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Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2020. január 25., szombat 0:00:32

The name “Dud Corner” is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice. The only burials here during hostilities were those of four Officers of the 9th Black Watch and one Private of the 8th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, close to Plot III, Row B; the remainder of the graves were brought in later from isolated positions near Loos and to the North, and from certain small cemeteries. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Are You Related To Ellen DeGeneres?

2020. január 21., kedd 8:21:54

DeGeneres was born on on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Jane (née Pfeffer, born 1930), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres (c.1925–2018), an insurance agent. She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. She is of French, English, German, and Irish descent. She was raised as a Christian Scientist. In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen’s mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father.

When she was 15 or 16 years old, she was molested by her stepfather. DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with a cousin, Laura Gillen. Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, and being a waitress at TGI Fridays and another restaurant, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.

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Loos British Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2020. január 15., szerda 0:00:49

The village has given its name to the battle of the 25th September – 8th October 1915, in which it was captured from the Germans by the 15th (Scottish) and 47th (London) Divisions, and defended by French troops on the 8th October. The cemetery was begun by the Canadian Corps in July 1917, and the graves then made are contained in Rows A and B of Plot I and Row A of Plot II. The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and smaller cemeteries over a wide area North and East of the village. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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The Man Who Mapped The West, and The Wife Who Made Him Famous

2020. január 14., kedd 12:22:59

For a man who shows up in most biographies of Abraham Lincoln, histories of California, Civil War chronicles and accounts of pioneering the American West, John Frémont has remained a relatively minor player.

There are a few biographies of him, but there hasn’t been anything like Steve Inskeep’s revelatory “Imperfect Union,” a fresh look that brings 21st-century vision to bear on the 19th-century story. In writing about both Frémont and his wife, Jessie, the aggressive promoter of his career, Inskeep does two important things.

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The Faces of Some of Edinburgh’s Earliest Inhabitants Revealed

2020. január 14., kedd 12:14:59

The face of one of the earliest inhabitants of Edinburgh after its official establishment as a town has been revealed after painstaking detective work on the remains of bodies dug up beneath the Old Town.

Forensic artists have joined forces with archaeologists to recreate the look of a man buried around 900 years ago.

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Jersey’s Defiance Under Nazi Occupation Revealed in Records

2020. január 14., kedd 12:10:41

Stories of defiance by residents of Jersey during the Nazi occupation of their island have emerged in records of political prisoners published 75 years after the liberation.

More than 500 islanders as young as 14 were taken into custody for offences such as daubing “V” for victory signs around the island, spreading anti-German propaganda, listening to the radio and breaking curfews. The prisoners ranged from labourers to lawyers.

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The Massive Graveyard Found Underneath a London Underground Station When Crossrail Was Built

2020. január 14., kedd 11:18:23

For almost 500 years the bodies of 20,000 people lay undisturbed underneath the streets in the very heart of London. But this is a city that demands constant change and excavations at Liverpool Street station for the state-of-the-art Crossrail project uncovered the remains.

The burial ground was mainly used for the city’s poorest inhabitants or those who died in hospitals such as the nearby infamous asylum Bedlam. During its use between 1570 and 1739, an estimated 20,000 people were buried there including numerous plague victims.

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Seeking The Primrose Girls, 156 Irish Immigrants To Canada from Small Galway Town

2020. január 14., kedd 11:13:45

Can you help? Seeking descendants of the 156 Irish “Primrose girls” who emigrated to Canada, in 1853.

A group of Irish amateur genealogists from a small Galway town are seeking to connect with descendants of 156 emigrants known as the “Primrose” girls after the name of the ship they sailed on to Canada in 1853.

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Geneanet, a contributive, collaborative and freemium website

2020. január 8., szerda 15:19:53

We are still receiving feedback about the Geneanet model which combines a free website with a Premium subscription

As this new year begins, it’s an opportunity to recall the basics of the Geneanet model and to answer some frequently asked questions.

How Geneanet works?

Geneanet is based on three cornerstones: contributive, collaborative and freemium.

Geneanet is the largest community of genealogists involved in mutual aid and sharing in Continental Europe. It’s a website with almost 7 billion of data provided by members, collaborative projects and partners.

The contributive side is about family trees and attached documents (family pictures, archival records, etc.). These are 1.1 million family trees and almost 1.3 billion individuals.

The collaborative side is about projects supported by Geneanet like pictures of graves and cemeteries all around the world (“Save our Graves”), indexes and registers (parish, notarial, military and other archives). It’s also original projects like “Now and Then”.

As of today, there are 2.5 million pictures of graves, 22 million images of archival registers, and more than 96 million individuals in the collaborative indexes.

The site supports heavy loads with more than 100 million requests per day, 5 million visitors per day, 260 terabytes of redundant storage on 60 high capacity servers located into different sites.

All these services are developped and maintened by a team of about thirty enthusiast people based in Paris, France.

Geneanet is a freemium website

Geneanet is based on a freemium model which combines a free website and a Premium subscription.

Every member has access to a free comprehensive offer. This offer allows to create a family tree with an unlimited number of individuals, with an unrestricted use, without any ads, and with a number of customization, printing and alert tools. This offer includes a search engine by last name, first name and place. Unlike some other websites, you don’t have to pay to view the family tree of other members and to contact them.

The free offer also provides access to the contents shared by our members. All the contributive data is available for free for all Geneanet members.

Geneanet also proposes a Premium subscription which includes, among other options and services, the advanced search with additional criteria: spouse, parents, name variants, nearby places, the automatic matching of your entire family tree with the Geneanet database, the email alerts wich allow you to receive a weekly email summary of the latest entries, the access to the Genealogy Library with millions of books and newspapers, and more than 3 billion indexed individuals, the access to genealogy society indexes provided by Geneanet partners, and a personalised assistance.

Geneanet, a free website with a Premium subscription

Sharing, mutual help and free access are among the basics of Geneanet. This is a large part of its attractiveness.

When you subscribe to Geneanet Premium, it’s not only for the services and the data reserved for Premium members. When you subscribe, you also make possible to develop the free section of the website.

It is indeed a paradox: Premium members are paying so that Geneanet can still be an open and free website.

Subscribing to Geneanet Premium is not only a way to access additional options and services, but also to allow the original model, as described above, to exist.

The Premium subscription was formerly called “Club Privilege”. First subscribers had little benefit and subscribed to preserve the free options and services.

We feel that it is important to recall this basics. For more than 23 years, we are proud that we succeeded in preserving this balance, in a strong spirit of collaboration.

In conclusion, you are part of a community of mutual help and sharing. You are welcome whatever your level of experience in the use of Geneanet! If you subscribe to Geneanet Premium or if you renew your subscription, keep in mind that it’s not only purchasing a product but sharing a certain idea of genealogy.

 

Note: Do not hesitate to post your testimonial in the comments below!

Are You Related To Pat Benatar?

2020. január 7., kedd 15:06:31

Pat Benatar was born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City. Her mother, Mildred (née Knapp) (1928–2016), was a beautician, and her father, Andrew Andrzejewski (in the Polish language: Andrzej Andrzejewski) (1926–2009), was a sheet-metal worker. Her father was of Polish descent and her mother was of German, English, and Irish ancestry. Her family moved to North Hamilton Avenue in Lindenhurst, New York, a village in the Long Island town of Babylon.

Benatar became interested in theater and began voice lessons, singing her first solo at the age of eight, at Daniel Street Elementary School, a song called “It Must Be Spring”. At Lindenhurst Senior High School (1967–1971), she participated in musical theater, playing Queen Guinevere in the school production of Camelot, marching in the homecoming parade, singing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and performing a solo of “The Christmas Song” on a holiday recording of the Lindenhurst High School Choir in her senior year.

Pat Benatar’s Family Tree

Some New Geneanet Features

2020. január 6., hétfő 0:00:52

Some new free Geneanet features have been released!

These new features are about notifications, list of individuals in your family tree, and advanced search in your family tree.

 

Hide notifications

You can now manually hide some of the notifications you have received by clicking the cross next to them.

If you hide notifications about email alerts, you can still view them at en.geneanet.org/alert.

Display list of all individuals in your family tree

You can now display an alphabetical list of all individuals in your family tree.

Pass you mouse over the family tree search engine then click “List of all individuals in the family tree”.

You can click a letter to directly go to the list of individuals which name begins with it.

You can click “Change the display mode of the particles” to personalize the display of names with particles. If the particle is displayed before the name or after the name (and in parenthesis), the name will not be at the same place in the alphabetical list.

Sort advanced search results in your family tree

You can now sort the results of the advanced search in your family tree.

Pass you mouse over the family tree search engine then click “Advanced Search”.

You can sort the results by alphabetical order of names, by chronological order of events, and by date of entry of individuals in your family tree.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, near Fère-en-Tardenois, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2020. január 5., vasárnap 0:00:48

The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial is an American military cemetery in northern France. Plots A through D contains the graves of 6,012 American soldiers who died while fighting in this vicinity during World War I, 597 of which were not identified, as well as a monument for 241 Americans who were missing in action during battles in the same area and whose remains were never recovered. Included among the soldiers here who lost their lives is poet Joyce Kilmer. (Source: Commonwealth Wikipedia)

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Archive Photos Show What Life in Vancouver Looked Like in The 1920s

2020. január 2., csütörtök 16:55:55

New Year’s Day, 2020: The sun shone for part of the day, the high was 12 C, and revellers took to social media to share how they rang in the next decade. Some speculated about what the year would bring, making resolutions and predictions about life in 2020.

Photos from the City of Vancouver Archives show what life was like at the start of another decade: 1920.

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Idaho Cold Case of Outlaw Missing Since 1916 Solved by DNA, Genetic Genealogy

2020. január 2., csütörtök 16:51:35

DNA and genetic genealogy have helped investigators solve a century-old Idaho mystery.

Outlaw Joseph Henry Loveless was killed and dismembered in 1916 and buried in a shallow grave in Buffalo Cave outside Dubois. At the time, Loveless was wanted for escaping from a jail where he was being held for killing his wife with an ax.

Loveless’ remains were found in the cave four decades ago—but not his head–and they remained unidentified until just recently.

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DNA Analysis Revealed The Identity of 19th Century “Connecticut Vampire”

2020. január 2., csütörtök 16:48:52

Back in 1990, children playing near a gravel pit in Griswold, Connecticut, stumbled across a pair of skulls that had broken free of their graves in a 19th century unmarked cemetery. Subsequent excavation revealed 27 graves—including that of a middle-aged man identified only by the initials “JB55,” spelled out in brass tacks on his coffin.

Unlike the other burials, his skull and femurs were neatly arranged in the shape of a skull and crossbones, leading archaeologists to conclude that the man had been a suspected “vampire” by his community. Scientists finally found a likely identification for JB55, describing their findings in a paper published this summer in the journal Genes.

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These Are The Monks Who Still Preserve Ancient Texts Around The World

2019. december 31., kedd 11:04:46

In 1142, a powerful Benedictine abbot traveled to Spain. Known as Peter the Venerable for his wisdom, he ruled a federation of 600 monasteries from his base at the Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy. The journey across the Pyrenees was long, and his agenda was packed with kings, bishops, abbots and complex negotiations.

Abbot Peter’s visit to Toledo, which had been reconquered a few decades earlier after almost four centuries of Muslim rule, led him to a surprising decision. He summoned Christian scholars of Arabic and set them to work translating Islamic texts into Latin.

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Australian on Mission To Photograph Every Parish Church in England

2019. december 31., kedd 11:01:03

Many would consider it a niche hobby; others might reach for the word “obsessive”. There are some, Cameron Newham admits, who may consider him an “eccentric weirdo”.

So how would he describe the remarkable ambition that he set for himself, more than two decades ago, to photograph, in detail, every parish church in England?

“I think everybody has a certain eccentricity – and this does require that,” he says with a smile. “I do have a particular mission for this. But even so I am not all-consumed by it.”

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Identify Thousands of Unknown Civil War Soldiers

2019. december 26., csütörtök 23:04:52

Samuel Holmes Doten of Plymouth, Mass., was born June 5, 1812, so after the Civil War ended in 1865, he would joke that he “served in the infantry in the war of that date.”

William Kendall Crossfield, a Peterborough, N.H. native, was having a rest during the battle of Fredericksburg when he was shot in the neck while turning over. The blanket he had pulled up to his chin miraculously cushioned the bullet, but he passed out from the shock of the blow.

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Bones Found in Monastery Atop ‘All-Male’ Mountain May Belong to a Woman

2019. december 26., csütörtök 23:01:37

A so-called all-male “holy mountain” in northern Greece has hosted Christian monasteries for nearly 2,000 years, with women strictly prohibited. But one woman may have somehow found a home there — at least in death.

During a recent restoration in the Pantokratoros Monastery on Mount Athos, archaeologists unearthed bones under the chapel floor that were smaller than most of the other remains found at the site. In fact, some experts are claiming that these diminutive bones once belonged to a female, according to the Greek Reporter.

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Pictures of 4,400 Historic Kilkenny, Ireland, Shopfronts Added to Archive

2019. december 26., csütörtök 22:59:33

Thousands of historic photographs of Kilkenny’s many shopfronts have been made accessible thanks to a new initiative by the library service and Kilkenny County Council.

The new online resource, ‘Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages’ is now available on the library’s Kilkenny digital archive . It boasts around 4,400 photographs, which show the shopfronts in each street in Kilkenny City between the late 20th Century and the present.

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Mass Grave from 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Possibly Discovered

2019. december 26., csütörtök 22:55:35

A buried pit that could be a mass grave has been found in a cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and researchers think it could hold the bodies of black victims of a 1921 race massacre that was featured in the HBO television series “Watchmen.”

The discovery could be of vital importance to an investigation being conducted by the city, ahead of the centenary of the massacre in 2021.

During the massacre, mobs of white individuals began setting fires to commercial buildings and houses throughout the entire Greenwood neighborhood of the city — a black community renowned for its prosperity, and nicknamed the Black Wall Street.

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

2019. december 25., szerda 0:00:02

Martinpuich was captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on 15 September 1916, lost in April 1918, and retaken in August 1918. Martinpuich British Cemetery was begun in November 1916 and used by fighting units and field ambulances until June 1917, and again at the end of August 1918. In 1931 the bodies of ten soldiers buried by the Germans were found in the communal cemetery, and moved into the British Cemetery. The cemetery now contains 115 burials and commemorations of the First World War. Nine of the burials are unidentified and four graves destroyed by shell fire in 1918 are represented by special memorials. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery

2019. december 21., szombat 21:32:03

In 1834, a 22-year-old Yoruba man who would come to be known as Manuel Vidau was captured as a prisoner of war and sold to slave traders in Lagos, today the largest city in Nigeria. A Spanish ship transported him to Cuba, where he was sold to a white man who forced him to roll 400 cigars a day (if his pace slowed, he recalled, he would be “stripped, tied down and flogged with the cow hide”).

A decade later, however, Vidau secured permission from a new owner to hire himself out, and with his earnings he bought a share in a lottery ticket—and won. That allowed him finally to buy his freedom.

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Unearthing Scotland’s First Railway Track at Tranent

2019. december 21., szombat 21:29:12

An extensive archaeological excavation of Scotland’s first railway track is planned for next year. Wooden rails from the 297-year-old Tranent-Cockenzie Waggonway were uncovered in a dig in June this year.

Part of a cobbled horse track for the ponies which pulled the wagons up to coal pits at Tranent in East Lothian was also discovered. A community project hopes next year excavation might unearth some of the timbers used to lay the railway.

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DNA Analysis From Colonial Delaware Skeletons Reveals Beginning Of American Slave Trade

2019. december 21., szombat 21:26:34

American slavery is commonly understood to have peaked in the late 18th century and was outlawed by the U.S. in the mid-19th century following the Civil War. The practice of slavery in the 17th century American colonies, however, is less well known. A new DNA study of skeletons from a farmstead on the Delaware frontier has revealed key information about the early transatlantic slave trade.

The Avery’s Rest site in coastal Delaware was excavated by Daniel Griffith of the Archaeological Society of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs over multiple years.

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Boy Kidnapped in 1964 Found Through Ancestry Sites

2019. december 21., szombat 21:23:40

A Michigan man recently identified as the newborn boy snatched from his mother in 1964 by someone posing as a maternity-ward nurse was found through commercial ancestry websites after the man or a child of his submitted DNA to the sites to learn more about their family tree, a genetic genealogist who played a role in the discovery told The Associated Press Friday.

Recent media reports have said the now-55-year-old man living in rural Michigan was the 2-day-old child of Chester and Dora Fronczak abducted on April 27, 1964, from a Chicago hospital. Those reports have not provided details about how he was located — other than to say DNA was involved.

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Are You Related To January Jones?

2019. december 21., szombat 17:48:56

January Jones was born on January 5, 1978, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann’s potboiler novel turned film, Once Is Not Enough. She is the daughter of Karen Cox, a store manager; and Marvin Jones, a gym teacher and fitness director. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina.

Her family moved to Hecla, South Dakota, (population 400) in 1979, but they moved back to Sioux Falls in 1996. She graduated from Roosevelt High School there.

January Jones’ Family Tree

Over 750,000 Applications for US Birth Certificate Copies Exposed Online

2019. december 17., kedd 11:38:34

An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed a massive cache of applications — including their personal information.

More than 752,000 applications for copies of birth certificates were found on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage bucket. (The bucket also had 90,400 death certificate applications, but these could not be accessed or downloaded.) The bucket wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew the easy-to-guess web address access to the data.

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Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, France, Now Available on Geneanet

2019. december 15., vasárnap 1:00:01

High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15 September 1916. It was lost during the German advance of April 1918, but retaken the following August. Thistle Dump Cemetery was begun in August 1916 and used as a front line cemetery until February 1917. It was later increased after the Armistice by the concentration of 56 graves from the Somme battlefields. There are now 196 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 59 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties known to be buried among them. (Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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Are You Related To Taylor Swift?

2019. december 13., péntek 1:00:40

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch; her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), was a homemaker who had worked as a mutual fund marketing executive.

Swift, who has said she has Scottish heritage was named after the singer-songwriter James Taylor. She has a younger brother named Austin Kingsley Swift, who is an actor. Swift spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm, which her father purchased from one of his clients.

She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan sisters, before transferring to The Wyndcroft School. The family moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School.

Taylor Swift’s Family Tree

New Geneanet Collection: French INSEE Death Index 1970-2019

2019. december 12., csütörtök 11:39:08

The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (French: Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), abbreviated INSEE, has released the index of all persons who deceased in France from 1970 to 2019.

This index is a gold mine if you have ancestors or family members who died in France between 1970 and 2019.

It contains the name of the deceased, the date and place of birth, and the date and place of death.

The information is given in French on Geneanet, and the translation is:
– “Nom” means “Last name”
– “Prénom” means “First name”
– “Sexe” means “Gender”
– “Jour de naissance” means “Day of birth”
– “Mois de naissance” means “Month of birth”
– “Année de naissance” means “Year of birth”
– “Code insee naissance” means “INSEE code of the place of birth”
– “Commune de naissance” means “Place of birth”
– “Pays de naissance” means “Country of birth”
– “Jour de décès” means “Day of death”
– “Mois de décès” means “Month of death”
– “Année de décès” means “Year of death”
– “Code insee deces” means “INSEE code of the place of death”
– “Commune de décès” means “Place of death”

Search now a deceased person in the INSEE Death Index:

Search the INSEE Death Index



Premium members can automatically match their family tree with this database.

Go to https://en.geneanet.org/compare/, select “Your entire family tree” in the “Search” dropdown list, select “Events (BMD)” in the “Search for” options, and enter “colgnecminsee” in the “Match with the family tree of a member (enter username)” field, as shown below:

Below are some examples of famous people who died in France:

The American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist, Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, deceased on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, France:

The German-American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, born Marie Magdalene Dietrich on December 27, 1901 in Schöneberg, German Empire, deceased on May 6, 1992 in Paris, France:

Are You Related To Felicity Huffman?

2019. december 12., csütörtök 1:00:08

Huffman was born on December 9, 1962, in Bedford, New York, into a wealthy family, the daughter of Grace Valle (née Ewing) and Moore Peters Huffman (1910–1987), a banker and partner at Morgan Stanley. Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and she was raised mostly by her mother. She has six sisters, Mariah, Betsy, Grace, Isabel, Jessie, Jane (1949–2013), and a brother, Moore Jr. In the 1970s her mother left New York and bought property in Snowmass, Colorado, where Felicity and her siblings spent their youth. Her great-grandfather was Gershom Moore Peters (1843–1919), founder of the Peters Cartridge Company and prominent Baptist minister, author of The Master. Another great-grandfather, Frederick Berthold Ewing, graduated from Yale University and became a prominent St. Louis businessman. Her great-great-grandfather was Joseph Warren King (1814–1885), founder of the King Mills Powder Company. She has German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian ancestry.

Felicity Huffman’s Family Tree

Invaluable Irish Archives Burnt During 1922 Civil War Retrieved

2019. december 10., kedd 10:14:45

Irish records once thought lost forever have been successfully recreated and will be available online by 2022.

In June 1922, a massive explosion during the Irish Civil War destroyed the Public Records Office attached to Dublin’s Four Courts. Documents representing hundreds of years of history, including 19th century census records, centuries of Church of Ireland parish records, and thousands of wills and title deeds, were destroyed in the fire.

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Found: The Oldest-Known Photograph of Enslaved African Americans With Cotton

2019. december 10., kedd 10:09:55

The image is simple and haunting. Ten enslaved African-American people stand in front of a two-story, white clapboard building, some with baskets of cotton on top of their heads. A boy bows his head in the lower-left corner, his back to the camera.

It’s a quarter-plate daguerreotype, a little larger than a deck of cards but brimming with details visible only when magnified: the individual leaves of the plants encircling a well, the woven wicker of the baskets. The antebellum photograph, believed to date back to the 1850s, is the oldest-known image of enslaved people with cotton, the commodity that they were forced to harvest.

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Two Hundred Years of Inbreeding Among European Royals Is To Blame for a Facial Deformity Known as The ‘Habsburg Jaw’, Scientists Claim

2019. december 10., kedd 9:59:31

The Habsburg jaw — the prominent facial deformity that affected the European royal family of the same name — was the result of 200 years of inbreeding, a study has found. Geneticists and surgeons analysed the deformities visible in various portraits of the dynasty and compared this with the amount of inbreeding across their family tree.

The House of Habsburg produced various Austrian and Spanish kings and queens — and they occupied the throne of the Holy Roman Empire from 1438–1740. The generations of intermarriage that secured the family’s influence, however, ultimately proved fatal — Charles II of Spain was incapable of producing an heir.

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Offer a Beautiful Ancestry Chart To Your Family and Friends!

2019. december 9., hétfő 0:00:28

On GeneaNet, you can download (in PDF) and print ancestry and descendancy charts for free!

The interface allows you to select the type of chart (classic, fan), the number of generations and the content, and it automatically displays a preview of the chart.

Offer a beautiful ancestry chart to your family and friends!

Go to the page of an individual in your GeneaNet family tree, then click ‘Print > Illustrated Family Tree’ in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Select the theme and the content of your chart:

– Ancestry or descendancy
– Classic or fan chart
– Number of generations
– Date format: yyyy, dd/mm/yyyy, mm/dd/yyyy or yyyy/mm/dd
– First name then last name or last name then first name
– Format of date and place of birth, marriage and death
– Blank boxes
– Profile picture
– Chart title
– etc.

Click ‘Download the PDF file’ to save the PDF file to your personal computer.

You can now print your ancestry chart and share the PDF file with your family and friends.

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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2019. október 28., hétfő 0:00:49

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