Saturday, January 12, 2013

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geneaNet - 01/12/2013
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Are You Related to Jean Chrétien?

Jean Chrétien was the 20th Prime Minister of Canada. He was born on January 11, 1934, in Shawinigan, Quebec, as the 18th of 19 children (10 of whom did not survive infancy) to Wellie Chrétien and [...]

An Elderly Couple Are Reunited With Their Stolen World War II Love Letters 45 Years After They Vanished

Lloyd and Marian Michael's love letters were stolen from them in 1968. But a few months before the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. couple's 70th wedding anniversary, the letters were returned to their rightful owners.
Right before their 70th [...]

World War II Soldier's Duffel Bag Returned 7 Decades Later

A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army-issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.
William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday [...]

Dracula Church Where It's Raining Bones! Debris From Cliff-Top Graves Falls On Town After Landslide

It is the eerie old church that featured in Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula. Now St Mary's in Whitby has become the scene of real horror after human bones began to emerge from their centuries-old [...]

Are You Related to Frank James?

The older brother of outlaw Jesse James, James was born Alexander Franklin James on January 10, 1843 in Kearney, Missouri to Baptist minister Reverend Robert Sallee James and his wife Zerelda (Cole) James, who had moved [...]

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

CENtaR: The GEDCOM Census Table Report 1.0 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)
* CENtaR: The GEDCOM Census Table Report is a new utility that will build a concise listing of all GEDCOM CENSus records found in [...]

Swiss Court Relieves Farmer of 655-Year-Old Debt

A Swiss court has wiped the slate clean for a farmer and his family, relieving them of an annual debt to a Catholic church dating back to 1357.
The court in the northeastern canton of Glarus ruled [...]

Letters From Scotland's Victorian Asylums Go On Display

Documents which give a fascinating insight into life inside Scotland's Victorian lunatic asylums will be revealed to the public. Archives from Craig Dunain Hospital, in Inverness, will be available to the public in the Highland Archive [...]

Photographer Discovers WWI Negatives in Antique Store Camera

On the surprising end you have things like the memory card with wedding photos still intact found a year and a half after an earthquake. On the amazing side you have the Kansas teen who bought [...]

Are You Related to Kate Middleton?

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She is the eldest of three children born to Carole (née Goldsmith) and Michael Middleton.
Middleton's paternal ancestors were from Leeds, [...]

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2013: Kimberly Powell Talks About GeneaNet

We thank Kimberly Powell very much for her appreciation of GeneaNet:
"[This annual review] is also notable for including genealogy sites based around the world, including GeneaNet.org--one of my personal favorites--which is the second highest ranked free [...]

Are You Related to Elvis Presley?

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, to 18-year-old Vernon Elvis and 22-year-old Gladys Love Presley, in the two-room shotgun house built by his father in readiness for the birth.
Presley's ancestry [...]

Military Hospital Refuse Shows Life in WWI Thessaloniki, Greece

Wonderful treasures attesting to the modern history of Thessaloniki were found among the refuse of an old World War I military hospital used by the Army of the Orient, which served on the Balkan front, items [...]

World War II Era Love Letters Resurface

A couple who thought love letters they wrote during World War II were lost forever is reliving their past thanks to a stamp collector. Their messages were kept in a trunk, put away, they said, to [...]

Georgia Archives' Supporters Remain 'Nervous'

With its near collapse averted in October, the Georgia Archives still faces a perilous transition next year with likely new bosses but the same old budget crunch.
That outlook comes as the state Legislature must still approve [...]

Are You Related to Nicolas Cage?

Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola on January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California. His father, August Floyd Coppola, a professor of literature, and his mother, Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer, divorced in 1976.
He [...]

Heiress Leaves Million Fortune To New York Public Library and Central Park

A quiet Manhattan widow shocked friends by giving a pair of million checks to the New York Public Library and the Central Park Conservancy before she died.
Mary McConnell Bailey, who preferred track suits over designer [...]

GeneaNet Ancestry Charts: Fan Chart and Charts Gallery Added

A beautiful 4-9 generation fan chart has been added to the GeneaNet Ancestry Charts.
And a new option has been added so you can now view your Ancestry Charts gallery, and download, print, share, edit and delete the Ancestry Charts you [...]

In Memoriam: Joan Miller

The genealogy blogging community has lost not just a dedicated blogger, but a colleague and friend who was just as committed to encouraging and mentoring others as she was to her genealogy research. GeneaBloggers notes the [...]

Secret Message Engraved By Irishman in Abraham Lincoln's Watch

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History opened Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch this past March, and discovered a secretly engraved message that turned an unsubstantiated family story into a confirmed historical event.
Jonathan Dillon, a watchmaker who [...]

GeneaNet Ranks #8 on Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013

GenealogyInTime magazine used Alexa.com, the leading internet traffic provider, to determine the rankings for the Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013.
GeneaNet ranks #8 (GeneaNet was ranked #9 last year).
We thank all of our members for their [...]

Are You Related to General Tom Thumb?

Charles Sherwood Stratton was a little person who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. He was born on January 4, 1838 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a son of a Bridgeport, Connecticut, carpenter named Sherwood Edward [...]

Haunting Pictures of the Belgian 'Car Graveyard' Where U.S. Soldiers Hid Beautiful Vintage Motors After WWII

This is the haunting sight of a 'car graveyard' nestled in a Belgian forest, where vintage motors sit rusting among the fronds. The old-fashioned vehicles are thought to have been left in the wood near the [...]

Remains of Nazi Goering's Wife Identied

Swedish scientists have solved the mystery over a a zinc coffin found 21 years ago at the German estate of Hitler's right-hand man, Hermann Göring, by identifying the skeletal remains as those of Göring's first wife [...]

Louisiana Cemeteries Sinking, Washing Away

As a young adult, Kathleen Cheramie visited her grandmother's grave in a tree-lined cemetery where white crosses dotted a plot of lush green grass just off Louisiana Highway 1.
Now, the cemetery in Leeville is a skeleton [...]

New England Historic Genealogical Society Pays M for Back Bay Property

An 1870s brownstone in Boston's Back Bay built by Jordan Marsh co-founder Eben Jordan has been sold to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for million.
The five-story property at 97 Newbury St. allows the nonprofit [...]

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