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Friday, November 30, 2012

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 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Are You Related to Mark Twain?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835. He was the son of Jane (née Lampton; 1803-1890), a native of Kentucky, and John Marshall Clemens (1798-1847), a Virginian by birth. His parents [...]

Germany to take WWII missing archive

The Red Cross says it will hand over to German authorities a huge archive of people who were persecuted by the Nazis and who went missing amid the chaos of World War II.
The massive International Tracing [...]

Stolen WWI Medals Returned To Family

Two stolen WWI medals have been reunited with their owner. The medals were found as police investigated crime in the Moray, Aberdeen, and Northern areas. After an appeal it transpired the medals were awarded to Elsie [...]

Armenian National Archive Publishes Genocide Memories

The National Archives of Armenia have published a three-volume collection of Armenian Genocide memories recorded since 1916.
The book includes accounts of Armenian genocide survivors as well as those of Persians, Turks, Assyrians and Greeks, archive director [...]

Are You Related to Louisa May Alcott?

Best known as author of the novel Little Women, Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, which is now part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of transcendentalist and educator Amos Bronson Alcott and social [...]

Book Tells How 18th-Century Newspapers Covered American Revolutionary War

It was the 18th-century version of a tweet: a two-sentence, 25-word dispatch in a London newspaper reporting the American colonies had declared their independence from Great Britain.
The events of the Revolutionary War may seem like ye [...]

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.6.2 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)
* New: The Descendant report has a new option to print names in color based on the flags or on male/female.
* New: Gedcom can export and import flags. [...]

Unverified Remains Dig Up The Twisted Legacy of England's Richard III

Tyrant or hero? Rightful monarch or child-killer? Despotic hunchback or brave scoliosis sufferer? Now is the winter of our debate over one of England's most notorious villains: Richard III.
Underneath a drab parking lot 90 miles northwest [...]

Internment Camp Letters, Where 110,000 People Of Japanese Ancestry Lived, Found In Denver Building

Some letters arriving from Japanese-American internment camps during World War II were very specific, asking for a certain brand of bath powder, cold cream or cough drops - but only the red ones. Others were just [...]

Historic Jewish Cemetery In Caribbean Fades Away

Headstones are pockmarked, their inscriptions faded. Stone slabs that have covered tombs for centuries are crumbling. White marble has turned grey, likely from the acrid smoke that spews from a nearby oil refinery.
One of the oldest [...]

Scotland Urged To Refocus On Genealogy Tourism

Whoever they think they are they deserve the red carpet treatment for a new study estimates people searching for their roots will be worth ­­­£2.4 billion to Scotland over the next five years.
The potential of so-called [...]

WWII Pigeon's Code Stumps Codebreakers

In 1982, a retired British probation officer named David Martin was cleaning the chimney of his home in Bletchingley, about 20 miles south of London, during a renovation when he discovered the remains of a pigeon [...]

"GeneaNet beat out other traditional software"

A message from Neida, member of the GeneaNet Club Privilege (with her authorization):
"After much trepidation, I'm happy to say that I've now fully committed to GeneaNet and trust it to handle all my genealogical work [...]

Norwegian Police Apologise For Deporting Jews

Norwegian police have apologised for their role in the arrest and deportation of hundreds of Jews in the Scandinavian country during the Second World War. Representatives of the Jewish community welcomed the apology while noting [...]

Are You Related to Anna Nicole Smith?

Born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, Anna Nicole was the child of Donald Eugene Hogan (July 12, 1947 - September 19, 2009) and Virgie Mae (née Tabers; born July 12, 1951), [...]

Archives of Michigan Offers Free Census Data Search

The Archives of Michigan says more than 62,000 Michigan state census records from 1884 and 1894 are now available online to search and print for free.
Archivist Jessica Miller from the Archives of Michigan said Monday that [...]

150 Year-Old Bible Makes It Back To Owner

For decades Ann Abbott-Stong has had a hobby of genealogy. Some would even dare to call her hobby an obsession. "For a long time, I have teased her that she spends more time with the dead [...]

On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants

A new exhibition at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra tells the stories of British child migrants and their journey to reach Australian shores. Around 7,000 British children from poor families were sent unaccompanied to [...]

Are You Related to Jimi Hendrix?

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942. He was of a mixed geneaology that included African American, Irish, and Cherokee ancestors. His paternal great grandmother, Zenora, was a full-blooded Cherokee from Georgia who married an [...]

Archives Boxed In As Lease-Back Shelves Rejected At The National Archives of Australia

A potential million blowout in costs has prompted a parliamentary committee to reject a plan by the National Archives of Australia to build a new preservation building in Mitchell. The public works committee has also [...]

Lincoln's Civil War Document On Sale For USD 900,000

A proclamation signed by former US President Abraham Lincoln on April 19, 1861, that marked the official start of the American Civil War, is up for sale for a whopping USD 900,000.
The one-page document, authorised the [...]

Bolivia's Census Omits 'Mestizo' As Category

Bolivia is under a virtual curfew as census-takers count and classify the landlocked Andean nation's population in its first census in 11 years. Stirring controversy was the government decision not to include "mestizo" as a category [...]

GeneaNet: New Attractive Ancestry Book

GeneaNet has launched a new attractive Ancestry Book.
This Ancestry Book is available to every GeneaNet member and can display up to 20 generations.
GeneaNet Club Privilege members Every GeneaNet member can also export the Ancestry Book in PDF. [...]

Are You Related to Miley Cyrus?

Cyrus was born November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee, to Letitia Jean "Tish" (née Finley) and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
Against the advice of her father's record company, Cyrus's parents secretly married a month after [...]

War Memorial Register Searches For WWI Plaque in Louis Vuitton Store

Sydney's Louis Vuitton store is usually an altar to glamour, where fashionistas hunt for the latest in global style. But, according to the newly established War Memorial Register of NSW, the store at 365 George St [...]

GeneaNet for iPhone & iPad 1.1

GeneaNet for iPhone & iPad allows you to view your GeneaNet Online Family Tree. Launch the application then enter your GeneaNet* username and password, and your GeneaNet Online Family Tree will be automatically uploaded.
This new version [...]

Smallpox Virus Detected In 300-Year-Old Siberian Mummy

A team of French and Russian researchers recently found new snippets of smallpox DNA in 300-year-old mummies from Siberia, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine released Wednesday.
While in northeastern Siberia in [...]

Postcard Mailed In WWII Finally Arrives At Upstate New York Address

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the upstate New York address it was intended for, but sadly its designated recipients were no longer around to receive it.
The fascinating postcard was sent [...]

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