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Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Sailly Saillisel, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. december 5., csütörtök 0:00:32

Sailly-Saillisel, standing at the north end of a ridge, was the objective of French attacks in September and October 1916, and was captured on 18 October. The village remained in Allied hands until 24 March 1918 when it was lost during the German advance, but was recaptured by the 18th and 38th (Welsh) Division on 1 September 1918. The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in isolated positions chiefly south and east of the village and from the following small burial grounds. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Scientists Hunt for Descendants of 48 People Who Signed 1320 Scottish Independence Declaration

2019. december 3., kedd 22:50:08

Scientists hope to find descendants of the nobles who signed the historic Declaration of Arbroath ahead of its 700th anniversary. Genealogists at Strathclyde University have launched a search to find living families of the 48 signatories who put their name to one of Scotland’s most important documents.

The declaration was sent to Pope John XXII in 1320 asking him to recognise the country’s independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as lawful king. Experts from the Glasgow university’s Centre of Lifelong Learning aim to find people related to signatories, including James Lindsay of Dowhill, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s friend.

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Appeal To Preserve Robert the Bruce Letter

2019. december 3., kedd 22:44:28

A letter from Robert the Bruce is to be given special protection at Brodie Castle to save it from deterioration. The document, which is more than 700 years old, is cared for at the castle near Forres in north-east Scotland by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

It says the letter – one of the oldest in its collection – was removed from display earlier this year as light and humidity was causing it to fade. NTS has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help preserve it.

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Greek-Americans Look To Preserve Historic Archive

2019. december 3., kedd 22:36:35

The remaining copies of newspapers documenting 50 years of the Greek American community are falling apart at the seams, threatening the loss of the history ingrained in the contents of its pages.

“They are literally crumbling like filo dough left on the kitchen counter,” former editor-in-chief Nancy Agris Savage said of the The Hellenic Chronicle archive. “The Greek-American community has just exploded in the United States and the history of it is about to disappear if we don’t do something about it.”

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Irish American Discovers Immigrant Great-Grandfather in 1929 Seattle Photograph

2019. november 29., péntek 11:18:22

Imagine exploring a photo exhibit, only to find a picture of your great-grandfather staring back at you?

That recently happened to Irish American Casey McNerthney who discovered his great-grandfather Matt McAlerney, a native of Co Down, in a picture of railroad workers that was taken in Seattle in 1929.

Writing in The Seattle Times, historian Jean Sherrard recounted the story of how McNerthey surreptitiously found the picture of his Irish great-grandfather while attending a postcard and photo exhibit in Seattle.

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Cambridgeshire’s New £5.3m Archives Set To Open in Ely Next Month

2019. november 29., péntek 11:09:46

Cambridgeshire’s archives are set to become available once more with the new £5.3million record office in Ely being prepared for a grand opening next month.

After a huge effort, construction of the archive centre and the process of moving 855 tons of historical documents from the Shire Hall basement in Cambridge, plus an outstore at Cottenham, has finally been completed.

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Graves of 145 People Found in Lost Cemetery Under Florida High School

2019. november 29., péntek 11:06:33

A lost cemetery containing the remains of 145 people has been discovered on the campus of a Tampa high school.

Underground scans revealed the burial ground, believed to be part of the historic Ridgewood Cemetery, on the campus of King High School.

Officials with Hillsborough County Public Schools became aware of the “possible unmarked cemetery for indigent citizens” on Oct. 17 and quickly brought in experts to search for the graves.

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Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. november 25., hétfő 0:00:34

Delville Wood was a tract of woodland, nearly 1 kilometre square, the western edge of which touched the village of Longueval in the Somme. On 14 July 1916, the greater part of Longueval village was taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division and on the 15th, the South African Brigade of that Division captured most of Delville Wood. The wood now formed a salient in the line, with Waterlot Farm and Mons Wood on the south flank still in German hands, and, owing to the height of the trees, no close artillery support was possible for defence. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Do You Know The Main Menu of The Geneanet Family Tree?

2019. november 25., hétfő 0:00:25

You all know the menu above the family tree which allows you to add, edit and delete persons, to add pictures and documents, to download and print charts and lists, to view timelines and maps, and much more.

Another menu is also very useful but it’s not well known by the Geneanet members.

To open this menu, click the name of your family tree at the top of the page.

Edit Tools

• Help: Allows you to access the help pages.
• Add Individual/Family: Allows you to create a new separate branch in your family tree.
• Check Family Tree: Allows you to get a list of possible errors in your family tree (reserved for Premium members).
• History of Updates: Allows you to view the history of updates in your family tree. Useful for collaborative family trees.
• Dictionaries (places, occupations, sources): Allows you to view and edit place names, occupations and sources from your family tree.
• Calendar Converter: Allows you to convert dates from/to Gregorian calendar, Julian calendar, French Republican calendar and Hebrew calendar.

Family Tree Data

• Map: Allows you to map your ancestors.
• Family Events: Allows you to view the list of births, marriages and deaths of the day.
• Family Tree Statistics: Allows you to view the list of last events, 20 oldest persons still alive, 20 persons who lived the longest, popularity of names, etc.

Manage Family Tree

• Import a GEDCOM file: Allows you to import a GEDCOM file from your personal genealogy software or another genealogy website.
• Restore: Allows you to restore an earlier version of your family tree (reserved for Premium members).
• Export: Allows you to export your entire family tree or a single branch.
• Presentation & Browsing: Allows you to change your family tree title, theme, header and much more.
• Configure Family Tree: Allows you to change your privacy options.

Other Tools

• Archival Documents & Pictures: Allows you to view and edit the family pictures and documents you have uploaded.
• Your Personal Notes: Allows you to view and edit the personal notes you have added to your family tree.
• Family Book: Allows you to view and edit your family book.
• Invite Family and Friends: Allows you to view and edit the access rights you have given to your contacts.

When other members visit your family tree, this menu is also available but with less options.

Celebs Trace Ancestors Steps and Ask: What Did They Do in The War?

2019. november 22., péntek 22:52:38

A number of celebs dig deep into their family’s lives during WWII for a new TV series, writes Georgia Humphreys

Chances are you’ll have heard about Helena Bonham Carter’s star turn in The Crown. In the third series of the hugely popular Netflix drama the eccentric Londoner, 53, plays Princess Margaret. But The Crown isn’t her only big TV project airing this month.

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100 Years of Scottish Life in Pictures

2019. november 22., péntek 22:49:51

Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection celebrates Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through to the 1940s. The photographs were amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and illustrate a century of dramatic transformation and innovation.

Until 16 February 2020 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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Why Pilgrims Arriving in America Resisted Bathing

2019. november 22., péntek 22:47:30

When the Mayflower Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth in the early 17th century, they didn’t smell terrific, according to Native American accounts. Unlike the Wampanoag, these Europeans didn’t bathe regularly. A surviving member of the Patuxet nation named Tisquantum (or “Squanto”) even tried and failed to convince them to start washing themselves, according to a 1965 biography.

“Bathing as you and I know it was very, very uncommon [among western Europeans] until the later part of the 18th century,” says W. Peter Ward, a professor emeritus of history at the University of British Columbia and author of the new book The Clean Body: A Modern History.

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Prague, Czech Republic: Jewish Gravestones Used as Cobblestones To Be Returned

2019. november 22., péntek 22:45:24

Fragments of Jewish gravestones found during future excavation work in the Czech capital Prague will be given to the city’s Old Jewish Cemetery. An agreement was reached between City Hall and the Jewish community after fragments were found in some of the city’s pedestrian zones.

Czech Jews have for years been calling for the removal of the stones. Fragments taken from a derelict 19th Century Jewish cemetery were used as cobbles during works in 1987.

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National Library of Wales to Lead on Welsh Wikipedia Project

2019. november 22., péntek 22:41:53

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is to lead on a new educational pilot project, aimed at improving access to Welsh language information on Wikipedia about the history of Wales.

The 12-month pilot project is funded by the Welsh Government and will see the library’s National Wikimedian working with Menter Iaith Môn, WJEC and subject specialists. Together, they will identify the 100 most important events and themes studied for the subject of history in Welsh primary and secondary schools and develop techniques to structure relevant information regarding the topics to publish on the Welsh Wikipedia.

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Are You Related To Scarlett Johansson?

2019. november 22., péntek 1:00:48

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born November 22, 1984, in the New York City borough of Manhattan on November 22, 1984. Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian, screenwriter and film director, whose father was Swedish. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from Poland and Russia. Johansson has described herself as Jewish. She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; and a twin brother, Hunter. Johansson also has an older half-brother, Christian, from her father’s first marriage. She holds both American and Danish citizenship.

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We’re Losing Generations of Family History Because We Don’t Share Our Stories

2019. november 18., hétfő 13:42:55

It’s a common regret: “I wish I’d asked my grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles more about their lives.”

Most people don’t know much about their family history. This is because people usually don’t become interested in genealogy until they’re in their 50s and 60s, when they have more time to reflect on their family identity. The problem is that by that time, their grandparents and parents have often already passed away or are unable to recount their stories.

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Genetic Study Reveals The Family Secrets of People in The 1800s

2019. november 18., hétfő 13:38:42

In the 19th century, poorer families living in cities in Europe had a higher rate of children who weren’t biologically related to their legal fathers. This is according to a genetic study that looked at how this rate differs for different socio-economic groups.

It is widely assumed many men aren’t the biological fathers of their children. The rate of extra-pair paternity, as this is called, has been claimed to be as high as 30 per cent today. “They look just like the milkman,” goes the popular joke that no parent finds funny.

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University of Arkansas Holds New York Post’s 1.38 Million Photos; Archive Dates to 1860s

2019. november 18., hétfő 13:33:07

More than a million photographs and negatives spanning the 20th century arrived at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville last month. Dennis T. Clark, dean of libraries, said the trove is the New York Post’s photo archive, which contains a few photos dating back to the 1860s.

The archive includes photos of historical figures, such as Babe Ruth, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali. Also included are photos that document politics, wars, natural disasters and the civil-rights movement.

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Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. november 15., péntek 0:00:49

Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long valley which runs West to East, past “Caterpillar Wood”, to the high ground at Guillemont. Longueval village is on the Northern crest of this valley and 500 metres West of the village, on the South side of the road to Contalmaison, is Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. Caterpillar Valley was captured during a successful night assault by the 3rd, 7th and 9th Divisions on Bazentin Ridge on 14 July 1916. It was lost in the German advance of March 1918 and recovered by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 28 August 1918, when a little cemetery was made (now Plot 1 of this cemetery) containing 25 graves of the 38th Division and the 6th Dragoon Guards. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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How To Find Out if You’re Eligible for Italian Citizenship by Descent

2019. november 12., kedd 14:41:43

Since 1992, when Italy legalized dual citizenship, a large majority of Italian-Americans have been eligible to become Italian citizens by descent. Find out below whether you qualify and, if you do, how to realize your dream of becoming an Italian – and European – citizen.

Many Italian-Americans who have Italian ancestors are not aware that they may have inherited a right to Italian citizenship by descent – otherwise known as Italian citizenship jure sanguinis. The caveat, however, is that even if you know for a fact that you do qualify, you must be able to demonstrate this legal right – in legal terms.

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Sword Said To Have Belonged To President William Henry Harrison Found at An Auction in Connecticut

2019. november 12., kedd 14:39:16

President William Henry Harrison died in 1841 after just 31 days in the White House. But the sword he carried at the Battle of Tippecanoe is caught up in one last war.

The sword and its scabbard were seized by the police in Connecticut last month just minutes before they were to go up for auction, where organizers said they were expected to fetch at least $50,000.

A sword said to have belonged to the president was stolen from the Cincinnati Historical Society in 1979, officials said. There was no sign of it for 40 years until an eagle-eyed Harrison fan in Ohio last month stumbled upon an auction website advertising the sale — the next day — of a “silver-hilt smallsword” once wielded by the president.

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A San Francisco Archive Has Added Hundreds of Amazing Photos

2019. november 12., kedd 14:30:06

The image archive, kick-started by an anonymous private collector, houses over 45,000 historic images of the city, from pre-Gold Rush to the 1990s. It’s a trove of street views, everyday life and famous local events.

As photos are donated, scanned and uploaded, OpenSFHistory occasionally adds a big set of new images. They’ve done that recently, and we went through and found some of the most interesting gems in the gallery above.

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Study Reveals That Humans Migrated from Europe To The Levant 40,000 Years Ago

2019. november 12., kedd 14:25:44

Who exactly were the Aurignacians, who lived in the Levant 40,000 years ago? Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Ben-Gurion University now report that these culturally sophisticated yet mysterious humans migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the region’s history.

The Aurignacian culture first appeared in Europe some 43,000 years ago and is known for having produced bone tools, artifacts, jewelry, musical instruments, and cave paintings. For years, researchers believed that modern man’s entry into Europe led to the rapid decline of the Neanderthals, either through violent confrontation or wresting control of food sources.

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2019. november 12., kedd 14:13:33

A woman has snapped up a rare 1960s photo of her mother at work for a Black Country chain makers after spotting it on the Express & Star’s archive website.

Jane Lloyd, aged 55, of Purlin Wharf, Netherton, came across the photo of her mother Alice Griffiths online by chance after it was among just 3,000 from the Express & Star archive to be digitised for a free website.

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Genomes Trace Origins of Enslaved People Who Died on Remote Island

2019. november 12., kedd 14:09:06

Genomes from enslaved Africans who were freed and died on a remote Atlantic island in the mid-nineteenth century are offering clues about their origins in Africa.

The findings come from the largest study of genome data obtained from remains of enslaved people and offer insights into the transatlantic slave trade, in which an estimated 12 million Africans were kidnapped and enslaved in North and South America and the Caribbean.

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Are You Related To Emma Stone?

2019. november 6., szerda 1:00:02

Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista Jean Stone (née Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, the founder and CEO of a general-contracting company. Stone lived on the grounds of the Camelback Inn resort from the age of 12 to 15. She has a younger brother, Spencer. Her paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Sten, was from a Swedish family that anglicized their surname to “Stone” when they immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. She also has German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.

As an infant, Stone had baby colic and cried frequently; she consequently developed nodules and calluses on her vocal cords while she was a child. Stone has described herself as having been “loud” and “bossy” while growing up. She was educated at Sequoya Elementary School and attended Cocopah Middle School for the sixth grade. Although she did not like school, she has stated that her controlling nature meant that “I made sure I got all As”. Stone suffered panic attacks as a child, which she says caused a decline in her social skills. She underwent therapy but states that it was her participation in local theater plays that helped cure the attacks.

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Participate in the Indexing of the Canadian World War I Personal Records

2019. november 6., szerda 0:00:00

During the last indexing week, you were almost 2,000 participants and you have indexed more than 200,000 records.

To mark the Armistice of 11 November 1918, we propose to participate in the indexing of Canadian World War I personal records, from November 8, 2019 until November 17, 2019.

Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains.

To participate, go to the menu “Projects” and “Collaborative indexing”, select the collection “Canadian World War I personal records” and the time you can spend on it, then click the button “Start indexing”.

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Scientists Think They’ve Found ‘Mitochondrial Eve’s’ First Homeland

2019. november 5., kedd 10:56:14

Two hundred thousand years ago, the earliest shared ancestors of every living human on Earth rested their feet at a verdant oasis in the middle of Africa’s Kalahari Desert.

Here, in a patchwork of now-extinct lakes, forests and grasslands known as the Makgadikgadi paleowetland, our greatest grandmothers and -grandfathers hunted, gathered and raised families for tens of thousands of years. Eventually, as Earth’s climate changed, shifts in rainfall opened up fertile new paths through the desert. For the first time, our distant relatives had the chance to explore the unknown, putting behind them what a team of researchers now calls “the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today.”

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Ancient Anti-Witchcraft Potion Found at Old Northamptonshire Pub in England

2019. november 5., kedd 10:54:02

A Victorian bottle thought to have been used to ward off evil spells has been found at the birthplace of a “witch”. Angeline Tubbs, known as the Witch of Saratoga, was born at the former Star and Garter Inn, in Watford village, Northamptonshire, in about 1761.

She is still the subject of ghost tours at Saratoga Springs in New York, where she moved, aged 15, and told fortunes. The 19th Century bottle was found during roof repairs and contains fish hooks, human teeth, glass and a liquid.

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Homeowner Is Astonished To Find Abandoned World War II Anderson Bunker Discovered Under His Drive During Renovations

2019. november 5., kedd 10:50:02

A resident was left shocked when workers renovating his home found a WWII bunker hidden underneath the driveway.

Labourers at Surj Singh’s home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, were using a digger when they found the remains of an Anderson shelter under his driveway. The bunker is around six foot under the original drive level and is made out of reinforced concrete.

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25 Irish Baby Names on The Verge of Going Extinct

2019. november 5., kedd 10:41:48

Baby names come and go, like hairstyles, trouser-lengths and Brexit deadline extensions. Sure, Noah is extremely popular right now, as it was 12,000 years ago when the world flooded. But the 11,997 years in between … not so much.

In Ireland, names like Jack, James, Emily and Conor seem to have a fairly consistent shelf-life at the moment. But looking at names like Michael – which had a spot in the top three most popular Irish baby names for over thirty years, and now struggles for a place in the top ten – nothing lasts forever.

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Scientists Reconstruct Face of 1,000 Year Old Viking Warrior Woman

2019. november 5., kedd 10:38:49

Scientists have re-created the face of a female Viking warrior who lived more than 1,000 years ago. The woman is based on a skeleton found in a Viking graveyard in Solør, Norway, and is now preserved in Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History.

While the remains had already been identified as female, the burial site had not been considered that of a warrior ‘simply because the occupant was a woman’, archaelogist Ella Al-Shamahi told The Guardian. But now British scientists have brought the female warrior to life using cutting-edge facial recognition technology.

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Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Combles, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. november 5., kedd 0:00:13

The village was entered in the early morning of the 26th August, 1916, by units of the 56th (London) Division and of the French Army; and it remained in Allied occupation until the 24th March, 1918, when the place was captured after a stubborn stand by the South African Brigade at Marrieres Wood. It was retaken on the 29th August, 1918, by the 18th Division. The village was later “adopted”, with Flers, by the County Borough of Portsmouth. The cemetery was begun in October, 1916 by French troops, but the 94 French graves made in 1916 have been removed to another cemetery. The first British burials took place in December, 1916. From March, 1917, to the end of May, 1918, the Extension was not used. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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New York State (NYS) Genealogical Research Death Index 1957-1969 Available on Geneanet

2019. október 29., kedd 10:03:01

The Genealogical Research Death Index assists individuals with locating New York State (NYS) death records that fall within defined genealogy years, exclusive of New York City recorded death records. This Index contains information on decedents, date of death, gender, age at death, and NYS file number that will allow the public to search for individuals on a variety of genealogy criteria if on file for at least 50 years.

The entries spanning the period 1957-1969 have been added to the Geneanet database.

Search now a deceased person in the New York State (NYS) Genealogical Research Death Index:

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Unseen Photos of WW1 German POWs in England on Display

2019. október 28., hétfő 11:38:25

Photographs showing the extraordinary lives of German prisoners of war at a stately home have gone on display.

Donington Hall, in Leicestershire, was used to house enemy soldiers during World War One, but while others toiled in combat, the captives lived a life of comparable luxury. The previously unseen pictures were uncovered in the archive of Derby photographers WW Winter Heritage Trust and are now the focus of a University of Nottingham research project.

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Patrick Cleburne: The Birthplace of The Highest-Ranking Irishman in America’s Civil War Has Gone Up for Sale in Cork

2019. október 28., hétfő 11:34:34

Bride Park Cottage, the house in which American Civil War veteran Patrick Cleburne was born, has gone up for sale in Ovens, County Cork.

Cleburne was the highest-ranking Irishman to ever serve in the American Civil War. Born on St Patrick’s day, 1828, the Cork man served in the British Army before settling in Arkansas in 1849 after failing to gain entrance to Trinity College of Medicine. He served on the Confederate side, not because he was in favour of slavery but because he was grateful to the people of the Southern states for accepting him so graciously into their lives.

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Face of a Medieval Man Found in Aberdeen, Scotland, Reconstructed

2019. október 28., hétfő 11:30:31

The face of a Medieval man whose remains were found in Aberdeen has been reconstructed.

The man – known as skeleton 125 – was one of 60 full skeletons and more than 4,000 human bone fragments found after work began at the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment site. Testing indicated the man was over the age of 46 and shorter than average. The researchers – AOC Archaeology Group – said he had suffered from extensive dental disease.

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Mysterious Skeletons of Woman and Girl Discovered in Lost Tower of London Chapel

2019. október 28., hétfő 11:24:06

The Tower of London is perhaps best known as a dungeon and burial ground where Anne Boleyn, Thomas More and various other friends and exes of Henry VIII were laid to rest after losing the king’s favor (and their heads).

But for much of its 950-year history, the tower was also a thriving palace and community center. Within the medieval castle’s walls were chapels, pubs, government offices and residences for the hundreds of Londoners who kept the place running. And as the first new skeletal discovery in nearly 50 years reminds us, not all who were buried there were ministered by the headsman’s ax.

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Discover the Geneanet Matches

2019. október 28., hétfő 0:00:49

Easily find additional information and quickly grow your your family tree.

• In your ancestry: Compare your direct ancestry with the Geneanet database and grow your family tree.
• Relationships: Are you related to another Geneanet member? Find relationships between you and the root of other family trees available on Geneanet.
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Guards’ Cemetery, Combles, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. október 25., péntek 1:00:46

Combles village was entered in the early morning of the 26th September, 1916, by units of the 56th (London) Division and the French Army; and it remained in Allied occupation until the 24th March, 1918, when the place was captured after a subborn stand by the South African Brigade at Marrieres Wood. It was retaken on the 29th August, 1918, by the 18th Division. The village was later “adopted”, with Flers, by the County Borough of Portsmouth. Guards’ Cemetery was begun by the Guards Division in September, 1916, and carried on by other units until March, 1917, and to a small extent in March, August and September, 1918. It contained at the Armistice 100 graves, of which 19 were those of officers and men of the Foot Guards. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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The Unprecedented Effort to Preserve a Million Letters Written by U.S. Soldiers During Wartime

2019. október 24., csütörtök 11:27:45

Andrew Carroll is never far away from the slim black portfolio he calls “the football.” Inside are more than two dozen original letters, creased and faded, bullet-torn and tear-stained, spanning 225 years of American war history, from the early days of the Revolution to 9/11.

Each page is sheathed in a protective plastic sleeve, and for added security, there are the handcuffs. Carroll locks the case to his wrist when he travels, which he does almost constantly. By his own count, he was on the road almost 200 days last year, using this remarkable sampling of letters to convince anyone who will listen how important—and ephemeral—such documents are.

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Henry VIII Divorces Led To Copycat Splits

2019. október 24., csütörtök 11:24:29

Henry VIII’s legendary marital troubles paved the way for copycat divorces, new evidence has suggested.

Records from the 16th Century have been largely lost. But experts from Bangor University and the University of Exeter have unearthed evidence of parallels between events at the royal court and the love-life of a member of the Welsh gentry. Edward Griffith of Gwynedd flip-flopped between two wives in a similar way to and at the same time as the monarch.

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Brits in Spain Resort To Irish Ancestry To Stay in The EU after Brexit

2019. október 24., csütörtök 11:18:39

Ireland used to receive around 6,000 applications for citizenship a year before the 2016 referendum. But last year alone it received 25,000, some from British nationals living in Spanish territory.

Before the referendum, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Department was dealing with around 6,000 applications for citizenship a year. But in 2018 alone, it received 25,000. Irish civil servants involved in processing them have been snowed under, just one of the Brexit-related problems likely to be faced in a country where, after the third pint, the subject of Britain’s “800 years of oppression” tends to crop up.

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Who’s Stealing Christopher Columbus Letters from Libraries Around The World?

2019. október 24., csütörtök 11:13:20

Copies of a letter written by Christopher Columbus describing his first impressions of the Americas have become so rare and valuable, they’re being stolen and replaced with forgeries at some of the world’s most prestigious libraries.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus, of course, sailed the ocean blue. And on his journey home, he wrote a letter to his patrons, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, describing his discovery of the new world, and in effect, asking for more money to make another trip. Columbus’ voyage marked one of the great plot points in history. Upon his return, his letter was printed and distributed throughout Europe, making for blockbuster news.

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Are You Related To Emilia Clarke?

2019. október 23., szerda 2:00:02

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 in London. She grew up in Oxfordshire. Her father was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton, while her mother is the vice-president for marketing at a global management consultancy firm. She has an older brother. Her interest in acting was sparked at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat, on which her father was working. Clarke was educated at Rye St Antony School in Headington and at St Edward’s School, Oxford, which she left in 2005. After RADA, LAMDA, and Guildhall rejected her, Clarke worked and travelled before entering Drama Centre London, from which she graduated in 2009.

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They Found a Stack of WWII Love Letters, Then Unraveled the Mystery of the New Jersey Teens Who Wrote Them

2019. október 21., hétfő 13:34:58

On the way home from a weekend road trip to the Smoky Mountains, two friends, Lindsy Wolke and Megan Grant, found themselves browsing the relic room of Smoky Mountain Knife Works in eastern Tennessee.

Among the fossils and old currency, they stumbled upon a few handwritten letters from World War II. The love letters, written from 1944 to 1946, were so absorbing – and the two friends stood there reading them for so long – that an employee came by and joined them, becoming equally enthralled.

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Mother Who Thought Her Newborn Had Died Discovers He’s Alive, and a Dad, 29 Years Later

2019. október 21., hétfő 13:30:32

Every year on April 6, Los Banos, Calif., couple Tina Bejarano Gardere and Eric Gardere would hide away in their bedroom. They would bring a cupcake, light a candle and sing “happy birthday” to an unnamed birthday girl.

They sang for Bejarano’s daughter, whom she gave birth to at the age of 17 in 1990. At the time, Bejarano already had a 1-year-old daughter. Feeling pressure from her mother, young Bejarano signed adoption papers.

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First Neanderthal Activity Found on Greek Island

2019. október 21., hétfő 13:24:43

Scientists have for the first time found evidence of Neanderthals on the Greek island of Naxos, pushing back human activity in the Aegean by thousands of years, a new study shows.

“The excavation… has produced the kind of robust data required to support a claim for earlier Paleolithic cultural activity in the Aegean basin,” the team of anthropologists and archaeologists wrote in the Science Advances journal, released online late Wednesday.

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Who Do You Think You Are? – This Season’s Biggest Revelations

2019. október 17., csütörtök 0:19:55

The BBC has just wrapped up another series of their hit series Who Do You Think You Are? this time with some of the biggest names in show business making an appearance to find out their lineage, often with shocking results.

This year’s heritage team took their subjects to America, Canada, Nigeria, Sweden and, of course, Ireland, with many of the celebrities featured having no idea how diverse and exciting their family history truly is.

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The Hopping History of German Breweries in Yorkville

2019. október 17., csütörtök 0:16:03

New York’s German-owned breweries were once the largest beer-making operations in the country, and the brewers themselves grew into regional and national power-players, transforming Major League Baseball, holding elected office, and, perhaps most importantly, sponsoring goat beauty pageants in Central Park.

While brewing flourished in both Manhattan and Brooklyn throughout the 19th century, the city’s largest breweries were clustered in Yorkville. In fact, much of the neighborhood’s storied German cultural history can be traced to the rise of brewing in the area, and the German-language shops, cultural institutions and social halls that sprang up to cater to the brewery workers.

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The Descendants of Salem’s ‘Witches’ Are All Around Us

2019. október 17., csütörtök 0:11:20

The legacy of the Salem witch trials is complicated.

During October, tourists flock to the North Shore city from around the world to celebrate the contemporary idea of witchcraft tied to Halloween. Others like author, historian, and Salem State University interim dean and professor Emerson “Tad” Baker, focus on the rush to judgment and the innocent lives and families that were destroyed by the 1692 trials.

“Salem has had historical amnesia. It has a tendency to look away from its tragic past,” said Baker, who was part of a team of scholars that in 2016 actually confirmed the site where the accused witches were executed.

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Remains of 110 Soldiers Are Found in a Belgian Field Surrounded by Revolvers, HP Sauce Bottles and Even a Harmonica

2019. október 17., csütörtök 0:06:09

More than 80 soldiers who perished during the Great War will finally be laid to rest with full military honours close to where they fell on the Western Front.

These burials, including those of 13 British soldiers who were killed more than a century ago, are the result of one of the most extraordinary archaeological discoveries of modern times.

It is a project that has yielded what the lead archaeologist on the dig describes as ‘the First World War’s Pompeii’: an unprecedented snapshot of life on the front line from 1914 to 1918.

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Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. október 15., kedd 1:00:51

The commune and the village of Courcelette were the scene of very heavy fighting in September 1916. On the 15th, the village was included in the extreme left of the Allied attack and was taken by the 2nd Canadian Division supported by tanks, with the 4th and 6th Brigades storming the outer trenches and the sugar factory, and the 5th Brigade seizing the village. It was destroyed by German artillery after its capture and remained very close to the front line until the German retreat in the following spring. The cemetery was begun in November 1916 (as Mouquet Road or Sunken Road Cemetery), and used until March 1917. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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New Geneanet Feature: Suggested Father and Mother

2019. október 14., hétfő 0:00:03

When browsing your Geneanet family tree, you are now informed when there are some new suggested father and mother for one of your ancestors.
 
 
 
 

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‘Thomas Jefferson’s Education’ and ‘Educated in Tyranny’ Review: The Dream of a Better Society

2019. október 8., kedd 14:58:33

In 1779, as part of a package of reforms, Virginia Gov. Thomas Jefferson proposed new penalties for dueling, which had become a favorite pastime of the students at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. “Whosoever committeth murder by way of duel,” the proposed law read, “shall suffer death by hanging; and if he were the challenger, his body, after death, shall be gibbeted.”

Gibbeting has fallen out of favor in our time (thank goodness), so Alan Taylor reminds us of what the term once meant. The gibbeted body of an executed criminal, he writes in “Thomas Jefferson’s Education,” would be “displayed to rot in an elevated cage as a grim example to deter others.”

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Luxembourgish Immigration To Chicago

2019. október 7., hétfő 14:43:33

An estimated 72,000 Luxembourgers emigrated from Luxembourg in the second half of the 19th century and early decades of the 20th century.Most of these Luxembourgers chose America as their new home in hope of building a better life for themselves and their families.

Luxembourgers settled heavily in the states of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. While many were farmers, and thus chose rural areas to settle, the largest single group of Luxembourg immigrants settled in Chicago, Illinois.

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Archivists To Publish Collection of Documents on Belarusian, Russian History

2019. október 7., hétfő 14:39:00

Archivists of Belarus and Russia intend to publish the first book of documents “Russia and the Belarusian lands in the 17th – 18th centuries: documents and materials” in the second half of 2020, Head of the Russian Federal Archival Agency Andrei Artizov told journalists.

According to Andrei Artizov, Russia expects Belarus to provide access to documents on the period in question. Around a half of all materials in the collection will be published for the first time. The project will be implemented by the Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents and the National Historical Archives of Belarus.

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Scottish Ruins May Have Been Illicit Whisky Distilleries, Say Archaeologist

2019. október 7., hétfő 14:36:22

Two ruined farmsteads found in a Scottish forest may have been an illicit distillery, experts claim. Archaeologists surveyed the 18th century remains in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in advance of trees being harvested.

They say the results suggest the Wee Bruach Caoruinn and the Big Bruach Caoruinn, near Loch Ard, were used to make whisky. Strict laws led to widespread illegal whisky distilling in the 1700s. The site was flagged up to Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) by a local history society.

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Over 132,000 Sephardic Jews Apply for Spanish Citizenship as Offer Expires

2019. október 7., hétfő 14:32:59

Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term offer, officials said after the deadline expired.

Passed by the Spanish parliament in October 2015, the law sought to try and address a “historic mistake” by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who in 1492 ordered Spain’s Jewish community to either convert to Catholicism or be burned at the stake.

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Stasi Files: German Plan To Transfer Files Sparks Concern

2019. október 7., hétfő 14:28:34

Germany’s parliament has voted to transfer the secret files of the Stasi, the intelligence service in communist East Germany, to the national archives despite concerns from researchers.

Millions of files compiled on suspect citizens during the Cold War have been managed independently since the communist state collapsed. Officials says the files will be better preserved and still be accessible. But critics warn that “a lid will be put on history”.

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Serre Road Cemetery No.1, Serre, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. október 5., szombat 1:00:40

In June 1916, the road out of Mailly-Maillet to Serre and Puisieux entered No Man’s Land about 1,300 metres south-west of Serre. On 1 July 1916, the 31st and 4th Divisions attacked north and south of this road, and although parties of the 31st Division reached Serre, the attack failed. The 3rd and 31st Divisions attacked once more on the 13 November, but again without success. Early in 1917, the Germans fell back to the Hindenburg Line and on 25 February, Serre was occupied by the 22nd Manchesters. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Are You Related To Melissa Benoist?

2019. október 4., péntek 2:00:28

Benoist was born on October 4, 1988, in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Julie and Jim Benoist, a physician. They divorced when she was young. Her paternal great-grandfather was of French descent. She has two biological sisters: Jessica, a novelist, and Kristina, an ecological scientist, and five half-siblings from her father’s remarriage. She was raised mostly by her mother in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, after her parents’ separation.

She started dance classes at the age of three, focusing on jazz, ballet, and tap. When she was four years old, her aunt put her in a church play she was directing; after that, she began doing community children’s theatre in her hometown.

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Why Historians Are Fighting To Save Thomas Cook’s Enormous Archive

2019. október 1., kedd 12:53:36

The collapse of Thomas Cook left 155,000 tourists stranded overseas, forcing the UK government to step in to orchestrate the biggest ever peacetime repatriation. The company’s 9,000 employees woke up on September 23 with no job. The focus is, justifiably, on the people immediately affected by this terrible news.

But it’s also important to take the long view. With this 178-year-old firm, its heritage is also about to be lost and a number of business historians – myself included – are fighting to save it.

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Native American Ancestors Found in the Genes of Many in the U.S.

2019. október 1., kedd 12:48:39

If your ancestry in the United States stretches back more than 250 years, you may have Native American forbears. A new population genetics study shows that Americans with early European or early African ancestry can also have Native American gene groups.

Those Americans usually have family roots near the traditional homes of the respective tribes found in their genes, according to research led by the Georgia Institute of Technology. But where the descendants are today differs between these groups.

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12 Photos of Hong Kong’s Cemeteries That Show How The City Is Running Out of Space for Its Dead

2019. október 1., kedd 12:46:12

Architectural photographer Finbarr Fallon captured images of Hong Kong’s expansive, mountainside cemeteries for a series titled “Dead Space.”

Over the course of five years, Fallon visited nearly every graveyard in Hong Kong and realized how complicated, and expensive, dying can be in a city that lacks space. Keep scrolling to see his striking photos and learn the inspiration behind them.

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Map of Scots Women Accused of Witchcraft Published for First Time

2019. október 1., kedd 12:42:56

A map that tracks more than 3,000 Scots women who were accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century has been published for the first time.

The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh. It builds on the university’s breakthrough work on the Scottish Witchcraft Survey which brought to life the persecution of women during the period, with many burned at the stake or drowned.

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Are You Related To Olivia Newton-John?

2019. szeptember 26., csütörtök 2:00:06

Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, England, to Welshman Brinley “Bryn” Newton-John (1914–1992) and Irene Helene (née Born) (1914–2003). Her Jewish maternal grandfather, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born, fled with his family to England from Germany before World War II to escape the Nazi regime. Newton-John’s maternal grandmother was of paternal Jewish ancestry as well. She is a third cousin of comedian Ben Elton. Her maternal great-grandfather was jurist Victor Ehrenberg and her matrilineal great-grandmother’s father was jurist Rudolf von Jhering.

Newton-John’s father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project at Bletchley Park who took Rudolf Hess into custody during World War II. After the war he became Headmaster at Cambridgeshire High School for Boys and was in that role when Olivia was born.

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Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. szeptember 25., szerda 1:00:04

The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, V Corps cleared this battlefield and created a number of cemeteries, of which Ancre British Cemetery (then called Ancre River No.1 British Cemetery, V Corps Cemetery No.26) was one. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Irish Genealogy Experts Partially Trace Robert De Niro’s Irish Roots

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:51:18

Irish genealogy experts Kate and Mike Lancor have responded to Hollywood star Robert De Niro’s “desperate” attempt to trace his Irish roots.

In a letter to IrishCentral, the Lancors, who have previously contributed stories about their Irish genealogy work, said: “Upon arriving home after our weekend’s journey this past Monday, we saw and read the Irish Central article about Robert De Niro’s desperate search to find his Irish roots. As professional Irish genealogy researchers, we found ourselves both challenged and excited and decided to give it our best shot!

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The ‘Grave of King Conn O’Neill’ for Sale in East Belfast, Northern Ireland

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:48:24

Richard III of England was the king buried beneath a car park in Leicester. His body, it seemed, lost forever until excavators found remains in 2012. Now, four centuries after the death of a Gaelic lord, the site in east Belfast where historic records say he is buried is up for sale to developers.

Look around the place names in east Belfast and you might notice a theme: Connswater Shopping Centre, Connswater Bridge, Connswater River. They are named after Conn O’Neill, the Lord of Upper Clandeboye, referred to by some as the last King of Castlereagh, who ruled from 1601 to 1619.

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Vast Archive of Early Irish History Digitised and Put Online

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:41:52

For centuries St Anthony’s College in Leuven, Belgium has preserved and promoted Irish culture in Europe. The Irish College, as it is better known, was founded by the Franciscans in 1607 following the collapse of the old Gaelic order.

The Irish College instigated the historical chronicles which became the The Annals of the Four Masters, one of the earliest and most influential histories of Ireland. The annals were created after Brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh was sent from Leuven back to Ireland to collect manuscripts relating to Irish history and the lives of the saint.

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‘The Hairs on The Back of my Neck Stood Up’: Hairdresser, Client Find They’re Half-Siblings

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:37:28

A Calgary woman says she always had an easy and natural relationship with her hairstylist of six years, and describes the tight hugs they would end sessions with as familial — the kind you’d get from a parent or brother, for instance.

What they didn’t know until recently is that they actually are half-siblings, after a shared desire to find out more about their family histories led them to uncover the truth. Andrea Quint Fleck says her father is adopted, and she always wondered about his roots. Her hairdresser Troy Winget says he never knew his dad, and always had questions about who he was.

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Woman Shares Her Horror at Learning That Her Husband Is Her First Cousin after Buying Him a DNA Test for His Birthday

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:31:48

A woman has revealed the horror of learning her husband is actually her first cousin after buying him a DNA test for his birthday.

In an anonymous letter to Slate’s Dear Prudence podcast, the woman explained that her world has been turned upside down by the revelation. Not only is it harming her marriage, but it also has them suspecting his mother was unfaithful to his father.

‘My husband and I grew up in the same small town. We have a two-year-old son. For a birthday present, I got both of us an ancestry kit,’ she wrote. ‘I wish to God I never came up with the idea.’

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Archive Shows Rare Photographs of IRA Men Patrolling Streets of West Belfast

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:25:12

Rare photographs of IRA men patrolling the streets of west Belfast during the early days of the Troubles have been donated to a unique online archive. Dozens of pictures taken across several years have been handed over to the Belfast Archive Project by a former amateur photographer from west Belfast.

The man, who is now aged 78, took hundreds of images in his native city as the Troubles picked up pace in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Using a Pentex camera, the photographer had unrivalled access as the conflict unfolded.

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Punjab Archives Dept Digitising ‘The Biggest Trove’ of History Documents in Subcontinent

2019. szeptember 23., hétfő 13:21:16

Taking a major leap towards digitisation of its half-a-million documents carrying history right from the Mughal period, the Punjab archives department has sorted out 27,000 files and bought four specialised scanners to digitise these.

“The slow-paced digitisation, preservation and modernisation project of the Punjab archives department has been given a fresh boost, through major steps to protect the invaluable record and also make it available to people,” says Archives Director Abbas Chughtai.

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