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30 August 2014

Are You Related to Cameron Diaz?

Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California. Her mother, Billie Joann (née Early), is an import-export agent, and her father, Emilio Luis Diaz (1949–2008), worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger.

Diaz has an older sister, Chimene. Her father's family were Cuban (of Spanish descent), and settled in Tampa's Ybor City, later moving to California, where Emilio was born. Her mother has English, German, and Cherokee ancestry. Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California, and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

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29 August 2014

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers.

Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north.

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28 August 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.26 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem from 7.0.25 that gave a blank screen with OK button if starting BK7 for the first time.
• Made the name search work faster for a very large database.

Genealone 1.3 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• New: Sources and citations including list of sources for repetitive use.
• New: Page with event details including citations from sources.
• New: Editing and merging sources in Administration interface.
• New: Built-it event types: residence, occupation, confirmation, immigration, emigration, naturalization.
• New: Unmarried partners have been added, same sex partners are allowed.
• New: Religion field in person edit form.
• Some improvements.

HuMo-gen 5.0.6 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Added RTF export of ancestor and descendant reports.
• Dates below the year 100 and dates BC can also be entered.
• Improved layout and functionality.

iScrapbook 4.1.3 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Updated the way gradients are displayed to use latest Apple API's.
• Fixed problem that caused background color/image/placeholder to be reset when opening an older document.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixes for OS X Yosemite.
• Fixed a bug that could prevent successful creation of a backup.
• Localization issues fixed.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Localization issues fixed.
• Minor report issue fixed.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2014 build 140826 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Source Notes being incorrectly reported by the Reporter module following a project rebuild.
• Fixed: The "Enter" key will now add a new line in the Text item of a Source form instead being handled as "OK" and exiting the form.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 140826 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unnecessary period being added to some texts which already end with a period.
• Fixed: Formatting errors that could occur when sections are reordered via Section Control.
• Fixed: Notes assigned to Sources being referenced with a hyperlink to a non-existent Notes section entry instead of showing the text of the Note in the Sources section.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 101 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Spanish translation added.
• Fix: The accented characters fix in the previous beta caused multiple spaces not to be detected (when that setting is active).
• Change: Catch exception when saving and file is in use by another program.
• Change: Refactor saving code and catch failure to make a backup.
• Change/Fix: Improve position of text in Pdf progress dialog.
• Fix: Several fixes reading certain uncommon image sub formats.

Massive Photo Archive of Pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish Life Made Available to Public

A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.

The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.

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Photos From the Los Angeles City Archives Now Online

The Los Angeles City Historical Society has put a growing database online of selected photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives. There's more than 600 images online now, and the project's lead historian, author Anna Sklar, tells there are a lot more photos coming.

The mission of the Los Angeles City Historical Society is to research, study and disseminate knowledge of the rich and diverse multicultural history of the city of Los Angeles; to serve as a resource of historical information; and to assist in the preservation of the city's historic records.

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27 August 2014

Royal Canadian Geographical Society's New Hunt On for Lost Franklin Ships

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is using new technologies to hunt for old shipwrecks: Erebus and Terror, the missing ships of Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition.

The two British warships were trapped in ice in 1848, and all 129 men in the expedition died. Now wreck hunters will focus on Victoria Strait, a different area from the places where many previous expeditions have searched.

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26 August 2014

Dig Begins at Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Site

An archaeological dig started Monday morning to search for 18th century artifacts that could reveal more about the history of a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township.

"We're just hoping we find something," said Carol Tanzola, president of the Friends of Camp Security. The dig culminates a longtime effort to save the land where the camp once stood off of Locust Grove Road.

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Experts Launch Project To Digitize Neglected Bosnian Heritage

A group of Balkan experts have launched a high-tech project to digitize Bosnia's historical archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of funding.

The project promises to make available online a host of records and papers detailing Bosnia's turbulent past, most notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo assassination that triggered World War One.

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All Hail King Richard! Details of Elaborate Burial Unveiled

After years of heated controversy over the rightful resting spot for King Richard III, officials have finally decided on the reinterment details for the remains of the 15th-century English ruler.

His remains will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral during one of three services to honor the English king, the University of Leicester announced. The king's remains, which were discovered beneath a city council parking lot in Leicester, England, in 2012, will be tucked away in a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone crafted by Michael Ibsen, a descendant of King Richard III's sister Anne of York.

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'Person of Interest' Identified in Case of Damaged Historic Gravestones at Hawkins Church, Tennessee

Surgoinsville Police Chief James Hammonds used Google on Tuesday to learn the identity of a man who allegedly vandalized several historic tombstones recently in the cemetery of one of Tennessee's oldest churches.

Hammonds said he has identified a "person of interest" who is suspected of damaging several historic graves with a wire brush recently at the New Providence Presbyterian Church on Stoney Point Road in Surgoinsville. The church was founded in 1780, and many of the graves in the cemetery date back to the 1700s.

Black Death Mass Grave Found in Barcelona, Spain

The Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor, in the heart of Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter, has been a place of Christian worship since the fourth century.

In recent years it has provided archeologists with rich bounty: Roman remains from the first century, when the colony of Barcino was founded by the emperor Augustus, along with a Visigothic baptismal font, and the chancel from a sixth-century basilica. The latest find is around 120 bodies packed like sardines in a mass grave under the sacristy that could provide new insight into the impact of the Black Death, which devastated Europe in the mid-14th century.

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25 August 2014

Search the Entire 1914-19 Archives of the Celebrated Illustrated London News and the Great Eight Illustrated Magazines Collection

With the centenary of the First World War upon us, ILN Ltd, the custodians of the celebrated Illustrated London News and Great Eight Illustrated Magazine collection archives, felt a responsibility to make the 1914-18 archives available to the public for research, education and pleasure. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Illustrated First World War website was created.

Today, for the fist time in 100 years, the public are invited to search the First World War pages of The Illustrated London News.

The Illustrated First World War

20,000 Irishmen Fought for Canada in World War I

Almost 20,000 Irish soldiers fought in the Canadian army during World War I new figures show. According to an unpublished document from Canada’s Department of National Defense, 19,327 Irish served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

However, the Irish Times reports that number may be underestimated as many Irish who enlisted in the army came from across US border and would have been regarded as American. Canada went out of its way to recruit Irish soldiers and a number of Irish battalions were raised during the war.

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Warsaw Will Return 1,000 Gravestones to Jewish Cemetery

The city of Warsaw has announced plans to recover 1,000 gravestones, or matzevot, that were taken from the city’s Jewish cemetery and used to build a structure in a city park.

The gravestones, JTA reports, are “currently part of a pergola and stairs at a park in Warsaw’s Praga district.” The city plans to return the matzevot to the Jewish cemetery. The city’s change of heart was the result of months of campaigning by an organization called From the Depths, whose Matzeva Project locates and restores misused Jewish gravestones across Poland.

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National Library and Archives of Iran Added to Tourist Itineraries

The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) has been added to the list of places tourists can visit on their journeys to Iran.

The decision to add the NLAI to tourists’ itineraries is based on an agreement signed between the Iranian Tour Operators Association (ITOA) of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the NLAI on Saturday.

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National Archives of the United Kingdom Piece Together the Records of 140,000 First World War officers

Volunteers have helped The National Archives piece together the paper records of nearly 140,000 officers who served in the First World War. They include the poignant letters written by Rudyard Kipling regarding his missing son Jack and even bandages and x-rays of the wounds officers received during their service in the trenches, and now thanks to the efforts of volunteers, they are available for the public to explore.

The extensive cataloguing project now makes it even easier for people to uncover the stories of relatives who served in the War and research the stories of some of the famous names caught up in it.

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Is Genetic Genealogy, the Next Facebook of Science?

Last Saturday morning at the first International Conference for Genetic Genealogy in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Genographic Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells delivered the Keynote to an audience of 300 genetic genealogists.

He spoke about the popularity of the field and how fast consumer genetics has grown since the launch of The Genographic Project in 2005. “In 2013 the one-millionth person tested their DNA,” explained Wells, “just twelve years since the first human genome was sequenced. But this summer the two-millionth person has already tested their DNA.”

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WWI Scottish Regiment Soldier 'May Have Been First Australian-Born Casualty'

New details have emerged indicating Lieutenant Leslie Richmond, born in Victoria, died at the Battle of Mons on August 23, 1914 while serving with the 1st Gordon Highlanders.

Just weeks ago, the Australian War Memorial altered their records to recognise Lieutenant Malcolm Chisholm as the first Australian-born casualty after he was killed in France on August 27. For many years, Seaman William "Billy" Williams and Captain Brian Pockley were honoured as the first Australians to fall after their deaths on September 11, 1914 in the battle of Bita Paka in Papua New Guinea.

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Are You Related to Tim Burton?

Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in the city of Burbank, California, to Jean Burton (née Erickson), the owner of a cat-themed gift shop, and Bill Burton, a former minor league baseball player who would later work for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.

As a preteen, Burton would make short films in his backyard on Evergreen Street using crude stop motion animation techniques or shoot them on 8 mm film without sound (one of his oldest known juvenile films is The Island of Doctor Agor, that he made when he was 13 years old).

Tim Burton's Family Tree

18 August 2014

Genealogy and Headstones: Participate!

Geneanet has a big collection of pictures of headstones and memorials.

These pictures are shared for free by the Geneanet members.

When you are looking for an individual in the Geneanet database, the search engine can return pictures of headstones and memorials if they are indexed.

Take a few moments to play your part and index some pictures!

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15 August 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Lawrence?

Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Karen (Koch) Lawrence, a children's camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine.

By the age of 14, she had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville.

Jennifer Lawrence's Family Tree

11 August 2014

The Geneanet Ancestry Book

GeneaNet offers a very attractive Ancestry Book.

This Ancestry Book is available for every GeneaNet member and it can show up to 10 generations.

Every GeneaNet member can also export the Ancestry Book in PDF file format.

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9 August 2014

Are You Related to Melanie Griffith?

Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City, to actress Tippi Hedren and producer, former actor, and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother's ancestry is Swedish, German, and Norwegian.

Griffith's parents divorced when she was four years old, after which her father married model/actress Nanita Greene and had two more children: actress Tracy Griffith and set designer Clay A. Griffith. Her mother married agent and producer Noel Marshall, and Griffith grew up with three stepbrothers.

Melanie Griffith's Family Tree

5 August 2014

Are You Related to John Huston?

John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. He was the only child of Rhea (née Gore) and Canadian-born Walter Huston, originally Walter Houghston. His father, who was of Scots and Scots-Irish descent, was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films.

His mother, of English and Welsh background, initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born.

John Huston's Family Tree

4 August 2014

GeneaNet: Download And Print A Very Attractive Ancestry Chart For Free!

On GeneaNet, you can download (in PDF) and print a very attractive ancestry chart for free!

There are 7 themes available and you can change the content: font, date format, on a single page/on multiple pages, etc.

Offer a beautiful ancestry chart to your family and friends!

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1 August 2014

Actress Julie Walters Discovers an Ancestor Was Accused of Murder When He Attacked a Man with a Knife

Actress Julie Walters makes a shocking discovery about one of her ancestors when she discovers that her great-grandfather attacked a man with a knife - and was accused of murder.

In the new BBC1 show Who Do You Think You Are, where celebrities trace their ancestry and discover secrets from their past, Ms Walters, 64, learns relative Anthony Clarke was charged in 1884 after drunkenly attacking the man.

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Scientists: Ship Found Buried at New York's World Trade Center Predates American Revolution

Researchers say a ship unearthed at the site of New York's World Trade Center predates American independence.

Columbia University scientists say they've determined wood used in the ship's frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest in 1773 — three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and start of the Revolutionary War.

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