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6 November 2014

300 Year Old 'Witch Grave' Found in Scotland

Back in 1704, in Torryburn on the south west Fife coast, they had a problem disposing of toxic material - it was what you might call a toxic witch problem.

Lilias Adie, a poor woman who confessed to being a witch and having sex with the devil, died in prison before she could be tried, sentenced and burned. So they buried her deep in the sticky, sopping wet mud of the foreshore - between the high tide and low tide mark - and they put a heavy flat stone over her.

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Incredible Collection of First 'Tabloids' Which Reveal Crimes and Dying Confessions of Hanged 18th Century Convicts Due To Be Sold at Auction

An incredible collection of the earliest tabloid 'newspapers', which detail the shocking crimes and dying confessions of hanged 18th century convicts, are due to be sold at auction next week. The so-called 'Execution Broadsides' - which usually consisted of just a single sheet of paper - documented the gruesome and gory facts and rumours which surrounded public hangings.

The sheets of printed news, which were usually sold for a penny near the gallows on the day of the hanging, covered the crime committed, a woodcut illustration, a description of the convict's final hours and their last dying confession - all in sensational, dramatic detail.

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Are You Related to Sally Field?

Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California. Her father, Richard Dryden Field, was an Army officer, and her mother Margaret Field (née Morlan) was an actress. Her parents divorced in 1950; her mother later married actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney.

Field attended Portola Middle School, followed by Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, where she was a cheerleader.

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5 November 2014

Wreck of 17th-Century Dutch Warship Discovered

The wreck of a 17th-century Dutch warship has been discovered off the coast of Tobago, a small island located in the southern Caribbean. Marine archaeologists believe the vessel is possibly the Huis de Kreuningen, which was lost during a bloody fight between Dutch and French colonists.

On March 3, 1677, the French Navy launched a fierce attack against the Dutch in Tobago's Rockley Bay. European settlers coveted Tobago for its strategic location; in fact, the island changed hands more than 30 times after Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.

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800,000 Pages of British Patient Art and Mental Health Archives Are Going Online

A few weeks ago, the Wellcome Library announced a new initiative to digitize more than 800,000 pages of material from British psychiatric hospitals. Dating between the 18th and 20th centuries, the trove includes examples of patient artwork and writing, as well as patient-produced publications.

The digitizing starts this fall as part of a two-year project, and you can already explore materials from the York Retreat, St Luke’s Hospital Woodside, Crichton Royal Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, and Camberwell House Asylum.

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4 November 2014

UK Museums Want Copyright Changes So They Can Display WWI Documents

Thanks to overly severe copyright laws, museums, libraries and other UK institutions have been unable to show important historical documents to the public.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) 1988 is currently stopping an estimated 1.74 million 'orphan works' from the Great War, such as diaries and letters, from being displayed until 2039.

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31 October 2014

Participate in the 'GeneaGraves Weekend' on November 15-16, 2014

A few weeks ago, Geneanet has launched the GeneaGraves mobile app for Android and iOS. With this app, you can easily take pictures of graves and upload them into Geneanet. Then, these pictures are free for every Geneanet member.

Pictures can also be attached to any person in the Geneanet family tree. That show our involvement in the free and collaborative genealogy.

To formally launch this new service, we will organise the 'GeneaGraves Weekend' for all of our members worldwide. On November 15-16, 2014, take pictures of graves in a nearby cemetery!

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30 October 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.34 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem in Gedom Import caused by version 7.0.33 for the first 10 marriages imported.
• Fixed a problem when adding a brand new database, where the first links to a spouse did not show up unless you picked File, Re-Index Database.

GEDexplorer for Android 1.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• The split view can now also be turned on in portrait orientation.
• Added support for more events and attributes (education, nationality, graduation, retirement, emigration, immigration, naturalization, census, engagement and annulment).
• All events and attributes that contain a date are now shown in chronological order under "Events". Those without a date are shown under "Attributes".
• Added support for Samsung Multi Window (available on many Samsung devices).

GedFamilies for iPhone & iPad 2.0.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

GRAMPS 4.1.1 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Fix custom place types in the place editor.
• Allow place type combobox to receive focus.
• Store custom place types in the metadata table.
• Fix place type for places without a main location.
• Fix bug adding parent places to a new place.
• And much more.

MacFamilyTree 7.3.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Graphical glitch displaying charts corrected.
• Localization issues corrected.
• M4a audio files can now be added to the database.
• Other smaller fixes.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.3.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Graphical glitch displaying charts corrected.
• Localization issues corrected.
• Other smaller fixes.

Second Site 5.3 Build 2 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Added the Post-Make Site Batch File capability.
• Documented a previously hidden feature, External Command entries in the Utilities menu.
• Changed the width computation for checkbox properties in the main Second Site window to make them narrower.

End of the Line: The Rusting Relics of an Eerie Hungarian Train Graveyard, Including Carriages That Carried Jews To Their Deaths at Auschwitz

These are the eerie images of an abandoned train yard in Hungary where visitors can see rotting carriages once used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp.

The pictures, taken at the Istvantelek train workshop near Budapest, are a snapshot of a bygone era, with huge locomotives standing in a crumbling shed that is slowly being reclaimed by nature.

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29 October 2014

Portraits of Wounded Soldiers from the Civil War

With a death toll estimated somewhere between 600k and 750k, the American Civil War was without a doubt the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. But even the soldiers who made it out alive didn’t always do so without sustaining serious injuries.

On its Flickr page, the US National Library of Medicine has shared a handful of portraits that depict the war-torn bodies of soldiers who fought through the war.

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Bursary To Expand Archive of Irish in first World War

A bursary scheme to allow Irish university students to research Ireland’s involvement in the first World War was announced yesterday by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys in the Flemish town of Ypres, as representatives of more than 80 countries gathered in Flanders to commemorate the war.

The scheme, which will begin next year and run until 2018, will allow five university students from Ireland to spend the summer months at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.

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Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.

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Civil War Time Capsule Found During Street Repairs in Richmond, Indiana

Sometimes street repairs can reveal unexpected things.

With South E Street being dug up for major changes, Thomas Owens, owner of the former firehouse on the southwest corner of South Ninth and E streets, decided it was necessary to protect an important asset — a monument marking the site as the location of the Civil War-era Camp Wayne.

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28 October 2014

WWII Pilot Found Buried in Italian Corn Field

The remains of an Italian WWII pilot who died in a dogfight with U.S. pilots 70 years ago have finally been unearthed -- still sitting on the parachute in the cockpit.

Found 13 feet underground with the wreckage of his crashed plane, a Macchi C.205 Veltro, the pilot was identified as being Lieutenant Guerrino Bortolani. His plane literately disappeared in the Padua countryside in northern Italy, planting itself deep in the bank of a ditch as it crashed on March 11, 1944.

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WWI Trenches Discovered in Kent, England

A forgotten First World War trench system which was part of Britain’s home defences has been discovered. The fortifications stretched for more than 11 miles on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and protected the Thames Estuary against German invasion.

It became known as Barbed Wire Island and was a restricted area with residents given identity cards dubbed the Sheppey Passport. To leave the island locals had to get the document signed by police with checkpoints in place at the bridge and the railway station.

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