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24 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix problem adding photos to newly created family file.
• Handle adding picture from remote server.
• Preserve edited fields if screen is rotated while editing individual name.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for iPhone and iPad 2.1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix "Include RIN with name" setting bug.
• Include documents, audio and video in AddressView.
• Allow full display/editing of notes in AddressView.
• Fix header background colour for popover selection.

Family Get-To-Gether 1.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Character sets setting is now supported for GEDCOM import.
• In app main page ‘My Families’, press ‘Menu’ button, and select ‘Import GEDCOM’ option. And then, in ‘Family Files’ page, press ‘Menu’ button, and select ‘Character Set’ option to adjust character set of GEDCOM files to import.
• In member’s ‘Edit Information’ page, separate fields for given & family names are added and new ‘Passed Away’ flag is added to ‘Death’ field.
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

GeneaNet for Android 2.12.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor fixes.

GeneaNet for iPhone & iPad 2.12 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor fixes.

GenSmarts 2.1.2.32 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Support for FTM2014, Legacy 8.
• Some minor tweaks so the installation process in Windows 8/8.1 is a bit smoother.

My Family Tree 3.0.22.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Minor UI and performance improvements.
• Updated translations.
• Fixed issue upgrading files from some older releases.

RootsMagic 6.3.1.4 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added menu items under Search to access Named Groups.
• Fixed: Discussions weren't being displayed due to a change in the FamilySearch API.
• Fixed: Searching for a person on FamilySearch by ID wasn't working if entered lowercase.
• Fixed: Change fact type on edit screen no longer allows changing event to an alternate name.
• Fixed: A number of small bugs.

400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student

It is tiny in size — measuring only 1.1 inches in width — and its top is broken, but a 400- year-old copper crucifix found at Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula earlier in July has big historical significance, according to historians. It symbolizes an early dream of religious freedom in North America.

The artifact is clearly a Catholic item, featuring a simple representation of Christ on the front and the Virgin Mary and Christ Child on the back. Yet it was found in a predominantly English settlement.

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Germany Puts 700,000 WWI Docs Online

Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free.

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23 July 2014

AUB Libraries Joins US libraries To Create a Digital Library of Over 100,000 Arabic Volumes

The American University of Beirut Libraries have joined Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content.

Along with New York University Libraries and its partners, the AUB libraries will create the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project, a major digitization project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, whose aim is to create a digital library of public-domain Arabic language content of over 100,000 volumes.

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22 July 2014

Personal Data Removed from Irish Genealogy Site Over Security Fears

The Irish government closed part of its genealogy website on Friday, after the country's data protection commissioner warned that potentially sensitive personal details were available to all.

Irish Genealogy, a website created by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, offered people born or married in Ireland the ability to search for civil records such as birth certificates as part of their research into their heritage.

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21 July 2014

Tablets on the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in the City of London, England

The Postman's Park in the City of London, England, is home to the famous Watts memorial, built in 1900 by Victorian painter and philanthropist GF Watts (1817-1904).

Watts was a radical socialist with strong sympathies towards the dreadful living conditions of the urban poor, and in 1887, wrote to the Times proposing that a park commemorating 'heroic men and women' who had given their lives attempting to save others would be a worthy way to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. This eventually took the form of the Watts gallery in Postman's Park.

Click the following thumbnails to view these plaques in high resolution on Geneanet or click here to access the memorial project.

     

Holocaust Museum Acquires Copy of UN War Crimes Archive from WWII, Will Give Public Access

From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files — files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has obtained a full copy of the U.N. War Crimes Commission archive that has largely been locked away for the past 70 years under restricted access at the United Nations. On Thursday, the museum will announce it has made the entire digital archive freely available to visitors in its research room.

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Mysteries of Medieval Graffiti in England's Churches

Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages?

A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England. Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.

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Are You Sure That You Don't Have Any Errors In Your Family Tree?

Are you sure that you don't have any errors in your family tree?

No individual whose date of marriage is later than date of death? No woman whose date of death is before the date of birth of their child?

GeneaNet offers Club Privilege members to automatically and instantly check their family tree for errors.

And you may be surprised!

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Are You Related to Robin Williams?

Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region.

His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams' ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.

Robin Williams' Family Tree

18 July 2014

British Student Discovers Iconic World War II Bunker Buried More than 70 Years

A World War II air raid shelter buried for more than 70 years has been discovered at a primary school by a pupil — and it was so well-preserved the light bulb still works. The iconic Anderson shelter was unearthed at Stoke Community Primary School, in Medway, Kent.

Youngster Harvey Cotton, 10, had been taking part in a school activity when he saw a block of concrete at the back of what used to be an orchard in the school grounds. School caretaker Chris Poulter was sent to investigate and was amazed at what he found.

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17 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.23 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• A change that was made in Gedcom Import in the 08-Jul-2014 version affected importing of Address lines. This versions fixes that problem.
• When the import of a gedcom file is done, it will automatically start the indexing of the files, unless it needs to ask if you want to view the ged.lst file.
• The Utility to Compare Two Databases would sometimes have an error if you where moving a spouse from right to left and the person on the left already had 2 or more spouses.

DNAMatch4iPad 1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• The various search buttons on the Comparison grid view have been incorporated into a single search button on the bottom toolbar which was becoming cluttered with buttons.
• DNAMatch now supports the new aggregated results CSV file that 23andMe now produces on request from the Family Inheritance Advance tool.
• You can now search for matches based upon the Start and End points of a match in the Matches Grid View.
• A new settable parameter, maxCM has been added to the Query Parameter View.
• A popup has been added to the Matches Grid view to display the profile information of the two persons participating in a match.
• The Surname Tool views have been enhanced.
• And much more...

iScrapbook 4.1.2 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed problem with gaps in linen background when running under Mavericks.
• Fixed a problem where an image would be offset from its correct position when printing/exporting if effects were applied and the image's proportions were changed.
• Fixed problem that occurred when control-clicking the canvas with no graphics selected.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.3 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Preparation for FamilySearch Private Spaces.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Preparation for FamilySearch Private Spaces.

Bodies To Be Exhumed After Graveyard Plot Blunder in Livingston, Scotland

Two bodies are to be exhumed 15 months after gravediggers buried a man in the wrong plot. A short service will be conducted by a minister during the reinterment of Anne Ramage and Hugh McAleese at Adambrae Cemetery, Livingston.

The mistake was uncovered when Marc Ramage went to lay flowers at his mother’s grave and found Mr McAleese had been buried next to her, in a plot intended for his sister. Now, after months of wrangling to seek permission from the courts, both families will see their loved ones laid to rest in a different part of the graveyard.

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Historical Society Opens Up Vast Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Archives

When Gavin Kleespies began his work at the Cambridge Historical Society, he was immediately blown away by the city’s breathtaking collections of photos, letters and diaries.

Wanting to share these mostly unknown treasures with others, Kleespies, who is the Historical Society’s executive director, launched the annual Archives Tour in 2008. He took people on tours of the Historical Society, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Longfellow House collections.

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16 July 2014

Ruston and Hornsby Archive To Be Digitised with £100,000 Heritage Lottery Grant

Volunteers are needed to catalogue a huge archive of Lincoln's unique engineering heritage using a £100,000 lottery windfall. The vast archive covers 150 years of Lincoln-based engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003.

Around 150,000 photographic negatives, 150 reels of cine film and the recorded memories of former workers will all be digitised, catalogued and made available online in a project of national significance.

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15 July 2014

New Hampshire Students Digitize Civil War Letters

Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 - and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New Hampshire Regiment.

"My health has been very good. I have gained in flesh a good deal and never felt better in my life," he wrote to his brother on Oct. 3, 1862.

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Homes Sit on 1800s Chinese Cemetery in Bakersfield, California

Some Bakersfield neighbors have had a unique glimpse into local history over the years, but it's rattled them up a bit. Some current neighbor still have questions about the area near Terrace Way, which was a historic cemetery for Chinese pioneers to Kern County.

A viewer asked Eyewitness News about human bones being found over the years near some of the homes that got built on that location starting in the 1950s and '60s.

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14 July 2014

Sponsor a Friend or Family Member, and Get a Club Privilege Extra Month Free

On Geneanet, you can sponsor a friend or family member, and get a Club Privilege extra month free!

Select the 'Contacts > Sponsor a friend or family member' item in the drop down menu at the top right of the screen.

Enter the Geneanet username of the persons you want to sponsor (click here to search the username of a member by name).

When you have sent 5 invitations, you must wait for them to be accepted or to expire (45 days) to gain new sponsor rights.

Sponsored persons will be invited to try the Geneanet Club Privilege free for one month.

If they subscribe to the Club Privilege during the free trial, the remaining free weeks will be added to their 1-year or 2-year membership, and you will get an extra month free!

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Are You Related to Woody Guthrie?

Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, a small town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, the son of Nora Belle (née Sherman) and Charles Edward Guthrie. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, then Governor of New Jersey and the Democratic candidate soon to be elected President of the United States.

Charles Guthrie was an industrious businessman, owning at one time up to 30 plots of land in Okfuskee County. He was actively involved in Oklahoma politics and was a Democratic candidate for office in the county.

Woody Guthrie's Family Tree

10 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.21 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• When adding new names on Edit, it sometimes said Error 5 when making a list of matching names. Fixes.
• Fixed a problem with Split Database if including Witnesses (if the witness was not in the selected group.) Fixes.
• Fixed a problem when searching for matching names including Alternate names when adding new people. Fixes.
• If excluding data for living people, do not put 'Living' in the RTF name index at the end. Fixes.

GEDexplorer 1.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for name suffix (the part after the surname).
• Fixed two bugs that caused crashes.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Person context option in the edit section works correctly now.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

Second Site 5.3 Build 0 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Added the Multiple Relationships Chart User Item.
• Added the List of People User Item.
• Added the Block Panel option to Tag Groups.
• Added the following options as Data Content Choices for Table Panel Tag Groups: Subject, People, Other People.

New Websites To Help Families Find Graves of First World War Dead

Moves to make it easier for families to find relatives killed in the first world war, including the release of 300,000 original documents, were revealed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on Tuesday.

To mark the centenary of the war, the commission has launched two websites and placed the documents online for public viewing for the first time,

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First Aussie To Die in WWI Recognised

The name of the soldier who may well be the first Australian killed in World War I has been added to the Australian War Memorial's commemorative roll, nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Australian-born Lt William Malcolm Chisholm was serving in a British uniform when he was wounded in the Battle of Le Cateau, on August 26, 1914, just three days after arriving in France, and died the next day, aged 22.

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9 July 2014

351-Year-Old Cemetery Identified in Warwick, Massachusetts

"Finding this cemetery was just wonderful. We can start to complete a picture of our history and color in all the holes," Pegee Malcolm, the chair of the Warwick historical Cemetery Commission, said Monday.

Three hundred and fifty-one years after it was established, a Warwick cemetery has been dedicated thanks to an inquiry by descendants of Stukely Westcott, followed by the research of members of the Warwick Historical Cemetery Commission.

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Mystery of Irishman Who Was WWII Hero Solved After 62 Years

The 62-year mystery of an Irishman whose investigations during World War II helped return millions in stolen art and diamonds has finally been solved.

Eugene Smith, who was born in Lavey, Co Cavan, in 1913 but emigrated to the US as a child, disappeared after his military plane crashed into a glacier in Alaska in 1952. For decades his family, both in America and in Cavan, suspected he had died in the crash, but were never able to recover his body or give Eugene a proper burial.

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Are You Related to Courtney Love?

Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, in San Francisco, California, to psychotherapist Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, publisher and brief manager of the Grateful Dead.

Love's mother is the daughter of novelist Paula Fox and an unidentified father, who is rumoured to be Marlon Brando. Carroll and Harrison divorced in 1969 and her father's custody withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love as a toddler. In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune.

Courtney Love's Family Tree

8 July 2014

New Geneanet Index of Historical Newspapers

Geneanet has indexed newspapers from the NY State Historic Newspapers database so you can search them by family name, first name and place.

When clicking a link in the Geneanet search results list, you will be automatically redirected to the newspaper in the NY State Historic Newspapers website.

List of newspapers: Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 1927-current, Altamont Enterprise (Altamont, N.Y.) 1892-1958, Altamont Enterprise and Albany County Post (Altamont, N.Y.) 1958-1983, Banner Times (Pulaski, N.Y.) 1985-1988, Black River Democrat (Lowville, N.Y.) 1913-1943, Brockport Republic and Brockport Democrat (Brockport, N.Y.) 1925-1955, Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) 1872-1951, Cardinal Points (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1940-current, Catholic Courier (Rochester, N.Y.) 1989-current, Chateaugay record. (Chateaugay, N.Y.) 1878-1890, Hammond Advertiser (Hammond, N.Y.) 1886-1947, and much more...

Click here to search this index.

Arizona Homestead Records To Be Digitized

An important part of Arizona history will soon be available to view online. The Homestead National Monument of America is in the process of digitizing thousands of homestead records from the U.S. National Archive, and historian Blake Bell said Arizona's records will soon be complete.

"These records are probably the most information-rich records I've ever come across as a historian," said Bell.

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Rare World War II Map Found in Deceased Veteran's Garage

Fifty-two World War II stories that were hidden in a Rehoboth Beach garage will finally be told. In just a few weeks, a World War II museum in Delaware will welcome a new, historic artifact – an enormous map documenting a rear admiral's travels, as well as every U.S. submarine lost in the war.

"I think it’s safe to say that there is no other map like this in the country," Dr. Gary Wray, president of the Fort Miles Historical Association, said.

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7 July 2014

Amelia Earhart's Disappearance: The Answer in Photos?

New forensic imaging techniques might solve the longstanding mystery over the fate of Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

At the center of sophisticated imaging techniques are a handful of 1937 pictures of Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed "Electra." Those were taken in Miami -- the fourth stop on the aviator’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe -- and show a distinctive patch of metal installed to replace a navigational window.

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Black South African Soldier Reburied with White WWI Comrades in France

A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was on Sunday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France.

Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africans who had volunteered to serve as part of the Native Labour Corps.

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Canadiana Organization Putting Canadian History Online

The shelves are literally groaning under the weight of cartloads of microfilm at Canadiana, an organization working to create a massive digital library of Canadian history.

Established in 1978, the organization was involved in creating the same cartloads of microfilm images of documents from Library and Archives Canada. Since the early 2000s, it has kept pace with new technology, continuing its partnership with the library by digitizing documents and the already-created microfilms.

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Upload Family Pictures to your Geneanet Family Tree

If you have family pictures, you can easily upload them to your Geneanet family tree.

1. Click the box of a person in your family tree,
2. Click "Add Family Picture" in the menu bar at the top of the screen,
3. Select the image file in your personal computer,
4. Click "Submit".

If you have pictures with multiple people, type in the name of all the persons and the picture will be automatically added to each of them.


>>> VIEW AND EDIT YOUR FAMILY TREE <<<

4 July 2014

The U.S. National Archives Wants to Put Its Whole Collection on Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has some amazing documents. But the collections don't only focus on the founding of the country—they're an incredibly varied lot.

They include documents ranging from Robert E. Lee's resignation letter from the U.S. Army to thousands of books and documents describing the lives of Jewish people in Iraq that were discovered by the U.S. Army in 2003. And all of these documents and photographs and records should soon be available online—for free—as part of the Wikimedia Commons project.

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DNA Testing Eyed for Graves Exhumed from Historic Waco Cemetery

The committee tasked with planning the reburial of some 300 human remains unearthed from the old First Street Cemetery are hoping to enlist DNA technology in a quest to identify them.

The First Street Cemetery Memorial Advisory Committee has asked Baylor University forensic anthropologist Lori Baker to extract bone samples from each set of remains before the reburial, which is expected in 2015.

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Clooney's Irish Ancestor Was "Victimised"

George Clooney's direct Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, was "systematically victimised" by the authorities and prosecuted under a long forgotten law for working on the Sabbath, according to newly uncovered court records.

Nicholas Clooney was one of many cottiers in Windgap in Kilkenny in the 1850s who fell foul of "middlemen" who tried to force framers off the land so they could amalgamate small holdings into bigger farms.

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3 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Show chris/buried on Family View if no birth/death dates.
• Support front camera for adding photos.
• Fix exception when attempting to add photo to Legacy 6 file.
• Fix exception following Marriage View with no previous marriage record.
• Fix exception if invalid character in lat/long.
• Fix exception after changing location sort order.
• Fix exception when searching for master sources.

GEDexplorer 1.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for dates for occupation and title.
• Corrected the reading of the date intervals "FROM ..." and "TO ...".
• Improved the handling of dates that do not conform to the GEDCOM standard.

HuMo-gen 5.0.5 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Improved layout and functionality.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed issue preventing login to MacFamilyTree.com for some users.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Layout issues in some reports corrected.

RootsMapper 2 (Mapmaking - Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile - Freeware)

• Redesigned user interface.
• Added static URLs for browser bookmarking.
• Added export to KML.
• Added interactive Pedigree browser.
• Added country of origin statistics.

Soldier's Civil War Letters to Ohio Woman Compiled Into Book

Gerald Dougherty's relative found the letters, dozens of them, in the upstairs of an Ohio barn. They were yellowed with age, and some showed signs of nibbling by pests, but overall, they were in pretty good shape.

The letters, many written to Eve Ann (sometimes spelled Anne) Huffman, a 21-year-old woman from a small farming town in central Ohio, were from four young men — two of whom were her brothers — serving on the Union side during the Civil War.

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2 July 2014

Are You Related to Jerry Hall?

Hall was born on July 2, 1956, in Gonzales, Texas to Marjorie (née Sheffield) and truck driver John P. Hall. She is of English, Irish, Dutch and some Cherokee Native American descent.

She was raised in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, where she graduated from North Mesquite High School. She also attended the Kim Dawson Modeling Agency. She has a twin sister, Terry, and 3 older sisters including actress Cyndy Hall. She moved to France with insurance money she received after a car accident.

Jerry Hall's Family Tree

1 July 2014

Nebraska Is First To Digitize Homestead Records

It's a task that would give even the most dedicated librarian gray hair: digitizing 30 million homesteading documents from 30 states. Where to start?

How about Nebraska? Where 45 percent of all land was given to homesteaders -- the largest percentage of land distributed by any of the 30 states under the Homestead Act of 1862.

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