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geneaNet - 02/04/2012
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This Week Genealogy News

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 [...]

Treasure Hunter Claims bn WWII-Era Find Off US Coast

A Maine treasure hunter says he has discovered a WWII-era shipwreck filled with platinum, now worth bn (£1.9bn). Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research says a wreck sitting 50 miles (80km) off the US Atlantic coast [...]

yEd 3.9 Update Released

Charts and Diagrams - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware
yEd 3.9 has been released.
* The new SmartFree label models make interactive placement of node labels and edge labels easier than ever.
* Further improvements include support for automatic [...]

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Winston Churchill on Horseback After Daring Boer War Prison Camp Escape in 1899

A previously unseen photograph of Winston Churchill on a horse following his daring escape from a prison camp during the Boer War has emerged for sale. Sitting astride his grey mount in 1899, the 26-year-old future [...]

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:
Lavinia Warren, Kris Jenner, Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, Barbara Hutton, Rush Limbaugh, Elizabeth Lee Hazen, Drew Brees, Howard Lederer, Abner Peabody, Lum Edwards, Increase A. Lapham, Nathaniel P. Langford, S. [...]

Rare List of Prince Edward Island Acadians Intrigues New Brunswick Researchers

Acadian researchers at l'Université de Moncton have discovered a list of 289 names of Acadians who were living on Prince Edward Island in 1763, but they're still trying to reach a consensus about what exactly the [...]

RootsMagic Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
RootsMagic has been released.
* Fixed: When splitting places into place / detail, the notes, lat/long, and pictures now go with the place detail instead of the place. [...]

Branches Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Branches has been released.
* Added support for entering 'Other' fields (AKA, Nickname, Cause of Death, etc.) [...]

Legacy Family Tree Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Legacy Family Tree has been released.
* Forms - Added two new census forms for the new 1940 census.
* FamilySearch - New Auto Match feature. Runs through everyone to automatically link [...]

Isle of Wight Burials List To Go Online

A huge project to list all pre-1858 Isle of Wight burials online is being undertaken by volunteers. Members of the Isle of Wight Family History Society are working with staff from the Isle of Wight Record [...]

Vikings Explore Hudson Bay

Viking exploration of Hudson Bay will continue in 2013 when descendants of the first Viking voyagers to reach North America 1,000 years ago sail into the Arctic from Churchill, Manitoba.
Jóhann Straumfjord Sigurdson and David Collette, [...]

Rescued From the Trash: Photo Album of Fascinating WWII Portraits of African-American Troops in Europe

A Philadelphia woman has unearthed a family photo album filled with fascinating pictures of African American soldiers fighting during World War II.
While much attention is currently being devoted to the Tuskegee Airmen who are the subject [...]

Philly Historic Documents Dealer Donates Copy of Long-Lost JFK Tape to National Archives

A long-lost version of an Air Force One recording made right after President John F. Kennedy's assassination can now be heard by the general public.
The Raab Collection is a Philadelphia historic documents dealer that acquired the [...]

US Census Reveals Important New Information on Irish Americans

Irish Americans continue to thrive, so the latest US census makes clear in their just released report.
Number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2010. This number was more than seven times the population of [...]

Mother-Daughter Letters Open Digital Window to South Carolina Colonial Era

When Eliza Lucas was a girl of 17 she wrote a friend: "I have the business of three plantations to transact, which requires much writing and more business and fatigue of other sorts than you can [...]

Finding Kuwait's Missing National Archives

Jurist Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the Kuwaiti national archives, which were taken by Iraqi forces in 1990, have still not been returned and keep [...]

Are You Related to Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911, to Jack Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan.
Reagan's father was a salesman and [...]

Auschwitz Survivor Dies on 67th Anniversary of Camp's Liberation

Kazimierz Smolen, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor who after World War II became director of the memorial site, died Friday on the 67th anniversary of its liberation.
Smolen died in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town [...]

Share GeneaNet Pages with Family and Friends

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The icon is grey if page sharing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.3 Update Released

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

Shoebox 1.1.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
Shoebox 1.1.1 has been released.
* 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: [...]

RootsMagic 5.0.2 Update Released

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RootsMagic 5.0.2 has been released.
* 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 [...]

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