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Friday, October 12, 2012

This Week Genealogy News

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 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Justin Bieber Is Distant Cousin of Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion

Genealogists at say they've discovered teen idol Justin Bieber is a distant cousin of movie star Ryan Gosling and singer Avril Lavigne. Their family link dates back to some of Quebec's earliest settlers 400 years [...]

Google Cultural Institute - Bringing History To Life

Today you can discover 42 new online historical exhibitions telling the stories behind major events of the last century, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust.
The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and [...]

Are You Related to Eleanor Roosevelt?

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born October 11, 1884 at 56 West 37th Street in New York City, the daughter of Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Hall Roosevelt. She was named Anna after her mother and her aunt [...]

First Digital Resource Explores 1918 Flu Epidemic

The University of Michigan has established the largest digital collection of materials relating to the 1918 influenza epidemic in the United States.
"The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia," created by the Center for [...]

Chinese Archives Hold Key To Malacca's Founding

The Malacca sultanate's existence is proven only through cross reference with other historical archives from China, Siam, Portuguese, etc. because all archives from the Malacca palace were believed to have been destroyed during the wartime.
Historians are [...]

Geneaalogy Software Updates of the Week

Agelong Tree 4.5 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)
* The program automatically offers to create a backup copy of the current data file.
* In the "Create a person" menu there are adoptive parents and adopted children [...]

Left in France During WWII, Bible Returned to Family 67 Years Later

Nearly 70 years after Private First Class Johnny Roberts left France after WWII, the bible he left behind has found its way home. Roberts was a young man with a wife and two daughters living in [...]

Vandals Destroy Historic Brookeville, Maryland, Cemetery

Vandals recently struck a cemetery dating back more than 200 years, leaving the Boy Scout who had recently restored it filled with rage. For his Eagle Scout project, Justin Stine, 18, wanted to restore the Riggs [...]

Jersey Archive Asks Islanders Advice Through National Survey

The Jersey Archive will be taking part in a National Survey of visitors to archives throughout the UK over the next two weeks. The survey is run by the Public Services Quality Group which was established [...]

Russia's Oldest Singing Granny Uses Eurovision Fame To Find Grave of Father Who Died in WWII

To find her father's World War II grave, Natalya Pugachyova had to become a celebrity. She is one of the Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of singing grandmothers who ended up second at this year's Eurovision Song [...]

Are You Related to Chris Penn?

Penn was born October 10, 1965, in Los Angeles, California, the youngest son of Leo Penn, an actor and director, and Eileen Ryan (née Annucci), an actress. His paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and [...]

National Archives of the UK: Further Warwickshire Entries on the Manorial Documents Register

A project recently completed in partnership with Warwickshire County Record Office has almost doubled the number of entries for Warwickshire on the Manorial Documents Register.
The online register now lists over 5,000 entries for Warwickshire, providing users [...]

Are You Related to Lewis Cass?

Cass was born October 9, 1782 in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he attended Phillips Exeter Academy. His parents were Major Jonathan Cass and Molly Gilman. On May 26, 1806, he married the former Elizabeth Spencer.
During [...]

Montague, Michigan - Almost 100 Years of the Montague Observer Digitized

One would think that the sheer boxed mass of 100 years of the Montague Observer newspaper (1889-1981) might have been beyond anyone's scope, but the late Henry Roesler, former Mayor of Montague, took on the challenge.
Garry [...]

Mitt Romney's Distant English Relatives Surprised by Family Ties to Would-Be President

The Republican candidate's ancestors lived in England's industrial northwest, where they converted to Mormonism before leaving for the United States in 1841. "It's all come out of the blue," says Mitt Romney's fourth cousin Jennie [...]

Irish Documentary Capture the Story of the American Civil War's First Casualty

One of the most asked questions of American Civil War enthusiasts across the States is 'Who was the first casualty?' The answer, that 'it was a Private Daniel Hough from some unknown part of Co Tipperary [...]

Are You Related to Matt Damon?

Matt Damon was born October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Damon is of Scottish, English, Finnish, and [...]

2 Million Digital Images So Far at National Archives of Malta

Parliamentary secretary Clyde Puli said the digitisation of National Archives documents has so far created about two million digital images of documents and now, an electronic infrastructure is being built for some of them to be [...]

Inside Somme Tunnels Left Untouched for 100 Years

A team of British and French archaeologists have entered a labyrinth of tunnels under the Somme Battlefield in northern France that have been untouched for almost 100 years. The tunnels are the deepest that have been [...]

New Twist for Old Plots

A new website with the slightly cheesy name appears to be just another gravestone transcription site, albeit more comprehensive than most, covering graveyards in the Magherafelt area.
Looked at more closely, however, the site is [...]

GeneaNet Family Tree Root & Owner

The 'Family Tree Root' is the first person in your Family Tree (Sosa #1). This value is used to add links and marks in your Family Tree pages, and to generate automatic Email Alerts by Individual. The 'Family Tree Root' [...]

Shaftesbury Rare Archive Documents 700 Years

Rare archive documenting almost 700 years of a Dorset town's history has been made available to the public for the first time. The newly catalogued archive for Shaftesbury includes royal grants, electoral rolls and court records, [...]

Are You Related to Jeff Conaway?

Jeff Conaway was born on October 5, 1950 in Manhattan, New York City, and raised in the Astoria, Flushing, and Forest Hills neighborhoods of the borough Queens. His father, Charles, was an actor, producer and publisher. [...]

Gravestones Getting QR Codes

The fabled Viennese fondness for fine funerals and "a schoene Leich" - a beautiful corpse - is about to get a modern twist. Digital technology is about to give Austrian gravestones the potential to speak across [...]

When Is Worth ,000... Rare Century-Old Alaska Bill That Was a Gift to a Vice-President To Be Auctioned

A rare bill presented to the U.S. Vice President in 1905 is expected to sell for a cool ,000 at auction. The historic note was given to Charles Fairbanks - Theodore Roosevelt's No. 2 - [...]

Hunslet, West Yorkshire, England, New Cemetery War Memorial Vandalised

A war memorial in a West Yorkshire cemetery has been damaged by vandals who daubed it with noughts and crosses in heavy duty silver paint. Specialist masons had been called in to clean the Cross of [...]

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