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geneaNet - 12/08/2012
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This Week Genealogy News

An Interactive Map of The Blitz: Where And When The Bombs Fell On London

The terrible density of bombs that fell on London during the Blitz - the prolonged Nazi bombing campaign that lasted from September 1940 to May 1941, and killed 40,000 civilians nationwide - is well-known. The city [...]

Honolulu, Hawaii: Pearl Harbor Survivor Helps Identify Unknown Dead

Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. And so he set out to restore names to the [...]

RAF Museum In London, England, To Digitise Thousands of World War I Archive Records for 1914-18 Centenary

The RAF Museum's plans to develop a major exhibition at its London site to coincide with the 2014-2019 commemoration of the centenary of the First World War received a boost today with news of funding for [...]

Are You Related to Kit Culkin?

Culkin was born on December 6, 1944 in Manhattan, New York, the son of Marian Ethel (née Wagner), a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, a journalist. He spent his youth in New York City, [...]

Are You Related to George Armstrong Custer?

Custer was born on December 5, 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio, to Emanuel Henry Custer (1806-1892), a farmer and blacksmith, and Marie Ward Kirkpatrick (1807-1882).
According to late 20th century research, Custer's ancestors, Paulus and Gertrude [...]

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Clunk: The 'Clunky' GEDCOM Fixer 0.02 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)
* Added support for renaming "2 _AKA" records to "1 NAME" records.
Brother's Keeper 6.6.4 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)
* The 6.6.3 version would sometimes [...]

World's 'Oldest Person' Besse Cooper Dies Aged 116

The US woman listed as the world's oldest person has died. She was 116. Besse Cooper died peacefully on Tuesday at a nursing home near Atlanta, Georgia, said her son, Sidney Cooper.
Guinness said Ms Cooper is [...]

Monty At War: Rare Photographs of Field Marshal, Winston And Rommel The Dog Emerge

An archive of photos that capture Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery in more informal moments in the final months of the Second World War has been discovered.
About 200 black and white snaps were either [...]

National Geographic Unveils New Phase of Genographic Project

The National Geographic Society today announced the next phase of its Genographic Project - the multiyear global research initiative that uses DNA to map the history of human migration.
Building on seven years of global data [...]

Library of Congress Releases 1,600 Brilliant Photos of America's World War II-Era Past

A government photo album is giving viewers a rare invitation into America's colorful past. The Library of Congress has released over 1,600 color images of American society, all snapped during the World War II era.
The nostalgic [...]

Identities of Those Buried In Forgotten Cemetery Near University of Virginia Hard To Discern

The nameless graves follow the line of a long-gone fence. They're mostly marked with fieldstones, if they're marked at all. And though they sit just outside the stately stone wall of the University of Virginia Cemetery, [...]

Are You Related to Lillian Russell?

Russell was born Helen Louise Leonard on December 4, 1860 in Clinton, Iowa. Her father was newspaper publisher Charles E. Leonard, and her mother was the feminist Cynthia Leonard, the first woman to run for mayor [...]

Over 120 Ahmadi Graves Desecrated in Lahore, Pakistan

A group of armed men belonging to a hardline sect vandalised 120 graves at an Ahmadi cemetery and assaulted a security guard and a gravedigger in this eastern Pakistani city, members of the Ahmadi community said [...]

Germany's Cultural Heritage Goes Digital

Everyone should have access to Germany's cultural heritage. That's the goal of a new multimedia portal, the German Digital Library. It encompasses sources from 1,800 cultural and academic institutions.
The website is still in the trial phase [...]

Maine Old Cemetery Association: 1 Million Cemetery Inscriptions in 45 Years

Maine Old Cemetery Association will mark 45 years of activity next year. Some 1 million names in 6,600 Maine cemeteries have been entered in the MOCA Inscription Project database.
The work of so many volunteers over decades [...]

Are You Related to George Cabot?

Cabot was an American merchant, seaman, and politician born on December 3, 1752 in Salem, Massachusetts. His father was Joseph Cabot, a ship merchant. His mother was Elizabeth Higginson.
He had four children: Charles, Henry, Edward, [...]

Yad Vashem Archives Rediscover Heroic Rescue

A year and a half ago, an e-mail arrived at Yad Vashem's Righteous Among the Nations department. The sender, a resident of Germany, wished to inquire whether a deceased relative of his, a Wehrmacht soldier named [...]

British Columbia Releases Treasure Trove of Family History Material

People with relatives who were born, died or married in British Columbia can now get a better insight online into their family backgrounds. Full digital images of the original records of births, deaths and marriages in [...]

GeneaNet: Quickly Edit Places, Occupations and Sources In Your Family Tree

You can now easily and quickly edit places, occupations and sources in your family tree.
Just click a place name, an occupation, or a source to edit it, and changes will automatically apply to your complete family tree. [...]

Native Americans And Northern Europeans More Closely Related Than Previously Thought

Using genetic analyses, scientists have discovered that Northern European populations -including British, Scandinavians, French, and some Eastern Europeans- descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to [...]

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 [...]

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