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28 June 2013

Atlantis Memorial Reef - Key Biscayne, Florida

Finding a final resting place for the deceased is more challenging than it might seem, especially considering the limited amount of space on Earth and the extreme geography and climate of some locations.

And although the recently departed may be beyond any worldly cares, the cemeteries they call their resting place are far from being immune to the outside world.

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27 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.11 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Individual Review with FamilySearch Screen: Added ability to delete facts from individual records of Family Tree.
• Check for Changes: Added an option to "Mark All" changed records as having been reviewed.
• Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features.

GRAMPS 4.0.1 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Gtk3: fix menu on person editor and Geography views, convert deprecated code for the indicator in entryfield.
• GEDCOM: Fix crash on export when there are addresses, fix space on ID.
• Disallow bookmarking a source in the Citation Tree View.
• Better RTL support on Pedigreeview and position for gramplets.
• Fix crash on ancestor chart report.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Several stability improvements, especially when using FamilySearch.
• Norwegian translation improved.
• Search for persons, families and sources improved.
• Bug that could prevent GEDCOM files from importing fixed.
• Several smaller fixes.

My Family Tree 3.0.2.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added High Contrast themes.
• Added full date display option to charts.
• Multipage tree printing.
• Scan to add photos/attachments.
• Print photos/photo albums/attachments.
• Added sources for LDS events.

RootsMagic 6.2.0.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Can now view and copy sources between RootsMagic and FamilySearch Family Tree.
• New: Can now view change history for FamilySearch Family Tree records.
• New: Can now "restore" changes made from the FamilySearch Family Tree Changes tab.
• New: Can now color code a named group.
• Updated: FamilySearch Share Data screen shows more information when copying data between RootsMagic and FamilySearch.
• Updated: Enhanced FamilySearch Ordinances screen.
• Updated: Sources can be viewed from the FamilySearch Share Data screen.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130620 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Dates expressed as "BET xxx AND yyy" are now correctly narrated. (In recent releases, "Between" has not been output in some instances.)
• Improved: French first-of-the-month dates are now expressed as "1er".

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 2.1.8 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Greatly improved page speed.
• Faster download of issues.
• Enhanced design for iPhone.
• General performance improvements.
• Bug fixes.

Google Could Replace National Census In The UK

Internet search engines could replace the national census by providing cheap data on citizens, a government paper has suggested. The last census, which went out in 2011, missed out three-and-a-half million people but cost nearly half a billion pounds.

Under plans to cut down on census costs, labelled ‘Beyond 2011’, the government could collect data from search engines such as Google. It would be a controversial move as the company is currently facing criticism for failing to cut down on child porn, and for paying minimal taxes in the UK.

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Dutch Court Rules Anne Frank Archive Must Go Back To Switzerland

An archive of documents related to Anne Frank and her family must be returned to a foundation in Switzerland, an Amsterdam court ruled on Wednesday, settling a dispute between two institutions with a claim on her name.

The legal battle between Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam museum dedicated to her memory, and Anne Frank Fonds, the Basel-based foundation set up by her father Otto, centered on where the thousands of photographs, letters and other documents should be kept and displayed.

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Are You Related to Khloé Kardashian?

Kardashian was born on June 27, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Robert George Kardashian (1944–2003), was of Armenian descent, and worked as a lawyer. Her mother, Kristen "Kris" Mary Jenner (born 1955; formerly Kardashian, née Houghton) is of Scottish and Dutch descent.

She is the third of four children: she has two older sisters Kourtney Mary (born 1979) and Kimberly Noel "Kim" (born 1980) and one younger brother Robert Arthur "Rob" Kardashian (born 1987).

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26 June 2013

Lost Letters Sent By U.S. Soldier During World War II End Up In Son's Hands Nearly 70 Years Later

Two letters sent by a U.S. soldier nearly 70 years ago during World War II never made it to his wife, but now their son has the treasures in his possession. California resident Chuck Kunellis is thrilled to have the letters his father Chris sent to his mom in 1944, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

Chuck Kunellis was in fact a newborn when his father sent the letters from Italy to his wife's home in Arlington, Va. And if it wasn't for some good fortune, he never would have seen them.

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Boston Marathon Memorial Moved To City Archives

The memorial to remember and honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing was moved Tuesday morning. Many people came to Copley Square to pay their last respects before the memorial was taken down.

“I wanted to see it, I wanted to say a prayer,” said Debra Basile. Crews carefully moved the flowers, cards, sneakers and more to City Archives.

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25 June 2013

She Stole Another’s Identity, And Took Her Secret To The Grave. Who Was She?

The death of a wife and mother in Texas revealed a case of stolen identity with a connection to the Northwest. Now a Seattle investigator is trying to figure out who this mystery woman really was.

Joe Velling arranged the clues around the big table: a birth certificate for a girl in Fife. An Idaho ID card. Pages from an Arizona phone book. And scraps of paper with scribbled notes, including the name of an attorney and the words “402 months.”

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Viral Photo Captures Bride Clinging To Father’s Gravestone On Wedding Day

After unexpectedly losing her father in 2011, bride Paige Eding knew she wanted to incorporate his memory into her upcoming wedding.

Married this month to Kevin Eding, Paige originally planned to hold a moment of silence for her father but come the day of the wedding, she asked her wedding photographer Kari Wieringa if they could stop by the cemetery before the ceremony.

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24 June 2013

From Grandma, With Love: Message In The Bottle Delivered 100 Years Later

A Michigan man was fascinated by a newspaper story about a near-century old message in a bottle found in a nearby river. Then his interest exploded when he realized the note was written by his grandmother when she was only 22.

"At first I didn't believe it," Eric Schiebold told the Daily News. "I saw the name and thought, 'ah that can't be grandma.' But at the end of the story was a little biography and sure enough it was. I was in stunned amazement."

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Lost Paupers Cemetery Found in Rutherford County, Tennessee

A stranger asking about his father’s final resting place sent the administrator of Community Care of Rutherford County on a years-long search. “A gentleman came in the facility,” Community Care Administrator Mark King explained about that fateful meeting. “He said his dad had brought him and his sister here in 1935.”

At the height of the Great Depression many had become homeless and some made their way to what was then the County Farm, also known as the poorhouse, including this man and his family.

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Photos Could Prove Amelia Earhart Lived as Castaway

An array of detailed aerial photos of the remote island where Amelia Earhart may have survived for a time as a castaway, has resurfaced in a New Zealand museum archive, raising hopes for new photographic evidence about the fate of the legendary aviator.

Found by Matthew O'Sullivan, keeper of photographs at the New Zealand Air Force Museum in Christchurch, the images lay forgotten in an unlabeled tin box in the museum's archives.

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23 June 2013

Are You Related to June Carter Cash?

June Carter Cash was born Valerie June Carter on June 23, 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Maybelle Carter and Ezra Carter. She was born into country music and performed with the Carter Family from the age of ten, beginning in 1939.

In March 1943, when the Carter Family trio stopped recording together at the end of the WBT contract, Maybelle Carter, with encouragement from her husband Ezra, formed "Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters" with her daughters, Helen, Anita and June.

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22 June 2013

The Ruins of Normandy: Unpublished Color Photos From France, 1944

The ruins left behind after warfare speak a language of their own. And, even more strikingly, no matter where the conflict has taken place — whether it’s in northern Europe or the South Pacific, the Middle East or Central Africa — the vernacular of destruction is very often the same.

Buildings reduced to rubble and dust. A scarred, tortured landscape seemingly devoid of any life at all, aside from small human forms trying to piece it back together. Twisted, rusting, abandoned vehicles. And always, above it all, the silent, indifferent sky.

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21 June 2013

Revealed: George W. Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave Trader

Researchers claim that a brutal slave-trader who brought captive slaves from West Africa to Colonial America is the same man whose descendants produced two U.S. presidents. George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush.

Historians already knew that the Bush family was directly connected to Thomas Walker, yet they were unable to figure out which was the ancestor of the Bush's. Records show there was a Thomas Walker who was a merchant from Baltimore who was in Great Britain in 1758.

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Pictures: America's Most Endangered Historical Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced a list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on June 19. All of the featured sites were nominated for their historical or architectural significance, their deteriorating conditions, and the viability of a solution to restore them.

But five sites stand out as the most endangered, according to Virgil McDill, associate director of public affairs at theNational Trust.

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Archaeologists Make Significant Find of Early 1800s Artifacts On University Campus

As work began this month on the restoration of Washington and Lee University's Robinson Hall, one of five buildings composing the historic Colonnade, Alison Bell paid an obligatory visit to the work site.

As chair of W&L's Historic Preservation & Archaeological Conservation Advisory Committee, she routinely visits construction projects on campus as they get underway to determine if there are any preservation issues.

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Canada Buys Rare War of 1812 Collection For $573K

A large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812, has sold for $573,000 at auction in London.

The winning bidder was Library and Archives Canada, and the future Canadian Museum of History. Including commission, the sale cost the federal government about $690,000.

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A Military Widow Finds Another Woman's Name Engraved On Her Husband's Tombstone

A woman who wanted to make a family trip to show her family the grave of her late military hero husband, got a terrible shock. Instead of her own name, on the reverse side of her husband’s headstone is a strange woman’s name.

Edna Fielden took her grandchildren from their home in Minnesota to the Ft. Logan military cemetery where her late husband Air Force Sergeant Billy Fielden is buried in Denver, Colorado.

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National Library of Australie: 10 Million Newspaper Pages In Trove

An annoucement by the National Library of Australia: "We are proud to announce that as of today there are now ten million historic Australian newspaper pages available in Trove! The lucky edition is the Saturday July 31, 1915 issue of The Leader, from the NSW city of Orange.

We are also celebrating the milestone of almost one hundred million articles within those pages which can be individually searched and referenced."

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20 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.10 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed most of the API calls that used to work with New.FamilySearch.org to work instead with the Family Tree of FamilySearch.

My Family Tree 3.0.1.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Support for the new OpenDyslexic typeface from opendyslexic.org which improves text redability for dyslexic readers. Once installed on your device, you can enable the font pressing Ctrl+D.
• Support for high contrast themes which can be selected from the Themes menu.
• Support display zoom which enables you to make all the text and controls larger.

Second Site 5.0 Build 9 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed the sibling inclusion filter for the Family Explorer to use the Show Name when Child filter.
• Changed the Norwegian sort sequence to treat (1) "aa" as "å" and (2) "Aa" as "Å".
• Added the Page Title Only Header Script.
• Change the Left-Hand Frame Menu Menu Script to include a link to the Surname Index.
• Added the SS-HID code.
• Changed the Second Site installer program to omit some system files that should already be present on the target PC.
• Some fixes.

StoryPress 1.3.5 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug Fixes.

TMG Utility 7.3 Build 1 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Enabled the Flag Filter for the Change Roles feature.

1926 Irish Census To Be Released in January 2027

After 1911, the next census in Ireland was not until 1926. Those fifteen years were the most tumultuous decade-and-a-half in Irish history – with upheavals in industry and labour, the Easter Rising, a world war, the war of independence, the civil war, Partition.

The Ireland recorded in 1926 had been utterly transformed. For that reason the 1926 census occupies a very special position for historians and genealogists of every stripe.

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19 June 2013

Mistake on Former Mayor Ed Koch's Tombstone Is Corrected

Former Mayor Ed Koch can now rest in peace. Koch’s granite grave marker in Trinity Church Cemetery in upper Manhattan was corrected Tuesday to reflect his birthday accurately, Koch’s former press secretary George Arzt said.

The tombstone had been incorrectly etched with the wrong date of birth — Dec. 12 1942 — making Koch 18 years younger than he was. The marker now reflects the correct birth date of Dec. 12, 1924. He was 88 when he died on Feb. 1.

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18 June 2013

Canadian Association of University Teachers Criticizes Library and Archives Canada Digital Plan

An association representing 68,000 Canadian academics has called on Library and Archives Canada to tear up its deal to have a non-profit firm digitize historic documents.

In an interview with the Citizen, Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director Jim Turk was harshly critical of LAC’s “perverse” approach to digitization and its agreement with Canadiana.org.

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Michelle Obama Receives Family Genealogy at Trinity College Dublin

The US First Lady and her two daughters were given a presentation on their family genealogy and connections to Ireland when they visited Trinity College today. At Trinity, the Obamas visited the Old Library and were shown the Book of Kells, a ninth-century, elaborately decorated gospel manuscript made by Irish monks.

Mrs Obama, Malia and Sasha were also shown the birth registry of President Obama's Irish ancestors from around the village of Moneygall and old maps detailing the family's homestead in Co Offaly.

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Are You Related to Paul McCartney?

McCartney was born on 18 June 1942, in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary (née Mohin), had qualified to practise as a nurse. His father, James ("Jim") McCartney, was absent from his son's birth due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II.

Paul has one younger brother, Michael (born 7 January 1944). Though the children were baptised in their mother's Roman Catholic faith, their father, a former Protestant turned agnostic, felt Catholic schools sacrificed the education of their students for the sake of their religious teachings, so he and Mary did not emphasise religion in the household.

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17 June 2013

Swedish Workers Dig Up 400-Year-Old Soldier

A man in southern Sweden was shocked to uncover a human skeleton just 20 centimetres under the ground near a public beach, remains that archaeologists believe belong to a fallen soldier from the Danish occupation of Sweden in the early 1600s.

Ronny Gustavsson, head of the Kalmar municipality service project, was on the scene soon after the workers found the bones while digging for a beach extension project in the area. While the digger itself crushed a hole in the skeleton's skull, Gustavsson says the bones have weathered the centuries well.

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Alleged Nazi SS Commander Found Living in Minnesota

Polish prosecutors have pledged to help U.S. investigators bring to justice a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota, who is accused of being a former commander of a Nazi SS unit responsible for killing scores of women and children during World War II.

A lengthy investigation across six countries led the Associated Press to discover Michael Karkoc living quietly in Minneapolis. Karkoc is accused of leading the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, an organization whose members massacred civilians and resistance fighters throughout Ukraine and Poland and helped suppress the Warsaw Uprising.

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Monument to Michelle Obama Ancestor Toppled in Georgia

Police in Georgia are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of first lady Michelle Obama's relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta.

Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton tells WSB-TV that a stone monument to Michelle Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was pushed over and will need to be inspected for cracks.

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DNA Tests Reveal Prince William's Indian Ancestry

Britain's royal family has long been taunted for its German roots, but now a more exotic lineage can be revealed after evidence emerged indicating that Prince William is the direct descendant of an Indian woman.

The Duke of Cambridge's maternal lineage was revealed on Friday by a genetic ancestry testing company, BritainsDNA, which carried out tests on the DNA of Princess Diana's two matrilineal cousins and compared them to a global database of samples.

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Library and Archives Canada Will Face Enormous Challenge in Digitizing Collection, Report Says

It is much harder and more expensive to digitize a national archive than those undertaking the task usually realize, a consultant warned Library and Archives Canada earlier this year.

Éric Méchoulan of the Université de Montréal, hired on a $15,000 contract to advise LAC on issues involving digitization of its collection, produced a report in January outlining the three main challenges it faces.

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14 June 2013

Former Library and Archives Canada Boss Criticizes Private Digitizing Deal

Canada’s former chief librarian and archivist is harshly critical of the deal to have a private company digitize our public documents and photos. Ian Wilson says it smack of “desperation” by the federal government.

Further, he says the contents of our archives are “a public good” like historic sites and national parks, and shouldn’t be sold back to us. Library and Archives Canada is already “superb” at preserving documents, he said.

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Long-Lost Diary of Nazi Alfred Rosenberg Expected to Bring 'New Insight' Into Hitler's Inner Circle

Hundreds of pages of the long-lost diary kept by one of Adolf Hitler's advisors were recovered by federal officials, who said today they hope the discovery will be an "important record" of crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust.

The diary, which was penned by Alfred Rosenberg, is roughly 400 pages of loose-leaf paper and spans from 1936 to 1944, according to a statement from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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13 June 2013

Oldest Man In History Jiroemon Kimura Dies At 116

A Japanese man recognised as the world's oldest living person, and the oldest man recorded in history, has died aged 116, local officials say. Jiroemon Kimura died of natural causes on Wednesday in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto, a government statement said.

In December, Guinness World Records recorded Mr Kimura as the oldest man ever verified to have lived. He reportedly had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Mr Kimura was born on 19 April 1897, the same year as aviator Amelia Earhart.

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12 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Discover Your Ancestors 4.9.23 (Mobile - Purchase)

• iPhone 5 optimization.
• Memory fix on larger issue downloads.
• Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed

"It's time to start unwrapping the newest edition of our Legacy Family Tree software - version 8 - but just a little at a time. This will be the first of many articles showing some of Legacy's coming features. I'll start with some of the smaller features and work my way up to revealing the really cool new stuff."

MacFamilyTree 7.0.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Norwegian, French and Swedish localizations fixed.
• Alignment fixed in the Notes and Sources sections.
• Fixes for the Plausibility Report.
• FamilySearch login issues fixed.
• Family Quiz localization issues fixed.
• Name Distribution Chart saving issue fixed.
• Several stability improvements.

TMG Utility 7.3 Build 0 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Updated TMG Utility to be compatible with projects from TMG v8.05+ having TMG project version 10.
• Added the File > Open Log Folder command to open the folder that contains the log files.
• In the Set Year Only Dates feature, changed "Location Group" to "Address Group" and "Custom Group" to "Other Group" to agree with TMG terminology.
• Some fixes.

Stalin's Personal Archives Exposed

About 100,000 documents from the archives of Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union became available to the general public. The legendary leader is presented in the materials as both a statesman and the man he was in every day life.

Rosarchiv (Russian Archives) announced the launch of a new website called Documents of the Soviet Era, where one may find materials from Stalin's personal foundation. It took experts five years to digitize them.

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11 June 2013

Jesse James' gun belt, Jim Younger's decorated fiddle, headline 'Outlaw' trove at Heritage Auctions

A gun belt belonging to legendary outlaw Jesse James — one of just two the gunslinger was known to have had at the time of his death at the hands of Robert Ford — is expected to bring more than $10,000 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' June 22 Legends of the Wild West event.

The auction will feature more than 140 "Outlaw" artifacts from the collection to the late Wilbur Zink, a resident of Springfield, MO — ideally situated not too far from the James Farm, the homestead of Frank and Jesse — and one of the most renowned collectors of such material.

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10 June 2013

Digitisation of Rare Books, Records Underway At The Odisha State Archives, India

An ambitious plan of digitising rare books and records is underway at the Odisha State Archives. Even as time and again, preservation works are being carried out by the State Government and INTACH, the rare records with the State Archives remain in poor shape, gathering dust and rotting.

Also, the State Archives is beset with staff and space shortage to preserve huge piles of rare archival records that centuries old. To tide over the problems, the State Archives has already finished conservation of a large number of records and started the process of digitising them recently.

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UK Airport Tries To Find Century-Old Lost Teddy's Family

His fur is worn in places, his nose is rather threadbare and he's a little saggy round the middle. But staff at Bristol Airport in the west of England believe the elderly teddy bear left in the departure lounge more than a year ago, along with a photograph dated 1918, must have a loving family somewhere.

The picture, produced as a postcard from the studio of Dura Ltd., shows a teddy with two small children in light dresses. The older one, her hair tied in ribbons, has her arm around the bear.

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Bodies in 1800s Texas City Graveyard May Be Moved

A petition to relocate an abandoned cemetery in Texas City as a part of a cleanup effort of a nearby waste disposal site has been filed with the 56th District Court of Galveston County.

Malone Services Company operated at 5300 Campbell Bayou Road from 1964 until 1997 as a reclamation, storage and disposal facility for oils, chemicals, and other hazardous wastes from industrial outfits in the area.

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Are You Related to Judy Garland?

Born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Garland was the youngest child of Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (March 20, 1886–November 17, 1935) and Ethel Marion Milne (November 17, 1893–January 5, 1953).

Her father was descended from the Marable family of Virginia, her grandfather a Milne from Aberdeen (as she told an audience on May 29, 1951 in Edinburgh), and her mother from a Patrick Fitzpatrick, who emigrated to America in the 1770s from Smithtown, County Meath, Ireland.

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Missing Document Signed by Lincoln Accidentally Found at Pennsylvania College

A long-missing certificate with Abraham Lincoln's signature was found last week at a college in Pennsylvania by the school president, who knew it was there but had never looked for it. James Douthat, the retiring president of Lycoming College, was cleaning out his closet when he found the 150-year-old document.

Douthat was pulling out what he thought was an access panel to plumbing when he discovered a framed certificate, dated 1863, which named the college’s founder a Civil War chaplain, according to The Associated Press.

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Good Practices For Online Genealogical Research

Screenshot__10049.jpgGeneaNet is a collaborative genealogy website where members can publish and share their data.

The more data you publish, the more interesting GeneaNet is. But genealogy research also means data privacy, reliability and active connection between searchers.

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7 June 2013

Founders Online

In October 2010, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grantmaking arm of the National Archives, announced a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.

The first public release of this site, to include the contents of 196 volumes drawn from the papers of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton, will be launched at this URL later in June 2013.

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New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

Some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage to Notre Dame Bay in modern-day Newfoundland, Canada, new evidence suggests.

The journey would have taken the Vikings, also called the Norse, from L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of Newfoundland and may have led to the first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of the New World.

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Long-Forgotten WWII Disaster Fund Set Up in 1940 After German Bomber Crashed Onto Residential Essex Street Uncovered With £1,700 Still In The Account

On April 30, 1940, Frederick Gill and his wife Dorothy became the first British civilian casualties of WWII when a German bomber loaded with mines slammed onto their home in Calcton, Essex.

The twin-engined Heinkel, which had been circling over the seaside town for about 30 minutes, smashed into the quiet residential Victoria Street, obliterating most of the Gills' home.

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6 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Europeana Open Culture 1.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• This version allows search in selected image collections of Europeana, Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage portal. The images included are available for free re-use and cover five themes: Maps and Plans, Art, Photography, Treasures of the Past, and Treasures of Nature.

GedFamilies for Android 1.1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix geolocation problems.
• Fix problem where wrong spouse may be displayed when switching from Family to Pedigree View.

My Family Tree 3.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• New chart printing as tiled pages which can be assembled to create a full size tree.
• New scan and printing support for photos and attachments.
• New support for relationship events, multiple names, citations, addresses, and contact details.
• User interface enhancements and two new themes.
• Performance and stability imrpovements.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130601 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Logic error in formatting RTL (right-to-left) text sequences which could also cause an unexpected program error.

5 June 2013

National Library of Wales Identifies Fire-Damaged Archives

The National Library of Wales has identified some of the items damaged or destroyed in a fire caused accidentally by workers using a blowtorch. Archive material which was smoke or water damaged beyond repair included papers relating to Welsh football and the Wales Green Party.

Three boxes of 19th Century chapel records from Carmarthen had already been identified as destroyed. The cost of repairs to the Aberystwyth library is expected to be up to £5m. Some 140 crates of material were badly damaged by water and smoke.

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4 June 2013

The GeneaNet Family Trees Will Be Down for Maintenance on June 5, 2013, from 9:45am to 10:15am

The GeneaNet family trees will be down for maintenance on June 5, 2013, from 9:45am to 10:15am (Paris, France, Time Zone).

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'Amazingly Rare' Letter Written by Robert the Bruce to Edward II Found

An unknown and "amazingly rare" letter written by Robert the Bruce at a pivotal point of the Wars of Scottish Independence has been uncovered by a Scottish academic.

In the letter, the fearsome Scottish warrior appeals to the English King Edward II for an end to “persecution and disturbance”. It was sent in 1310, less than four years before Bannockburn, the victory that paved the way for Scottish independence.

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Are You Related to Angelina Jolie?

Born in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 1975, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven, niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, and goddaughter of actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell.

On her father's side, Jolie is of German and Slovak descent, and on her mother's side, she is of primarily French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestry. Like her mother, Jolie has stated that she is part Iroquois, although her only known Native ancestor was a Huron woman born in 1649.

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3 June 2013

'World's Oldest Torah' Found At World's Oldest University

The priceless scroll was found in the archives of Bologna University, which was founded in 1088 and predates both Oxford and Cambridge.

The scroll, written in Hebrew, is 118ft long and 25 inches wide and consists of the first five books of the Jewish Bible, from Bereshit (the equivalent of Genesis) to Devarim (Deuteronomy). It had been wrongly dated to the 17th century by a librarian who studied it in 1889, but it now transpires that it is more than 800 years old.

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South Carolina Plantation's Slave Cabin From The 17th Century Is Deconstructed and Shipped North To The Smithsonian

One of the last remaining slave cabins from a 17th century South Carolina plantation has been deconstructed and it is now journeying north to the Smithsonian, where it will go on display.

Once one of about two dozen on slave row at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, the one-room cabin will be reconstructed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens on Washington's National Mall in two years. The cabin is one of only two remaining from the plantation and the only one in its original location.

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