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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 1 Nov 2018.

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           The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 1 Nov 2018. Featured image: House in Lesotho. FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 1 Nov 2018.   Canada Canada Census, 1871 Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 Chile Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 France France, Rhône, Military …

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Transkribus system makes breakthrough in understanding medieval texts | Euronews

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            How do you find a text in ancient manuscripts, and do it fast? Until recently, computers weren’t very good in reading handwritten scripts — but now artificial intelligence has produced a breakthrough. The Tyrolean State Archive in Innsbruck stores countless documents dating from the 11th century onwards — mostly official records, legal documents and …

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Researchers unveil findings of Thibodaux massacre | Houmatoday.com

Researchers unveil findings of Thibodaux massacre | Houmatoday.com

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           This article is of great interest to me because Henry Schuyler Thibodaux, the founder of Thibodaux, Louisiana, is my third cousin, 6 times removed. We have numerous common ancestors resulting from the close knit nature of the Acadian and Cajun communities. The closest of them, all being ninth great-grandparents of mine include: Vincent Brun and …

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How Europe’s royal families are all related, share single ancestor | Insider

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           Almost all the royal families of Europe are related to each other. This family tree shows how they share a single ancestor. Royals in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Monaco are related to each other and to the UK royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II. Almost all of Europe’s royal families are related. These …

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What does Elizabeth Warren's 'native' ancestry mean?

What does Elizabeth Warren’s ‘native’ ancestry mean?

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           On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released results from DNA testing, suggesting she has Native American ancestry and thrusting the issue of genetic testing and Native American identity into the spotlight. The DNA report comes after years of political back-and-forth exchanges between Warren and Republican opponents, who accuse her of pretending to have Native American …

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Long after they died, military sees surge in identifications.

Long after they died, military sees surge in identifications.

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           Nearly 77 years after repeated torpedo strikes tore into the USS Oklahoma, killing hundreds of sailors and Marines, Carrie Brown leaned over the remains of a serviceman laid out on a table in her lab and was surprised the bones still smelled of burning oil from that horrific day at Pearl Harbor. Featured image: Unidentified …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Oct 2018.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Oct 2018.

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           The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Oct 2018. Featured image: Piazza Vittoria, Torino, Italy FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Oct 2018.   Australia Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933 Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 Canada Canada Census, 1871 Canada Census, 1881 Chile Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 Colombia …

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In their honour, we publish their names | Maclean’s

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           Maclean’s has published more than 66,000 covers, each one dedicated to an individual Canadian who died in the First World War. Featured image: The statue known as Mother Canada looks out over Vimy Ridge as part of the memorial commemorating Canadian war losses near Arras, France. If you hold a paper version of Maclean’s, consider …

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Hitler’s descendant, living on Long Island, says he dislikes Trump | Business Insider

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            We tracked down one of Hitler’s last living family members on Long Island and found he likes Merkel and dislikes Trump Three brothers living on Long Island, New York, are believed to be the last living family members of Adolf Hitler.The brothers rarely share details about their family or give interviews to the press. …

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web search Recent Searches: facebook best, fastest canadian web hosts review of aws cloud server platform webhosts with fast servers in canada online jigsaw puzzles Manage History Christine My feed Hide Feed powered by Microsoft News Photos A week's worth of great photos The Canadian Press Markle, Harry are making a major life change Instyle Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice don't get any respect: opinion Maclean's Remeber Richard Chamberlain From 'The Thorn Birds'? He's 84 & Looks Incredible! Finance Nancy | Sponsored Miami will be underwater soon. Its drinking water could go first Bloomberg Photos The 6 worst new network TV shows this fall Business Insider Why a Holocaust historian seriously compared the U.S. to Nazi Germany

A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany | Vox

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           “If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell.” Usually, comparisons between Donald Trump’s America and Nazi Germany come from cranks and internet trolls. But a new essay in the New York Review of Books pointing out “troubling similarities” between the 1930s and …

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A primer on cemetery research to find ancestors.

A primer on cemetery research to find ancestors.

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           I’ve always loved gravestone and cemetery research to find ancestors. Although I do most of my genealogical research via the internet, and in a very small amount via snail mail, there is something visceral about visiting the actual graves of our ancestors and recording the information about them (and their families if in family plots). …

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Isaac Shelby

Journey through centuries: An ancestral doppelganger is discovered!

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1          1ShareMy biggest fascination with my genealogy research is finding old photos of the people – especially any rare ancestral doppelganger to current family members. These images bring some life to the profile created by the fact finding of my research and brings these characters closer and makes them more relatable and understandable. A while ago, …

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Does an exception clause in the 13th amendment still permit slavery? | HISTORY

Does an exception clause in the 13th amendment still permit slavery? | HISTORY

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           The 13th amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States in 1865, includes a loophole regarding involuntary servitude. The year the Civil War ended, the U.S. amended the Constitution to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude. But it purposefully left in one big loophole for people convicted of crimes. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, …

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Hilarious history: From Napoléon’s petit package to Pythagoras’ fear of farts | Ancient Origins

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           History is often presented in grey, rather dry terms, but when you do a bit of digging, our past is full of remarkable people who had wicked senses of humor and died with as much vigor as they lived. In this article we will look at some of the most prominent people and funny events …

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Think of each generation as a single swing of the pendulum of time.

Think of each generation as a single swing of the pendulum of time.

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           This article was originally published September 6, 2018. There is an update following this article. Check it out. Each generation is a single swing of the pendulum of time, where over time the extremity of reaction is diminished until a balance is reached. Throughout history, the faults, foibles and mistakes of living experienced by one …

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My ideal genealogy setup.

Trials and tribulations of being a genealogy and history blogger.

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           Regular readers may have noticed a problem with several posts from the beginning of September. August 28th I purchased a plugin and theme that were supposed to streamline the curation of content of interest to my readers and myself. However, within about a week I noticed that it was bringing up a lot of ‘junk’ …

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How ancient DNA is transforming history

How ancient DNA is transforming history | IT

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613          613SharesOver the past 10 years, a new field has emerged which is revolutionizing our understanding of human history and anthropology. Ancient DNA, the analysis of DNA from human remains, is beginning to unravel some of the mysteries of the past, like the migration of people and the spread of culture, through periods of time from …

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jobs that no longer exist

50 historical jobs that no longer exist | MSN

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           As technology advances and processes become automated, naturally, some people that once held jobs that were considered essential may find themselves out of work. In the next decade in the United States, employment is expected to increase by 11.5 million, but it is also projected that manufacturing and federal government jobs will decline. By 2030, about …

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Archaeologists find ancient ‘comics’ decorating Roman tomb in Jordan | Haaretz.com

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3.8K          3.8KSharesArchaeologists in Jordan have uncovered a Roman-era tomb decorated with spectacular frescoes that include rudimentary “comics” – which were written in Aramaic using Greek letters. The drawings provide extraordinary testimony to the diverse and cosmopolitan environment in the Hellenistic border towns of the Roman empire. Like other wondrous archaeological discoveries, the nearly 2,000-year-old burial was unearthed by chance …

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Secret son: Mum was a Catholic nun and Dad was a priest

Secret son: Mum was a Catholic nun and Dad was a priest | Newcastle Herald

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9          9SharesJOHN Smith’s* mother was a nun, his father was a priest, and their very Catholic secret about the baby they gave up for adoption would have gone with them to the grave except for DNA, science and Ancestry.com. Mr Smith has added his voice to calls for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for clergy and end the “trauma and …

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Old Upper Springfield Meeting House and Burial Ground, New Jersey.

Transcription: Sarah Biddle (Shreve), Last Will and Testament of 31 Aug 1807.

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           388 [. . .] Sarah Biddle’s Will. Be it remembered that I, Sarah Biddle of the township of Springfield, in the County of Burlington, and State of New Jersey, widow, being in a weak state of body, but, through Divine favour, of sound mind and memory do make and publish this for my last will …

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Don't whitewash history

Don’t whitewash history | Sundre Roundup

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           I chose to publish an excerpt to this letter to the editor of the Sundre Roundup because of how well the author described exactly how I feel. Removing statues, plaques and other commemorations of historical figures makes it too easy to forget mistakes of the past, in addition to remembering the true achievements.  WE MUST …

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Likely birthplace of Henry VII found in Pembroke Castle | The Guardian

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           A dig in the castle’s grounds has uncovered the walls of a ‘showy’ late medieval house. Archaeologists believe they have identified the exact site of Henry VII’s birth in 1457 after excavations in the grounds of Pembroke Castle in Wales uncovered the remains of a massive medieval mansion worthy of one of the most famous kings …

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Photograph types can help date relatives.

Photograph types can help date relatives.

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2          2SharesWe often have to identify and date old family photographs by examining the materials they were made from. Here are some of the earliest types of photographs. The daguerreotype was invented by Louis Daguerre in 1839, and made use of a thin metal plate, usually copper, which had been coated with a polished silver solution. …

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