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7 October 2014

Who Are the Welsh? Mass Genetic Testing To Find Out Nation's Ancestry

CymruDNAWales will carry out an unprecedented mass survey of Wales’s ancestry to trace the origins of its people – back beyond written records to the end of the last ice age around 9,000BC when colossal glacial shifts gouged out our landscape and allowed the first immigrants to settle here.

By using some of the most advanced genetic testing to date, scientists are able to track the roots of those people who would come to be known as Welsh, revealing a hidden history of Wales.

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6 October 2014

In the United Kingdom, Relatives of Adopted Adults Now Able To Trace Family Tree

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace back through their ancestors’ lives - helping them to unearth their family history, discover more about their medical background and reach out to long-lost relatives under new rules introduced today.

Previously, only the person adopted and their birth relatives were able to use specialised adoption agencies to help shed light on their family history and make contact with their biological family members.

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Help the National Library of France Acquire a National Treasure

The French National Library has launched a public appeal for the acquisition of a royal manuscript of King François I of France,Description des Douze Césars avec leurs figures (Tours, c. 1520).

This exceptional manuscript, classified as a national treasure, was illustrated by Jean Bourdichon for King François I of France. The manuscript, which is one of three original copies, is the most beautiful and will be the first to enter the French national collections.

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South Korea Builds DNA Database To Find Relatives in North After Unification

Hong Nam-soon cries each time she watches broadcasts of North and South Korean relatives, inevitably filled with weeping and lingering hugs, reuniting decades after they were separated by war.

"When will I get my turn?" the 84-year-old woman asked recently from her comfortable Seoul high-rise apartment that is decorated with photos of her five sons and a plethora of grandchildren. But almost 65 years after her younger sister disappeared in the early days of the Korean War, Hong has new hope — however dim — that she will find her.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Burnt State Archives Restored

Bosnia and Herzegovina's state archives hold “great importance” for Turkey, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency Vice President Ali Maskan said Thursday.

He made the remarks at a ceremony held Thursday to reopen the state archives at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Building, which was set ablaze during an anti-government protest last February. The archives included documents from the Ottoman period.

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Grandsons of Tenth President John Tyler Are Still Alive and Were Born 140 Years After Their Grandfather

John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States, was born in 1790. He grew up on a Virginia plantation, became a lawyer, and went on to the White House after the death of his predecessor, William Henry Harrison in 1841.

In the years leading up to his presidency, horse-drawn carriages were the mode du jour, Arkansas, Michigan, Maine, and Missouri became states, and across the sea, Napoleon Bonaparte was conquering Europe. But it has been revealed that two of the president’s grandsons are still alive – and were born nearly 140 years after their grandfather was.

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3 October 2014

Fire Hits 18th-Century Romanian Jewish Cemetery

One of Romania’s oldest Jewish cemeteries was hit by fire that consumed some 50 acres.

The fire spread on Monday through the Jewish cemetery of Iasi, which opened in the 18th century and contains 80,000 graves, the local news website ziaruldeiasi.ro reported. It consumed dense vegetation that grew between headstones, the result of many years of neglect.

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2 October 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Charting Companion 5.2 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase)

• You can now preview the Ancestor, Descendant, Hourglass, Bowtie, Fan charts and Trellis chart instantly, edit the chart by pruning selected branches, and print or publish to PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP image format.
• The Ancestor and Descendant Fan charts can now be tiled over multiple pages.

RootsMagic 6.3.3.1 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: TMG Import: Issue with facts where principal1=0 and principal2 is set.

30 September 2014

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research announced Sept. 23 the launch of the Vilna Project, a seven-year international project digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives online.

Though ransacked by the Nazis in 1941, the YIVO archives still possess the largest collection of materials on the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia. The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself.

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Iran State TV Accuses BBC of Document Theft from Government Archives

Iranian state television accused the BBC on Sunday of trying to steal “artistic, historic and cultural documents” from government archives in the Islamic Republic.

The BBC had no immediate comment on the claim, coming in a report on the Iranian broadcasting company’s website, though Iran has a history of accusing the British broadcaster as operating as a cover for spies and dissidents.

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29 September 2014

Group Asking for Public's Help To Identify Mystery Marker Found in Historic Wagoner, Oklahoma, Cemetery

The Three Forks Genealogy Society unearthed a mystery at a historic cemetery in Wagoner. Members started an investigation at Elmwood Cemetery a few weeks ago after someone sent them a picture of what appeared to be a small tombstone.

Digging a few inches into the dirt revealed the names of a church, its trustees and a pastor. At the top of the marker, it read, "The Year of Our Lord 1919, Bethel Hill A.M.E. Church." It then listed the pastor as William J. Stanley and the church trustees as A.J. Foster, A.L. Rollins, R.A. Montague, J.L. Rollins, and J.H. Montague.

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WWI Canadian Soldiers' Remains Identified

Nearly a century after they died in battle, the remains of unidentified Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War are still being found in Europe. Today the Department of National Defence released the names of four who died during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918.

Their resting place was discovered in 2006 by then 14-year-old Fabien Demeusere, while digging in his back garden in Hallu, France, 120 kilometres north of Paris.

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New: Take Pictures of Cemeteries with GeneaGraves, the New Geneanet Mobile App for Android

Cemeteries are one of the most important resources for genealogists, and we must capture cemetery headstones before they are lost. Join the GeneaGraves project!

Upload your pictures to Geneanet with a wifi access point. Then, index the name of the persons listed on the gravestones with the help of other Geneanet members.

Download the GeneaGraves app and photograph gravestones from a cemetery. It's free and easy!



GeneaGraves will come out soon for iOS.

27 September 2014

Are You Related to Avril Lavigne?

Avril Ramona Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario. Her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, named her "Avril" after the French word for the month of April.

At the age of two, she began singing church songs with her mother, Judith-Rosanne "Judy" (née Loshaw). Judy recognized her two-year-old daughter's talents after hearing her sing "Jesus Loves Me" in church. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang. "My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying." Her father is of French descent and her mother has English, Scottish, and German ancestry.

Avril Lavigne's Family Tree

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