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19 September 2014

'Lost Chapel' Skeletons Found Holding Hands After 700 Years

University of Leicester archaeologists have uncovered a trove of relics and remains at Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire.

Some relationships last a lifetime -- and University of Leicester archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing two skeletons at a lost chapel in Leicestershire that have been holding hands for 700 years.

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Archives Compilation of Chinese Laborers Forced to Japan Issued

A staff member places original archives of Chinese laborers forced to Japan on a table during a seminar on issuing the archives compilation at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing, China, Sept. 18, 2014.

From 1943 to 1945, some 40,000 Chinese were captured and taken by the invaders to Japan, forcing them to work in mines and construction sites. A total of 6,830 died due to the ruthless exploitation, according to the data from Japan.

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18 September 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GEDitCOM II 2.0 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Tested in 10.6 (now required) through Mavericks (10.9).
• Scripts and User Interfaces Formats are all redone as Extensions and Browser Styles.
• The "Restore Resources" feature has a new option to do a clean update, which replaces the entire GEDitCOM II "System" folder with a clean copy.
• Family tree charts are now fully dynamic and have added numerous options to directly edit your data in the tree.
• The "Default Format" now shows portraits of individuals and families in the main pane of the browser window.
• Family tree charts now indicate unmarried couples with dotted lines instead of solid lines.
• There are now separate "Create Son" and "Daughter" buttons in the attach child dialog box.
• Many minor bug fixes and interface enhancements.
• And much more...

GedView for iPhone and iPad 3.4.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

Genealone 1.3.2 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs have been fixed and the code has been optimized.
• WordPress plugin configuration has been improved.
• New feature: Command line GEDCOM importer in genealone/tools directory. The script is useful for importing really large GEDCOM files. You need to be able to run PHP script from command line to use it.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 140913 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Inappropriate additional new line being included in Notes in some circumstances.
• Improved: The left margin indentations in some index lists have been reduced to improve consistency.
• Improved: In narrative sections, long child lists which split across two pages now waste less space.

Link Found in Genetic Connection Between Modern Europeans and Native Americans

It has long been believed that modern Europeans descended from indigenous hunters and Middle Eastern farmers. But a new study suggests all Europeans today have DNA from a third mystery group: Ancient North Eurasians.

This group appears to have contributed DNA to present-day Europeans, as well as to the people who travelled across the Bering Strait into the Americas more than 15,000 years ago.

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17 September 2014

Forgotten Ghost Ships Off Golden Gate Revealed

A team of NOAA researchers today confirmed the discovery just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait of the 1910 shipwreck SS Selja and an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck tagged the "mystery wreck."

The researchers also located the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday, currently obscured by mud and silt on the ocean floor.

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Civil War Soldiers Buried as 'Unknowns' ID'd in Marietta, Georgia

The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as “Unknowns” in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian.

A bronze statue of a Confederate soldier will be erected there soon as well. Brown Park now has four granite walls commemorating 1,150 Confederate soldiers buried in the adjacent Marietta Confederate Cemetery after two new memorial walls were installed.

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15 September 2014

China Reveals Archives of Victory Against Japan in WWII

China released archives of an important military victory in 1939, in which the Chinese army killed more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers.

This is the 19th part of the series released daily by the State Archives Administration from Aug. 25, as the country marks the 69th anniversary of victory against Japan's aggression.

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500 Child Skeletons Found in Workhouse Mass Grave Tell of Struggles During the Irish Great Hunger

Skeletons of over 500 children who died during the Great Hunger were found seven years ago buried in a mass grave within what was once the Kilkenny Union Workhouse. With over three years of research on their bones, bio-archaeologists have been able to uncover the children's harrowing stories and medical secrets.

The new study, funded by the Irish Research Council, is based upon the "skeletal manifestation of stress in child victims of the Great Hunger."

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Check the Missing Facts in Your Geneanet Family Tree

Looking for an easy way to view missing facts in your family tree? Geneanet has a solution!

On Geneanet, you can automatically display a table where all missing facts are shown to focus research on important goals.

Here is how to do it.

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12 September 2014

Black Death Skeletons Unearthed in Peterborough, England

Developers building houses in Peterborough have unearthed a fascinating glimpse of the city's past.

They've discovered a huge burial ground in Midland Road containing the skeletons of at least 70 people. It's thought the remains could be victims of the Black Death. For centuries they lay undisturbed while above them life went on for successive generations of Peterboreans.

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In Search of the Spanish Armada Off the Irish Coast

The Invincible Armada had been navigating its way through the wilderness of the North Atlantic.

On the dawn of September 7, 1588, the Duke of Medina Sidonia, captain of the San Martín and the commanding officer of the vast fleet Philip II had created to invade England, scanned the horizon. Low on water and provisions, he now faced the task of returning to Spain with 112 badly damaged vessels carrying around 3,000 wounded by sailing round Scotland, and then the west coast of Ireland.

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Are You Related to Paul Walker?

Walker was born on September 12, 1973 in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion.

His ancestry was mostly English, with a smaller amount of German. His paternal grandfather, a professional boxer, had English immigrant grandparents. One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s. The oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised primarily in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991.

Paul Walker's Family Tree

11 September 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.29 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Sometimes when adding a new person, a 'stop statement' error would happen. Fixed.
• If the option is turned on to ignore accented characters in a name search, it also works for Alternate Names also if that type of search is turned on. Fixed.

Family Get-To-Gether 1.2.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New options for ‘Calendar’ and daily events reminders.
• More ‘Events’ (Engagement, Marriage) and new ‘Filter’, and ’Sort’ options added for ‘Calendar’ page.
• New member’s information fields added: Phone, E-Mail.
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

Genealone for WordPress (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase) NEW!

• Genealone WP is a plugin for WordPress which runs entire Genealone as a part of WordPress site or blog. Plugin has the same functions as standalone Genealone program including GEDCOM file import.

MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 (Other Tools - Mac - Purchase) NEW!

• MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 allows you easily install and run RootsMagic on your Mac in mere minutes with almost no additional setup or configuration. MacBridge for RootsMagic is different than other solutions you may be familiar with. For starters, it does not install Windows on your Mac. It also does not create a slow and bulky virtual computer. It runs right on your Mac, using your Mac file system.

Egypt: Project to Preserve National Archives Under Way

The National Archives of Egypt, founded in Cairo in 1828, is one of the oldest in the world.

It dates back to the 19th century when Mohamed Ali Pasha constructed a place in the Cairo Citadel (El-Qalaa) to preserve official records and named it Daftarkhana (House of Documentation).

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9 September 2014

Toronto’s First Casualty of World War I

In a war rife with brutality, it is unreasonable to categorize one soldier’s demise as more harrowing than another’s, or his grace in dying as more admirable than that of those who fell around him.

So the horrible circumstances surrounding the death of Bertram Denison, Toronto’s first casualty of the First World War, and the kindness he demonstrated in his final days, didn’t exceed those of his fellow servicemen. They exemplified them.

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8 September 2014

7 Unusual Cemeteries in New York City

Cemeteries are not just for the grieving or the morbid. They are often bucolic places secreted away amid the noise of the city. They can even offer settings for reflection and rest, and some attract tourists seeking the tombstones of the departed famous.

There are dozens of cemeteries in the five boroughs, from the majestic to the humble. Here are seven that are among the most unusual.

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How To Trace the Places Where Your Ancestors Lived in Your Geneanet Family Tree?

Most of archival records - especially censuses - say where your ancestors resided in.

Tracing where your ancestors lived is very interesting and it might help you to overcome a brick wall.

In your Geneanet family tree, you can add as many facts as you need, including the residence names.

Here is how to do it.

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6 September 2014

Are You Related to Roger Waters?

George Roger Waters was born on 6 September 1943, the younger of two boys, to Mary (née Whyte; 1913-2009) and Eric Fletcher Waters (1913-1944), in Great Bookham, Surrey.

His father, the son of a coal miner and Labour Party activist, was a schoolteacher, a devout Christian, and a Communist Party member. In the early years of the Second World War, his father was a conscientious objector who drove an ambulance during the Blitz. He later changed his stance on pacifism and joined the British Army, and as a 2Lt. of the 8th Royal Fusiliers died at Aprilia, between Anzio and Rome in Italy, on 18 February 1944, when Roger was five months old.

Roger Waters' Family Tree

5 September 2014

World War I: German Soldier Otto Strube's Photographs Captured Life Behind the Lines

When German photographer Otto Strube was called upon to fulfil his responsibilities of military service at the start of World War I, his camera went along with him. Now his family have shared his photographs, offering us a remarkable view of the German perspective of the war.

Otto served as a soldier in the German 44th Reserve Field Artillery Regiment and according to his grandson, ABC journalist Bernie Bowen, was involved in many of the battles Australians also fought on the Western Front.

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Fluke Discovery of World War I Officer’s Diary Under the Floorboards During a House Renovation

Ripping up floorboards in old houses usually yields nothing more historic than rot and rats. But the State Library of NSW is the richer for what Glen Butler found while renovating his Manly home.

It was a WWI diary penned by Sydney-born military officer Geoffrey Gaden while fighting the Germans in the trenches of France in 1916. The almost pristine diary was secreted under the floorboards of an upstairs bedroom and evidently forgotten before Mr Butler bought the house about three years ago.

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4 September 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.27 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem in version 7.0.26 which could cause a problem with the search index if you changed the spelling of the name of an existing person.
• Faster search times when searching for a name in a large database.
• The two other Views from Edit will show Married (civil) and Married (religious) and not just the normal Married event.

Family Chronicle 4.9.59 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New iOS7 look and feel.
• New iPhone homepage and issue details.
• Restore purchases fix.

Genealone 1.3.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs have been fixed and the code has been optimized.
• Design has been slightly improved.
• Links for creating missing father and/or mother are displayed to editors and administrators on person’s pages.
• Persons, places and sources merging have been improved.

Pocket Genealogist 4.09A03 Public Beta (Mobile - Purchase)

• Recognition of TMG v9.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.9.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Updated genealogical map.

A New Project from Yale Invites Viewers To Explore Some 175,000 Images of America in the 1930s and '40s

For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children tucking their faces over her shoulders, a baby in her lap.

Where that image comes from, there are many, many more: around 175,000 surviving portraits of America between 1935 and 1945 taken by the photographers of the government's Farm Security Administration. The Library of Congress, which houses the collection, has, remarkably, digitized all the negatives and tagged the records with loads of data, such as who took the picture and where it was taken.

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World War I: Australian Teenage Girl Maud Butler Cut Hair, Dressed as Soldier and Stowed Away on Troopship

A teenage girl from the Hunter Valley coalfields was so desperate to be a part of Australia's war effort that she cut her hair, dressed as a soldier and stowed away on a troopship.

The exploits of Maud Butler, a resourceful 16-year-old waitress with a sense of adventure, are being researched by historian Professor Victoria Haskins. As part of her study, Professor Haskins is researching Maud's expedition, which she says runs several chapters. Here, Professor Haskins writes about Maud's initial run-in with authorities.

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3 September 2014

War Against Japan Archives Cover Disastrous Defense of Nanking

The eighth part of an archive series on the Second Sino-Japanese War on Monday covered the Battle of Nanking (Nanjing) in 1937, in which Japanese troops captured the Republic of China capital and unleashed a six-week orgy of slaughter.

Starting on Aug. 25, the archive series is being released on the website of China's State Archives Administration, one battle per day, in a drive to raise awareness of the war, known in China as the War of Resistance Against Japan.

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2 September 2014

More than 750 Korean War Remains Found this Year

The South Korean military has excavated this year the remains of 753 fallen soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War, the defense ministry said Monday.

In a four-month project that began in April to find remains of missing service personnel, some 46,000 soldiers dug out sites in 56 regions across the country to recover the bodies, according to the ministry.

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1 September 2014

London’s Imperial War Museum Revisits Horrors of World War I

For the next four years, Britain will commemorate in a wide-ranging series of events and programs the centenary of the country’s entry into the First World War on Aug. 4, 1914, when it declared war against Germany.

“The centerpiece of our commemorations,” in the words of Prime Minister David Cameron, is the renovation of the Imperial War Museum London.

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Woman Unearths Past of Forgotten Arizona Indian Cemetery

A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

Inside cotton sacks, burlap bags and blankets buried in the ground are the remains dating back to the 1930s of stillborn babies, tuberculosis patients, and sick and malnourished Native Americans from Winslow and the nearby Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Archives New Zealand and National Library Open the Files on the First World War

More than 141,000 First World War service files are now available online, adding to the wealth of information detailing New Zealanders experience of the war made available by Archives New Zealand and the National Library.

In possibly the largest and most complicated digitisation project in New Zealand’s history, Archives New Zealand staff identified over 141,000 First World War files, scanned the often crumbling, fragile pages and then digitised them and published them online.

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How To Link Pictures Uploaded by Other Geneanet Members To A Person In Your Family Tree?

You have found a family picture or a photograph of headstone on Geneanet, and you would like to link it to a person in your family tree.

On Geneanet, you can view for free all of the pictures that have been uploaded by other members, and you can link them to your family tree.

Here's how to do it:

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