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1 April 2014

Open Access Maps at New York Public Library

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.

To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded, through the Map Warper.

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Meet the Photo Detective: Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor owes her path in life to something many people have trouble pronouncing. It’s called a daguerreotype, a kind of shiny metal image that hallmarked the beginnings of modern-day photography.

Taylor, who will serve as keynote speaker at the Saturday, April 26, segment of the Lancaster Family History Conference, sponsored by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, literally fell in love with something that conveyed an impression of people stepping out of the past.

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The Man Who Owns A Magna Carta

David Rubenstein, the private equity billionaire and philanthropist, slips easily into the role of learned scholar as he strolls down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on his way to the National Archives.

The 64-year-old co-CEO of the Carlyle Group is carefully attired in a pin-striped suit and blue and white-polka-dot tie. He mentions the hidden river that runs under the pavement and lectures on the area’s transformation from a virtual ghetto to an awe-inspiring site of federal offices and monuments.

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New on Geneanet : Send your GEDCOM File by Phone

We are proud to launch a new service for Geneanet members who are not familiar with computer.

You will be soon able to send your GEDCOM file by phone: just call our new service and say the content of the file.

Your file will be imported to your account so you can have a Geneanet family tree without having to perform computer tasks.



April Fool's Day

31 March 2014

1 in 4 Indians Believe India Fought Against UK in WWI

Over 1 in 4 Indians believe India was fighting the British and against the UK in the First World War.

As part of its commemoration to mark 100 years of the war, the British Council commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey among the adult populations of Egypt, France, Germany, India, Russia, Turkey and the UK to gauge their knowledge surrounding the war.

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London Skeletons Reveal Secrets of the Black Death

Analysis of twenty-five skeletons uncovered in London’s Charterhouse Square during Crossrail’s construction works in March 2013 have provided evidence of the location of the second Black Death burial ground. It was established in 1348 to take the growing number of dead and is referenced in historical records as being located in what is now modern day Farringdon.

Due to the burial ground’s historical importance to London, exceptional levels of research analysis were carried out on the skeletons to understand the life and death of the inhabitants affected by the Black Death in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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A Treasure Trove of Silent American Movies Found in Amsterdam

Long-missing comedy shorts such as 1927’s “Mickey’s Circus,” featuring a 6-year-old Mickey Rooney in his first starring role, 1917's "Neptune's Naughty Daughter"; 1925’s “Fifty Million Years Ago,” an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; and a 1924 industrial short, “The Last Word in Chickens,” are among the American silent films recently found at the EYE Filmmusem in Amsterdam.

EYE and the San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation have partnered to repatriate and preserve these films -- the majority either don’t exist in the U.S. or only in inferior prints.

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Hungarian WWI Soldiers Heroes, Not Only Victims, Says Defence Minister

Hungarian soldiers who fell in World War I were not only victims, but heroes as well, the Hungarian defence minister said in western Hungary on Sunday, at a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

The example of these of our heroes, their personal sacrifice as well as their loyalty, are also part of a decision taken in a referendum later in 1923 by the locals in Narda expressing their wish to belong to Hungary, said Csaba Hende in the village located on the border with Austria.

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Fury Over the National Geographic Channel Historians Digging Up Second World War Graves

For more than a century it has shown its readers exotic locations and revealed exciting cultures. But National Geographic is under attack from archaeologists for a forthcoming series on its television channel about excavating war graves on the Eastern Front from the Second World War.

Called ‘Nazi War Diggers’, the programme is due to be screened in the UK on May 13, and is billed as ‘three war diggers racing against time to save this history from being looted or lost’.

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28 March 2014

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Is Launching a Photo Set of Alberta Residential Schools

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country.

The first set of published photos comprises about 65 images associated with the Residential Schools of Alberta. LAC will add photos for the other provinces and territories as they become available. The Residential Schools Photos page will make it easy to select the province or territory of your choice, and save or print the images you wish to view.

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Richard III Expert: The Skeleton in the Car Park May Not Be the Missing Monarch After All

Such was the certainty with which a twisted skeleton found in a Leicester car park was identified last year as the remains of Richard III that a High Court battle is being fought over the right to decide where to bury the fallen monarch.

But confirmation “beyond reasonable doubt” that the hunchbacked king demonised by Shakespeare was found has been challenged by two leading academics, who claim there can be no confidence that the bones belong to Richard. They suggest an inquest-type hearing should now be held to examine the evidence.

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Treasures of Family Histories at National Archives Center in Lower Manhattan

After visiting the National Archives and Records Administration in Lower Manhattan, an Italian couple found out that the husband’s grandfather returned to Italy after his arrival in America, so he could get married and bring his wife back to the states.

Volunteer Heather Morrison helped the couple by finding the ship manifests and photos for the trips that Angelo, the man’s grandfather, took between Italy and America. They found that he came alone on the first trip and came back with a wife on the second.

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Long Lost Burial Chamber Uncovered in St Mary's Graveyard in Hinckley, England

Workmen tackling a leak in the churchyard of St Mary’s uncovered a long lost burial chamber containing human remains.

Two Severn Trent workers were tackling the burst beneath a footpath in the Hinckley graveyard last Thursday morning when they stumbled upon a small brick-lined room under the ground full of water - and when they pumped the hidden chamber dry, they found it contained bones and skulls from multiple bodies.

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27 March 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches 1.2.3.5 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Corrected a problem in the header portion of an exported GEDCOM file.

Genealone 1.1.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several minor bugs fixed.
• Several design improvements.
• French translation improved.
• New background image option.
• New gallery options.
• New custom CSS option.

MobileFamilyTree 7.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Completely new iOS 7 inspired user interface.
• AirPlay Video support.
• Completely new Interactive Tree.
• Improved data entry.
• Statistic Maps.
• Mark Persons, Events, Families or Sources as private.
• Exclude private information from charts, reports and GEDCOM export.
• FamilySearch improvements.

DNA Traces Relatives of Cpl Francis Carr Dyson Back to David Dyson of Minster of Sheppey

A 100-year-old First World War mystery has been solved with the help of a Minster man’s DNA. David Dyson was notified last week that his second cousin, Cpl Francis Carr Dyson, is one of 15 soldiers whose remains were discovered during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny five years ago.

DNA samples provided by surviving relatives led to 10 of them being formally identified at a meeting at Endcliffe Hall in Sheffield.

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