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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2005
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to visit its new online news forum, The Open Record, a portal to information about the services of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. News Release (TX), September 29, 2005.
The hurricane claimed a portion of the history and genealogy section. WLOX-TV (MS), September 29, 2005.
The National Archives welcomed its millionth 2005 visitor on Thursday, September 29 at 1:15 PM. Millionth visitor 23-month-old Ariya Shah, traveling with her parents Gaurang and Bijal Shah from Austin, Texas, was greeted by Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein. NARA Press Release (US), September 29, 2005.
The holiday season is an ideal time to share roots and traditions, and to begin a family history project, adding lasting links to the chain of Jewish identity and continuity. Combined Jewish Philantropies, September 28, 2005.
The fall issue of Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration recounts how railroads helped to speed the mail as the nation moved westward. NARA Press Release (US), September 28, 2005.
You can now search and download the service registers of more than 500,000 seamen who joined the Royal Navy between 1853 and 1923. You can search the records free of charge. It costs £3.50 to download an image of a record. News from the National Archives (UK), September 28, 2005.
Tucked away on a wooded hillside in Wilkins sits a historic treasure -- the oldest continually occupied home in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Woodland Progress (NC), September 28, 2005.
The names appearing on the yet-to-be-claimed soldbuchs (soldier books) are: Heinz Stapel, born Oct. 28, 1922 in Berlin; Theodore Lietz, born April 8, 1903 in Graz; Gustav Geiling, born May 6, 1913 in Popperrlauer; and Henri Storm, born Nov 11, 1921 - birth location unknown. Concord Monitor (NH), September 25, 2005.
Missouri : For almost 50 years, the final resting place of many of Boone Countyís earliest residents was left in disrepair with overgrown weeds masking the cracked tombstones. The Missourian (MO), September 26, 2005.
Three women who grew up in the barrios of Tempe, Arizona during the 1950s and 1960s are rewriting history, one family at a time. East Valley Tribune (AZ), September 23, 2005.
The caretakers of the pioneer cemetery in King County, Washington think Maggie Lloyd's headstone may have been stolen up to 40 years ago. KOMO News (WA), September 23, 2005.
The monarchic structure of standard playing cards with King, Queen and Jack is now breaking apart by an Alaskan game designer who invented a new "democratic" deck with a 64-person family in six generations. Press Release (AK), September 22, 2005.
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Walking through the nearly 120-year-old former city hall building, all members of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (Michigan) could see was museum potential in every corner... Petoskey News-Review (MI), September 21, 2005.
Many predicted that the copyright issues that surround Google's library book scanning project would end up in court. Today those predictions came true. searchenginewatch.com, September 20, 2005.
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced today several initiatives to aid in the recovery of original records in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. NARA Press Release (US), September 19, 2005.
For £300, it's claimed anyone can trace their heritage back through thousands of years. Observer writers tried it out... The Observer (UK), September 18, 2005.
George Livingston admits his job as local and family history librarian at Willard Public Library lets him be like a kid in a candy store. Battle Creek Enquirer (MI), September 19, 2005.
History for all, The National Archives Annual Report and Resource Accounts for 2004-2005, has now been published, together with the Second Report of the Advisory Council for National Records and Archives. News from The National Archives (UK), September 16, 2005.
MacFamilyTree offers all you would expect from a modern genealogy application, it has been completely re-developed from scratch by using the programming tools from Apple. onlymac.de
Oyster Bay, New York : The exhibit brings to light documents, letters and artwork that provide brief glimpses into the world of the slaves of the Townsend family. Enterprise Pilot (NY), September 16, 2005.
John Brennan, 80, was recently reunited with his brother after a 66-year separation, when he and his siblings were adopted out separately in 1939. McCook Daily Gazette (NE), September 16, 2005.
South Dakota : Unmarked graves in Deadwood's Mount Moriah Cemetery are eligible for grave markers through a program offered by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. Black Hills Pioneer (SD), September 16, 2005.
Researchers in Western Australia have created a vast population database containing 17.5 million records of highly sensitive personal information about 3.6 million of the state's residents. AustralianIT (AUS), September 13, 2005.
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced on Sept. 8 the award of a $308 million, six year contract to Lockheed Martin to build the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA Press Release, September 8, 2005.
Members of the Wayne County Historical Association (North Carolina) gave residents and history buffs a chance to look back to where they came from Sunday as part of the group's 50th anniverary celebration. Goldsboro News Argus (NC), September 12, 2005.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to digitize and index more than 2 million rolls of microfilmed birth, death and census records stored in granite vaults in the Wasatch Mountains. Arizona Daily Star (AZ), September 9, 2005.
Genealogy expert Bette Jane Wogen of Roseville, Michigan belongs to five historical societies and helps area residents research their families. The Detroit News (MI), September 8, 2005.
It took her a year to Christina Scherrey to find the Kelbers, and tell them that she has in her possession a jacket that belonged to Corporal Victor Kelber, who served on the USS Hornet during World War II. Marco Island Sun-Times (FL), September 8, 2005.
About 20 direct descendants of the Rev. John Davenport, the namesake of Davenport College and the founder of New Haven, and their families congregated at Yale Wednesday to kick off a two-day celebration of their family heritage. Yale Daily News (CT), September 8, 2005.
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania : Despite all of the compelling history buried under its grassy lot, Olive Cemetery barely gets by -- and only then because of its lone caretaker, with some help from local Rotarians. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), September 6, 2005.
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