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geneaNet - 04/21/2012
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

WWII Spitfire Pilot Sgt William Smith Laid To Rest

The body of an Australian World War II Spitfire pilot whose remains were found in a French field last year has finally been buried in northern France. Sgt William Smith was buried with full military honours [...]

Use of QR Code Tombstone Technology Is Expanding

Monument companies across the United States are starting to add the option for QR code tombstone technology to their offerings, changing the products available in that industry in a meaningful and significant way for the first [...]

Genealogy Tool Kit Published by Foundation for the National Archives (U.S.)

The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben.
This 160-page step-by-step [...]

World War I Veteran's Tombstone "Dug Up" from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Cemetery

Once a month, Bobbie Hindman tends to the gravesite of her uncle, a World War I veteran who died 56 years ago. Claud Hindman received a bronze-plated monument denoting his service, but his niece discovered it [...]

Obama's Father Among Secret Files on Kenyan Students

US officials complained Kenyan students were becoming "anti-white" in the year Barack Obama's father enrolled at university, previously secret files released at the National Archives in Kew reveal.
US President Barack Obama wrote with pride of his [...]

Transcript 2.4.1 build 89 beta Update Released

Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware
Transcript 2.4.1 build 89 beta has been released.
* Support for multipage TIF images.
* Better Ghostscript (pdf) error handling and messages.
* Added info about multiple monitors if present to the About [...]

British Colonial Files Released Following Legal Challenge

Secret files from British colonial rule - once thought lost - have been released by the government, one year after they came to light in a High Court challenge to disclose them. Some of the papers [...]

DNA Tests Aim to Identify 17th Century Swiss Hero - and Killer - Jürg Jenatsch

Archaeologists have reopened a grave in Switzerland to see if DNA testing can confirm it contains the body of 17th century Swiss hero - and killer - Jürg Jenatsch.
Jenatsch is believed to be buried under the [...]

VGedX 1.07 Update Released

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware
VGedX 1.07 has been released.
* Changed MAP.LAT to MAP.LATI. [...]

Legacy Family Tree Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Legacy Family Tree has been released.
* Census List Tool - A few more refinements. [...]

Second Site 4.2.2 Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase
Second Site 4.2 has been released.
* Added the Search User Item, a search facility you can build-in to your
site that will work on both online and CD/DVD/flash media.
* Added the One Person Script checkbox property; [...]

LTools 1.3.27 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
LTools 1.3.27 has been released.
* Save/Restore Tags - new deluxe LTool which saves any of Legacy's 9 individual tags to another location, virtually doubling the number of individual tags in Legacy.
* [...]

Company Using New Tombstone Technology

Randy Allen says in the 17 years that he's owned the Allen Monument Company in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the business of memorializing loved ones hasn't changed much. Until now."We're now using the QR codes, and it's a [...]

Study Reveals 'Extraordinary' DNA of People in Scotland

The DNA of people living in Scotland has "extraordinary" and "unexpected" diversity, according to a new study. The Scotland's DNA project, led by Edinburgh University's Dr Jim Wilson, has tested almost 1,000 Scots in the last [...]

New Document Rekindles Debate About Samuel de Champlain's Birthplace

Canadian historians say the discovery of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's baptism certificate helps solve in part the mystery surrounding the birth of the navigator know as the Father of New France.
French genealogist Jean-Marie Germe recently [...]

U.S. Marks Second Victory Over British in War of 1812

A parade of naval vessels and square-rigged sailing ships made their way on Tuesday up the Mississippi River to New Orleans under threatening skies, kicking off a national bicentennial commemoration of U.S. victory in the War [...]

Research Suggests 'Dracula' May Have Been Inspired by Bram Stoker's Irish Ancestry

The historian, Fiona Fitzsimons, has been studying the Dublin-born author's family tree since November, ahead of the centenary of his death on Friday. She has traced and documented Stoker's direct descent from Manus "the Magnificent" O'Donnell [...]

Waltham Forest, England - History Group Criticises Cemetery Charges

The Waltham Forest Family History Society has raised concerns about "extortionate" council fees to look up burial records at the borough's cemeteries.
The organisation was shocked when one of its members asked a member of staff for [...]

Lionel Richie's Ancestor Born to a Slave

Singer Lionel Richie was left awestruck after discovering his great-grandfather was born to a slave and her white plantation owner while tracing his family history on U.S. show Who Do You Think You Are on Friday.
Richie [...]

A Listed WWI Hangar in Wiltshire, England, Is To Be Demolished

An "exceptionally rare" WWI hangar at a former RAF base in Wiltshire has been approved for demolition by the council. The grade II* listed building at RAF Yatesbury was due to be restored as part of [...]

Update from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has tweaked its search engine to facilitate easier searching of its extensive website. As a result, researchers can now make a search of a specific county from each County's Table of Contents [...]

Service Held for Rediscovered WWII Diggers

A memorial service has been held in Sydney for two World War II soldiers whose identities remained a mystery for nearly 70 years. Lieutenant Scobbell McFerran-Rogers and Private John Whitworth were members of the Z Special [...]

Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

A donated collection of books once belonging to a member of the Brown University Class of 1773 included a piece of history tucked inside one of the volumes: an exceptionally rare engraved print by Paul Revere. [...]

Bodleian and Vatican Digitise 1.5 Million Ancient Texts

Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online. The two libraries announced the four-year project after receiving a £2m award from the Polonsky Foundation.
Dr [...]

Ancestors of Michelle Obama in the 1940 Census

By Megan Smolenyak: "When it comes to the 1940 census that was launched online a couple of weeks ago, some of us are luckier than others when we spot our family members, and that's certainly the [...]

Box at National Archives of Canada Yields High-Level Telegrams Sent after Ship's Sinking

New bits and pieces of RMS Titanic's story of heroic love, tragedy and enduring mystery have surfaced from an old cardboard box at the National Archives of Canada.
A series of parched telegrams from then-prime minister Robert [...]

Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Heritage Collection Now Online

Carnegie Library is unveiling the Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Heritage Collection -- a large digital archive of historic documents related to the city's steel, iron and coal production industries.
The collection, at, includes more than 500,000 [...]

Are You Related to Shirley Temple?

Shirley Jane Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of Gertrude Amelia Temple (née Krieger), a homemaker, and George Francis Temple, a bank employee. The family was of [...]

GeneaNet 'Guest' and 'Admin' Access Rights

'Guest' and 'Admin' Access Rights are available in your GeneaNet Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb).
- Private data in your family tree is available (read only) to members with 'Guest' Access Rights.
- Members with 'Admin' Access Rights can edit your genealogy [...]

The Real Titanic Love Story

Though the grave of a real J. Dawson exists, and has proved boundless spectulation for Titanic history buffs, one Titanic passenger had a similar real-life love story to the fictionalized character Jack Dawson in James Camerons' [...]

Historical Exhibition Handed Over to Seychelles National Archives

The Seychelles historical exhibition, Les Seychelles: des isles... des homes, has been officially handed over to the Seychelles Archives department. The exhibition, put together by the French author, Richard Touboul, after extensive research works in the [...]

Date Finder 1.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase
Date Finder 1.1 has been released.
* Fixed bug in Date/Age Picker. [...]

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