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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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12 May 2014

New British Website: Children's Homes

The Children's Homes website aims to provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain.

They include a wide variety of establishments ranging from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, and children with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels.

Children's Homes

11 February 2014

Mapping Slavery in Detroit

Detroit is a fascinating American city with a rich and sometimes troubled history. Mapping Slavery in Detroit is a University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project to develop and explore the history of slavery in Detroit and its effect on the modern-day city.

The existence of slavery in the city of Detroit and its surrounding areas is a topic that has yet to be thoroughly researched and explained. In fact, current public portrayals of Detroit’s history still emphasize the role of the Underground Railroad.

Mapping Slavery in Detroit

8 November 2013

New Online Holocaust Archive Tells Untold Stories of Heroism

A new Hebrew University website, sponsored by the school's Oral History Division, allows users to search and access 900 previously unavailable Holocaust-related voice recordings and transcripts. Many of the interviews include testimonies recorded in the 1930s, constituting some of the earliest recorded oral history archives of the Holocaust.

The site, which goes on line Thursday, was established to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht attacks of November 9-10, 1938.

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8 October 2013

Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918

The 'Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918' is the official website for the latest information, news and events on how Wales will commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Commemoration Programme for Wales is being developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with key organisations from Wales and will be launched in the autumn of 2013. The programme will be published on this site and will set out some of the key events that are planned for the commemoration period from 2014 to 2018.

Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918

18 July 2013

Hack Genealogy: A New Genealogy and Technology Resource

Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee announces the debut of Hack Genealogy, a new resource for the genealogy industry and the growing community of genealogy and family history enthusiasts.

Hack Genealogy is about “repurposing today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy” and a little bit more. Hack Genealogy is more than just a list of resources: It provides information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

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22 January 2013

Closure of Ancestry24

Announcement by Ancestry24: "We regret to advise that the Ancestry24 business will close on 28 February 2013. After this date, the web-site www.ancestry24.co.za will cease to function.

With regard to any premium subscription, which was planned to continue past 28 February 2013, we will be refunding the entire subscription amount that you paid to us."

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24 October 2012

Arlington National Cemetery Has Developed ANC Explorer

Arlington National Cemetery has developed ANC Explorer, an application that is available across common web browsers and on mobile smart phones. This app enables veterans, family members and the public to locate gravesites; generate front and back photos of a headstone or monument; and receive directions to those locations.

ANC Explorer

17 October 2012

Library of Congress To Launch Civil War Blog Featuring Historical Figures In Their Own Words

First-person accounts from the Civil War are being brought to life in a new blog that will feature the voices of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and others.

The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it will launch the blog from diaries, letters and other writings pulled from its collection. It will chronicle the sacrifices and accomplishments of both North and South to accompany a major new exhibit, “The Civil War in America.”

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8 October 2012

New Twist for Old Plots

A new website with the slightly cheesy name discovereverafter.com appears to be just another gravestone transcription site, albeit more comprehensive than most, covering graveyards in the Magherafelt area.

Looked at more closely, however, the site is something genuinely new. It is a commercial operation, but the target customer is not the hapless, ever-skint genealogist, but all bodies responsible for maintaining the graveyard.

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26 September 2012

GenerousGenealogists: Free Genealogy Research & Support

An announcement by GenerousGenealogists: "We are a community of volunteers who agree to provide free genealogy research and assistance, as an act of kindness, to “those in need.” But, that simple statement does not define us totally.

We are a vibrant, vital and growing community teaching and helping each other in the best methods and traditions of the genealogists of today, yesterday and hopefully tomorrow."


GenerousGenealogists

31 August 2012

Genealogy Q&A Site Proposal Needs Support

Genealogists always have had questions on how to do their genealogy, how to find certain records, and whether there is any information available on the family lines they are researching. To date, there has not been one specific place they could go to ask their questions and get answers.

A new proposal for a Question and Answer site for genealogy is now underway at the StackExchange network. They are looking for genealogists interested in signing up and participating to help give the site the momentum it needs to get through the Beta phase.

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18 June 2012

Scot Launches World's Biggest War Memorial on Internet

They are soldiers, sailors and airmen who died serving their country, some hundreds of years apart but whose stories sit alongside side each other in the world’s biggest war memorial.

From the lost soldiers of Vietnam to US troops who died in Afghanistan, the online roll of honour created by Scots engineer Brian Foster has been opened for the first time for the public to see.

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30 May 2012

The National Archives of Finland Updates the Europeana Heraldica Database

The heraldic database, Europeana Heraldica, operating on the website of the National Archives Service at www.arkisto.fi/heraldica has been updated. Its search functions are now available in 14 languages and it has been designed as part of Europe's digital Europeana library.

Upon expanding the database, the municipal coats of arms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark – both historical and those in official use – were added to the database. This was a cooperative effort with the respective national archives of other Nordic countries.

Source & Full Story

8 March 2012

Old Maps Online: Discovering the Cartography of the Past

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search.

OldMapsOnline has been created by a collaboration between The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at The University of Portsmouth, UK and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland.

Old Maps Online

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