I can't resist a mystery, so I pulled one open. What I found inside made my jaw drop!"

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Auschwitz Documents Surface, Then Vanish

Before the Nazis fled Auschwitz in January 1945, they destroyed most of the incriminating documents relating to their operation of the death camp, in which over a million people perished.

According to Polish media reports, two unidentified Germans located three crates in south-western Poland containing documents relating to the former death camp, and then smuggled them out of the country.

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Stalin Digital Archive Nears Completion

The Yale University Press will likely make the Stalin Digital Archive, which will contain more than 28,000 documents related to former Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin, available for purchase by this summer, according to John Donatich, director of the Yale University Press.

The project is the culmination of over 20 years of collaboration between Yale University Press and the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI). David Schiffman, Yale University Press director of digital publishing, said students.

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17 January 2012

Rare World War II Photographs Show American Soldiers' Fight for Survival in Brutal Battle of Saipan

It is the little-known battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans during World War II.

But now black-and-white photographs, captured by Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, show the everyday horrors for the U.S. soldiers fighting against Japanese forces on the Mariana Island of Saipan between June 15 and July 9, 1944.

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Martin Luther King Digital Archive Opens to Public

The King Center has published 200,000 personal documents belonging to Martin Luther King Jr, as the US marks the civil rights leader's birthday. The online archive contains personal notes, telegrams to John F Kennedy and a handwritten draft of King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

US President Barack Obama and his family marked the day volunteering at a library in Washington DC. King's memorial is open to the public for the first holiday since it opened.

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16 January 2012

England - Dorset Libraries Seek Volunteers

Campaigners in Dorset are warning that nine of the county's libraries could close unless sufficient numbers of volunteers can be found to run them. In July, the county council voted to withdraw funding from the libraries to save £800,000 a year by 2012.

While campaigners say there has been "initial enthusiasm", they fear it may not be sustainable. The council says discussions are under way with community groups about keeping the sites open.

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Last Check for $800 Abraham Lincoln Wrote the Day Before He Was Assassinated Is Discovered After 150 Years

A personal check that Abraham Lincoln wrote the day before he was assassinated is among those that were rediscovered by an Ohio bank.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that 70 checks were found in a vault at Huntington Bank's Columbus headquarters, including checks signed by George Washington, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Thomas Edison. Some are being displayed at branches throughout the state.

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Irish Genealogical Site Unearths Walt Disney’s Irish Roots

An Irish family history website have discovered records which reveal that Walt Disney’s ancestors rented 33 acres of land in County Kilkenny.

Dublin based website findmypast.ie have uncovered documents clearly showing the family’s links to the small parish of Rathbeagh. The cartoonist has long been rumoured to have ancestry in Ireland, but the newly discovered records show, in detail, Disney’s family history.

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Are You Related to Edgar Allan Poe?

He was born Edgar Poe, on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, the second child of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. He had an elder brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and a younger sister, Rosalie Poe.

His father abandoned their family in 1810, and his mother died a year later from consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis). Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Richmond, Virginia, who dealt in a variety of goods including tobacco, cloth, wheat, tombstones, and slaves. The Allans served as a foster family and gave him the name "Edgar Allan Poe", though they never formally adopted him.

Edgar Allan Poe's Family Tree

GeneaNet - New Search Options: 'Nearby Places' and 'Name of Parents'

Two new search options have been added for GeneaNet Club Privilege members: 'Nearby Places' and 'Name of Parents'.

The 'Nearby Places' option allows you to automatically extend the search to places which are close to the selected one.

The 'Name of Parents' option allows you to easily search for families in the GeneaNet database.

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13 January 2012

India: 213-Year-Old Monument Loses Colour After Wash!

A controversy has now erupted after Jaipur's 213-year-old iconic monument Hawa Mahal was washed for the first time two days ago.

The clean-up drive, aimed at washing off pigeon droppings and removing stains deposited over the years, has damaged the structure at places and caused the famous pink colour to chip off. It is felt that cleaning by fire tenders that release water at high pressure was responsible for this.

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Dog Tag Lost in World War I Returned to Soldier's Son

After 94 years, Infantryman Kent Potter’s World War I dog tag has returned home to Chase County, Kansas.

Potter was a member of Unit 139, of the 134th Infantry Division, Company M, U. S. Army. He served in France as a mule cart driver hauling supplies in France. Potter family lore tells a tale of the soldier loosing the tag during a mustard gas attack when he put his gas mask on his mule. Potter suffered from emphysema for the rest of his life.

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TreeDraw 4.0.1 Update Released

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TreeDraw 4.0.1 has been released.

Changes:

• PCs running Vista/Win7 with UAC turned on gave a warning when starting TreeDraw. Fixed.

12 January 2012

Shoebox 1.0.4 Update Released

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Shoebox 1.0.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Bug fixes and performance improvements.
• Tag Facebook friends in photos.

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.2 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix crash (Force Close) when selecting a new person from the list or Favorites.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:

Buster Keaton, Lindsey Buckingham, Alice Cooper, Courteney Cox, David Crosby, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Roger Waters, Lee Van Cleef, June Carter Cash, Matt Damon, James Dean, Grace Slick, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, John Steinbeck, Marjorie Merriweather Post, C.W. Post, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles Manson, Daphne Ashbrook, Samuel Colt, Will Ferrell, Margot Hemingway, Loretta Lynn, Shirley Temple, Jonathan Swift, Johnny Appleseed, Patricia Arquette, Larry Flynt, Ulysses S. Grant, John Glenn, Linda Ronstadt, Sharon Stone, Pete Seeger, Edgar Allan Poe and Betty White.

Thanks Tim Dowling

Branches 1.2.1.8 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.1.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Corrected a problem with less than maximum windows.
• Corrected a problem in the tree list generator.

Billion Graves 2.0.2 Update Released

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Billion Graves 2.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Bug fixes.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

In Pictures: Carlisle Archive Holds Cumbrian Treasures

Lady Gillford’s House, a Georgian Grade II*-listed building in Carlisle, has been renovated to provide a new archive centre. The £8.2m project includes the building of a modern extension. The new archive replaces the previous centre at Carlisle Castle.

The documents and artefacts will now be kept in large strongroom vaults, in a number of other temperature-controlled rooms and on more than four miles (6.4km) of shelving. Space has been made available to store the current archive, along with a projected 25 years' worth of new material.

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Malaysia National Archives Digitising Historical Materials

The National Archives is in the process of digitising all historical records and materials to make it easier for the public to obtain information, National Archives deputy director-general (research and development) Daresah Ismail said.

The digitisation process, carried out under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA), would also endear the public to an institution responsible for safeguarding the country's history, she said.

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DNA Evidence Links Murder Case With Mayflower-Era Family

Forgive Seattle-area sheriff’s deputies if they spend a little time in the history books these days. Or start asking a lot of questions about a 17th-century Massachusetts family.

As deputies work to solve a 20-year-old Federal Way, Wash., murder, DNA has linked the suspect all the way back to the family of Robert Fuller, who was related to two people who came to the U.S. on the Mayflower. Unfortunately for law enforcement officials, Fuller first settled in Salem, Mass., in 1630.

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11 January 2012

South American and Mayan DNA Discovered in Southern Appalachians

Southeastern Indians were irate after several non-Native Americans mocked their traditions while commenting on an archaeological discovery of Maya place names and apparent Itza Maya ruins in the Georgia Mountains.

The Creek Indians of Georgia went on the warpath after an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the discovery only interviewed four non-Native Americans, who had no professional backgrounds in Mesoamerican archaeology and architecture.

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World War II-Era Letter Discovered in Louis XV Desk at Versailles Chateau

For 67 years, a message from Nazi-occupied France remained hidden in a secret drawer of a desk that belonged to France's 18th century King Louis XV. Restorers at the Chateau of Versailles recently discovered the letter, written by a World War II-era colleague who last restored the bronze-coated bureau.

The letter, released Tuesday by the chateau, details restoration work on the desk during the war. The restorer says he wrote the note after he finished the work — just as Paris was being liberated from the Nazis in August 1944.

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10 January 2012

First Female Professor’s Archive Goes Digital

Laura Bassi, a noted 18th-century Italian scientist, left behind 6,000 pages of intriguing documents that describe her life and work. They now rest in the archives of the principal municipal library in Bologna, Italy, safe but not accessible to the world at large.

That is about to change. Stanford University has teamed up with the Bologna library and the Istituto per i beni culturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna to scan Bassi’s archives and make them easily accessible online later this year.

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Historian Solves Grave Mystery

The location of an 80-year-old grave in Pratt, Kansas, was resolved Thursday morning. Corinda E. Miller is definitely bureid in Greenlawn Cemetery. The exact location of the grave was in question after a tombstone for C.E. Miller was discovered at 902 W. Second St., currently owned by Mary and Pat Gordon, during renovations to the house at that address.

Fred and the Boys Construction were doing demolition on the west side of the house when they uncovered a tombstone under some old concrete with the inscription C.E. Miller 1887 — 1932, said Fred Sullivan, co-owner of Fred and The Boys.

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Picture of Forgotten WWI Vet Tells a Thousand Words for Historian

Sporting a fashionable officer’s mustache and gazing serenely off-camera, this Canadian First World War soldier has the bearing of a man older than his 30-some years. An inscription on the wood frame of the black-and-white photograph identifies him as Major Alfred Frank Mantle and gives his date of death – Sept. 26, 1916.

omehow, the image would end up in a biology department storage room at the University of Regina. In the winter of 2010, when staff were cleaning the place out, department head Mark Brigham dropped by and found the picture sitting in a trash heap.

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Czech National Digital Library Project Under Heavy Fire

Two days after Alena Hanáková took over the reins of the Ministry of Culture from Jiří Besser, she wrote to Tomáš Böhm, director of the National Library, asking him to postpone signing the acceptance protocol of the National Digital Library implementation project.

If Böhm signed the document, the National Library would de facto be approving the digitalization solution designed by Logica. Critics of the system, which has never been tested under similar conditions, are relying on the fact that if the protocol is not accepted there is still hope, albeit small, that the contact with the local firm Logica could be cancelled.

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New Records from 1911 Available at Jersey Archive

A butcher accused of adulterating sausages with acid and the arrests of St Helier prostitutes are just two of the stories featured in newly-released documents from Jersey Archive. On 1 January, 200 new records were made public.

Archivist Linda Romeril said islanders could use the documents to get a clearer picture of Jersey's history, and maybe find out more about their ancestors. Many date from 1911, when George V was crowned, British MPs first received salaries and the Suffragettes stormed Parliament.

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9 January 2012

A Vast Historical Archive at University of Georgia Now Open to the Public

After months of moving, the University of Georgia’s new special collections library building opened to the public last week — even though the new building still looks unfinished inside.

Years in the planning, the new Richard B. Russell Building will usher in a new era for the special collections, an archive of Georgia history that includes Sen. Richard B. Russell’s baseball card collection, a lock of Jefferson Davis’ hair and thousands of rare or one-of-a-kind photographs, books, manuscripts and other items that document the history of Georgia and the South.

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Scotch-Irish Will No Longer Be Included in Official US Census Figures

Almost 35 million people currently living in the US claim Irish ancestry, according to the just released figures from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey for 2010. But in a controversial move the figures for the numbers of Scotch-Irish are no longer available. The Census Bureau has announced the change.

In a statement they said “While the ancestry tables will all look the same, the interpretation of the"Scotch-Irish" and "Other groups" estimates will change. ….Individuals reporting Irish-Scotch are no longer tabulated as "Scotch-Irish" but rather are included in the "Other groups" category.”

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World War II Navajo Code Talker Keith Little Dies at Age 87

Keith Little, who joined the Marine Corps at age 17 and became one of the famed Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, died Tuesday at an Arizona hospital. He was 87.

Little, the longtime president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, spent his last years touring the country to gain support and funding for a museum honoring the men whose use of the Navajo language in radio transmissions confounded the Japanese during the war in the Pacific.

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GeneaNet Ranks #9 on Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites

GenealogyInTime magazine has put together a global list of the Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites. This is the first time a comprehensive list has been published of the most popular genealogy websites from around the world. Other genealogy lists exist, but they tend to focus on only one country, on only certain types of genealogy websites, or the list contains personal preferences.

GeneaNet ranks #9 on Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites and we thank all of our members for their support!

Are You Related to Faye Dunaway?

Dunaway was born on January 14, 1941, in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (née Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. She is of Irish, Scottish and German descent. She attended the University of Florida, Florida State University, and Boston University, but graduated from the University of Florida in theater. In 1962, Dunaway joined the American National Theater and Academy.

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New 'Keep Me Logged In' GeneaNet Option

The new 'Keep me logged in' GeneaNet option allows you to log in once to the web site, so that on future visits to the web site login will not be required.

With this new feature, you can sign in once with your GeneaNet username and password, and click the 'Keep me logged in' checkbox. Then, on any future return to the web site, you will already be logged in. You will not have to sign in again until you click the 'Log Out' link or you delete cookies in your web browser.

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6 January 2012

1911 Medical Conditions: Wife's Long Tongue and Children's Quarrelsome Stubbornness

A man listed his wife's "long tongue" and his children's "quarrelsome stubbornness" as medical conditions in the 1911 census, newly-released records show. The information, which details descriptions of people's ailments as perceived by the head of the household on the night of Sunday April 2 1911, has remained closed under data protection regulations until now.

The entries, given for the most part by people who would have had no medical knowledge, are often amusing, with some of the more unusual health conditions including ''old age'', ''voteless'', ''bald'' and being ''short of cash''.

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Revealed: The Handwritten Prayer Book Love Notes Sent by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn Before they Married

Amazing hand-written love notes in the margin of a prayer book between a lovesick Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, as he wooed her, are to be revealed in a new BBC television series. The scribbled messages, his one written in French, reveal the intensity of the king’s passion for his future wife, as he expressed his ardour with a note in her Book of Hours.

Symbolically writing his message on a page depicting the ‘Man of Sorrows’ he tells Miss Boleyn: ‘If you remember my love in your prayers as strongly as I adore you, I shall hardly be forgotten, for I am yours. Henry R. forever.

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4 January 2012

Ireland's Military Archives Go Online

Ireland's Military Archives are available online for the first time. The Archives, which are held in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines in Dublin, can now be accessed via a new website - militaryarchives.ie.

The site has been launched in conjunction with the National Archives of Ireland, and is designed to appeal to historians, genealogists and members of the public researching their family tree.

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Irish American Twins Born in Different Years in Historic First

In an historic, first Irish Americans Ronan and Rory Rosputni are twins with different birthdays in different years.

Ronan was born to mother Brighid Maura O’Brien Rosputni before midnight on 31st December 2011 in Buffalo while his brother Rory was born 33 minutes later at 12.10am on 1st January 2012.

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TreeDraw 4.0.0 Update Released

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TreeDraw 4.0.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Joined lines added. Straight lines can have their ends joined to any other chart element so that the line stretches when the element is moved.
• Descendant and ancestral trees can join up lines automatically.
• Multiple levels of undo allow you to step back through changes you made to the current chart.
• Right-clicking in the Drawing Area to pop up a context menu added.

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.2 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Database maintenance improved.
• Better display of events in the My Tree pane.
• GEDCOM Import and export improved.
• New preferences added for the startup window.
• Kekulé numbers now available in the Fan Chart and Narrative Report.
• Several crash bugs fixed.
• Several fixes in the Tree Chart.

LTools 1.3.21 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.21 has been released.

Changes:

• Advanced SSDI Retrieval – new deluxe LTool which queries the FamilySearch website and presents to the user potential SSDI matches.
• View Legacy Tables – fixed COUNT(*) syntax error.
• Run Raw SQL – fixed COUNT(*) syntax error.
• View Legacy Tables – added MsgBox to display number of rows selected when query is finished.
• MsgBox – changed all MsgBox’s to center themselves on their parent window when possible.

GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.1 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix problem with launching from Dropbox that started with Dropbox app 2.0.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GedStar Pro 4.3.0 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.3.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Direct copy of the database file to your Dropbox folder.
• Larger photo option for large tablets.
• Better support for TMG custom name structures.
• Support GEDCOM cause-of-death (CAUS) tag.

3 January 2012

Family Tree PHP 1.2d Update Released

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Family Tree PHP 1.2d has been released.

Fixed:

• Deleting a tree did not work via Ajax/Javascript.
• The HTTP headers sent with images where not completely valid.
• Some minor bugs.

Branches 1.2.1.7 Update Released

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Branches 1.2.1.7 has been released.

Changes:

• Added the 'Branches Basics Tutorial' to the Help menu.
• Added a small, sample database (Sample.sdf) to the download package to be used with the Branches Basics Tutorial.
• Seperated LDS help topics into their own Help file. LDS support can be disabled using File -> Preferences.

Behold 1.0.2 Update Released

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Behold 1.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• A couple of important bugs have been fixed.
• An improvement to the way a spouse’s maiden name and married surnames are designated.

Ancestral Author 2.9d Update Released

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Ancestral Author 2.9d has been released.

Changes:

• Maximum number of hyperlinks has been increased from 1.5 million to 4.5 million. The page limit has increased from 24,000 to 72,000.
• The GEDCOM reading speed is no much faster.
• Ported to Windows 64-bit operating systems. The 64-bit version of AA is automatically installed on 64-bit versions of Windows, and will process much larger GEDCOM files than the standard 32-bit version of AA.

Graves Of Connecticut Sea Captains Discovered In South America

The Republic of Suriname, a former Dutch sugar colony on the northern coast of South America, is not often a topic of conversation around here. But a team of researchers may make the tiny state of interest to Connecticut residents, thanks to their discovery of the graves of two 18th-century sea captains.

One headstone, bearing the date of 1758, is that of Capt. Michael Burnham of Middletown, a swashbuckling adventurer who made a fortune as a privateer and most likely trafficked in slaves. Another, made of Portland brownstone, marks the grave of New London Capt. William Barbut.

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69 Years After Hero American War Pilot Died, Family Find his Lost Plane 13,000ft Up a Himalayan Mountain

It took 69 years, but at last a family has ended its grieving for a dead American airman after the discovery of a plane lost over China during World War II. The wreckage of the C-47 transport aircraft was found 13,400ft up a Himalayan mountain - the final resting place of co-pilot Jimmy Browne.

For decades, his family had wondered about his fate and whether the plane might ever be found. Browne was just twenty-one when the C-47 was shot down or crashed on a flight between Kunming in China and Dinjan, India, on November 17, 1942.

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State Helps Protect Baltimore Archives

Baltimore was in danger of losing many of its most precious documents several years ago. A rented building near Druid Hill Park that was used to house the city's historic archives failed to meet even minimal standards for proper records storage. It was damp and moldy.

It lacked air conditioning. The roof leaked. Water got on the floor. Snakes crawled around the building. Few of the documents were available online, and there was no equipment to scan them in.

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2 January 2012

New Online Photo Collection Provides Glimpses into Delaware’s Past

Over 2,000 images of Delaware life in the 1920s and 1930s are now only a couple of clicks away, thanks to an initiative by the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) to digitize its entire Board of Agriculture glass negative collection.

This collection includes much more than just agricultural photos, however. By visiting de.gov/deagphotos, you can also view photos of people, schools, factories, automobiles, popular attractions and historic sites throughout the First State.

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Genealogists Develop Online Database of African Names with Hope of Uncovering Obama's Lost Past

Most of the millions of Africans enslaved before 1807 were known only by numbers, the stories of their ancestry either a part of family lore or completely re-written upon their disembarkment in America.

So far, two men named Obama sit among some 9,500 captured Africans whose names were written on line after line in the registries of obscure, 19th century slave trafficking courts - registries recorded almost two centuries before there was a man with the same name in the White House.

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Origin Unknown of Tombstones Left on Side of Saint Clair Road, Pennsylvania

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the discovery of 13 tombstones found within their patrol area.

Some of the tombstones were discovered Wednesday in East Norwegian Township. Of the 13, only six have been transcribed so far, which state: Robert D. Phelger 1875-1951, Frank 1866-1910, Loretta A. Buries 1900-1945, Harry J. Johnson 1887-1924, Mary A. Rote 1888-1933 and William E. Gramley 1886-1948.

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Graves May Be Exhumed Over Pennsylvania Sinkhole

Officials in Pennsylvania may give the go-ahead Friday to exhume graves as a large sinkhole encroaches on a historic Allentown cemetery. A court order has been secured so that Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim can give the order if he deems such action necessary.

"It's a very sensitive issue. You are dealing with a cemetery," Grim said. "You are laid to rest and now it is being disturbed." The sinkhole measures about 50 feet long and 30 feet wide, according to Allentown Fire Chief Robert C. Scheirer.

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Are You Related to Richard Nixon?

Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 to Francis A. Nixon and Hannah Milhous Nixon, in a house his father built in Yorba Linda, California. His mother was a Quaker (his father converted from Methodism after his marriage), and his upbringing was marked by conservative Quaker observances of the time.

Nixon had four brothers: Harold (1909–33), Donald (1914–87), Arthur (1918–25), and Edward (born 1930). Four of the five Nixon boys were named after kings who had ruled in historical or legendary England; Richard, for example, was named after Richard the Lionheart.

Richard Nixon's Family Tree

The GeneaNet 'Email Alert by Individual'

GeneaNet has a powerful feature called 'Email Alert by Individual'.

The 'Individual Alert' and the 'Cross-Database Alert' have been merged in a single Email Alert so GeneaNet Club Privilege members can now receive accurate emails that aggregate the latest entries by name (with alternate spelling), first name (with alternate spelling), place, year, occupation and spouse.

And these Email Alerts can be automatically generated from the data in their Online Family Tree!

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GeneaNet Wish You a Happy New Year!


We wish you a Happy New Year!

Many thanks to all of you for supporting GeneaNet!

Now, it's time to set some genealogy goals for the upcoming year and we hope that 2012 will bring you many new ancestors and lost relatives!