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geneaNet - 02/18/2012
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

MI5 Drew a Blank on Finding Charlie Chaplin Birthplace

Newly released files show that an investigation by MI5 failed to determine where the silent film star Charlie Chaplin was born. The inquiry was requested by the US in 1952 when it was trying to prove [...]

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.4 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase
MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.4 has been released.
Changes:
* GEDCOM Import and Export improved.
* Several Sync issues with MobileFamilyTree Pro corrected.
* Memory usage reduced.
* State is now correctly shown in the Person Report.
* Several fixes [...]

World War Two: Air Ace in an Unmarked Grave Found

The body of a decorated flying ace who was killed in his first week of war has been found in an unmarked grave in France after 71 years. Flying Officer Derek Allen crammed more aviation heroics [...]

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:
Roger Williams, Joseph Wheeler, Allen Ludden, Josiah Whitney, Bill Walton, General Tom Thumb, Charles Scribner I, Charlie Rose, Aaron Rodgers, Alan Field Shugart, Jack Northrop, William Doud Packard, E. [...]

Florence Green: Funeral Held for Last WWI Veteran

The funeral of a woman thought to be the last person to serve in the armed forces during the WWI has taken place in west Norfolk. Florence Green, 110, from King's Lynn, served as a mess [...]

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110213 Update Released

Family Books - Windows - Shareware
The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110213 has been released.
Changes:
* Fixed: Unexpected Program Error when the number of media items exceeds 32,000. [...]

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.0.1 Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase
The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.0.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Cemeteries: Entering a place name would not populate the other corresponding fields on the page upon leaving the place [...]

MacFamilyTree 6.2.5 Update Released

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase
MacFamilyTree 6.2.5 has been released.
Changes:
* GEDCOM Import and Export improved.
* Several Sync issues with MobileFamilyTree Pro corrected.
* Memory usage reduced.
* State is now correctly shown in the Person Report.
* Several fixes [...]

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110213 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware
The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110213 has been released.
Changes:
* Fixed: Merge was not correctly importing the merge ged file in some circumstances. [...]

My Family Tree 1.0.11.0 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware
My Family Tree 1.0.11.0 has been released.
Changes:
* Added Backup and share tool.
* Added research link manager.
* Added On this day tool.
* Added Chinese Traditional language.
* Added support for high DPI modes [...]

Denbighshire, Wales, Archive Restores 19th Century Prisoners Photo Books

Rare 19th Century books containing photos of habitual criminals are among archives being restored in north Wales. The pictures, taken between the 1860-90s, were used by the Denbighshire Constabulary to keep check on repeat offenders.
Other documents [...]

Family Tree PHP 1.2e Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase
Family Tree PHP 1.2e has been released.
Fixes:
* Installation failed on some servers.
* The HTTP headers sent with images and other multimedia files where not completely valid.
* Some minor bugs. [...]

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.147 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.147 has been released.
Changes:
* FamilySearch - Added option to start Legacy FamilySearch with only the current person. The icons on each person on the Family View or Pedigree [...]

GedStar Pro for Android 2.1.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
GedStar Pro for Android 2.1.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Optimized photo display sizing on all devices (requires converter V4.3.3). [...]

GedStar Pro 4.3.3 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase
GedStar Pro 4.3.3 has been released.
Changes:
* Support for improved photo display on Android device (with Android app 2.1.1). [...]

Lee Harvey Oswald Gravestone Wanted Back from Roscoe Museum

A tombstone doesn't typically come with a title or a deed of ownership, which is too bad in the case of Lee Harvey Oswald, because one could have helped settle a brewing lawsuit.
The infamous assassin's gravestone [...]

Digitization Challenge: Handwritten Menus from 1800s

The New York Public Library may evoke 19th century Manhattan, but the Beaux-Arts landmark is at the forefront of one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to digitally store information forever.
"We were the [...]

Families for Android 1.4.1 Update Released

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Families for Android 1.4.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Bug fixes. [...]

Archivists Discover Rare Love Letters at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England

Love letters from botanists and explorers, thought to be over 150 years old, have been discovered at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The letters were found within the Directors' correspondence collection and personal papers written by botanical [...]

WWI Letter Found in Hastings Reveals Kent Man's Heroism

It was 1915 when the World War I vessel HMS Hythe sank in Turkey while on operations. And a letter recently uncovered by a historian, who stumbled across it in a militaria shop in Hastings, Sussex, [...]

Mormon Church Apologizes for Baptisms of Wiesenthal's Parents

An LDS Church member last month posthumously baptized the parents of Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate, and the Los Angeles center named for him is incensed.
"We are outraged that such insensitive actions [...]

Meryl Streep's British Ancestor 'Helped Start War With Native Americans'

In her best actress acceptance speech at the Baftas, Meryl Streep disclosed that she was always destined to play The Iron Lady because - like Margaret Thatcher - she had strong Lincolnshire roots.
What the US [...]

Rare Film Archive Returned to Canada

A rare collection of Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) films has been returned to Canada from England. The silent films are being added to the permanent holdings of the Hudson's Bay Co. Archives (HBCA) in Winnipeg, Culture, [...]

Initiative Aims to Find Lost Grave Sites of Slaves in Mississippi

For decades, the stretch of grassy land in an elbow of the Mississippi River held no trace of the people buried underneath. No signs, markers or tombstones pointed to the more than 300 African-American former slaves [...]

GedView 3.2.5 Update Released

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GedView 3.2.5 has been released.
Changes:
* Fixes duplicate children when exporting a GEDCOM.
* Fixes crash when exporting a gedcom with more than a few hundred media files (photos etc.) [...]

Turkish Slaves' Cemetery Discovered in Malta

Roadwork excavations in Marsa have revealed the archaeological remains of a Muslim cemetery dating back to 1675, confirming historians' belief of the existence of a Turkish slave cemetery in the area.
The find is being documented [...]

Oscar-Winning Actress Marisa Tomei Solves Mystery of Grandfather's Murder on Who Do You Think You Are?

It sounds like the plot of one of her films but when Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei travelled to Italy to investigate a murder mystery, the blood-letting and treachery turned out to be very real.
Tomei, 47, made the [...]

Discovered by Chance 94 Years On: Bodies of 21 German Soldiers in Perfectly-Preserved First World War trenches

They were meant to be digging a new road but journeyed instead into a dim and grim past. Stunned workers stumbled upon an underground shelter - and inside were the bodies of 21 German soldiers killed [...]

On Ellis Island, Examining Those Who Arrived Before and After

Officials of Ellis Island estimate that as many as one in three Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who landed there from overseas.
Now, the officials are focusing on the other roughly 200 million newcomers who [...]

South Dakota State Historical Society's Archives Going Digital

The South Dakota State Historical Society's Archives has gone digital. The State Archives, in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, collects, preserves, and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county and local government records, photographs, [...]

Mesa Man Digitizes Historic Arizona Images

It is often said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. But Mesa resident James Tanner has thousands of images on glass negatives that are invaluable to the history of Arizona and the families who transformed [...]

GeneaNet: Upload Archival Records and Attach Them to Your Online Family Tree

Did you know that you can upload Archival Records and attach them to your Online Family Tree?
And you can also attach Archival Records uploaded by other GeneaNet members. Upload an Archival Record
Select the 'Uploads > Archival Records' [...]

Are You Related to Ernest Shackleton?

Ernest Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874, in Kilkea near Athy, County Kildare, Ireland, about 30 miles (48 km) from Dublin. Shackleton's father, Henry, and mother, born Henrietta Letitia Sophia Gavan, were of Anglo-Irish ancestry. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

LTools 1.3.22 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
LTools 1.3.22 has been released.
Changes:
* 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.
* [...]

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.
Changes:
* 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 [...]

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