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9 October 2014

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 (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 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

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

RootsMagic (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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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 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 (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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