|Genealogy in the News|
GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS - MAY 2006
Twenty-five families, 22 of them now Jewish, have been identified via DNA testing as descendants of a common paternal ancestor who lived several hundred years ago. cjp.org, May 29, 2006.
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce a new partnership initiative that allows Canadians of Chinese origin to explore their roots. Press Release (NJ), May 31, 2006.
Victory (New York) Union Cemetery contains the graves of early settlers and founding fathers, politicians and professionals, veterans of all wars, and more than 200 graves of the very young. Auburn Citizen (NY), May 29, 2006.
The Utah Division of State History offers a searchable Web site that can quickly tell where 605,931 people are buried in 365 Utah cemeteries. Deseret Morning News (UT), May 29, 2006.
Brad Jencks, 15, compiled a 1,500-page book of information about the old Bingham Cemetery in Utah. The information he collected is now online. Deseret News (UT), May 28, 2006.
Jewish leaders in a dispute with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the practice of posthumous baptisms say there is new evidence that names of Jewish Holocaust victims continue to show up in the church's vast genealogical database. KSL-TV (UT), May 26, 2006.
Missing in a lost grave on a remote Alaskan island for 60 years, the remains of a World War II aviator Robert Keller are coming home to Colorado. Rocky Mountain News (CO), May 26, 2006.
More than 110 photographs and bios have been submitted to date, with more coming in every day. The Daily Home (AL), May 28, 2006.
Corporate and university researchers chart four major compass points for the future. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), May 25, 2006.
Mass. : A Leominster man with more than four decades experience in industry and education is now completing a 400page manuscript chronicling his Italian roots. Leominster Champion (MA), May 24, 2006.
Thousands of Americans died at war without their families knowing the details of how the end came, but the unanswered questions can beg answers for generations in a family. The Republican (MA), May 24, 2006.
Scores of documents are made available to the public through the opening of the newly created Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Archives. Delaware County Times (PA), May 24, 2006.
Jews rely more on a genealogy community because they face hurdles others don't. Boston Globe (MA), May 25, 2006.
Have you ever requested a record from the National Archives or one of its Presidential Libraries only to be informed it was not available because it contained classified national security information? Learn about your rights to insist that the record be reviewed in order to ensure that it still meets the standards for continued classification, a process that, the vast majority of times, results in the record being declassified in whole or in part. NARA Press Release, May 12, 2006.
DNA evidence pending in landmark 1879 case involving John Wesley Hillmon. Rocky Mountain News (CO), May 22, 2006.
The National Archives and Records Administration expects to unveil initial capabilities of its Electronic Records Archive in September 2007. gcn.com (US), May 22, 2006.
New evidence in the investigation of a rural Dougherty County, Georgia cemetery that was harrowed over by workers at a neighboring plantation. WALB News 10 (GA), May 19, 2006.
WThe National Archives Global Search, the organisation´s most comprehensive online search engine yet, has now gone live. For the first time you can easily access 11 catalogues and databases on the website through one easy search. News from the National Archives (UK), May 17, 2006.
With the National Archives´ new currency conversion program, you can convert old money into new equivalent values, and you can also see what the relative buying power of money was in days gone by. News from the National Archives (UK), May 12, 2006.
While national institutions grab all the attention, much of the UK's regional identity is enshrined in small museums. BBC News Magazine (UK), May 15, 2006.
Ida Berniece Krohn Hearsch spent five years writing, “The Roots, the Tree, the Branches: One Woman’s Memories,” a book detailing the history of seven generations of an American immigrant family of English and German descent. Huron Daily Tribune (MI), May 16, 2006.
The National Archives is already making plans to make the 1911 census available online in just under six years´ time, on the first working day of 2012. News from the National Archives (UK), May 11, 2006.
Pennsylvania : For several years, John Dziak has been searching libraries, the Internet and people’s memories for clues to the more than two centuries of Greater Pittston’s past. Scranton Times-Tribune (PA), May 11, 2006.
A group of Americans have travelled to Flintshire to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. BBC News (UK), May 12, 2006.
Estimates of the number of genealogy enthusiasts in Australia range from 300,000 to 4 million. Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), May 10, 2006.
Germany was their homeland, but today there are more people with the surname Klausing in the United States than Germany. Lima News (OH), May 10, 2006.
Grandma's cookie recipe might have been "a little of" this and "a pinch of" that, but recording it in a family book ensures that it will not be lost to future generations. The Register-Guard (OR), May 10, 2006.
A new chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is forming in Orange County, Virginia. Free Lance Star (VA), May 9, 2006.
It took Carl Devin until his retirement six years ago to plunge into his personal history. He hasn't surfaced since. Longview Daily News (WA), May 9, 2006.
The National Archives is offering a batch of redundant microfilms, free, on a first-come-first served basis.This offer opens on 31 May at 10:00 UK time. News from the National Archives, May 4, 2006.
Glenn grew up hearing about mysterious English cousins and Adrian had heard about distant American cousins. Independently, each man became a serious family historian. They finally met in 2005. ynetnews.com (Israel), May 9, 2006.
A team of Brigham Young University students and faculty members recently created a new free online tutorial for the Personal Ancestral File program. Beehive Standard Weekly (NV).
A growing number of travelers who take "genealogy trips" to their ancestral homeland to learn more about where they come from and who they are. ABC News (US), May 7, 2006.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will promote Swissroots.org. WPXI (PA), May 8, 2006.
Following the discovery of forged papers in the archives last year we have revised the rules on notebooks and loose sheets that can be taken into the reading rooms. News from the National Archives, May 4, 2006.
The Pennsylvania Room in The Uniontown Public Library offers an impressive amount of genealogical and local history information and data. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA), May 7, 2006.
After about 30,000 Lithuanians immigrated to Boston in the early 1900s, many of them came to rest in Vilno Cemetery. Boston Globe (MA), May 7, 2006.
Midland, Texas has several resources available to help guide genealogists -- from the novice to the more advanced researchers. Midland Reporter-Telegram (TX), May 7, 2006.
The archivist for JPMorgan Chase & Co. visited Phoenix this week to examine some of the documents and other items from Arizona being woven into JPMorgan Chase's long history. Arizona Republic (AZ), May 6, 2006.
What started out as an Internet request for information about a 1911 fire in Connellsville, Pa. has led to a public tribute to Francesco Stirone's long forgotten act of heroism one January morning. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), May 7, 2006.
Complementing the recent release of indexes of New South Wales Government Gazettes and Queensland Police Gazettes is the Gazette Digitisation Project of Archive CD Books Australia. AUS-GEN-EVENTS-L, May 3, 2006.
Geneticist specialists from the Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Far-East Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, are reconstructing the picture of Eurasia colonization by the Slavs. Innovations Report, May 5, 2006.
Actor David Tennant is to travel back in time - by appearing on BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are. digitalspy.co.uk, May 6, 2006.
About 500,000 amateur family historians flocked to the Ancestry.co.uk website after it unveiled an online version of the UK's first comprehensive census from 1841. Financial Times (UK), May 1, 2006.
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