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4 September 2014

A New Project from Yale Invites Viewers To Explore Some 175,000 Images of America in the 1930s and '40s

For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children tucking their faces over her shoulders, a baby in her lap.

Where that image comes from, there are many, many more: around 175,000 surviving portraits of America between 1935 and 1945 taken by the photographers of the government's Farm Security Administration. The Library of Congress, which houses the collection, has, remarkably, digitized all the negatives and tagged the records with loads of data, such as who took the picture and where it was taken.

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World War I: Australian Teenage Girl Maud Butler Cut Hair, Dressed as Soldier and Stowed Away on Troopship

A teenage girl from the Hunter Valley coalfields was so desperate to be a part of Australia's war effort that she cut her hair, dressed as a soldier and stowed away on a troopship.

The exploits of Maud Butler, a resourceful 16-year-old waitress with a sense of adventure, are being researched by historian Professor Victoria Haskins. As part of her study, Professor Haskins is researching Maud's expedition, which she says runs several chapters. Here, Professor Haskins writes about Maud's initial run-in with authorities.

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3 September 2014

War Against Japan Archives Cover Disastrous Defense of Nanking

The eighth part of an archive series on the Second Sino-Japanese War on Monday covered the Battle of Nanking (Nanjing) in 1937, in which Japanese troops captured the Republic of China capital and unleashed a six-week orgy of slaughter.

Starting on Aug. 25, the archive series is being released on the website of China's State Archives Administration, one battle per day, in a drive to raise awareness of the war, known in China as the War of Resistance Against Japan.

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2 September 2014

More than 750 Korean War Remains Found this Year

The South Korean military has excavated this year the remains of 753 fallen soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War, the defense ministry said Monday.

In a four-month project that began in April to find remains of missing service personnel, some 46,000 soldiers dug out sites in 56 regions across the country to recover the bodies, according to the ministry.

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1 September 2014

London’s Imperial War Museum Revisits Horrors of World War I

For the next four years, Britain will commemorate in a wide-ranging series of events and programs the centenary of the country’s entry into the First World War on Aug. 4, 1914, when it declared war against Germany.

“The centerpiece of our commemorations,” in the words of Prime Minister David Cameron, is the renovation of the Imperial War Museum London.

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Woman Unearths Past of Forgotten Arizona Indian Cemetery

A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

Inside cotton sacks, burlap bags and blankets buried in the ground are the remains dating back to the 1930s of stillborn babies, tuberculosis patients, and sick and malnourished Native Americans from Winslow and the nearby Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Archives New Zealand and National Library Open the Files on the First World War

More than 141,000 First World War service files are now available online, adding to the wealth of information detailing New Zealanders experience of the war made available by Archives New Zealand and the National Library.

In possibly the largest and most complicated digitisation project in New Zealand’s history, Archives New Zealand staff identified over 141,000 First World War files, scanned the often crumbling, fragile pages and then digitised them and published them online.

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How To Link Pictures Uploaded by Other Geneanet Members To A Person In Your Family Tree?

You have found a family picture or a photograph of headstone on Geneanet, and you would like to link it to a person in your family tree.

On Geneanet, you can view for free all of the pictures that have been uploaded by other members, and you can link them to your family tree.

Here's how to do it:

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30 August 2014

Are You Related to Cameron Diaz?

Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California. Her mother, Billie Joann (née Early), is an import-export agent, and her father, Emilio Luis Diaz (1949–2008), worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger.

Diaz has an older sister, Chimene. Her father's family were Cuban (of Spanish descent), and settled in Tampa's Ybor City, later moving to California, where Emilio was born. Her mother has English, German, and Cherokee ancestry. Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California, and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

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29 August 2014

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers.

Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north.

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28 August 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.26 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem from 7.0.25 that gave a blank screen with OK button if starting BK7 for the first time.
• Made the name search work faster for a very large database.

Genealone 1.3 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• New: Sources and citations including list of sources for repetitive use.
• New: Page with event details including citations from sources.
• New: Editing and merging sources in Administration interface.
• New: Built-it event types: residence, occupation, confirmation, immigration, emigration, naturalization.
• New: Unmarried partners have been added, same sex partners are allowed.
• New: Religion field in person edit form.
• Some improvements.

HuMo-gen 5.0.6 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Added RTF export of ancestor and descendant reports.
• Dates below the year 100 and dates BC can also be entered.
• Improved layout and functionality.

iScrapbook 4.1.3 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Updated the way gradients are displayed to use latest Apple API's.
• Fixed problem that caused background color/image/placeholder to be reset when opening an older document.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixes for OS X Yosemite.
• Fixed a bug that could prevent successful creation of a backup.
• Localization issues fixed.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Localization issues fixed.
• Minor report issue fixed.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2014 build 140826 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Source Notes being incorrectly reported by the Reporter module following a project rebuild.
• Fixed: The "Enter" key will now add a new line in the Text item of a Source form instead being handled as "OK" and exiting the form.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 140826 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unnecessary period being added to some texts which already end with a period.
• Fixed: Formatting errors that could occur when sections are reordered via Section Control.
• Fixed: Notes assigned to Sources being referenced with a hyperlink to a non-existent Notes section entry instead of showing the text of the Note in the Sources section.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 101 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Spanish translation added.
• Fix: The accented characters fix in the previous beta caused multiple spaces not to be detected (when that setting is active).
• Change: Catch exception when saving and file is in use by another program.
• Change: Refactor saving code and catch failure to make a backup.
• Change/Fix: Improve position of text in Pdf progress dialog.
• Fix: Several fixes reading certain uncommon image sub formats.

Massive Photo Archive of Pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish Life Made Available to Public

A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.

The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.

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Photos From the Los Angeles City Archives Now Online

The Los Angeles City Historical Society has put a growing database online of selected photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives. There's more than 600 images online now, and the project's lead historian, author Anna Sklar, tells there are a lot more photos coming.

The mission of the Los Angeles City Historical Society is to research, study and disseminate knowledge of the rich and diverse multicultural history of the city of Los Angeles; to serve as a resource of historical information; and to assist in the preservation of the city's historic records.

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27 August 2014

Royal Canadian Geographical Society's New Hunt On for Lost Franklin Ships

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is using new technologies to hunt for old shipwrecks: Erebus and Terror, the missing ships of Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition.

The two British warships were trapped in ice in 1848, and all 129 men in the expedition died. Now wreck hunters will focus on Victoria Strait, a different area from the places where many previous expeditions have searched.

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26 August 2014

Dig Begins at Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Site

An archaeological dig started Monday morning to search for 18th century artifacts that could reveal more about the history of a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township.

"We're just hoping we find something," said Carol Tanzola, president of the Friends of Camp Security. The dig culminates a longtime effort to save the land where the camp once stood off of Locust Grove Road.

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