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This Week Genealogy News

Vietnam Project Archive Receives National Funding

The Vietnam Project Archive - a joint collaboration between MATRIX, Michigan State University Department of History and MSU University Archives and Historical Collections - has received ,998 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Vietnam [...]

New Online Display of Rarely Seen Victorian Jubilee Records

To mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, The National Archives of the UK has digitised and displayed a collection of congratulatory addresses presented to Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee in 1887, and Diamond Jubilee in [...]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Transfers More Historical Records to National Archives

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the transfer of approximately 44,000 additional alien registration records, known as "A-Files," to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
USCIS transferred the historical records from its San Bruno [...]

Your Family Tree 2.0 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
Your Family Tree 2.0 has been released.
Changes:
* Full retina support.
* Resolved performance issue that some iPad 3 users were experiencing.
* Minor performance enhancements. [...]

GedSpy 0.9 Update Released

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Purchase
GedSpy 0.9 has been released.
Changes:
* Replaced old G2 GEDCOM parser with newly rewritten G3 parser.
* Fairly significant code cleanup and restructuring. [...]

German Uncovers Site of Fatal Crash of World War II Pilot from Murray County, Georgia

Herman McDaniel grew up in Murray County, Ga., and is an expert on its history. For the past eight years, he's run the Murray County Museum, which only exists online and has "Heritage in Cyberspace" as [...]

iScrapbook 3.3.5 Update Released

Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase
iScrapbook 3.3.5 has been released.
Changes:
* Added a Download Artwork screen to the Welcome window.
* Improved image dragging from iScrapKit Browser by scaling to match size of Canvas.
* Fixed problem that could [...]

Shoebox 2.0.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware
Shoebox 2.0.1 has been released.
Changes:
* Pinch and zoom photos, double-tap to zoom in the photo lightbox.
* Faster scrolling of all the views..
* Improved reliability of upload over 3G.
* Fixed issues with Facebook [...]

GedStar Pro 4.4.2 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase
GedStar Pro 4.4.2 has been released.
Changes:
* Support Google Drive for transfer to Android device.
* Translation to French. [...]

LTools 1.3.28 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
LTools 1.3.28 has been released.
Changes:
* Sort All Children - code clean-up and optimization.
* Sort Children - code clean-up and optimization.
* Data Bridge - added Ancestry.com - Social Security Death Index (commissioned [...]

HuMo-gen 4.8.2 Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware
HuMo-gen 4.8.2 has been released.
Changes:
* New feature: a built-in CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to design your own beautiful web pages from within HuMo-gen with an easy-to-use HTML editor [...]

Mystery as 13 Historic Military Tombstones Found in Man's Backyard While he's Gardening

A man tending to his backyard was in for the shock of his life when he found 13 tombstones embedded in the soil.
Jason Blackburn, who works as a nurse at the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women [...]

GRAMPS 3.4.0 Update Released

Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source
GRAMPS 3.4.0 has been released.
Changes:
* Lots of changes and bug fixes to every part of Gramps, including XML import/export, image handling, gedom handling, Gramplets, date handling, citations, reports, more.
* Some [...]

Worcestershire Woman Campaigns to Restore War Memorials

A Worcestershire woman is campaigning for the restoration of eight memorials throughout the county. Amateur historian Sandra Taylor has spent the past 13 years researching more than 10,000 names on local war memorials, many of which [...]

Russian Library Discovers Hidden Treasure

While preparing for a massive renovation of its 100-year-old facility, librarians at the Russian State Polytechnical Museum found more than 30,000 pre-revolutionary books and magazines.
The issues with the facility were not only age-related. "The layout [...]

Armenian Manuscripts Digitized in Syria

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John's University completed a manuscript preservation project in the Middle East shortly before the violence worsened in Syria.
However, HMML-trained technicians in Aleppo, Syria, were able to complete the digitization [...]

Santa Clara County - South Bay Medical Center Gets Permission To Move Recently Found Graves

A judge has given Santa Clara County permission to remove around 100 bodies from a forgotten cemetery discovered during construction at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, county officials said Friday.
The graveyard, which was discovered in February [...]

Images of World War I Australian Servicemen

National Archives of Australia is now able to share 500 digital images of Australian World War I servicemen which we recently received from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).
These images were identified by DVA staff member [...]

National Records of Scotland Has a New Logo

A new logo for National Records of Scotland (NRS) has been launched on 10th April 2012. NRS was created last year from a merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives [...]

Are You Related to Stevie Nicks?

Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, a corporate executive, and Barbara Nicks, a homemaker. Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, a struggling country music singer, taught [...]

GRAMPS 3.3.2 Update Released

Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source
GRAMPS 3.3.2 has been released.
Fixes:
* Expressive error when trying to load familytree with downgraded Berkeley db.
* Fix in the image offset calculation (MediaRef Editor).
* Improved focus and bug fixes on [...]

Attach Archival Records & Pictures to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

You can attach Archival Records, pages from Archival Registers, family pictures, pictures of headstones and memorials, and coats of arms to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree!
You can also attach documents uploaded by other GeneaNet members.
An easy way to source your [...]

Archaeologists to Examine Underground Chamber in Medieval Church at East Portlemouth in southwest England

A mysterious chamber buried beneath the central part of St Winwaloe's Church at East Portlemouth in southwest England will be examined by archaeologists thanks to a grant of £12,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The present [...]

Lithuania Reburial of WWII Leader Angers Jewish Groups

Jewish groups in Lithuania have condemned the government for financing the reburial of an ex-prime minister who headed the Baltic state in 1941. Juozas Ambrazevicius Brazaitis came to power after Nazi Germany had ousted the Soviets [...]

Crews Building Hospital Halt Construction After Uncovering Lost Cemetery in Santa Clara County

Construction on a new hospital in Santa Clara County has come to an abrupt stop after crews uncovered a lost cemetery. Construction workers found several coffins as they were working on the new Santa Clara Valley [...]

Five Generations Reunited Thanks to Genealogy Search

Kenney Huff Sr. of Salem dreamed of the day he would be reunited with his baby half brother, Ronald Hayes Huff. These brothers were separated almost 80 years ago as boys in Knoxville, Tenn., due to [...]

Genealogists Look at Cedar Falls' Past Through Cemetery Walks (Iowa, USA)

As education coordinator for the Cedar Falls Historical Society, Rita Congdon wears many hats --- teacher, tour guide, researcher. On Tuesday, Congdon and her husband, Richard, donned a few more as they conducted a cemetery walk [...]

Family Tombstone, Missing for Over Half a Century, Discovered in Auburn, California

Last summer, this paper published a two-part series regarding the history of the New Helvetia Cemetery, which was formerly located at the northeast corner of Alhambra Boulevard and J Street. And since that time, news about [...]

Volunteers Restoring Old Cemetery in Dunn, North Carolina, that Was Once Only Burial Site for Blacks

Cliff Layton knows where his grandfather is buried in Wilkins Cemetery. He can walk you right up to the spot. Or he could - if he had a chain saw. "My grandaddy is right in there, [...]

British Columbia Man Seeks to Reunite 'Death Penny' with WWI Soldier's Descendants

A man from Surrey, British Columbia, faces a big challenge unlocking a First World War mystery that's landed on his doorstep. Curtis Unger, who says he believes in honouring soldiers' memories, has recently come across a [...]

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