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12 November 2014

France Unveils New Monument To Commemorate WWI

President François Hollande on Tuesday is presiding over a series of commemorations marking the end of World War I, culminating with the inauguration of a breathtaking new monument in northern France.

Tributes will be paid in France and around the world on Tuesday to the millions of servicemen who died in the Great War.

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Virginia Couple Find Civil War Graffiti in Home

There's an old saying: "If walls could talk." In the case of the house known as Glen Owen, located east of Berryville in Clarke County, architectural historian Maral Kalbian noted, "They really are."

In September, owners William "Biff" and Barbara Genda discovered Civil War-era graffiti on the wall in a stairwell when they removed paint from the area.

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10 November 2014

New Project Hopes To Find Out How Many Irishmen Died in the First World War

The Irish War Memorial Records, which list the names of 49,400 men who died in the first World War, are to be updated. The Government is to combine with Google and the In Flanders Fields museum in Ypres to update the records, which were first created in 1922. They hope the project will give a more accurate picture of how many Irishmen died in the war.

The records represent an attempt to catalogue all those who died, but they include non-Irish soldiers who died in Irish regiments and exclude many Irishmen who died in non-Irish regiments. There are also many double entries and errors.

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Britain's Princess Anne Opens Magna Carta Exhibition in Washington

Britain's Princess Anne opened Thursday a 10-week exhibition at the Library of Congress that features one of only four surviving original copies of the nearly 800-year-old Magna Carta.

The 64-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth hailed the "shared values" of Britain and the United States, at a ceremony alongside the Lincoln Cathedral copy of the historic document. "Nearly 800 years ago, Magna Carta gave us our first concept of a society governed by the rule of law -– a major step," the princess said.

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The Saddest Selfie: Touching Self Portrait Taken By WW1 Soldier Reveals Proud Young Man in His Bedroom Shortly Before Flying To His Death at the Age of Just 21

A photograph uncovered among records from World War I shows a fresh-faced soldier taking a picture of himself in front of a bedroom mirror.

Just months later, the 21-year-old soldier was shot down during an air battle over Germany along with a comrade from No 4. Squadron. His story, and haunting photo, has been released ahead of Remembrance Day next week, and to commemorate 2014 as the 100-year anniversary since the start of the Great War.

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India: Bihar State Archives To Compile Banned Documents

In a first, the Bihar State Archives (BSA) has decided to compile the banned documents on Bihar during freedom movement. A special team is engaged in searching the rare classified political documents preserved in the state archives.

"It would be a collector's item for researchers as well as history students to understand and analyse the British policy on press, peasants, terrorists and freedom movement. Some of the documents like the speeches made by the leaders during freedom struggle will also be documented," said BSA director Vijay Kumar.

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Aberdeenshire World War I Documents Recovered

Forgotten documents honouring World War One soldiers from Aberdeenshire have been unearthed from the back of an old church cupboard after more than 90 years.

Reverend Brian Dingwall discovered the roll of honour along with other paperwork under the pulpit during a clear out at Lumsden Church, near Alford. Most of the papers had to be thrown out because they were so damp but Mr Dingwall managed to save some of them.

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Medieval English Law Manuscript Digitised

A manuscript predating the Magna Carta is to be seen, in full, online, by the public for the first time thanks to a project involving digital experts at The University of Manchester working in partnership with Rochester Cathedral.

The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia compiled by a single scribe at Rochester Cathedral, in Kent, in the 1120s has been digitised by the University’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care.

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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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9 November 2014

Are You Related to Mary Travers?

Mary Travers was born on November 9, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Robert Travers and Virginia Coigney, both journalists and active organizers for The Newspaper Guild, a trade union. In 1938, the family moved to Greenwich Village in New York City. Travers attended the Little Red School House there, but left in the 11th grade.

While in high school, Travers joined the Song Swappers, who sang backup for Pete Seeger when Folkways Records reissued a union song collection, Talking Union, in 1955.

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7 November 2014

The Puzzle Tombstone of Henrietta and Susanna Bean in Rushes Cemetery, near Crosshill, Wellesley Township, Ontario, Canada

Samuel Bean was first a teacher, then a doctor and later a pastor in the Evangelical Association. While practising the medical profession, he lived in Linwood, Ontario, and it was during this period that he erected the puzzle stone.

He later married for a third time, lived in New York and Iowa and was lost at sea off the coast of Cuba in 1904. He was clearly a brilliant man with a searching mind who found pleasure in conundrums similar to that found on this gravestone.

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6 November 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.35 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• For a long time, users have been able to add a Custom Event on the Edit screen using the Add menu. Now users can also add a Custom Fact. The difference is that a Fact has a Description and not a Location.

GEDCOM File Finder 1.0 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware) NEW

• GEDCOM File Finder can find and classify all the GEDCOM files on your computer.

iScrapbook 4.1.4 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed problem updating font in text box when no characters are selected.
• Fixed problem where the Dimensions inspector would show line length instead width/height for Bezier shapes.
• Transitioned to Apple's version 2 code signing.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added new place editor tools view including place grouping and filtering, application wide place editing and tools to resolve place coordinates.
• Added wildcard support to find and replace tool.
• Added set current person as primary person shortcut.
• Added navigate to primary person shortcut for charts.
• Added option to display spouses and children of current person in ancestors chart.
• Added number of distinct last names to summary statistics.
• Improved icons.
• UI improvements.

Second Site 5.3 Build 3 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• The Virtual Witnesses filter was added to the Tag Filter tab of the Tag Groups facility in version 5.3.2, but not mentioned in the Change Log.
• Fixed a bug where a leading space was dropped in sentences that began with a "[+]" followed by a space.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Invite and follow your friends, listen to and share their stories.
• Receive notifications when your stories are watched, liked, or commented on.
• News feed that keeps you up to date on all the happenings of your followers and the people you are following.
• Discover trending stories.
• New quick capture feature allowing you to quickly snap a photo or take a video and tell a story about it.
• Check out the stories, libraries, and profiles of others.

19th Century Shipwreck Uncovered Under New Jersey Sand

Work on a coastal steel wall to protect one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy has come to a standstill after the discovery of a 19th-century shipwreck about 25 feet underneath the sand.

Mayor John G. Ducey said workers using a specialized drill struck the relic last week. They were doing excavating work for the 3.5-mile long structure, which is intended to shield Route 35 and oceanfront homes in Mantoloking and Brick on the northern barrier island from the catastrophic impact of a future major hurricane or nor'easter comparable to the Oct. 29, 2012, disaster.

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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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