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Sunday, July 22, 2012

This Week Genealogy News

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geneaNet - 07/21/2012
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Victoria Cross Fetches £276,000 at Auction

The first Victoria Cross awarded to a private in World War I has sold for £276,000 at auction. The medal, awarded to Pte Sidney Godley, of East Grinstead, West Sussex, was expected to fetch up to [...]

Endangered Archives Programme - Gypsy/Roma Archives in Bulgaria

Digital copies of photographs, theatre play scripts and posters, songs and newspapers are among the newly catalogued Collections relating to Gypsy/Roma archives in Bulgaria, now available on the EAP webpages.
These records were copied by EAP067 [...]

Miami, Florida - Families Sue Cemetery Company Over Corpse Confusion

A cemetery mix up has a local family filing suit! That's after another woman was found buried in their mother's pre-paid plot at the Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery in North Lauderdale.
"I went to look [...]

Stunning Panoramic Images from Turn-of-the-Century New York Show the Last Vestiges of Stone Buildings and Low-Slung Skyline

These stunning panoramas, taken between 1901 and 1913 and curated by the Library of Congress, show the city as dusk fell on the New York built before the Civil War.
Buildings were continually built up and [...]

Nazis Plotted to Assassinate Winston Churchill with Exploding Chocolate Bars

A deadly dessert lay at the center of a World War II plot to assassinate Britain's prime minister. Nazi agents hoped to kill Sir Winston Churchill with exploding chocolate bars, according to a secret wartime letter [...]

Shoebox 2.1.1 Update Released

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Shoebox 2.1.1 has been released.
* Receive notifications when your friends add photos to your shoeboxes.
* Bug fixes. [...]

Is This the Mona Lisa's Skeleton? Discovery of Bones in Florence Convent Believed To Be Those of Silk Merchant's Wife Who Inspired Da Vinci

Archaeologists are convinced they've unearthed the secret behind the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Buried beneath the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy they've found a skeleton they believe belonged to Lisa Gherardini, [...]

Ohio Mormon Cemetery Fascinates Researchers

A tiny northeastern Ohio cemetery containing the unearthed headstones of 19th century Mormon settlers may grow if officials find more of the grave markers on the site of a recently closed school.
The Akron Beacon Journal ( [...]

Tombfinder App 1350 Update Released

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Tombfinder App 1350 has been released.
* GPS enhancements.
* Bug fixes. [...]

RestingSpot 1.3 Update Released

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RestingSpot 1.3 has been released.
* Now choose between the standard method and the new Camera Add. The standard method is perfect for adding a few RestingSpots, while the Camera Add option is ideal for [...]

FamilyTreeFactory Update Released

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FamilyTreeFactory has been released.
* In descendant trees, there are new functions in the context menu of person boxes of descendants: Now you can exclude several persons at once: All [...]

Branches Update Released

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Branches has been released.
* Maintenance update. [...]

Chilling Archives of French Jews Deported To Auschwitz Shown For First Time To Public

Even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between authorities and the Nazis during World War II is unknown to many in the younger generation.
Police are hoping to change that, opening up their archives on [...]

Centralia, Missouri - Woman Cares for Far West Cemetery, Preserves 19th Century History

When Fonda and Paul Smith moved to a house near Centralia in the winter of 1988, they were looking forward to living in a place with more trees than people. That first spring in their new [...]

Discovered in a Castle Vault, The Scraps of Lace That Show Lingerie Was All The Rage 500 Years Ago

It is hardly racy by today's standards but this skimpy lingerie has certainly shocked historians. The lace and linen undergarments date back to hundreds of years before women's underwear was thought to exist.
They had lain hidden [...]

Survey Locates 967 Unmarked Graves in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Cemetery

To the untrained eye, the screen looks like random static. But Bob Perry points to a white blip that could be a coffin. And a series of impressions at the top of the monitor may be [...]

Annie Lennox Could Be Set To Appear on TV's Who Do You Think You Are?

Superstar Annie Lennox could be set to discover her family history on a popular TV show, the Evening Express can reveal today. It's believed Aberdeen-born singer Annie Lennox is set to appear in a new episode [...]

Memory of the Netherlands - Poster Project

Seven institutions managing Dutch heritage have joined forces to provide a representative picture of the main political, cultural and historical posters in the Netherlands from 1870 to the present.
In two years' time approximately 52,000 posters have [...]

Nova Scotia - Archives Bring 19th Century History Into Digital Age

Decades of 19th century Nova Scotia history has been given the online treatment at the Nova Scotia Archives. History buffs can now access two early newspapers, the Acadian Recorder and the Liverpool Transcript, electronically by the [...]

Ireland - Vandals Cause €50,000 Worth of Damage at Limerick Graveyard

Historic headstones in Limerick's oldest graveyard have been damaged over the weekend, with the culprits causing up to €50,000 worth of damage.
Gardai are now examining CCTV footage taken from near Mount St Lawrence Cemetery, between Saturday [...]

Tracing Your Family History Takes Time, Effort and Money

Tracing your family tree is easier than ever, thanks to personal computers and the Internet, but it's still not as easy as TV shows and commercials for genealogical organizations lead you to believe.
"You see those TV [...]

Millions of Canadians, Inspired by TV Shows and Websites, Are Investigating their Family Trees

Rob Milson always knew his great-grandfather had abandoned his wife and young children. Turns out Lewis Davis was more of a scoundrel than that, spending four years in a Boston jail for counterfeiting - printing Canadian [...]

Recreation of The Lost Mural of Ellis Island Goes On Display at the National Archives in Morrow

Covington muralist Andrew Sabori, the son of Sicilian and Spanish immigrants, went to Ellis Island one day in 2003 to find out more about his own heritage. Instead, he came away obsessed with a monumental mural [...]

Recalling the Famine's Impact on Irish and American History

There is a profound moment in Tom Murphy's play 'Famine" where John Connor, the Irish tenant farmer, pulls up the potato stalk by the root to see if the blight is back.
It is 1846. After a [...]

Cathy Tyree, Virginia Woman, Discovers Lost Family Photos At Antique Shop

Cathy Tyree was on the hunt for an old couch when she stumbled across something incredible at an antique shop in Richmond, Va. Tyree had been in the store for only 15 minutes when she discovered [...]

Vivaldi's Lost Masterpiece Is Found in Library Archives

In a development described by music experts as "a bombshell in the world of Baroque opera", a new version of Vivaldi's opera Orlando Furioso has been discovered, 270 years after his death.
The manuscript has been dated [...]

Are You Related to Robin Williams?

Williams was born July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura (née Smith, 1922-2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 - October 18, 1987) was [...]

Download the Latest Original GEDCOM File You Have Imported into GeneaNet

You can now download the latest original GEDCOM file you have imported into GeneaNet.
This is your original GEDCOM file and not a new GEDCOM file exported from your actual GeneaNet Online Family Tree. Go to 'Online Family [...]

Descendants of Fugitive Slave Reunite in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

More than 200 descendants of a fugitive slave will be reuniting in Hamilton this weekend. They return to the city where their family first gained freedom.
It was 1860 when Thomas John Holland escaped slavery in [...]

The Endangered Archives of the Haynes Publishing Company, Argentina

Today's post has been written by Celina Tuozzo, the project holder for EAP375 The transition from a traditional to a modern society: recovering Argentinean and Latin Americian history through an emblematic publishing company:
"The Endangered Archives Programme [...]

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Horror of Poe: A Descent into the Maelström

If Republicans sweep in November, we'll begin Poe's "Descent into the Maelstrom."


Brendan Behan (1923-1964) - Irish dramatist, author
  • It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
  • The Irish are a very popular race... with themselves.
  • I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
  • ...Actually, I'm a drinker with writing problems.
  • To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.
  • New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
  • I saw a notice which said, 'Drink Canada Dry' and I've just started.
  • Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
  • What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.
  • Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
  • If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.

Monday, July 16, 2012

This Week Genealogy News

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geneaNet - 07/14/2012
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This Week Genealogy News

The Endangered Archives of the Haynes Publishing Company, Argentina

Today's post has been written by Celina Tuozzo, the project holder for EAP375 The transition from a traditional to a modern society: recovering Argentinean and Latin Americian history through an emblematic publishing company:
"The Endangered Archives Programme [...]

Descendants of Fugitive Slave Reunite in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

More than 200 descendants of a fugitive slave will be reuniting in Hamilton this weekend. They return to the city where their family first gained freedom.
It was 1860 when Thomas John Holland escaped slavery in [...]

Build Your Family Tree 5.20 Update Released

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Build Your Family Tree 5.20 has been released.
* Minor performance improvement. [...]

Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds

North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada. [...]

MacFamilyTree 6.2.14 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.14 has been released.
* Enhanced for Retina displays.
* Several bugfixes and minor user interface improvements. [...]

Ancestral Quest 14.3 Update Released

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Ancestral Quest 14.3 has been released.
* Pedigree View/Color Coding: If you had assigned any color coding to anyone in your file, the colors for name boxes were to be set to [...]

Personal Ancestry Writer II 101 Update Released

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Personal Ancestry Writer II 101 has been released.
* PAWriter has been code signed for OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.
* PAWriter was compiled using Real Studio 2011 Release 3 - a technical change [...]

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.8 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.8 has been released.
* Database saving and migration issues fixed.
* Performance enhanced. [...]

RootsMagic Update Released

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RootsMagic has been released.
* New: Shared events are included in "Who Was There" report.
* Fixed: Narrative report sometimes printed incorrect role sentences.
* Fixed: Rearrange media was disabled for places, sources, [...]

MyKinFolks 2.0 Update Released

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MyKinFolks 2.0 has been released.
* Any one, or all, genealogies can be deleted, including the sample genealogies.
* Website addresses you visit, to download a GEDCOM file, are bookmarked to save subsequent typing and eliminate [...]

India Buys Gandhi Archive to Halt Auction

India has paid US.1mil to buy a collection of letters, papers and photographs relating to Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi, preventing their sale at a planned auction in London.
The archive, which belonged to Gandhi's close friend [...]

Northern Ireland Conflict Archives Should Not Fall Into Police Hands

In 2001, three short years after the Good Friday agreement had seemingly drawn the curtain on the violent political conflict in the north of Ireland, the Belfast Project took its first breath.
It was devised in [...]

Norway, Maine, Historical Society Receives Civil-War-Era Documents

The Norway Historical Society has received an original Civil War document that curator Charles Longley says demonstrates the charitable nature of the townspeople. "It's an example of how the town has always pulled together over the [...]

Volunteers Clean Up Arlington National Cemetery

The rain that fell on Arlington National Cemetery on Monday did not wash away the excitement and gratitude of hundreds of volunteers who worked to beautify the solemn resting place of fallen soldiers.
Nearly 400 adults, accompanied [...]

British Climbers Find Remains of Three Brothers Who Went Missing in 1926 as Melting Swiss Glaciers Give Up Secrets

The frozen remains of three brothers who went missing 86 years ago in the Swiss Alps have been discovered by two British climbers. The pair stumbled across the siblings' skulls, bones, boots, climbing equipment, binoculars and [...]

Pictorial History-Map of Village in Mexico Rediscovered

A rare 17th-century Latin American document that was "lost" for nearly a century resurfaced earlier this year. The kicker: It was right where it should have been all along -- in the American Geographical Society (AGS) [...]

Digital Historians Capture War of 1812 Online

Peter Konieczny and Sandra Sadowski, future-minded historians whose websites have attracted audiences from 170 countries and a social media following of more than 50,000, have launched to spread the word about a conflict many Canadians [...]

Colorado's State Archivist Terry Ketelsen Retires After 45 Years

The man who has helped safeguard many of Colorado's most historical documents for nearly a half century has retired from state government. State Archivist Terry Ketelsen, who had worked for the state for 45 years, retired [...]

Volunteers Photograph Ohio Tombstones for Easy Online Research

He likes it out here because it's quiet, serene, just him and 6,000 tombstones and a curious breeze that never sways the trees. He passes through the cemetery methodically, pausing at each stone. This one reads [...]

Clues to Early Irish Independence Bid Found

Archaeologists have made a landmark discovery that could help answer the question that has puzzled Irish historians for over 200 years. Could an invasion of Ireland by Napoleon's French forces have succeeded and triggered Irish independence [...]

36 World War II British Fighters Found in Myanmar

The remains of 36 British Spitfire aircraft, which were secretly buried during the World War II in what was then Burma to prevent them from being seized by the Japanese, have been discovered in the country.
The [...]

German WWI Military Graves Desecrated in France

The gravestones of 40 German soldiers from World War I have been desecrated at a military cemetery in the Ardennes region of northern France, the interior ministry said Saturday.
The announcement came on the eve of the [...]

War Memorial Urinating Man John Rocky Ayres Jailed

A man who urinated on a war memorial plaque and scratched obscene words on to a pavement in South Gloucestershire has been jailed. John Rocky Ayres, 34, was charged with desecrating the World War I monument [...]

Adolf Hitler Personally Spared Jewish Man Who Served As His Commander During World War I, Uncovered Letter Reveals

Adolf Hitler personally spared a Jewish man who served as his commander during World War I from persecution or deportation, according to a letter recently uncovered by a German newspaper.
The letter, signed on August 27, 1940 [...]

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 [...]

Are You Related to Ernest Borgnine?

Borgnine has died Sunday at age 95.
He was born on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut, the son of Anna (née Boselli), who immigrated to the United States from Carpi (Modena, Italy), and Camillo Borgnino, who [...]

Are You Related to Linda Ronstadt?

Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946, in Tucson, Arizona, to Gilbert Ronstadt (1911-1995), a prosperous machinery merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co., and Ruth Mary Copeman Ronstadt (1917-1982), a homemaker.
Ronstadt was raised, along [...]

Google to Put Italian History Online

As part of its attempt to digitalise world history and culture, Google has struck a deal with the Italian government to post 30,000 Italian newsreels and documentaries from the 20th century online, many of which glorify [...]

Algeria, France Tussle Over Archives 50 Years After Split

When French soldiers and administrators left Algeria after more than a century of colonial rule, they did not go empty-handed. They took historical artefacts, books and maps, a national heritage that still sits in French libraries [...]

Scottish Post Office Directories 1773-1911

Over 700 digitised directories covering most of Scotland and dating from 1773 to 1911 are now available on the National Library of Scotland' website.
With their alphabetical list of a location's inhabitants and information on their profession [...]

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Launches Its New Website!

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum launches its new website! The website, designed by Viderity, Inc. and built by their sub-contractors at Ariesnet, utilizes the SiteCore Content Management System, which allows users to upload, [...]

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

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Chromebooks: are they the real deal?

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:03 AM PDT

As more of our lives are lived online, whether through social networking, accessing media content such as videos, music or games, or actually doing 'proper' work through the use of shared projects, the increasing visibility of Google as a one stop shop for all our cloud computing needs is entering a new phase. The Chromebook, [...]

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Monty Python | Spot the Looney

The Illustrated Hard Times

When I contemplate a potential Republican future, with no brakes and the car keys in the hands of the wildest drivers, I'm tempted to reread all of Charles Dickens' works set in an England defined by a virtual caste system presided over by the promoters of private profit. Call it basic training.

"I just want to say one word to you. Just one word." (Plastics!)

Denise by Randy And The Rainbows on Grooveshark
 I'm waiting for Joan Rivers' to give her critique of Dr. Fix-a-Face's "ouevre d'art."


Archival articles from February of 1981 on the adventures of Denise Eisenberg of Worcester, MA (Bancroft School 1963).