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Saturday, September 22, 2012

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geneaNet - 09/22/2012
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Photographer Brings Civil War to Life with Centuries-Old Technology

The Civil War was the first war to have dead soldiers photographed before they were buried - most notably by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner - two pioneers of photojournalism.
Drawing on those photographers for inspiration, [...]

Are You Related to Maurice Barrymore?

Patriarch of the Barrymore acting family and great-grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore, he was born Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe on September 21, 1849 in the Sikh holy city, Amritsar, Punjab or more precisely Fort Agra, India, [...]

Asheville, North Carolina, Organizes Historic Slave Deeds Online

If you squint your eyes as you look at the computer screen, you can see handwritten script with words such as "Negro child, age 3, named Rose, is sold, to have and to hold ..."
Those words, [...]

First Ever English Translation of Rare 1895 Czech Resource to be Made Available Free

For the first time ever in English, a rare look at an early immigrant community as well as more than one thousand immigrant family names will be available to historians and genealogists as a free, online [...]

Hillsboro, Illinois - The Mystery Of The Traveling Gravestone

For the second time in 99 years, the tombstone of a nine year old boy who died in 1858 has been found in a ditch. The stone reads: "John T. Misenheimer, Son of H.C. & E. [...]

Selling Shoes Before 1pm, Playing Tennis and Not Going to Church on a Sunday: Historians Reveal Bizarre List of Activities Considered Crimes in Ancien

Women who play away from home might want to consider the punishment meted out for similar indiscretions hundreds of years ago in Warwickshire.
While adultery in this day and age might end up in the divorce courts, [...]

Geneaalogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Sources 3.2.3 (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)
* When selecting an existing image on the Images form, there is now a filter textbox to help to narrow down the search for an image title. [...]

Are You Related to Phillip Phillips?

Phillips was born in Leesburg, Georgia, the son of Sheryl and Donnie Phillips. He grew up in Sasser and Leesburg, and attended Lee County High School. Prior to appearing on American Idol, he worked at his [...]

Family Cries Foul on False George Clooney Story in South Kilkenny

Genealogists have shown that the story of George Clooney's Irish roots, widely publicised earlier this year, doesn't stand up to closer examination.
Although 'Gorgeous George's' ancestors did in fact originate in Knockeen, Windgap in South Kilkenny research [...]

Are You Related to Helen Carter?

Carter was born on September 19, 1927, the eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter. She performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter [...]

Cemetery of African Slaves Honored in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A glass pyramid covers the remains of African slaves at the home of Ana de la Merced Guimaraes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1996, Merced Guimaraes and her husband bought a fixer-upper in the historic [...]

Hopes Dashed in the Hunt for the Bones of the Mona Lisa - but Team Vows To Keep on Hunting for the Woman with the 'Enigmatic Smile'

Archaeologists who are digging for the remains of the real-life Mona Lisa have found a female skeleton - but sadly they do not believe these are bones of Leonardo da Vinci's muse.
Researcher Silvano Vinceti, leading the [...]

WWII Navy Medic who Witnessed First Iwo Jima Flag Raising Interred

Truett Wood, a Navy medic who witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi, was hailed at his funeral Monday as a "wonderful patriot."
"It was always an honor and a blessing to be [...]

Are You Related to Jason Sudeikis?

Sudeikis was born onSeptember 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia, the son of Kathryn (née Wendt), formerly a travel agent at Brennco who was president of the American Society of Travel Agents, and Dan Sudeikis, a vice [...]

New York City: National Archives Set To Open New Exhibition Space

The National Archives in New York City is shifting its office and bringing a new exhibition space to Lower Manhattan this month.
The keeper of the Constitution and other vital U.S. documents will move into the historic [...]

Supporters Rally Against Georgia Archives Closure

A firestorm has erupted over the state's decision to sharplycurtail public access to the Georgia Archives. The announcement late Thursday quickly became a cause celebre for academics and family genealogists alike as thousands signed online petitions [...]

How Robert E. Lee's Secret Civil War Battle Plans Were Found Wrapped Around Cigars Under a Locust Tree - and Ended Up in Union hands

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be commemorated, progenies of those who fought in the bitter battles between the North and South have converged to remember the sacrifices on both sides.
But tucked [...]

South Africa - Historical Gravesites Refurbished After Being Vandalised

The gravesites of those who perished in concentration camps, during the South African War of 1899 to 1901, have been desecrated. The Heritage Council has, however stepped in to repair these graves. Gravesites at 70 cemeteries [...]

150 Years Later: Picturing the Bloody Battle of Antietam

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the single bloodiest conflict ever witnessed on American soil. The Civil War's Battle of Antietam, fought 60 miles outside of Washington D.C., resulted in 23,000 Union and Confederate casualties in [...]

GeneaNet - Create Family Albums

GeneaNet makes it easy to create Family Albums.
Enter a title, a date and a place, quickly add your pictures, easily name the pictured persons, then display a slideshow of your Family Album.
Note that you can make your Family Albums private [...]

Are You Related to Grace Kelly?

Grace Kelly died 30 years ago on September 14, 1982.
She was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia to John Brendan "Jack" Kelly, and his wife, Margaret Katherine Majer. The newborn was named after her father's [...]

U.S. National Archives to Display 5th Page of the Constitution for the 1st Time To Mark Anniversary

The National Archives says it plans to display the so-called "fifth page" of the U.S. Constitution for the first time to celebrate the document's 225th anniversary next week. The Archives says the extra page will be [...]

World's First Colour Moving Pictures Discovered

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years. The discovery is a breakthrough in cinema [...]

15th-Century Book of Hours Comes to South Carolina

A 15th-century Book of Hours has been recently purchased by the University of South Carolina, and students and the public will soon be able to see the valuable medieval text in person and online.
Still in its [...]

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