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24 October 2014

Secret WWI History of Australian Soldiers with Venereal Disease

Around 60,000 Australian soldiers ended up contracting venereal disease by the end of the First World War. Just as they were hidden away to undergo treatment at the time, their story has, up until now, remained largely untold.

The image of a soldier riddled with gonorrhoea and syphilis, hiding weeping ulcers on his genitals beneath the emblematic khaki uniform, is a far cry from the usual portrayal of the ANZAC digger.

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Melting Antarctic Snow Has Revealed the Notebook of Captain Robert Scott’s Official Expedition Photographer

Melting Antarctic snow has revealed the notebook of Captain Robert Scott’s official expedition photographer. Researchers found George Levick’s journal outside the 1911 Terra Nova base in the heart of the Antarctic following this year's annual thaw.

Despite thaws in previous years, this is the first time the notebook has been seen in more than a century. The notebook is called Wellcome Photographic Exposure Record and Diary 1910 and was discovered by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust.

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The New Geneanet Website Has Been Released

For the last 12 months, we have been working hard to build a new, simpler and clearer Geneanet website.

Based on collaboration and sharing, the Geneanet spirit has been enhanced. Of course, we have heard suggestions and concerns from our members worldwide.​

Today, we are pleased to announce the new version of Geneanet.

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23 October 2014

British Soldiers Buried at WW1 Graveyard - 100 Years After their Death

They may have lived ordinary lives mining coal, grinding cutlery or weaving mats. But they died heroically, fighting for their country, taking the battle to German forces at the start of the First World War.

Almost 100 years to the day after the 15 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment fell, they were today given the farewell they deserved. On a chilly autumn day the brave Britons were laid to rest at the Y Farm Cemetery set among the ploughed fields of Bois Grenier village, near Lille in northern France.

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22 October 2014

Sequoyah National Research Center Acquires Collection of Alaska Native Archives

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) has acquired the Jeanie Greene Collection from television journalist Jeanie Greene of Anchorage, Alaska.

Throughout her career, Greene has conducted a wide variety of research projects on Alaska Native cultures and individuals within those cultures.

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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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21 October 2014

Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD) written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.

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13th Century Note Etched on Bark Found in Russia

The note, from father to son, was the sort of routine shopping list that today would be dashed off on a smartphone. In 14th century Russia, it was etched into the bark of a birch tree and curled into a scroll.

"Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send fabric," the father, whose name was Onus, wrote to his son, Danilo, the block letters of Old Novgorod language, a precursor to Russian, neatly carved into the wood with a stylus. Onus ended with a bit of humor. "If I am alive," he wrote, "I will pay for it."

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Are You Related to Kim Kardashian?

Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1980, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton). She has an older sister Kourtney, a younger sister Khloé, and a younger brother Rob. Their mother is of Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry, while their father was a third-generation Armenian American.

After their parents divorced in 1991, Houghton remarried to the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner Bruce Jenner in 1991. Through their marriage, Kardashian gained step-brothers Burton "Burt", Brandon, and Brody; step-sister Casey; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

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20 October 2014

Radar To Help Solve Mysteries in this Connecticut Cemetery

For nearly a decade members of the Southington Genealogical Society, with help from archaeologists, have been trying to piece together the mystery of the Merriman Burying Ground.

The burial ground, located on Marion Avenue in Plantsville, dates back to the late 1700s and is believed to be a family cemetery. It was named after the Rev. John Merriman, a Baptist minister. His wife, Jemima, was the buried there in 1764 and Merriman was buried in 1784. Eight of John and Jemima Merriman’s 11 children were buried there, along with their spouses and children.

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17 October 2014

Evidence of Medieval Church Found in North Yorkshire, England

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient human remains and evidence of a medieval church on the site of a new extra care scheme.

The discovery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has been described as an "intriguing conundrum" by experts. Tests and further digging is now underway to learn more about the finds in a field being developed by Broadacres housing association.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Canadian World War I Memorials

When we think of war memorials, we picture cenotaphs, statues of angels and soldiers, but after the First World War, communities searched for original ways to honour their fallen citizens.

Some took the traditional route, while others came up with other methods to memorialize the dead. Here are 10 places and things that you may not realize were meant to honour Canada’s war dead.

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Ireland's Korean War Veterans Remembered

Nestled between the vast expanse of World War II and the shock and horror of VietNam, the Korean War is sometimes overlooked.

It was a bitter and bloody conflict, which has left political scars on the Korean peninsula which ache to this day. Its legacy is bitter division betwen Seoul and Pyongyang, violent flare-ups between North Korea - ruled by the insane and despotic Kim dynasty - and democratic South Korea, and the infamous 'DMZ' which separates the two warring states, strewn with landmines.

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Library and Archives Canada: Soldiers of the First World War

The digitization of 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files is under way. This project aims to provide access to high-quality digital copies of all service files, anytime and anywhere.

To achieve this goal, LAC will be required to close portions of this collection as they undergo preparation, conservation, and digitization. LAC will not grant requests for direct consultation or copying of the records during these stages

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.32 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem when searching for Sources using the Norwegian or Danish languages.
• On the Compare Two Databases utility, it was not finding accented letters when searching the right side database if the new option was turned on to ignore accents when searching.
• The Re-Index routine is faster now for large databases (over 400,000 names or events or other records).
• There is a new utility to 'Add country name to a group of locations' which is helpful if you are using the Origins report and it does not know what country people were born in.
• Fixed a problem where if you Rearranged Spouses, it might not show the spouses for that person unless you did a File, Re-Index database.

Build Your Family Tree for iPhone and iPad 6.01 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New Localizations.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.2.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support iOS 8.

GEDexplorer for Android 1.9 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added split screen mode (useful for tablets and high density phones).
• A restart will now return to the last visited folder.
• Added option for loading last loaded file on restart.
• Added German language support.

GedFamilies for Android 2.0.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

Genota Forms 2.6.4.3 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Removed the Import Files option from the File Menu as the functionality was included in the Add Persons and Add Location menu options.
• Modified the Restore Database option of unzip the archived file into the application folder and open for display in Genota Forms.
• Fixed an issue preventing some data tables to be modified. This impacted mainly on the documents module, preventing items to be saved.
• The Open Database option was not functioning correctly.

HuMo-gen 5.0.7 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• This version adds the Portuguese language, new display options and many enhancements.

MacFamilyTree 7.3 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Beautiful new User Interface in Yosemite look.
• Handoff: Continue on your Mac what you started on your iPhone - and vice versa!
• Much improved navigation bar.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Updated for iOS 8 (improved user interface, better performance).
• Handoff added: Seamlessly continue your work started on your iPhone or iPad on your Mac and vice versa.

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