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17 July 2014

Historical Society Opens Up Vast Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Archives

When Gavin Kleespies began his work at the Cambridge Historical Society, he was immediately blown away by the city’s breathtaking collections of photos, letters and diaries.

Wanting to share these mostly unknown treasures with others, Kleespies, who is the Historical Society’s executive director, launched the annual Archives Tour in 2008. He took people on tours of the Historical Society, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Longfellow House collections.

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16 July 2014

Ruston and Hornsby Archive To Be Digitised with £100,000 Heritage Lottery Grant

Volunteers are needed to catalogue a huge archive of Lincoln's unique engineering heritage using a £100,000 lottery windfall. The vast archive covers 150 years of Lincoln-based engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003.

Around 150,000 photographic negatives, 150 reels of cine film and the recorded memories of former workers will all be digitised, catalogued and made available online in a project of national significance.

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15 July 2014

New Hampshire Students Digitize Civil War Letters

Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 - and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New Hampshire Regiment.

"My health has been very good. I have gained in flesh a good deal and never felt better in my life," he wrote to his brother on Oct. 3, 1862.

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Homes Sit on 1800s Chinese Cemetery in Bakersfield, California

Some Bakersfield neighbors have had a unique glimpse into local history over the years, but it's rattled them up a bit. Some current neighbor still have questions about the area near Terrace Way, which was a historic cemetery for Chinese pioneers to Kern County.

A viewer asked Eyewitness News about human bones being found over the years near some of the homes that got built on that location starting in the 1950s and '60s.

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14 July 2014

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Are You Related to Woody Guthrie?

Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, a small town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, the son of Nora Belle (née Sherman) and Charles Edward Guthrie. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, then Governor of New Jersey and the Democratic candidate soon to be elected President of the United States.

Charles Guthrie was an industrious businessman, owning at one time up to 30 plots of land in Okfuskee County. He was actively involved in Oklahoma politics and was a Democratic candidate for office in the county.

Woody Guthrie's Family Tree

10 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.21 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• When adding new names on Edit, it sometimes said Error 5 when making a list of matching names. Fixes.
• Fixed a problem with Split Database if including Witnesses (if the witness was not in the selected group.) Fixes.
• Fixed a problem when searching for matching names including Alternate names when adding new people. Fixes.
• If excluding data for living people, do not put 'Living' in the RTF name index at the end. Fixes.

GEDexplorer 1.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for name suffix (the part after the surname).
• Fixed two bugs that caused crashes.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Person context option in the edit section works correctly now.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed upload issues to FamilySearch.
• Issues exporting PDF files fixed.
• Several smaller issues generating reports fixed.

Second Site 5.3 Build 0 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Added the Multiple Relationships Chart User Item.
• Added the List of People User Item.
• Added the Block Panel option to Tag Groups.
• Added the following options as Data Content Choices for Table Panel Tag Groups: Subject, People, Other People.

New Websites To Help Families Find Graves of First World War Dead

Moves to make it easier for families to find relatives killed in the first world war, including the release of 300,000 original documents, were revealed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on Tuesday.

To mark the centenary of the war, the commission has launched two websites and placed the documents online for public viewing for the first time,

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First Aussie To Die in WWI Recognised

The name of the soldier who may well be the first Australian killed in World War I has been added to the Australian War Memorial's commemorative roll, nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Australian-born Lt William Malcolm Chisholm was serving in a British uniform when he was wounded in the Battle of Le Cateau, on August 26, 1914, just three days after arriving in France, and died the next day, aged 22.

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9 July 2014

351-Year-Old Cemetery Identified in Warwick, Massachusetts

"Finding this cemetery was just wonderful. We can start to complete a picture of our history and color in all the holes," Pegee Malcolm, the chair of the Warwick historical Cemetery Commission, said Monday.

Three hundred and fifty-one years after it was established, a Warwick cemetery has been dedicated thanks to an inquiry by descendants of Stukely Westcott, followed by the research of members of the Warwick Historical Cemetery Commission.

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Mystery of Irishman Who Was WWII Hero Solved After 62 Years

The 62-year mystery of an Irishman whose investigations during World War II helped return millions in stolen art and diamonds has finally been solved.

Eugene Smith, who was born in Lavey, Co Cavan, in 1913 but emigrated to the US as a child, disappeared after his military plane crashed into a glacier in Alaska in 1952. For decades his family, both in America and in Cavan, suspected he had died in the crash, but were never able to recover his body or give Eugene a proper burial.

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Are You Related to Courtney Love?

Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, in San Francisco, California, to psychotherapist Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, publisher and brief manager of the Grateful Dead.

Love's mother is the daughter of novelist Paula Fox and an unidentified father, who is rumoured to be Marlon Brando. Carroll and Harrison divorced in 1969 and her father's custody withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love as a toddler. In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune.

Courtney Love's Family Tree

8 July 2014

New Geneanet Index of Historical Newspapers

Geneanet has indexed newspapers from the NY State Historic Newspapers database so you can search them by family name, first name and place.

When clicking a link in the Geneanet search results list, you will be automatically redirected to the newspaper in the NY State Historic Newspapers website.

List of newspapers: Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 1927-current, Altamont Enterprise (Altamont, N.Y.) 1892-1958, Altamont Enterprise and Albany County Post (Altamont, N.Y.) 1958-1983, Banner Times (Pulaski, N.Y.) 1985-1988, Black River Democrat (Lowville, N.Y.) 1913-1943, Brockport Republic and Brockport Democrat (Brockport, N.Y.) 1925-1955, Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) 1872-1951, Cardinal Points (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1940-current, Catholic Courier (Rochester, N.Y.) 1989-current, Chateaugay record. (Chateaugay, N.Y.) 1878-1890, Hammond Advertiser (Hammond, N.Y.) 1886-1947, and much more...

Click here to search this index.

Arizona Homestead Records To Be Digitized

An important part of Arizona history will soon be available to view online. The Homestead National Monument of America is in the process of digitizing thousands of homestead records from the U.S. National Archive, and historian Blake Bell said Arizona's records will soon be complete.

"These records are probably the most information-rich records I've ever come across as a historian," said Bell.

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Rare World War II Map Found in Deceased Veteran's Garage

Fifty-two World War II stories that were hidden in a Rehoboth Beach garage will finally be told. In just a few weeks, a World War II museum in Delaware will welcome a new, historic artifact – an enormous map documenting a rear admiral's travels, as well as every U.S. submarine lost in the war.

"I think it’s safe to say that there is no other map like this in the country," Dr. Gary Wray, president of the Fort Miles Historical Association, said.

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