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21 October 2014

Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD) written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.

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13th Century Note Etched on Bark Found in Russia

The note, from father to son, was the sort of routine shopping list that today would be dashed off on a smartphone. In 14th century Russia, it was etched into the bark of a birch tree and curled into a scroll.

"Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send fabric," the father, whose name was Onus, wrote to his son, Danilo, the block letters of Old Novgorod language, a precursor to Russian, neatly carved into the wood with a stylus. Onus ended with a bit of humor. "If I am alive," he wrote, "I will pay for it."

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Are You Related to Kim Kardashian?

Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1980, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton). She has an older sister Kourtney, a younger sister Khloé, and a younger brother Rob. Their mother is of Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry, while their father was a third-generation Armenian American.

After their parents divorced in 1991, Houghton remarried to the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner Bruce Jenner in 1991. Through their marriage, Kardashian gained step-brothers Burton "Burt", Brandon, and Brody; step-sister Casey; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

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20 October 2014

Radar To Help Solve Mysteries in this Connecticut Cemetery

For nearly a decade members of the Southington Genealogical Society, with help from archaeologists, have been trying to piece together the mystery of the Merriman Burying Ground.

The burial ground, located on Marion Avenue in Plantsville, dates back to the late 1700s and is believed to be a family cemetery. It was named after the Rev. John Merriman, a Baptist minister. His wife, Jemima, was the buried there in 1764 and Merriman was buried in 1784. Eight of John and Jemima Merriman’s 11 children were buried there, along with their spouses and children.

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17 October 2014

Evidence of Medieval Church Found in North Yorkshire, England

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient human remains and evidence of a medieval church on the site of a new extra care scheme.

The discovery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has been described as an "intriguing conundrum" by experts. Tests and further digging is now underway to learn more about the finds in a field being developed by Broadacres housing association.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Canadian World War I Memorials

When we think of war memorials, we picture cenotaphs, statues of angels and soldiers, but after the First World War, communities searched for original ways to honour their fallen citizens.

Some took the traditional route, while others came up with other methods to memorialize the dead. Here are 10 places and things that you may not realize were meant to honour Canada’s war dead.

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Ireland's Korean War Veterans Remembered

Nestled between the vast expanse of World War II and the shock and horror of VietNam, the Korean War is sometimes overlooked.

It was a bitter and bloody conflict, which has left political scars on the Korean peninsula which ache to this day. Its legacy is bitter division betwen Seoul and Pyongyang, violent flare-ups between North Korea - ruled by the insane and despotic Kim dynasty - and democratic South Korea, and the infamous 'DMZ' which separates the two warring states, strewn with landmines.

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Library and Archives Canada: Soldiers of the First World War

The digitization of 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files is under way. This project aims to provide access to high-quality digital copies of all service files, anytime and anywhere.

To achieve this goal, LAC will be required to close portions of this collection as they undergo preparation, conservation, and digitization. LAC will not grant requests for direct consultation or copying of the records during these stages

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.32 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem when searching for Sources using the Norwegian or Danish languages.
• On the Compare Two Databases utility, it was not finding accented letters when searching the right side database if the new option was turned on to ignore accents when searching.
• The Re-Index routine is faster now for large databases (over 400,000 names or events or other records).
• There is a new utility to 'Add country name to a group of locations' which is helpful if you are using the Origins report and it does not know what country people were born in.
• Fixed a problem where if you Rearranged Spouses, it might not show the spouses for that person unless you did a File, Re-Index database.

Build Your Family Tree for iPhone and iPad 6.01 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New Localizations.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.2.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support iOS 8.

GEDexplorer for Android 1.9 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added split screen mode (useful for tablets and high density phones).
• A restart will now return to the last visited folder.
• Added option for loading last loaded file on restart.
• Added German language support.

GedFamilies for Android 2.0.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

Genota Forms 2.6.4.3 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Removed the Import Files option from the File Menu as the functionality was included in the Add Persons and Add Location menu options.
• Modified the Restore Database option of unzip the archived file into the application folder and open for display in Genota Forms.
• Fixed an issue preventing some data tables to be modified. This impacted mainly on the documents module, preventing items to be saved.
• The Open Database option was not functioning correctly.

HuMo-gen 5.0.7 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• This version adds the Portuguese language, new display options and many enhancements.

MacFamilyTree 7.3 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Beautiful new User Interface in Yosemite look.
• Handoff: Continue on your Mac what you started on your iPhone - and vice versa!
• Much improved navigation bar.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Updated for iOS 8 (improved user interface, better performance).
• Handoff added: Seamlessly continue your work started on your iPhone or iPad on your Mac and vice versa.

16 October 2014

National Archives of Malta, City Council of Girona Sign Agreement Over Photographic Archives

The National Archives of Malta, the Richard Ellis Archive (Malta) and the City Council of Girona- Centre de Recerca i Difusió de la Imatge (Centre for Image Research and Diffusion) have signed a memorandum of understanding. The aim is for them to work together in the preservation and promotion of their photographic archives.

“This is the beginning of a project through which we can reach the next stage in the development of our archives, this time in the photographaic sector,” National Archivist Charles Farrugia said.

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Turkish Cemetery Created in Honor of Soldiers Vandalized In Crimea

A cemetery created in the honor of Turkish soldiers fallen during the 19th century Crimean War between the Ottoman Empire and Russia has been attacked in Sevastopol in the Russia-annexed Autonomous Crimean Republic in Ukraine, local activists have said.

The star and crescents on dozen of tombs were demolished and Ukrainian and English signboards on Sapun Mountain directing people to the cemetery were also removed, the Crimean Azerbaijani Association leader Rahim Humbatov said Wednesday.

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Australia Claims Britain Ignoring World War One Hero as 'Mere Colonial'

Imperial War Museum's failure to acknowledge Australian war hero Sir John Monash prompts anger in Australia, with critics saying it reflects Britain's disdain for 'mere colonials'.

Australia will press Britain over the failure of the revamped Imperial War Museum to recognise Australia's famous wartime hero Sir John Monash, who was regarded as one of the best military minds on the Western Front during the First World War.

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15 October 2014

Richard III Archaeologists Now Search for King Harold To See If He Survived Battle of Hastings

Archaeologists will this week test if the Bayeux Tapestry correctly depicts Harold II’s death, when they scan a graveyard to investigate whether he in fact survived the Battle of Hastings.

The same survey team used to find the remains of Richard III under a Leicester car park is now searching for the remains of England’s last Saxon king in the grounds of Waltham Abbey Church in Essex.

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French Soldier’s Room Unchanged 96 Years After His Death in First World War

The name of dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau is commemorated on a war memorial in Bélâbre, his native village in central France, along with those of other young men who lost their lives in the first world war.

But Rochereau also has a much more poignant and exceptional memorial: his room in a large family house in the village has been preserved with his belongings for almost 100 years since his death in Belgium.

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14 October 2014

Remains of Thousands of American Soldiers Killed During Korean War Will Be Moved Due To 'Construction Projects', Says North Korea

North Korea says the remains of thousands of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are being moved due to construction projects and flood damage.

The United States suspended efforts to recover war remains in North Korea over the country's plans to launch a long-range rocket in 2012. About 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the 1950-53 war.

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