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geneaNet - 01/21/2012
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This Week Genealogy News

National Library of Ireland Gets Digital

The Kildare Street library is expanding its online footprint and giving equal weight to archiving material that comes in bits and bytes.
For 135 years, saving paper has been its focus. But with so much of the [...]

Transcript 2.3.3.83 beta Update Released

Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware
Transcript 2.3.3.83 beta has been released.
Changes:
* Added a highlighter for the Image window.
* Bug fixes. [...]

University of South Alabama Searching for New Archives Location

The University of South Alabama is looking for a new permanent location for its archives. The archives expanded almost a year ago with the donation of the Doy Leale McCall Collection, which includes 1 million documents [...]

New Zealander Family Hunter Rewarded

Life is like a never-ending treasure hunt for genealogist Janet Gow. Her service and dedication to helping Kiwis find their familial roots has earned her a Queen's Service Medal.
The accolade comes after almost 30 years of [...]

GedView 3.2.4 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase
GedView 3.2.4 has been released.
Changes:
* Various bug fixes.
* Improved handling of zip files with varying character encodings.
See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds [...]

GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.3 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
GedStar Pro for Android 2.0.3 has been released.
Changes:
* Fix crash (Force Close) when selecting a new person from the list or Favorites.
See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds [...]

GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.1 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Major improvement of the smart stretching of family objects, such as removing overlapping lines and correcting pedigree links of children so they are always displayed under [...]

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.2 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase
MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.2 has been released.
Changes:
* Several fixes and improvements in the GEDCOM Exporter and Importer.
* Date parsing improved.
* Descendant Chart improved.
* Performance of the Tree Chart improved.
* Several other bug fixes.
See [...]

Surname Suggestion List 5.0 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
Surname Suggestion List 5.0 has been released.
Changes:
* New compiler.
* Added additional Australian and Croatian Surnames. [...]

MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 Update Released

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase
MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 has been released.
Changes:
* Several fixes and improvements in the GEDCOM Exporter and Importer.
* Sources List now shows source abbreviations.
* Web Media improved.
* Date parsing improved.
* Descendant Chart improved.
* Performance [...]

Behind the Scenes of the British Library Digital Newspaper Project

Online publisher Brightsolid has worked with IBM to digitise four million pages of the British Library's historical newspaper collection for online access as part of a 10-year big data analytics project that could cost Brightsolid millions [...]

India Exhumes Graves of Japanese World War II Soldiers

The remains of 11 Japanese soldiers killed in World War II are being exhumed at a war cemetery in the north-eastern Indian city of Guwahati. Three Japanese officials are in the city to take back the [...]

Egypt Library Czar Calls for New Archives Law

In an interview this week with Egypt's official Middle East News Agency, Zein Abdel-Hadi, recently appointed head of the Egyptian National Library and Archives, laid out an ambitious plan to revamp Egypt's National Library, restructure the [...]

British Archaeologist Destroys Holocaust Deniers' Argument with Mass Grave Find at Treblinka

A British forensic archaeologist has unearthed fresh evidence to prove the existence of mass graves at the Nazi death camp Treblinka - scuppering the claims of Holocaust deniers who say it was merely a transit camp.
Some [...]

Up to a Dozen Victims of Great Irish Famine Unearthed

The remains of up to a dozen people, possible victims of the Great Famine in the 19th Century, have been discovered in a grave in north Galway.
The skeletal remains were uncovered by contractors working on [...]

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.1.17.0 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase
FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.1.17.0 has been released.
Changes:
* Fixed a crash. [...]

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:
Crystal Gayle, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, Bob Younger, John Younger, Vanessa Rousso, Bill Bixby, Dick Cheney, Mia Farrow, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgwick, Michelle Phillips, Kate Middleton, Montgomery Clift, Bette [...]

Stalin Digital Archive Nears Completion

The Yale University Press will likely make the Stalin Digital Archive, which will contain more than 28,000 documents related to former Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin, available for purchase by this summer, according to John Donatich, [...]

Hundreds of Lost Darwinian Specimens Discovered in Cabinet

A collection of hundreds of fossil specimens, including some gathered by Darwin on his travels, have been discovered after 165 years hidden in an old cabinet.
The 314 slides were found by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang from the [...]

Titanic Link to Italian Costa Concordia Disaster

Valentina Capuano could not believe it when the luxury cruise ship she was on began to sink - she only hoped that she would be saved like her grandmother, who survived the Titanic disaster, 100 years [...]

Auschwitz Documents Surface, Then Vanish

Before the Nazis fled Auschwitz in January 1945, they destroyed most of the incriminating documents relating to their operation of the death camp, in which over a million people perished.
According to Polish media reports, two unidentified [...]

Rare World War II Photographs Show American Soldiers' Fight for Survival in Brutal Battle of Saipan

It is the little-known battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans during World War II.
But now black-and-white photographs, captured by Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, show the everyday horrors for the U.S. soldiers [...]

Martin Luther King Digital Archive Opens to Public

The King Center has published 200,000 personal documents belonging to Martin Luther King Jr, as the US marks the civil rights leader's birthday. The online archive contains personal notes, telegrams to John F Kennedy and a [...]

Last Check for Abraham Lincoln Wrote the Day Before He Was Assassinated Is Discovered After 150 Years

A personal check that Abraham Lincoln wrote the day before he was assassinated is among those that were rediscovered by an Ohio bank.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that 70 checks were found in a vault [...]

Irish Genealogical Site Unearths Walt Disney's Irish Roots

An Irish family history website have discovered records which reveal that Walt Disney's ancestors rented 33 acres of land in County Kilkenny.
Dublin based website findmypast.ie have uncovered documents clearly showing the family's links to the small [...]

Are You Related to Edgar Allan Poe?

He was born Edgar Poe, on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, the second child of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. He had an elder brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and [...]

England - Dorset Libraries Seek Volunteers

Campaigners in Dorset are warning that nine of the county's libraries could close unless sufficient numbers of volunteers can be found to run them. In July, the county council voted to withdraw funding from the libraries [...]

GeneaNet - New Search Options: 'Nearby Places' and 'Name of Parents'

Two new search options have been added for GeneaNet Club Privilege members: 'Nearby Places' and 'Name of Parents'.The 'Nearby Places' option allows you to automatically extend the search to places which are close to the selected one.The 'Name of Parents' [...]

Dog Tag Lost in World War I Returned to Soldier's Son

After 94 years, Infantryman Kent Potter's World War I dog tag has returned home to Chase County, Kansas.
Potter was a member of Unit 139, of the 134th Infantry Division, Company M, U. S. Army. [...]

India: 213-Year-Old Monument Loses Colour After Wash!

A controversy has now erupted after Jaipur's 213-year-old iconic monument Hawa Mahal was washed for the first time two days ago.
The clean-up drive, aimed at washing off pigeon droppings and removing stains deposited over the years, [...]

TreeDraw 4.0.1 Update Released

Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase
TreeDraw 4.0.1 has been released.
Changes:
* PCs running Vista/Win7 with UAC turned on gave a warning when starting TreeDraw. Fixed. [...]

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