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24 March 2014

Soldiers Killed During WW1 Named Via DNA From Relatives

Ten soldiers who died in World War One and whose bodies were found in France five years ago have been named after DNA analysis of samples from relatives. Since the discovery of the bodies in 2009 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been tracking down potential relatives in the hope of identifying them.

The remains were spotted during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny. They were found alongside five other bodies which are yet to be named.

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Book Scanner Preserves Volumes of History in Pittston, Pennsylvania

Pittston's history being preserved for digital access. With the push of a foot pedal and the click of two digital cameras, Mike Lizonitz can preserve Pittston City Council minutes from the early 20th century. "So many people are going to be excited by this," he said.

He takes books of handwritten meeting minutes, tax assessments and all of the written records of the city to his Hughestown home and places them on the steel and aluminum book scanner in his basement.

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UAS Mapping of Cemeteries in the Czech Republic

The largest Czech unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, UPVISION, in cooperation with Brno City Hall (the second largest city in the Czech Republic), conducted a project to capture images of adjacent cemeteries and integrate the data into a GIS system for the administrators of city cemeteries.

For this project, unmanned aerial vehicles were used to create high-resolution orthophotos and the subsequent vectorization of grave sites with the possibility of adding raster data (orthophotos) as well.

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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.


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21 March 2014

Historic Taiwan Feminist Archive Moves To TKU

New Taipei City-based Tamkang University’s Chueh-sheng Memorial Library signed an agreement March 17 to take over the archive of the Awakening Foundation, a pioneering Taiwan women’s rights nonprofit organization.

The foundation’s digital archive and the hard copies of the books, journals, magazines and other materials collected over more than 30 years, which systematically document the progress of the women’s rights movement in Taiwan, will be transferred to the university and made available for public viewing.

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Island in the Pacific Is Home to Countless WWII Relics

The small island of Mili in the southeast corner of the Marshall Islands is now populated by only 300 people, and was once under Japanese Imperial Army control during World War II. Time has passed but the artifacts of war remain and make the island a virtual military museum with remains of the past still to be discovered.

The locals have made use of some of the artifacts in their everyday lives. Anet Maun, pounds dried panadanus leaves with an old projectile. Maun uses the leaves for weaving and said, “This works really well and gets the work done much faster. The leaves flatten very nicely.”

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Vatican To Digitize Ancient Archives and Put Them Online

The Vatican library began a project on Thursday to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the Church to the 20th century, and make them available online.

Working with the Japanese technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive about 1.5 million pages from the library's collection of manuscripts, which comprises some 82,000 items and 41 million pages. The initial project will take four years and may be extended.

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Armenia’s National Archives to Compile List of Genocide Victims

The Armenian National Archive will compile a list of the names of Armenian Genocide victims, director Amatuni Virabyan told the press on Thursday.

“The Jewish people have collected the names of six million victims and three million photos. In our case the number will be small, as the initiative is too belated,” Director of the National Archive Amatuni Virabyan told reporters today. The National Archive is also preparing to publish a book in Russian titled “The Participation of Armenians in the First World War,” which will most probably be released in Moscow.

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19th Century Convict Graves Found Near Portsmouth, England

The bodies of four 19th century prisoners have been rescued off the coast of Portsmouth. A team of soldiers injured in Afghanistan, working on the foreshore of an area known as Burrow Island, responded to an emergency call when a member of the public alerted police to human remains exposed by severe weather conditions.

Better known locally as Rat Island, the site has not been used by the armed forces for more than 40 years, despite its position near Her Majesty's Naval Base and the mighty warships of HMS Victory and HMS Excellent.

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20 March 2014

The Mysterious Genealogy of Russian President Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin was a mystery almost for everyone during the moment of his election. He seemed to be a man with no past, inspired with the symbol of the new epoch, but deprived of historic roots. The research, which was conducted by journalists from the Russian city of Tver, became a sensation. As it became known, the parents of the Russian president came from the Kalininsky area of the Tver region.

The president’s family tree is not traced after Putin’s grandfather Spiridon Putin, who left the Tver governor for St.Petersburg at the age of 15. Vladimir Putin’s grandfather was a serious, reserved man of immaculate honesty. Spiridon Putin became a good cook.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Europeana Open Culture 2.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Supports image download.
• Automatic query and result translation.
• In-theme filters to narrow down search results.
• Continuously refreshed scrolling.
• Improved object display and interaction.
• New sharing option: Pinterest.

Genealone 1.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• New: Relationship calculator.
• New: Global timeline.
• New: Graphical logo.
• New: Any document can be uploaded and linked with persons.
• New: Contact form.
• New: Several webmaster tools including Google Analytics.

LiveHistory 1.2.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Solved an issue with the "Done" button experienced by some users.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 140318 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unexpected program error could occur when creating an Associated Individuals section of the report.

Stanford Libraries Online Archive Expands Access to French Revolution Treasures

Participants, spectators and critics produced scores of historical documents during the French Revolution. These items are now available in the French Revolution Digital Archive, a digital collection recently released by Stanford Libraries.

FRDA brings together two foundational sources for French Revolution research: the Archives parlementaires, a day-to-day record of parliamentary debates and discussions held between 1789 and 1794, and Images de la Révolution française, a vast visual corpus from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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Are You Related to Spike Lee?

Spike Lee was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. During his childhood, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School.

Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse.

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19 March 2014

Historian Travels from Australia To Visit Abandoned Horton Cemetery, in Epsom, England

A woman exploring the death of her grandfather travelled across the world from Australia to visit an abandoned cemetery where he is buried. Kath Ensor, 63, who lives in Melbourne, visited Epsom, towards the end of last year, to pay her respects at Horton Cemetery, off Hook Road.

The cemetery contains 8,000 bodies of those who died at Horton Hospital and others in the Epsom cluster of mental hospitals, which closed in the 1990s. Horton was a war hospital during the World Wars and a number of soldiers are believed to be among the dead in its overgrown and uncared for cemetery.

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Charlotte, North Carolina: City Hopes To Preserve Slave Cemetery Uncovered in South End

Just outside the edge of construction and brand new apartment complexes, a slave cemetery was rediscovered in South End.

Over the weekend, volunteers filled black trash bags with brush and debris they cleared from the site at the corner of Youngblood Street and Remount Road. Charlotte's code enforcement first got a call about the overgrown lot in the fall. Southwest Service Area Code Leader Eugene Bradley said their first step was to try to find the property owner.

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