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This Week Genealogy News

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Ancestor Landed in Canada for Being 'Unruly'

Turns out the rebellious streak may run deep in Mayor Rob Ford's family. According to, the Toronto mayor's first ancestor in Canada may have been sent here at age 11 because he was "unruly."
The site [...]

WWII Pyrenees Escape Route Retraced by Sussex Pensioner

A pensioner from East Sussex has retraced his great aunt's footsteps by trekking a World War II escape route across the Pyrenees, in her memory. Jeremy Hodgson discovered after her death that his great aunt Bessie [...]

Are You Related to Martin Sheen?

Sheen was born on August 3, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903-1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898-1974). Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants, his father from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain and his [...]

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110801 Update Released

Family Books - Windows - Shareware
The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110801 has been released.
* Dates for undated items in the indexes of occupations, places and causes of death are now broadly estimated from date of [...]

Mocavo (Mobile version) 1.04 Update Released

Mocavo - Freeware
Mocavo (Mobile version) 1.04 has been released.
* Various Bug Fixes. [...]

Ahnenblatt 2.71 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware
Ahnenblatt 2.71 has been released.
* Improved safety then storing family data.
* Unicode characters are now correct in field 'profession' when used in lists.
* Minor corrections in GEDCOM and pedigree charts.
* New [...]

Extraordinary Letter from Hitler's Nephew Begging to Enlist in U.S. Army for Fight Against the Nazis in WWII

An extraordinary letter from the nephew of Adolf Hitler has been discovered in which he begs to be allowed to enlist in the U.S. Army to fight against his uncle's facist regime.
William Patrick Hitler fled Nazi [...]

iFamily for Leopard 2.752 Update Released

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase
iFamily for Leopard 2.752 has been released.
* Added OSX 10.8 to the list of allowed Operating Systems.
* Replaced the unknown OSX version crash with a dialog suggesting to update.
* Developer certificate [...]

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.7.27.0 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase
FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.7.27.0 has been released.
* Works with RootsMagic 5 files.
* Fixed issues using Mac Family Tree files created in never version of Mac Family Tree.
* Removed IGI Search mode- [...]

Families for Android 1.6.1 Update Released

Mobile - Purchase
Families for Android 1.6.1 has been released.
* Fix problem searching Master Location List.
* Fix problem displaying foreign characters in notes in Android 4.0+.
* Support Android 4.1.
* Fix layout problems in Pedigree View.
* Fix problem [...]

Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4 Update Released

Timeline - Mac - Purchase
Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4 has been released.
* Fixed: Event descenders weren't lining up exactly with tick marks in 3D presentations.
* Improved: Pixel alignment improvements for sharper lines, tick marks, and borders. [...]

Brother's Keeper 6.5.12 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Brother's Keeper 6.5.12 has been released.
* The select person screen shows up to 6 spouses instead of 3.
* Fixed problem on Edit with screen size 1280 by 1024 where right scroll [...]

Argentina War Cemetery Vandalised in Falklands

The Argentine war cemetery in the Falklands, where the bodies of more than 200 soldiers are buried, has been vandalised. The glass that protects a figure of the Virgin Mary at the cemetery has been smashed [...]

New Zealand - Genealogist Unearths Centuries of Family History from Headstones

Centuries of history is buried in cemeteries around New Zealand, all you have to do is research the person named on the headstones.
Beneath the ground at the cemetery on Symonds St in Auckland Central is the [...]

Are You Related to Francis Scott Key?

Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
He was born on August 1, 1779 to Ann Phoebe Penn [...]

Tombstone Found in Petaluma Returned to Historic Comstock in Nevada

A tombstone stolen decades ago from the gravesite of two young boys who froze to death in an 1871 blizzard on Nevada's historic Comstock is being returned to a small cemetery in Gold Hill.
The broken marble [...]

Are You Related to J. K. Rowling?

Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 to Peter James Rowling and Anne Rowling (née Volant), in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol.
Her mother Anne was half-French, half-Scottish. Her mother's maternal [...]

Library and Archives Canada Preparing for Big Move

Library and Archives Canada has compiled the first-ever master list of how well its massive collection is holding up as it prepares for a major move next year of thousands of pieces of Canadian history.
"As stewards, [...]

Obama Has Ties to Slavery Not by His Father but His Mother, Research Suggests

President Obama's biography - son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas - has long suggested that unlike most African-Americans, his roots did not include slavery.
Now a team of genealogists [...]

Are You Related to Hilary Swank?

Swank was born on July 30, 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her mother, Judy Kay (née Clough), was a secretary and dancer, and her father, Stephen Michael Swank, was an officer in the Air National Guard and [...]

Genealogy Society Singapore (GSS) Launched to Build Family History Database

The founder of Singapore is Sir Stamford Raffles but do people know who their own ancestors are? A project has been initiated to build a database of the history of Singapore families after the Genealogy Society [...]

Human Remains Found at Site of WWII Spitfire Crash in Scotland

A search for human remains is being carried out on the site where a World War II Spitfire crashed almost 70 years ago. The RAF Spitfire crashed in the Borders shortly after taking off from Drem [...]

GeneaNet: 'Connect with Facebook' Button

If you have a Facebook account, you can now easily and quickly sign in to GeneaNet with the 'Connect with Facebook' button.
The 'Connect with Facebook' API only reads the email address you have registered with Facebook to search for your [...]

Syracuse, New York - Vandals Damage Historic Tombstones in Camillus Cemetery

Vandals toppled eight tombstones, including one marking the grave of one of the area's earliest settlers, in Belle Isle Cemetery in Camillus.
A cemetery worker noticed the damage Thursday night, said Gary Cook, president of the association [...]

Are You Related to Jerry Van Dyke?

Van Dyke was born on July 27, 1931 in Danville, Illinois, to Loren (nickname "Cookie") and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke.
He is of Dutch descent on his father's side and of English and Scottish descent [...]

National Archives at New York City Opens in New Location

The National Archives and Records Administration today announced a fall 2012 opening of the new location for the National Archives at New York City-the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan.
The [...]

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