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24 June 2014

Oldest Known Irish Manuscript To Be Exhibited Publicly

The oldest known surviving Irish manuscript will be among a number of works to be exhibited publicly for the first time in 2016, after Trinity College Dublin secured funding for a major conservation project.

The Codex Usserianius Primus, or First Book of Ussher, is an incomplete copy of the four Gospels on vellum, which may have been created as early as the 5th century, several centuries earlier than the Book of Kells.

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Scotland: 15th Century Copy of Battle of Bannockburn Poem Restored

A copy of a poem revealing the details of the Battle of Bannockburn has been restored for the 700th anniversary of the battle. "The Brus" is believed to have been written by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1375 and tells of Robert the Bruce's wars for Scottish independence.

The battle was fought on June 23 and 24 in 1314 and is relived through the 1,400-line poem. Now, a 15th century copy of the poem has been restored by a team at St John's College at Cambridge University.

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23 June 2014

Many Czech WWI Graves Neglected, Says Member of History Buffs' Group

A hundred years ago, the world was about to be plunged into a conflict whose impact can still be felt today in many parts of the globe. Indeed, the creation of independent Czechoslovakia was only made possible by the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

However, around one million Czechs fought in World War I in Austro-Hungarian uniforms, and tens of thousands died on a broad stretch of territory from northern Italy to Ukraine and Poland.

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20 June 2014

Remains of American WWII Soldiers Found in Vietnam

American experts identified the remains of two American servicemen who went missing in action during World War 2 (1939-1945) during a preliminary examination in Ho Chi Minh City on June 17.

If the findings prove accurate, this will be the first time the remains of US soldiers who went missing in action during WWII have been recovered in Vietnam.

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Historic Slave Cemetery Bulldozed In Houston

The historic Bradshaw Cemetery in Houston, Texas was bulldozed without its owners consent and now the family is searching for answers.

Bradshaw, a cemetery dating back to the 1800s and owned by the Nelloms family, was the final resting place for the "bodies of slaves and African Americans who fought in wars and were denied a proper burial…and the family who owns the land say they don’t even know who is responsible."

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Dracula's Tomb Found in Italy? Er...Not Really

Has the tomb of Vlad III the Impaler, the historical Dracula, been found in the center of Naples in Italy? Not really. Experts and bloggers are now debunking the claim that circulated late last week, saying it’s not rooted in real history but rather resembles a Da Vinci Code conspiracy novel.

According to a report in the Italian daily Il Mattino, the remains of the 15th century Romanian prince upon which Bram Stoker's gothic novel "Dracula" is based, lie in a cloister in the Santa Maria La Nova church in Naples.

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Are You Related to Nicole Kidman?

Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Kidman can therefore claim citizenship in Australia and the United States.

Her father, Antony David Kidman, is a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby. Kidman's ancestry includes Scottish and Irish.

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17 June 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.19 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem when adding a new Note to a person on the Edit screen, and then changing it from Individual to Family and then clicking Edit to change the note.
• Fixed a problem where the descendant Tree chart would sometimes not print a person's name at the top of some pages.

GEDexplorer 1.4 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Purchase)

• Added menu option to close the file.

DNA Testing Finally Identifies Soldier Killed in Korean War

A Kentucky family is preparing to bury a Korean War veteran's remains, which were recently identified through DNA testing after decades of uncertainty.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the remains of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will return to the U.S. on Tuesday and will be interred Friday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Gordon joined the Army in 1949 and was sent to the Korean conflict, where he died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951 at the age of 20.

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Ashes of WWII Chinese Soldiers from Burma Buried in Yunnan

Twenty-two urns containing the ashes of soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Forces who fought against the Japanese during World War II were transported from Burma and reburied in China’s Yunnan Province last week.

In 1942, two brigades of Chinese soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Forces were part of the Allied Forces led by US commander Gen Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell.

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16 June 2014

Dickinson Museum Center Creates Online Collection with 8,000 Photos; Thousands More Yet To Be Processed

In the 1930s, when Dickinson’s college was literally out of town — separated from the city by open spaces and a now long-gone golf course — amateur and professional photographers were taking pictures of those and other sights.

Now, those thousands of images, some 19th century, but mostly 20th-century — everything from landscapes to Dickinson businesses, to wedding pictures, team photos and ranchers at work — have landed on one spot on the Internet.

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Geneanet Retires Its Old Family Tree Software

On June 30, 2014, Geneanet will retire its old family tree software and all the members will have to use the new one.

Some months ago, we have released a new family tree software. It's not only faster and easier to use, but it's also more effective in ways that our users have been requesting. Since then, the old family tree software was still available.

This transitional period will expire on June 30, 2014, and all the Geneanet members will have to use the new family tree software.

15 June 2014

Are You Related to Waylon Jennings?

Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas, the seat of Lamb County, the son of Lorene Beatrice (née Shipley) and William Albert Jennings.

His original birth name was Wayland, meaning land by the highway, but it was changed after a Baptist preacher visited Jennings's parents and congratulated his mother for naming him after the Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.

Waylon Jennings' Family Tree

13 June 2014

Genes Found in Nature Yield 1918-Like Virus with Pandemic Potential

An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza virus.

Searching public databases, the researchers, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified eight genes from influenza viruses isolated from wild ducks that possessed remarkable genetic similarities to the genes that made up the 1918 pandemic flu virus.

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