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1 July 2014

Nebraska Is First To Digitize Homestead Records

It's a task that would give even the most dedicated librarian gray hair: digitizing 30 million homesteading documents from 30 states. Where to start?

How about Nebraska? Where 45 percent of all land was given to homesteaders -- the largest percentage of land distributed by any of the 30 states under the Homestead Act of 1862.

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30 June 2014

National Library of India Graveyard for Rare Books and Newspapers

National Library of India, which could have been a repository of priceless books and documents, has turned into a dumping ground. The roof of the new section -built at a cost of Rs 148 crore just nine years ago -has started leaking forcing employees to cover treasured books with tarpaulin.

Sources in the museum told TOI that rare books are being ripped apart, page by page, in the name of digital scanning and the original copies dumped like waste material.

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How To Start Your Family History

So you have decided to start your family history. Good idea!

The first task is to collect basic information about your close family members.

Ask your relatives about names, dates and places, photograph or scan family pictures and papers, and search online databases.

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27 June 2014

Historic Torrington, Connecticut, Photos Unearthed Ahead of Frederick Law Olmsted Documentary June 27

Research in advance of a screening of a PBS documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted has unearthed 250 photographs of the city in the early 1900s.

According to a release from the Torrington Historical Society, Edward Cannata, a volunteer at the Society, uncovered the photographs at a Massachusetts archive while researching Frederick Law Olmsted’s involvement with the city.

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26 June 2014

Toronto Star Donates More than One Million Archive Photos to Public Library

The Toronto Star is donating more than one million vintage photographs — the contents of the Star's entire photo archive — to the Toronto Public Library.

The images span the years 1900 to 1999, and offer a unique glimpse into how the city has changed and developed throughout the last century. Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank says the Toronto Public Library is "an extraordinary city institution," and will be a great place for the collection.

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British Boy on School Trip to German War Cemetery in France Captures Ghostly Image of a Scottish Regiment Soldier on his Mobile Phone

A teenage boy claims he has managed to capture a ‘guardian ghost’ on his phone at a Great War cemetery in France.

Mitch Glover, 14, from Leamington Spa, was visiting the Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery near Arras, in northern France, during a school trip when he took a photograph of the ‘ghost’. Not until after the school boy came home, did he notice the eerie figure in one of his pictures, which he says looks like a man wearing the uniform of a Scottish regiment.

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25 June 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer 2.0.9 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes - issues with Find a Grave not returning results.

Brother's Keeper 7.0.20 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• If you are adding a Source and you select an existing source, then you change something that is not the Abbreviation and click Close and pick 'Change only for one person' it was giving error 'duplicate master source'. This has been fixed.

GedView 3.4.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support CEME fact.
• iOS 7 support.
• Trees now make use of file system encryption to better protect your data.
• Updated map view.
• Fixes failed searches for place names.

Genealone 1.2.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs have been fixed.
• Genealone can download GEDCOM file from the web, now,
• Genealone can import huge GEDCOM files with tens of thousands persons, now.
• Data import has been improved.
• Few design improvements.
• Swedish translation.

GRAMPS 4.1.0 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• New Tags support on Event, Place, Repository, Source, and Citation.
• Source/Citation Data becomes Attributes.
• New place hierarchies model.
• By default, you can choose navigator modes with a drop down.
• New Place editor.

HuMo-gen 5.0.4 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• New: Person, places and sources indexes: renewed lay-out. Index in table with a new headline for sort options.
• New: For Pro-gen: birth and decease witnesses are read and shown.
• New: Person index: it's now possible to search for profession, zip-code, living place, witnesses and text by person (in extended search).
• New: Replaced "Elegant green" theme by the new theme "Green Field".
• Many improvements and fixes.

MacFamilyTree 7.2 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Completely rewritten Reports.
• Improved Interactive Tree.
• Improved FamilySearch integration.
• Refined user interface.
• Improved search function in the person list sidebar.
• New startup window.
• Major performance enhancements in all edit sections.
• Better scrolling behaviour when using a third-party mouse.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Same changes as in MacFamilyTree.

South Wales Archives To Join Collection of Worldwide Historically Important Documents

Archives from South Wales are to sit alongside the Domesday Book and Winston Churchill's papers in a project which collects documents of historical importance from across the globe.

The Unesco Memory of the World programme is building a list of documents of specific historical or cultural significance and the UK register features the writings by Britain's wartime leader, as well as the death warrant signed by Parliament that cost Charles I his head.

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Dead WWII Soldiers Found Buried in Brabant, Netherlands

The remains of two soldiers from the Second World War have been found in the Overdiepse Polder on the Maas river in Brabant. The Salvave and Identification service from the Army has announced this today. The bodies were dug up on Friday.

Some people were on the polder near Waspik with a metal detector on Thursday, and discovered the bones. The Army was then called in by the police.

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Spanish Documents Suggest Irish Arrived in America Before Columbus

While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey.

“Researchers feel certain that there was a colony of Irish folk living in what is now South Carolina, when Christopher Columbus “thought” he had discovered the New World,” writes Richard Thornton for The Examiner.

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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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Match Your GeneaNet Family Tree

Club Privilege members can automatically match their family tree with the entire GeneaNet database. This feature automatically searches for new ancestors in your family tree.

Match your family tree with just one click or select the Advanced mode to get full access to all settings.

Non-Club Privilege members can automatically match surnames & places (not the first names) in their family tree with the entire GeneaNet database.

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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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