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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS - JANUARY 2007
Library of Congress gets $2 million grant to scan 'brittle books'. Network World (US), January 31, 2007.
The East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking nominations from across East Tennessee for awards of excellence in the field of history. The Weekly (GA), January 31, 2007.
British Library announces national search for the greatest hidden treasures in UK public libraries. British Library Press Release (UK), January 30, 2007.
Florida : Since 1984, Hal Belcher has quietly labored to preserve Amelia Island's history. Florida Times-Union (FL), January 31, 2007.
The name Allen Parmer may not mean anything to anyone now living in Grayson County (Texas), but it was Mr. Parmer — or rather his wife, Susan, who frequently attracted Jesse and Frank James to this area. The Herald Democrat (TX), January 31, 2007.
A museum’s collection of tattooed Maori heads is returning to its ancestral home, more than 180 years after being taken from New Zealand. 24 Hour Museum (UK), January 29, 2007.
Tennessee : The Moore County cemetery contains the final resting place of a man who was lifelong friends with Davy Crockett, fought at the side of Gen. Andrew Jackson and was one of the first settlers of Bedford County. Shelbyville Times-Gazette (TN), January 27, 2007.
Man traces family history back to country's earliest days and has been awarded membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Morning Sun (MI), January 28, 2007.
California : A new book, “Orange County Place Names A-Z” spans the O.C.’s history from when the first settlers founded towns like Anaheim and Santa Ana in the mid-1800s, to more recently established cities. OCRegister (CA), January 25, 2007.
Scotland's Old Parochial Records, which range from 1553 to 1854, are the last records to be transferred into digital images as part of a project to make all records held by the General Register Office for Scotland available online. publictechnology.net (UK), January 26, 2007.
Nampa, Idaho is using GIS to locate the final homes of its nonliving residents. govtech.net, January 27, 2007.
Tribal scholars say some faculty are falsely claiming American Indian heritage to boost their job prospects. Diverse (VA), January 25, 2007.
In a show of support for Liverpool’s new International Slavery Museum (ISM), the government has presented the development with a £500,000 capital grant. 24 Hour Museum (UK), January 24, 2007.
The two-volume, 1,677-page "History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, 1799-2005" should become the most comprehensive chronicle of the city - and Allen County - for many years to come. fwdailynews.com (IN), January 25, 2007.
Joan Jones returned to her ancestral roots last August after countless hours poring over her Norwegian genealogy. Lompoc Record (CA), January 26, 2007.
How many lost Jews are there? No one knows, but speculation is that the numbers are huge. A new organization is going to help people uncover lost Jewish roots. Chabad-Lubavitch Global Network, January 23, 2007.
Genealogical research brings life to history. Peninsula Clarion (AK), January 23, 2007.
This article is the third in a Centennial year-long series saluting families who were in Oklahoma about the time of statehood. The author is a direct descendent of the Perryman family. Greater Tulsa Reporter (OK).
UK : The National Archives' digitisation programme was a winner in the Award category of Central e-Government excellence: Take-up in the e-Government National Awards 2006. It is a case study in best practice. publictechnology.net (UK), January 22, 2007.
The goal of the Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project is to identify, protect, restore, and preserve as many of these cemeteries as possible. Tribune Star (IN), January 20, 2007.
Pike County (Alabama) is mourning the death of Margaret Pace Farmer, agreat lady who was arguably the most influential woman in Troy and Pike County history. The Messenger (AL), January 21, 2007.
Deb Nelson Gourley has published the English-language version of “History of the Norwegian Settlements” about the early Norwegian settlers in the Coulee Region (Wisconsin). The Onalaska Life (WI), January 18, 2007.
Founded by a small group of Itawambians in 1982, in 25 years the Itawamba Historical Society has grown into the single largest source of information on Itawamba County, Mississippi. Itawamba County Times (MS), January 17, 2007.
Members of the Vandalia Butler Historical Society (Ohio) have worked for the past 30 years to preserve much more than just sterile dates and names. Vandalia Drummer News (OH), January 17, 2007.
Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) 2007. US Census Bureau Press Release. January 17, 2007.
The National Archives (England and Wales) has launched its Freedom of Information request service to see entries from the 1911 Census. National Archives Press Release (pdf document), January 17, 2007.
A pair of researchers, drawing on the experience of nearly 22,000 couples in the 19th century -- has measured the "fitness cost" of human reproduction. San Francisco Chronicle (CA), January 16, 2007.
Internet and entertainment entrepreneur David O. Sacks today announced the launch of a new website, Geni.com, whose mission is to create a family tree of the entire world. Press release (CA), January 16, 2007.
"German Milwaukee" offers not just facts and photographs but recipes, each illustrated with a color photo. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI), January 16, 2007.
Read more about German Milwaukee at Amazon.com.
Genealogists, historians and seekers of family lore will have an easier time researching deaths, births and other details of daily life in New Hampshire when 350 years of state records move into a new building later this month. Concord Monitor (NH), January 13, 2007.
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Footnote, Inc. CEO Russell Wilding today announced an agreement to digitize selected records from the vast holdings of the National Archives. NARA Press Release (US), January 10, 2007.
Historical UK ship passenger records available online for the first time. News from the National Archives (UK), January 10, 2007.
Bibb County, Alabama is rich in the kind of history that its old cemeteries offer. Tuscaloosa News (AL), January 14, 2007.
As part of a series of events marking the bicentenary of the act to abolish the slave trade, Bristol's Empire and Commonwealth Museum is hosting an event that acknowledges the contribution of Bristol's African community to the city in the last 200 years. 24 Hour Museum (UK), January 12, 2007.
Author Clifford Neal Smith has compiled a valuable book for those researching the earliest land grants and claims in the Vincennes, Indiana area. Tribune-Star (IN), January 13, 2007.
Read more about French and British Land Grants in the Post Vincennes (Indiana) District, 1750-1784 from the publisher's Web site.
Two local men seek out historical documents and work hard to return them to their rightful owners. The Beaverton Valley Times (OR), January 11, 2007.
Cindy Balzer's father, Christopher Bridgeman Jr., disappeared more than 40 years ago, but new information suggests he was the victim of an unthinkable crime. king5.com (WA), January 11, 2007.
I experienced what many genealogists will recognise - an emotional rush of affinity with the people I was researching. BBC News (UK), January 11, 2007.
Whether you're interviewing the old relatives or the younger generations, avoid these interview snafus. The Albuquerque Tribune (NM), January 11, 2007.
A family treasure that has been hidden away for half a century is about to be handed over to those who will greatly appreciate it. YourHub.com (CO), January 11, 2007.
In celebration of Black History Month, February 2007, PBS will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring African-American history. Press Release (VA), January 9, 2007.
The 2008 World Gathering of Clan MacIntyre will be the third weekend in July, 2008 in conjunction with the Taynuilt Highland Games. Electric Scotland (UK).
More personalized memorials are getting to be a big thing. Crescent-News (OH), January 7, 2007.
The cards feature photographs and signatures of each Home Guard member and personal details, including place of birth, rank and ‘distinguishing marks’ such as ‘scar on chin’. 24 Hour Museum (UK), January 4, 2007.
As the Internet grows, so grows the number of genealogical sites out there and the amount of old records now online. The Register-Guard (OR), January 1, 2007.
Kate Middleton, the girlfriend of Britain's Prince William, is a relative of the late children's author Beatrix Potter. monstersandcritics.com (UK), January 5, 2007.
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