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This Week Genealogy News

Shoebox 1.1.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
Shoebox 1.1.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Post directly to Facebook Timeline.
* Tag Facebook friends in photos.
* Find and follow friends through your iPhone Contacts, Facebook and 1000memories.
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.
See also: [...]

Restored Film Shows Rare Color Footage of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Before World War II

Rare color footage of several Ann Arbor businesses and streets in the pre-World War II era is visible in a newly restored film. Ann Arbor-based startup Priceless Photo Preservation has restored an hour-long "movie" belonging to [...]

Student Produces Middle-earth Genealogy Site

Chemical Engineering student Emil Johansson has an amazing passion project he developed mapping out the genealogy of everybody in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Called the LOTR project, it provides a great big family tree for Tolkiendom. Its [...]

Native Americans Hailed From Siberian Highlands, DNA Reveals

For nearly a century now, most scholars have agreed that the ancestors of Native Americans likely hailed from Siberia, trekking across the Bering Strait to Alaska via a long-gone land bridge.
But certain aspects of the [...]

Following Genetic Footprints out of Africa: First Modern Humans Settled in Arabia

A new study, using genetic analysis to look for clues about human migration over sixty thousand years ago, suggests that the first modern humans settled in Arabia on their way from the Horn of Africa to [...]

The British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App Wins Prestigious Publishing Innovation Award

At the opening of the Digital Book World Conference in New York City yesterday, the British Library, together with technology partner, BiblioLabs, LLC, was awarded the prestigious Publishing Innovation Award (PIA) for their British Library 19th [...]

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.3 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase
MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.3 has been released.
Changes:
* Several issues importing media files from GEDCOM fixed.
* Stability improvements.
See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds [...]

RootsMagic 5.0.2 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
RootsMagic 5.0.2 has been released.
Changes:
* Added ability to split a place into separate place and place details (on Edit Place screen).
* Added Merge Place Details to place details list.
* Added option [...]

MacFamilyTree 6.2.4 Update Released

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase
MacFamilyTree 6.2.4 has been released.
Changes:
* Several issues importing media files from GEDCOM fixed.
* Stability improvements. [...]

Genota 4.3.7.44 Update Released

Organization - Research - Windows - Purchase
Genota 4.3.7.44 has been released.
Changes:
* Fixed a bug causing an EVariantInvalidArgError bug when opening Notebooks under specific conditions.
* Fixed an issue raising an EAccessViolation error when generating specific reports. [...]

Stolen World War II Rescue Fishing Boat To Be Returned

A fishing boat stolen for a dramatic escape during World War II is to be returned to Norway from Scotland. Four Norwegians desperate to escape the Nazi occupation took the boat and crossed the North Sea [...]

Huntington Acquires Trove of Lincoln, Civil War Telegrams, Codes

A long-unknown, 150-year-old trove of handwritten ledgers and calfskin-covered code books that give a potentially revelatory glimpse into both the dawn of electronic battlefield communications and the day-to-day exchanges between Abraham Lincoln and his generals as [...]

More Than 400,000 Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Far More Than Thought

Arlington National Cemetery is a lot more full than anyone knew. At a Senate hearing Wednesday, cemetery Executive Director Kathryn Condon estimated that more than 400,000 people are now interred there. That's 20 percent more than [...]

Branches 1.2.1.9 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Branches 1.2.1.9 has been released.
Changes:
* Corrected a problem with less than maximum windows.
* Changed display to show direct ancestors in multiple branches of the tree.
* Added support for PAF 'Other' fields [...]

Who Should Save Egypt's Archives?

It has sometimes been claimed that, like human rights and democracy, the protection of Egypt's cultural heritage cannot be left to the Egyptians. Corruption, poverty and ignorance, Egypt's critics maintain, pose a serious threat to the [...]

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:
Susan B. Anthony, Dolores Costello, P. T. Barnum, Rhonda Fleming, Ida Saxton McKinley, Kirk Douglas, Commodore Vanderbilt, Cole Porter, William Walker, Dale Evans, Lillian Russell, Tom Selleck, Georgia O'Keeffe, [...]

How the European Conquest Affected Native Americans

Researchers from Germany and the United States suggest that the European conquest triggered the loss of more than half the Native American population. The results of their study provide new insight into the demise of the [...]

Family Search for History Behind WW1 Photo

Missing details about the lives of these First World War heroes could hold the key to a woman's family history. The old photograph was discovered by 89-year-old Elsie Kersley who believes one of the men, from [...]

With DNA Testing, Suddenly They Are Family

Growing up, Khrys Vaughan always believed that she had inherited her looks and mannerisms from her father, and that her appreciation for tradition and old-fashioned gentility stemmed from her parents' Southern roots. But those facets of [...]

Genealogist Leaves no Tombstone Unturned

A researcher and genealogist spent seven months tallying Forsyth County cemeteries to complete the painstakingly historical endeavor of documenting every grave.
John Salter, 64, a professional writer, researcher, historian and genealogist, has recently published his latest book [...]

Department of Veterans Affairs Has Discovered Misplaced Headstones at Military Cemeteries

Only a couples months after a shocking and disheartening burial practice by the Air Force was discovered, the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that errors during renovations at multiple VA cemeteries have caused a substantial [...]

Gale Outlines First Archives for Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the source libraries, collections and plans for the first four modules of Nineteenth Century Collections [...]

Covington Library Gets Rare WWI Books

As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I approaches, historians and genealogists will soon be able to use a rare series of books at the Kenton County Public Library system's Covington branch.
"The Source [...]

Add a Slideshow of Family Pictures and Links to your Favorite Persons in your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

Club Privilege members can add up to 8 pictures that will be displayed in a slideshow in the home page of their Online Family Tree. These pictures can be linked to the page of an individual in the family tree.Every [...]

Are You Related to Bridget Fonda?

Fonda was born on January 27, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, into a family of actors, including her grandfather Henry Fonda, her father Peter Fonda, and her aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother, Susan Jane Brewer, is [...]

Digitizing the Past to Protect and Preserve History

Adam Rabinowitz, now the assistant director at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, is still travelling around the world getting dirt under his nails. And though much remains the same [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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