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14 July 2014

Are You Related to Woody Guthrie?

Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, a small town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, the son of Nora Belle (née Sherman) and Charles Edward Guthrie. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, then Governor of New Jersey and the Democratic candidate soon to be elected President of the United States.

Charles Guthrie was an industrious businessman, owning at one time up to 30 plots of land in Okfuskee County. He was actively involved in Oklahoma politics and was a Democratic candidate for office in the county.

Woody Guthrie's Family Tree

10 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.21 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• When adding new names on Edit, it sometimes said Error 5 when making a list of matching names. Fixes.
• Fixed a problem with Split Database if including Witnesses (if the witness was not in the selected group.) Fixes.
• Fixed a problem when searching for matching names including Alternate names when adding new people. Fixes.
• If excluding data for living people, do not put 'Living' in the RTF name index at the end. Fixes.

GEDexplorer 1.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for name suffix (the part after the surname).
• Fixed two bugs that caused crashes.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Person context option in the edit section works correctly now.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

Second Site 5.3 Build 0 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Added the Multiple Relationships Chart User Item.
• Added the List of People User Item.
• Added the Block Panel option to Tag Groups.
• Added the following options as Data Content Choices for Table Panel Tag Groups: Subject, People, Other People.

New Websites To Help Families Find Graves of First World War Dead

Moves to make it easier for families to find relatives killed in the first world war, including the release of 300,000 original documents, were revealed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on Tuesday.

To mark the centenary of the war, the commission has launched two websites and placed the documents online for public viewing for the first time,

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First Aussie To Die in WWI Recognised

The name of the soldier who may well be the first Australian killed in World War I has been added to the Australian War Memorial's commemorative roll, nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Australian-born Lt William Malcolm Chisholm was serving in a British uniform when he was wounded in the Battle of Le Cateau, on August 26, 1914, just three days after arriving in France, and died the next day, aged 22.

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9 July 2014

351-Year-Old Cemetery Identified in Warwick, Massachusetts

"Finding this cemetery was just wonderful. We can start to complete a picture of our history and color in all the holes," Pegee Malcolm, the chair of the Warwick historical Cemetery Commission, said Monday.

Three hundred and fifty-one years after it was established, a Warwick cemetery has been dedicated thanks to an inquiry by descendants of Stukely Westcott, followed by the research of members of the Warwick Historical Cemetery Commission.

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Mystery of Irishman Who Was WWII Hero Solved After 62 Years

The 62-year mystery of an Irishman whose investigations during World War II helped return millions in stolen art and diamonds has finally been solved.

Eugene Smith, who was born in Lavey, Co Cavan, in 1913 but emigrated to the US as a child, disappeared after his military plane crashed into a glacier in Alaska in 1952. For decades his family, both in America and in Cavan, suspected he had died in the crash, but were never able to recover his body or give Eugene a proper burial.

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Are You Related to Courtney Love?

Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, in San Francisco, California, to psychotherapist Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, publisher and brief manager of the Grateful Dead.

Love's mother is the daughter of novelist Paula Fox and an unidentified father, who is rumoured to be Marlon Brando. Carroll and Harrison divorced in 1969 and her father's custody withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love as a toddler. In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune.

Courtney Love's Family Tree

8 July 2014

New Geneanet Index of Historical Newspapers

Geneanet has indexed newspapers from the NY State Historic Newspapers database so you can search them by family name, first name and place.

When clicking a link in the Geneanet search results list, you will be automatically redirected to the newspaper in the NY State Historic Newspapers website.

List of newspapers: Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 1927-current, Altamont Enterprise (Altamont, N.Y.) 1892-1958, Altamont Enterprise and Albany County Post (Altamont, N.Y.) 1958-1983, Banner Times (Pulaski, N.Y.) 1985-1988, Black River Democrat (Lowville, N.Y.) 1913-1943, Brockport Republic and Brockport Democrat (Brockport, N.Y.) 1925-1955, Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) 1872-1951, Cardinal Points (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1940-current, Catholic Courier (Rochester, N.Y.) 1989-current, Chateaugay record. (Chateaugay, N.Y.) 1878-1890, Hammond Advertiser (Hammond, N.Y.) 1886-1947, and much more...

Click here to search this index.

Arizona Homestead Records To Be Digitized

An important part of Arizona history will soon be available to view online. The Homestead National Monument of America is in the process of digitizing thousands of homestead records from the U.S. National Archive, and historian Blake Bell said Arizona's records will soon be complete.

"These records are probably the most information-rich records I've ever come across as a historian," said Bell.

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Rare World War II Map Found in Deceased Veteran's Garage

Fifty-two World War II stories that were hidden in a Rehoboth Beach garage will finally be told. In just a few weeks, a World War II museum in Delaware will welcome a new, historic artifact – an enormous map documenting a rear admiral's travels, as well as every U.S. submarine lost in the war.

"I think it’s safe to say that there is no other map like this in the country," Dr. Gary Wray, president of the Fort Miles Historical Association, said.

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7 July 2014

Amelia Earhart's Disappearance: The Answer in Photos?

New forensic imaging techniques might solve the longstanding mystery over the fate of Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

At the center of sophisticated imaging techniques are a handful of 1937 pictures of Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed "Electra." Those were taken in Miami -- the fourth stop on the aviator’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe -- and show a distinctive patch of metal installed to replace a navigational window.

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Black South African Soldier Reburied with White WWI Comrades in France

A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was on Sunday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France.

Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africans who had volunteered to serve as part of the Native Labour Corps.

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Canadiana Organization Putting Canadian History Online

The shelves are literally groaning under the weight of cartloads of microfilm at Canadiana, an organization working to create a massive digital library of Canadian history.

Established in 1978, the organization was involved in creating the same cartloads of microfilm images of documents from Library and Archives Canada. Since the early 2000s, it has kept pace with new technology, continuing its partnership with the library by digitizing documents and the already-created microfilms.

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Upload Family Pictures to your Geneanet Family Tree

If you have family pictures, you can easily upload them to your Geneanet family tree.

1. Click the box of a person in your family tree,
2. Click "Add Family Picture" in the menu bar at the top of the screen,
3. Select the image file in your personal computer,
4. Click "Submit".

If you have pictures with multiple people, type in the name of all the persons and the picture will be automatically added to each of them.


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4 July 2014

The U.S. National Archives Wants to Put Its Whole Collection on Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has some amazing documents. But the collections don't only focus on the founding of the country—they're an incredibly varied lot.

They include documents ranging from Robert E. Lee's resignation letter from the U.S. Army to thousands of books and documents describing the lives of Jewish people in Iraq that were discovered by the U.S. Army in 2003. And all of these documents and photographs and records should soon be available online—for free—as part of the Wikimedia Commons project.

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