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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS - AUGUST 2007
The Zimmerman name is of German origin and is found in early eastern Pennsylvania German settlements. Pittsburg Tribune-Review (PA), August 31, 2007.
Genealogy is not just about the names of dead people on a list, or DNA or Holocaust victims, it is now also about art restitution. Jerusalem Post (Israel), August 31, 2007.
Footnote.com, a social networking site revolving around history and genealogy, features millions of images of original historical documents available on the internet for the first time. Footnote press release (UT), August 30, 2007.
A new website has been launched revealing, for the first time, many of Wales’ hidden treasures. 24 Hour Museum (UK), August 31, 2007.
My Heritage, Geni and Famillion are only the latest in a long list of Israeli Internet and technology innovations. Israel Today (Israel), August 30, 2007.
So, do you have any 3-D relatives? That's genealogy-speak for defective, dependent or delinquent. Albuquerque Tribune (NM), August 30, 2007.
The National Archives welcomed its millionth visitor for Fiscal Year 2007 on Thursday, August, 23. NARA press release (US), August 30, 2007.
Tony Pinder could not have guessed that turning to a new hobby would reveal a scandal that subsequently shocked his family. Evening Leader (UK), August 28, 2007.
MyHeritage hopes, like Geni, to one day have much of the world’s genealogy mapped online. TechCrunch, August 28, 2007.
Many Welshmen travelled to Spain to fight against Franco in the International Brigades. 24 Hour Museum (UK), August 28, 2007.
After a lot of backlash from the genealogy community, Ancestry.com has removed their new Internet Biographical Database. About Genealogy, August 29, 2007.
In October the Family Records Centre in London will begin boxing up indexes that have been the starting point for thousands of historical hunts. The Times (UK), August 28, 2007.
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced today that the National Archives Central Plains Region in Kansas City will move to a new facility in the Union Station complex. NARA press release (US), August 28, 2007.
The examination of nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the deserted village of Wharram Percy shows that the skull shapes of men between the 11th and 13th centuries became noticeably rounder. 24 Hour Museum (UK), August 24, 2007.
It's been an emotional week for relatives of the 70 men who died aboard the USS Grunion during World War II. Boston Globe (MA), August 25, 2007.
A final rule published in the Federal Register August 17, 2007, amends the fees for reproduction of archival materials in National Archives facilities nationwide. NARA press release (US), August 23, 2007.
Some vignettes about some of my ancestors with some evolutionary science. progressiveu.org, August 24, 2007.
State Library of Pennsylvania will celebrate Genealogy Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, with exhibits and information sessions. Press release (PA), August 22, 2007.
The Bishop family had arrived with the first English-speaking migration to Nova Scotia of the New England Planters in 1760. novanewsnow.com (NS), August 22, 2007.
Genealogy site MyHeritage is merging with Pearl Street Software, gaining control of Family Tree Legends software and genealogy site GenCircles. TechCrunch, August 22, 2007.
NY-based investment boutique CountryRoad Capital has provided $250,000-$500,000 in seed financing to iFamily, a Facebook geneology app. Silicon Alley Insider (NY), August 22, 2007.
Descendants of six of Britain's famous pirates are invited to a get-together. The Telegraph (UK), August 20, 2007.
Graveyard tourism is developing into a unique segment in India. Business Standard (India), August 20, 2007.
You can now benefit from a personalised search service on The National Archives website. News from the National Archives (UK), August 20, 2007.
This great free resource is set to expand dramatically due to a joint partnership of three genealogical libraries. About Genealogy, August 20, 2007.
Most Pittsburghers probably have never heard of Buxton, a town settled by ex-slaves just across Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), August 21, 2007.
With little information inserted, overlapping family trees from all around the world automatically merge, gradually forming a global family forest. Press release (Israel), August 21, 2007.
At the age of 4, Priscilla Nelson learned she was adopted thanks to a neighborhood kid with a big mouth. Bonner County Daily Bee (ID), August 19, 2007.
eBay is still the center of the online postcard selling business, but it is losing ground as collectors and dealers explore their options. AuctionBytes.com, August 19, 2007.
Through a DNA test, Dr. Katherine Holden found out that she is 12 percent American Indian. Tuscaloosa News (AL), August 18, 2007.
Events in Oklahoma’s history are told through stories about the people who lived it. The Muskogee Phoenix (OK), August 19, 2007.
FamilySearch initiated a digital publishing proposal known as the Genesis Project last week, a key component of the Records Access Program that it announced earlier this year. About Genealogy, August 18, 2007.
You can now keep in touch with The National Archives on your mobile phone or PDA. News from the National Archives (UK), August 15, 2007.
The end of an ancestor's life is often where we begin our ancestral quest, working our way backward. Albuquerque Tribune (NM), August 16, 2007.
A forgotten cemetery was discovered in 2006 when heavy rains sent bones tumbling down from a Rhode Island highway embankment. Providence Journal (RI), August 17, 2007.
Evidence Explained, a definitive guide to citation and analysis of historical resources features over 1,000 citation models and is now available in digital format on Footnote. Footnote press release (UT), August 15, 2007.
Synium Software plans on releasing MacFamilyTree 5.0 before the end of 2007. The Mac Observer (US), August 15, 2007.
If your surname is Morgan, Kidd, Teach, Rackham, Bonny or Read you could be the descendent of a real-life pirate! Easier (UK), August 15, 2007.
In the very near future over 60 Oklahoma counties will be publishing their court records on the Internet. Ada Evening News (OK), August 15, 2007.
An employee with the Geneaological Society of Utah recently completed a project of photographing Bedford County, Tennessee marriage licenses from 1853 through 1976 Times-Gazette (TN), August 13, 2007.
Genealogy conferences have so much to offer, that it is a shame for anyone to avoid them due to shyness or social anxiety. About Genealogy (US), August 13, 2007.
The money had been languishing in the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer's Office. Sioux City Journal (NE), August 14, 2007.
The Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal were just a few of the awards that Wilson found in a cedar chest. Frost Illustrated (IN).
The National Archives will celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month with special films, programs, and lectures. NARA press release (US), August 14, 2007.
The British Library has announced the shortlist for its national competition to make spectacular treasures from public libraries available via the web. British Library press release (UK), August 14, 2007.
The historic community of Africville, Nova Scotia is being commemorated in a new online exhibit presented by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. novanewsnow.com (Canada), August 10, 2007.
Find A Grave announced its partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com today, bringing more than 16 million grave records free to access online at WorldVitalRecords.com. Press release (UT), August 10, 2007.
Almost one-fifth of the population is of French ancestry, but strong Canadian ties lead to mixed reactions to Sarkozy's visit. MaineToday.com (ME), August 11, 2007.
When researching family histories, the genealogist often discovers a marriage bond. Tribune-Star (IN), August 11, 2007.
Family.Show allows you to map out your family tree, adding the names of family members, pictures, birthdays etc. Ars Technica (US), August 8, 2007.
For more than three decades, Lucille Elrite has dug deep into the fertile soil surrounding folks’ family trees. Coon Rapids Herald (MN), August 8, 2007.
Quantcast now ranks WorldVitalRecords.com among top 10,000 most popular Internet sites. Press release (UT), August 9, 2007.
In 1692, 71-year-old Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, a bedridden invalid and mother of eight, went to the gallows... Malden Observer (MA), August 9, 2007.
Patricia Reaves is back from Germany after visiting towns where some Westchester, Illinois families have roots. Chicago Suburban Life (IL), August 9, 2007.
A New Zealand couple blocked from naming their baby 4Real have instead settled on Superman. So what are the rules on naming children in the UK? BBC News (UK), August 10, 2007.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand warns the proposed public records legislation could deliver unplanned negative consequences. scoop.co.nz (New Zealand), August 8, 2007.
The Surname Thesaurus and Forename Thesaurus are both available on the Web, and can be freely accessed for personal use. About Genealogy (US), August 8, 2007.
Montana : The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will host a statewide genealogy conference on Oct. 5-6. Billings Gazette (MT), August 4, 2007.
Thirty years after the King's death, Torcuil Crichton visits the Presley ancestral home ... in Aberdeenshire. Sunday Herald (SCT).
Montgomery County, Virginia: Volunteers hope to care for abandoned cemeteries and document who is buried in them. Roanoke Times (VA), August 5, 2007.
To decipher the genealogical messes our ancestors saddled us with, genealogists have embraced the tools of technology. Albuquerque Tribune (NM), August 2, 2007.
Today, Footnote announced a new partnership with Allen County Public Library, the largest public genealogy library in the United States to digitize millions of historical records making them available online for the first time at Footnote. Footnote press release (UT), August 2, 2007.
The Kansas City Aviation Department has filed a court action to move 5 cemeteries to another location. KC Community News (KS), August 2, 2007.
Brianna Chamberlain is about to complete an ambitious booklet highlighting a number of individuals buried in the historic section of the Wrentham, Mass. Cemetery. Country Gazette (MA), August 2, 2007.
“Baltimore Street Name Changes: 1730 to 2000,” a new book written by local historian and genealogist Thomas P. Bocek. Times Herald (MD), August 3, 2007.
On Tuesday 21 August 2007 The National Archives is holding a free one-day clearance of library books and finding aids. The clearance will be at The National Archives in Kew. National Archives press release (UK), August 14, 2007.
Ancestors In The Attic is releasing new episodes during August and September. The show is exclusive to The History Channel (Canada only). The Global Gazette (Canada), August 7, 2007.
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