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15 October 2014

Richard III Archaeologists Now Search for King Harold To See If He Survived Battle of Hastings

Archaeologists will this week test if the Bayeux Tapestry correctly depicts Harold II’s death, when they scan a graveyard to investigate whether he in fact survived the Battle of Hastings.

The same survey team used to find the remains of Richard III under a Leicester car park is now searching for the remains of England’s last Saxon king in the grounds of Waltham Abbey Church in Essex.

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French Soldier’s Room Unchanged 96 Years After His Death in First World War

The name of dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau is commemorated on a war memorial in Bélâbre, his native village in central France, along with those of other young men who lost their lives in the first world war.

But Rochereau also has a much more poignant and exceptional memorial: his room in a large family house in the village has been preserved with his belongings for almost 100 years since his death in Belgium.

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14 October 2014

Remains of Thousands of American Soldiers Killed During Korean War Will Be Moved Due To 'Construction Projects', Says North Korea

North Korea says the remains of thousands of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are being moved due to construction projects and flood damage.

The United States suspended efforts to recover war remains in North Korea over the country's plans to launch a long-range rocket in 2012. About 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the 1950-53 war.

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13 October 2014

Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed Found

A team of Greek researchers has confirmed that bones found in a two-chambered royal tomb at Vergina, a town some 100 miles away from Amphipolis's mysterious burial mound, indeed belong to the Macedonian King Philip II, Alexander the Great's father.

The anthropological investigation examined 350 bones and fragments found in two larnakes, or caskets, of the tomb. It uncovered pathologies, activity markers and trauma that helped identify the tomb's occupants.

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Hawaii State Archives Presents Digital Archives Update

The Hawaii State Archives has been storing paper records from various state agencies since 1906. Three years ago, it began building digital archives to better preserve these records. They say, the process has its challenges.

“Paper can sit in a box. you don’t have to do anything with it. it can just sit there on a shelf and it’ll be fine, as long as you’re conditions are good around it 11.35 but with digital, no. it can’t just sit in a file in a folder on your computer. it has to be managed and managed continually,” state archivist Susan Shaner said.

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Slave Photo Discovered from Robert E. Lee's Home

The National Park Service has acquired a rare Civil War-era photograph of an enslaved woman who helped save Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's home in Arlington, Virginia.

The previously unknown photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family, along with two girls. The photograph was unveiled Thursday at the Arlington House plantation overlooking the nation's capital that was home to Lee and dozens of slaves before the Civil War.

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10 October 2014

Four Copies of Magna Carta To Be Shown Together for First Time

The four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta from 1215 will come together for the first time in history next February as part of a one-off event to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the historic document.

The Magna Carta – literally, Great Charter – was issued by King John in 1215, as his barons revolted and civil war loomed. It saw the monarch avert crisis by acknowledging that the king was not above the law, and with the granting of a range of rights to English citizens. “To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice,” runs one of its most famous clauses.

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Are You Related to Tanya Tucker?

Tucker was born born October 10, 1958, in Seminole, Texas, the youngest of four children born to Jesse "Beau" and Juanita Tucker. Her father was a heavy equipment operator, and the family moved often as he sought better work.

Tanya's early childhood was spent primarily in Willcox, Arizona, where the only radio station in town played country music. The Tuckers attended concerts of country stars such as Ernest Tubb and Mel Tillis, and Tanya's sister LaCosta was praised in the family for her vocal abilities. At the age of eight, Tanya told her father that she also wanted to be a country singer when she grew up.

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9 October 2014

A Mystery from 1925 Still Haunts a Philadelphia Graveyard

Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered Tuesday on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers - clues, really.

How did Thomas Curry, teenage ward of the notorious Florida School for Boys, come to meet a violent death on a railroad bridge 88 years earlier? The day before the orphan from Tacony died, he had escaped from the school, a hellish place where boys were routinely locked in irons, hog-tied in isolation, beaten with leather straps, and locked in sweat boxes as punishment.

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Mystery Bones Found in Queens, New York City, Came from Old Cemetery Near Prominent Farm

The past doesn’t stay buried for long in Queens. The human bones unearthed Tuesday by a construction crew on a routine dig in Richmond Hill may have come from an old cemetery near the farm of a prominent Queens family, a borough expert said.

Historian Carl Ballenas believes the 108th St. property near Jamaica Ave., where five skeletal fragments were found, used to be part of the Napier farm, run by patriarch John B. Napier in the 1800s.

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Are You Related to John Lennon?

Lennon was born in war-time England, on October 9, 1940 at Liverpool Maternity Hospital to Julia (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman of Irish descent, who was away at the time of his son's birth.

His parents named him John Winston Lennon after his paternal grandfather, John "Jack" Lennon, and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill. His father was often away from home but sent regular pay cheques to 9 Newcastle Road, Liverpool, where Lennon lived with his mother, but the cheques stopped when he went absent without leave in February 1944.

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8 October 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GEDCOM Validator 2.0.6.0 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Added a new tool for repairing the text encoding of legacy GEDCOM files.

Geneagraves for Android 1.0.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

LiveHistory for iPhone and iPad 1.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• iOS 8 compatibility updates.
• Speed improvement for newest iPads.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.2.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Issue adding photos on iOS 8 corrected.

My Family Tree 4.0.2.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added by marriage (in law) and step relationships to relationship calculator.
• Minor bug fixes.

RootsMagic 6.3.3.2 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: TMG Import: Custom source template fields now import properly.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Importing children of a single parent no longer creates a separate family for each child.
• Changed: TMG Import: TMG reference number is imported as REFN in RootsMagic.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 2.1.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• New search function.
• Refreshed and streamlined story and library tiles.
• Implemented deep linking.
• Invite Friends screen more accessible.
• iOS 8 optimizations.

Romania's Only Cemetery on the European Cemeteries Route in the Spotlight in 2015

Bucharest’s famous cemetery Bellu, where many of Romania’s cultural and historical personalities are buried, will take center stage in 2015, when representatives of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe will meet in the Romanian capital.

This will not only put the spotlight on Romania’s famous cemetery, one of the 179 such cemeteries in Europe, but also on the Romanian capital as well. Over a hundred historians, architects, professors, and local administrations from member cities will meet in Bucharest next year for the association’s annual meeting.

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7 October 2014

Cincinnati Archdiocese Renovates Building To Display Archives, Relics

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is renovating a downtown building to house nearly two centuries of church history, from blueprints of nearly every local Catholic house of worship to ceremonial vestments worn by the city’s first bishop.

Working with Danis Building Construction and Chameleon Architecture, the archdiocese is nearing completion of an extensive interior renovation of what was once a private residence at 25 E. Eighth St., constructed circa 1850.

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