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7 July 2014

Amelia Earhart's Disappearance: The Answer in Photos?

New forensic imaging techniques might solve the longstanding mystery over the fate of Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

At the center of sophisticated imaging techniques are a handful of 1937 pictures of Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed "Electra." Those were taken in Miami -- the fourth stop on the aviator’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe -- and show a distinctive patch of metal installed to replace a navigational window.

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Black South African Soldier Reburied with White WWI Comrades in France

A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was on Sunday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France.

Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africans who had volunteered to serve as part of the Native Labour Corps.

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Canadiana Organization Putting Canadian History Online

The shelves are literally groaning under the weight of cartloads of microfilm at Canadiana, an organization working to create a massive digital library of Canadian history.

Established in 1978, the organization was involved in creating the same cartloads of microfilm images of documents from Library and Archives Canada. Since the early 2000s, it has kept pace with new technology, continuing its partnership with the library by digitizing documents and the already-created microfilms.

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Upload Family Pictures to your Geneanet Family Tree

If you have family pictures, you can easily upload them to your Geneanet family tree.

1. Click the box of a person in your family tree,
2. Click "Add Family Picture" in the menu bar at the top of the screen,
3. Select the image file in your personal computer,
4. Click "Submit".

If you have pictures with multiple people, type in the name of all the persons and the picture will be automatically added to each of them.


>>> VIEW AND EDIT YOUR FAMILY TREE <<<

4 July 2014

The U.S. National Archives Wants to Put Its Whole Collection on Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has some amazing documents. But the collections don't only focus on the founding of the country—they're an incredibly varied lot.

They include documents ranging from Robert E. Lee's resignation letter from the U.S. Army to thousands of books and documents describing the lives of Jewish people in Iraq that were discovered by the U.S. Army in 2003. And all of these documents and photographs and records should soon be available online—for free—as part of the Wikimedia Commons project.

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DNA Testing Eyed for Graves Exhumed from Historic Waco Cemetery

The committee tasked with planning the reburial of some 300 human remains unearthed from the old First Street Cemetery are hoping to enlist DNA technology in a quest to identify them.

The First Street Cemetery Memorial Advisory Committee has asked Baylor University forensic anthropologist Lori Baker to extract bone samples from each set of remains before the reburial, which is expected in 2015.

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Clooney's Irish Ancestor Was "Victimised"

George Clooney's direct Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, was "systematically victimised" by the authorities and prosecuted under a long forgotten law for working on the Sabbath, according to newly uncovered court records.

Nicholas Clooney was one of many cottiers in Windgap in Kilkenny in the 1850s who fell foul of "middlemen" who tried to force framers off the land so they could amalgamate small holdings into bigger farms.

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3 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Show chris/buried on Family View if no birth/death dates.
• Support front camera for adding photos.
• Fix exception when attempting to add photo to Legacy 6 file.
• Fix exception following Marriage View with no previous marriage record.
• Fix exception if invalid character in lat/long.
• Fix exception after changing location sort order.
• Fix exception when searching for master sources.

GEDexplorer 1.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for dates for occupation and title.
• Corrected the reading of the date intervals "FROM ..." and "TO ...".
• Improved the handling of dates that do not conform to the GEDCOM standard.

HuMo-gen 5.0.5 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Improved layout and functionality.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed issue preventing login to MacFamilyTree.com for some users.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Layout issues in some reports corrected.

RootsMapper 2 (Mapmaking - Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile - Freeware)

• Redesigned user interface.
• Added static URLs for browser bookmarking.
• Added export to KML.
• Added interactive Pedigree browser.
• Added country of origin statistics.

Soldier's Civil War Letters to Ohio Woman Compiled Into Book

Gerald Dougherty's relative found the letters, dozens of them, in the upstairs of an Ohio barn. They were yellowed with age, and some showed signs of nibbling by pests, but overall, they were in pretty good shape.

The letters, many written to Eve Ann (sometimes spelled Anne) Huffman, a 21-year-old woman from a small farming town in central Ohio, were from four young men — two of whom were her brothers — serving on the Union side during the Civil War.

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2 July 2014

Are You Related to Jerry Hall?

Hall was born on July 2, 1956, in Gonzales, Texas to Marjorie (née Sheffield) and truck driver John P. Hall. She is of English, Irish, Dutch and some Cherokee Native American descent.

She was raised in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, where she graduated from North Mesquite High School. She also attended the Kim Dawson Modeling Agency. She has a twin sister, Terry, and 3 older sisters including actress Cyndy Hall. She moved to France with insurance money she received after a car accident.

Jerry Hall's Family Tree

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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