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This Week Genealogy News

Daughter's Grief As She Visits Mother's Grave in Cemetery... and Finds Someone Else Being Buried in Same Plot

A grieving daughter has told how she stumbled across cemetery workers burying another person in her mother's grave. Carol Stone, 49, desperately halted a funeral with the hearse just yards from the plot after spotting a [...]

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110208 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware
The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110208 has been released.
* New: Media file specifications may now be exported with relative paths (relative to the path of the exported GEDCOM file). [...]

Launch of the Library and Archives Canada Podcast Series

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of the new podcast series, Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage.
Developed and produced by the Resource Discovery Sector at LAC, the [...]

RootsTech Conference Shows Technology's Impact on Genealogy

A unique combination of young, old, international and innovative people joined together in Salt Lake City to contribute to the ongoing work of family history. Participants at this weekend's RootsTech Conference had the opportunity to [...]

LTools 1.3.22 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
LTools 1.3.22 has been released.
* Advanced SSDI Retrieval - allow users to reorder columns via drag-n-drop. The reorder is not "sticky".
* Advanced SSDI Retrieval - added tooltip to ZIP Code column.
* [...]

GedStar Pro 4.3.2 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase
GedStar Pro 4.3.2 has been released.
* Use file name as photo caption for GEDCOM records without a specific TITL tag.
* New option to ignore invalid GEDCOM lines instead of handling them [...]

San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar, California, Seeks Volunteers to Confirm List of Burials

The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar seeks knowledgeable volunteer researchers to help solve the mystery of who is actually buried at the cemetery.
The call for volunteers comes after a scientific study using ground-penetrating radar [...]

Brother's Keeper 6.5.6 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Brother's Keeper 6.5.6 has been released.
* New under File, Utilities, to do a Global sort of marriages. This is useful if you do a gedcom import and the marriages for each [...]

Long-Hidden Archives Help Guatemala War Crimes Trials

The secrets from a vault of moldy documents long covered in bat and rat droppings could soon help to put former top Guatemalan officials behind bars, years after the country's brutal civil war ended in 1996.
Clues [...]

GEDitCOM II 1.7 Update Released

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase
GEDitCOM II 1.7 has been released.
* Place Records - this version introduces place records.
* A new "Place Advisor" window gives you access to a large data base of information on places [...]

The National Archives (UK) Is Developing Tools To Interpret Medieval Documents

The National Archives is supplying digital data from its catalogue to an international partnership of historians, archivists and computer scientists to help make historical documents more accessible.
The Charter Excavator (ChartEx) project will use technologies and data [...]

Agelong Tree 4.3 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware
Agelong Tree 4.3 has been released.
* The algorithm of the tree building has been improved.
* The order of the lines have been optimized, owing to which there are less intersections of [...]

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:
Steve Young, Steve Forbes, J. A. Folger, Carlton Fisk, John Wooden, Paul Kantner, Frank Wiziarde, Warren Zevon, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Hefner, Mariel Hemingway, Jon Huntsman, Grover Cleveland, Franklin [...]

'World's Last' WWI Veteran Florence Green Dies Aged 110

A woman thought to be the world's last known surviving service member of World War I has died aged 110. Florence Green, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, served as a mess steward at RAF bases in Marham [...]

US Presidential Historian Admits Stealing Letters From George Washington And Marie Antoinette

A US presidential historian has admitted stealing dozens of historical documents including letters signed by George Washington, Sir Isaac Newton and Marie Antoinette. Barry Landau, 63, admitted he and an assistant, 24-year-old assistant Jason Savedoff, swiped [...]

Iceland Is So Inbred It Needs a Website to Avoid Incest

When your society has inhabited a small, remote island for countless generations and boasts a population of only 300,000, the odds of having sex with a relative are significant. Luckily, Icelanders now have a handy tool [...]

The New National Archives of Ireland Website

The National Archives of Ireland have just given their website,, a welcome facelift. The new design is a model of clarity: easier to read, more intuitive to navigate, and with expanded guides to collections, digital [...]

Southington Library, Connecticut, USA, Preserves Old Newspapers

Technology has allowed the Southington Library to digitize its entire newspaper collection. Now people anywhere can view online the black-and-white pages that date back to the 1800s.
More than a year ago, library administrators decided it would [...]

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9 Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase
The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9 has been released.
New & Improved:
* Look and Feel: Most page elements have been restyled for a more modern appearance.
* Templates: Three new [...]

French Railroad Hands Over WWII-Era Archives

SNCF, the French national railroad, has handed over digital copies of hits World War II-era archives. The documents were transferred to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the Shoah Memorial [...]

Exposed... Vultures Who Buy Stolen War Memorials: The Mail Unmasks Money-Grabbing Scrap Metal Dealers Fuelling a Sickening Crimewave

Etched into three brass war memorials were the names of men who had made the ultimate sacrifice for this country in the fight to defend freedom and overcome the rise of dictatorship. But the plaques honouring [...]

Plantation Where 14-Year-Old Slave Was Hung To Become Outlet Mall

The site of a Maryland plantation which is renowned by local historians for its connection to Black history and to the Civil War has lost its historical designation and is on its way to becoming an [...]

'My GeneaNet' Menu Has Been Redesigned

The 'My GeneaNet' menu has been redesigned to be more intuitive.
You can access this drop-down menu at the top right of every GeneaNet pages.
You have quick access to commonly used features and it now includes a direct access to your [...]

Are You Related to Jennifer Aniston?

Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow.
Her father is Greek and a native of Crete. Her mother was born in New York [...]

German Computer System Piecing Together Shredded Secret Police Documents

Germany's "puzzle people" will soon be able to count on a new tool in their Herculean task of re-piecing together thousands of ripped-up former Stasi secret police files.
A computer system which can digitally recreate documents by [...]

Restored Magna Carta To Go on Display in Washington

A copy of the Magna Carta, the English royal manuscript setting out the rights of man, is to be displayed at the US National Archives in Washington from February 17, after a year of restoration work.
The [...]

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