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Genealogy Blog

11 May 2015

Human Remains and 17th Century Gravestone Found in Gloucester Cathedral Grounds

Human remains and a 17th century gravestone have been found in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.

A team of archaeologists has been digging trenches in the grounds of the cathedral to determine whether anything of significance could be disturbed by the proposed development of the New Cathedral Green as part of Project Pilgrim. The area being investigated served predominantly as a cemetery throughout the monastic period and remained open for burials until the early 19th century.

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28 April 2015

Golfers and Historians Working to Restore Graveyard in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some golfers and history enthusiasts are rallying around an effort to fix-up the graves of three families in the middle of a Charlottesville city golf course. The graves hold remains of some of central Virginia's most prominent families from the days of our nation's founding.

The headstone for Doctor George Gilmer rests near the tee for the 14th hole at Meadowcreek Golf Course. Dr. Gilmer was President Thomas Jefferson's personal physician.

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24 April 2015

Ottoman Military Graveyard Found on Greek Island Off Gallipoli

Days before the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli Campaign, Ankara has discovered a military graveyard for Ottoman soldiers on a Greek island where Turkish and Egyptian soldiers were buried by British forces.

Britain, the leader of the multinational invasion attempt on the Ottoman peninsula of Gallipoli in 1915, had chosen the nearby Aegean island of Lemnos as a military logistics base.

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17 April 2015

Six Unknown British Soldiers Killed During the First Battles of World War One Are Buried in Flanders Field

Six soldiers have finally been put to rest in a cemetery - more than 100 years after they were killed in the first months of World War One.

Little has been discovered about the soldiers, as no relatives have been found, and their graves will be labelled as 'Known Unto God' - a description on headstones of all unknown soldiers, which was chosen by author Rudyard Kipling.

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16 April 2015

Pentagon To Exhume Remains of 400 Pearl Harbor Marines and Sailors

The Pentagon said Tuesday it would exhume and try to identify the remains of nearly 400 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma sank in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The ship capsized after being hit by nine torpedoes during the December 7, 1941 surprise attack from Japanese forces. Altogether, 429 sailors and Marines onboard were killed. Only 35 were identified in the years immediately after.

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8 April 2015

Lizzie Borden Gravestone Defaced in Fall River, Massachusetts

The monument that marks the Bordens’ final resting place was defaced with black and green paint, likely on Sunday night. "It’s not the first time,” said Oak Grove Cemetery Director Tony Eaton. “I’d like to catch the guys who did it."

The Bordens, including the infamous Lizzie Borden, her sister Emma, and her father and stepmother that she was accused of murdering, are buried in the same plot at Oak Grove Cemetery, a grave yard that dates back to 1855.

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2 April 2015

Bodies of Japanese WWII Soldiers Believed To Have Been Found in Palau Cave Sealed Off for 70 years

The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been discovered in a reopened cave in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau.

The site — one of around 200 sealed caves on the island of Pelileu — was recently opened again for the first time in nearly 70 years. The caves were used when US and Japanese forces fought a fierce battle on the island's beaches in September 1944.

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1 April 2015

Over 1,000 People Discovered at Medieval Cemetery Underneath the University of Cambridge, England

Archaeologists working on a site at the University of Cambridge have reported the discovery of a cemetery belonging to a medieval hospital. They believe it is one of the largest graveyards of its kind found in Britain, with as many as 1500 people buried there.

The first academic report of the excavations beneath the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, Cambridge, has been published in Archaeological Journal.

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30 March 2015

King Richard III's Monumental Tomb Unveiled

King Richard III finally got his monumental burial this morning, 530 years after his death in battle. A 2.3-ton tombstone was lowered overnight into place, sealing the king beneath and marking Richard’s place of honor in Leicester cathedral.

Coming from a quarry in North Yorkshire which Richard would have owned as the Duke of York, the Swaledale fossil stone sits on a slab of dark Kilkenny marble, inscribed with the king’s name, dates, motto and coat of arms.

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23 March 2015

Thousands Witness King Richard III’s Final Journey

Richard III’s mortal remains were transported in a cortege procession on a 22-mile journey through the county and city before arriving at Leicester Cathedral – in stark contrast to his undignified end at Bosworth 530 years ago.

The events of a momentous day started with a dawn vigil at around 5am at Fenn Lane Farm – alongside the field where archaeologists believe Richard lost his life in battle – and ended 13 hours later when Richard III’s coffin was officially received at the Cathedral gates for an evening service.

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18 March 2015

Richard III's Remains Sealed Inside Coffin at Leicester University

Richard III's remains have been sealed inside a coffin for the first time since his death more than five centuries ago.

The former king's skeleton was found buried under a car park - the site of a former chapel - in Leicester in 2012. At a private ceremony on Sunday, his bones were sealed in a lead-lined inner casket which was then placed inside an oak coffin.

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Thousands of Bodies Could Be Exhumed from Guildford, England, Graveyard

An international dispute has erupted as thousands of bodies could be exhumed from a Guildford graveyard and reburied in a shared grave to make way for a new community centre and car park.

When proposals were first put forward by St John’s Church, to sell off its west graveyard, on the other side of Stoke Road, Guildford, it was thought approximately 200 graves would be dug up. The number is now thought to be in the thousands and plans to build a multimillion pound community centre in the east graveyard could mean moving many hundred more.

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12 March 2015

'Bedlam' Graveyard Excavation May Reveal Thousands of Skeletons

Archaeologists could pull thousands of skeletons out of the ground in London over the next few weeks as they dig up the 450-year-old Bedlam graveyard to make room for a new train line.

London's Liverpool Street station is under construction so that it will be able accommodate a new east-west train line, dubbed Crossrail. The tracks will be laid deep underground, about 130 feet (40 meters) below the city's current street surface.

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3 March 2015

200 Bodies Found in Mass Grave Beneath Paris Supermarket in France

More than 200 bodies have been found laid out in neat rows in a communal grave beneath a supermarket in central Paris.

The site was formerly the cemetery of a hospital that functioned from the 12th to the 17th century but it was believed the corpses had been moved in the 18th century to the Paris Catacombs which house the bones of six million people transferred from the city's cemeteries 200 years ago.

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2 March 2015

Coffin-Within-a-Coffin Opened at Richard III Grave

A mysterious lead coffin found close to King Richard III’s grave beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, contained the skeleton of an elderly woman, archaeologists at Leicester University announced.

Featuring an inlaid crucifix, carefully soldered on all sides but with feet sticking out of the bottom, the lead coffin was discovered inside a larger limestone sarcophagus in August 2013 . The discovery came one year after the battle-scarred remains of the last Plantagenet king of England — the family ruled vast areas of Europe — were unearthed.

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