Nov 19, 2011

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geneaNet - 11/19/2011
 Hi Terry,

This Week Genealogy News

Israelis Mapping Mount of Olives Necropolis Using 21st-Century Technology

A Jewish group in Jerusalem is using 21st-century technology to map every tombstone in the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives, a sprawling, politically sensitive necropolis of 150,000 graves stretching back three millennia.
The goal is [...]

Was Jane Austen Poisoned?

Jane Austen, the author of classics such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," may have died of arsenic poisoning, according to a crime writer who has reviewed the last letters of the British novelist.
The [...]

Survivors Demand Right to Sue Over Holocaust Trains

Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress Wednesday to allow them to sue France's state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps.
"We are asking for the [...]

LTools 1.3.18 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware
LTools 1.3.18 has been released.
Changes:
* Advanced Tagging - Tag Living - moved Advanced Tag Living from a separate dialog to the 2nd tab of Advanced Tagging.
* Advanced Tagging - Y-DNA - [...]

Old Newspapers Go Digital at the Somerset County Library

The Somerset County Library System has received funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library and Development Services, for the digitization of its microfilm collection, [...]

Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.1 Update Released

Timeline - Mac - Purchase
Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.1 has been released.
Changes:
* In 3D modes, zooming is improved for events with large images, large fonts, and long notes.
* Fixed: Image Sequence export would erase exported images [...]

Branches 1.2.1.5 Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase
Branches 1.2.1.5 has been released.
Changes:
* Added descendancy view option. Right click on an individual and select Descendency View.
* Added support for minimized main window on exit.
* Made Web reference (URL) functions [...]

How to Uncover your Canadian Family's Military Roots

Researching a family's military history used to be a real challenge, but as more and more paper archives go digital and are transferred to the internet, it's becoming possible for anyone to leaf out a family [...]

Rare World War I White Feather Found in Wolverhampton, England

An "incredibly rare" symbol of wartime cowardice has been found in Wolverhampton's archives. The white feather was sent along with an anonymous letter to William Weller, who was an architect in the city, during the latter [...]

French president wants to commemorate all war dead, not just those from WWI, on Armistice Day

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants France to commemorate all of its war dead on Armistice Day, previously reserved for remembering the soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Sarkozy presided over the traditional ceremony [...]

US Copper Thieves Steal Sword at Abraham Lincoln's Tomb

Thieves have snatched a copper sword from the burial site of President Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered leaders in US history, local media reported. The roughly three-foot sword was brandished by the statue of [...]

Pyrenees hikers remember WWII escapees

Every year, hikers trek the "Chemin de la Liberte" in the Pyrenees, to commemorate the 800 or so Allied airmen and Jewish refugees who risked their lives on a 60km (40 miles) route escaping Nazi-occupied Europe [...]

Historic Cemetery Found in New Orleans Back Yard After Owner Decided To Dig for Pool and Instead Unearths 13 Caskets

When a man decided to dig a plot in his New Orleans backyard for a swimming pool, he ended up discovering a historic cemetery that dates back to the 1700s. Vincent Marcello lives in the historic [...]

Swedish reality TV show brings Swedish-Americans back 'home'

A new reality television show offering Swedish-Americans the chance to meet their long-lost Swedish relatives has some critics crying foul, but has been described by participants as the chance of a lifetime.
Feelings of rootlessness are something [...]

Appeal to 'Save' Charlotte Bronte Treasure

A museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters has launched an appeal for funds to buy a "lost" Charlotte Bronte manuscript and put it on public show. Young Men's Magazine Number 2 is valued at up to [...]

Lost Norman Town Found in Ireland

The astonishing story of a Norman town lost for centuries is being brought back to life. Cutting edge LIDAR technology, deployed by armed forces to detect underground bunkers, has uncovered the streets, towns and dwellings [...]

Bullets from English Civil War Found in Newbury, England

Bullets dating back to the English Civil War have been found in a field in Berkshire by archaeologists. The bullets, dating back to 1643, were discovered during Thames Water's exploration work before pipes were replaced in [...]

Europeana Collections 1914-1918

Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 - the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries and other partners in [...]

Unseen Photographs of Winston Churchill as a Teenager Revealed

The firm jaw, the determined look, the hint of a confident smile - features that would later inspire the millions he led to victory over Nazi Germany. Taken when he was 18, these previously unseen images [...]

Utah Man Receives War Medals 66 Years Late

More than six decades after being freed from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, a Utah veteran was compelled to relive the horrors and triumphs of his World War II experience this month when he received [...]

Restored Graveyard in Lincolnshire Reopens After 42 Years

The graveyard of a church that closed its doors in 1969 has reopened following a restoration project. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Caistor Congregational Church on Sunday to mark the occasion.
The event came after volunteers [...]

Are You Related to Jodie Foster?

Jodie Foster was born on November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Evelyn "Brandy" Ella (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III.
Foster has German, English and Irish roots, being the descendant of Mayflower [...]

Portagers Find Tombstone in Their Backyard

A Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, resident was shocked after discovering a tombstone in his backyard. Corey Scott, who lives in northwest Portage, said he and his friend Dustin McConnell were building a fence recently when [...]

Revealed: The Most Irish Town in America

A small coastal town in Massachusetts has now been revealed to have America's largest slice of the Emerald Isle. The Irish eyes sure are smiling in the town of Scituate, where nearly half of the 18,000-person [...]

Austria Exhumes Nazi-Era Remains from Hospital Cemetery

Officials in the Austrian province of Tyrol say they have completed the exhumation of more than 200 skeletons from a Nazi-era graveyard. The site, at a disused hospital cemetery in the town of Hall, was discovered [...]

World War II Trenches Uncovered in Threemilestone, Cornwall

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of World War II zig-zag trenches and "foxholes" near Truro. It is thought the trenches in Threemilestone were dug for troops getting ready for the D-Day invasion.
Archaeologist Nick Johnson said: "In [...]

GeneaNet: Upload Archival Records and Attach Them to Your Online Family Tree

Did you know that you can upload Archival Records and attach them to your Online Family Tree?
And you can also attach Archival Records uploaded by other GeneaNet members. Upload an Archival Record
Select the 'Uploads > Archival Records' [...]

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