Genealogy Blog

16 February 2015

Experts Explore Identities of 5,000 Buried in Bedlam Psychiatric Hospital Graveyard in London, England

Officials building a huge cross-London underground railway are starting to publish the identity of some of the thousands of people buried 400 to 500 years ago in Bedlam cemetery.

After researching parish records, the Crossrail project has released a fascinating database online giving names, occupations and causes of death. The graveyard, which dates back to 1569, was found in 2013 during excavations to construct the 13-mile high-speed Crossrail tunnel under Central London.

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11 February 2015

Winchester Cathedral's 'Royal Bones' Chests Analysed

Six chests thought to contain the remains of some of the early Royal Families of Wessex and England are being recorded and analysed.

The project is part of an initial assessment of Winchester Cathedral's Renaissance mortuary chests. The remains of three bishops and other artefacts are also believed to be contained inside. Some of the remains have already been radiocarbon-dated to the late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman periods.

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10 February 2015

Pictures of the Pont du Cens Cemetery, Nantes, France, Now Available on Geneanet

The Pont du Cens communal cemetery was started in 1939 to supplement the ten other burial grounds within the boundaries of the commune.

There are now over 100, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Some were moved into the cemetery from isolated graves at Vivonne, Les Rochelles and near Vertou, and others from Tours (La Salle) Communal Cemetery, St. Brevin-les Pins Communal Cemetery, St. Pere-en-Retz Communal Cemetery, Bougenais Communal Cemetery. (Source: CWGC)

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6 February 2015

Replica of Lincoln Coffin on Display at Arlington Cemetery

In observance of Presidents Day, a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin will be on display in the Williamsburg Chapel of Arlington Cemetery and Toppitzer Funeral Home, 2900 State Road in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby.

The Lincoln coffin at Arlington is one of five replicas constructed 10 years ago by craftsmen at Batesville Casket Co. in Indiana, said Buss. Four are lent to funeral homes nationwide for display and one is part of the permanent collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

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Old Cemetery Found in central Copenhagen, Denmark

Archaeologists from the Museum of Copenhagen are digging under the cobblestones and unearthing skeleton upon skeleton in what was once an old cemetery, reports Berlingske.

So far, more than 100 skeletons have been found, and according to Jacob Mosekilde, one of the archaeologists, they are from before the 1800’s, though they haven’t been precisely dated yet. “The most interesting thing about them is the fact that they do not have holes in their teeth,” Mosekilde tells Berlingske. “And that means that they are from a period where we had not traded sugar from the colonies.”

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28 January 2015

Solo Tourists Banned in New Orleans' Oldest Cemetery

A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.

Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and its labyrinth of mausoleums will be restricted to the relatives of the dead buried there and to tourists whose guide is registered with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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5 January 2015

The Stories Behind the Forgotten Cemetery in Northeast El Paso, Texas

Deep in the heart of Northeast El Paso sits a mostly forgotten cemetery--the final resting place for thousands of people, many unclaimed and unidentified.

One of the oldest cemeteries in El Paso County, the McGill Pauper Cemetery dates back to the 1930s and is home to heroes and outlaws, as well as the poor and homeless who had no families or whose families could not afford a funeral for them.

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12 December 2014

Railwaymen Gravestone Project Wins National Recognition in Bromsgrove, England

The work restoring two world-famous gravestones in memory of two railwaymen has been commended at a national awards ceremony.

All those involved with the works on the memorials, which have stood for more than 170 years in St John’s Church Graveyard, in Bromsgrove, were thrilled to walk away with The Supporters Award.

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5 December 2014

Skeletons Found In Ancient Cemetery Still Have Shackles On Their Necks

Archaeologists working in southwest France have discovered hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves dating to the second half of the 2nd century AD, with some of the skeletons featuring shackles still strapped around their necks and ankles.

The site, which may have been part of an important Gallo-Roman necropolis, is situated near the amphitheatre of Saintes. The Romans dominated the area during the first and second centuries AD.

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Poland Unearths One of WWII's Darkest Secrets

Anastasia carefully digs through the earth with her trowel. Bit by bit, a human skeleton emerges, piled on top of more bones. She removes them with care, slipping them gently into a plastic container.

Was it an Italian soldier? Or a Soviet? Identifying the bodies, while possible, is tricky. What is known is the man died in one of numerous stalags (German prisoner-of-war camps) where Red Army and Allied troops -- including Italians after Italy switched sides from the fascist camp -- were interned.

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4 December 2014

Remains of 818 Korean War Dead Enshrined

The remains of more than 800 South Korean soldiers killed in action during the 1950-53 Korean War were enshrined at a national cemetery in Seoul on Thursday, the government said.

A total of 818 troops recovered this year in 27 areas across the country were laid to rest in a ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery, according to the Prime Minister's Secretariat. The bodies will then go through an identification process.

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28 November 2014

Pictures of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France, Now Available on Geneanet

The Cemetery was begun by the Indian Corps (and in particular by the 2nd Leicesters) in November, 1914, and it was used continuously by Field Ambulances and fighting units until March, 1918. It passed into German hands in April, 1918, and after its recapture a few further burials were made in Plot IV in September and October.

There are now over 900, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The graves of three men of the King's Liverpool Regiment, which were destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special headstones. (CWGC)

Click here to access this new collection (982 pictures + casualty record).

If you want to join the Collaborative Indexing Project, please click the 'Index names' link above any picture of grave.

Northern Ireland: Vandals Damage Ancient Gravestone in Devenish Island

Vandals have destroyed the engraving on a 15th Century gravestone on a lake island in County Fermanagh.

The stone on Devenish Island in Lower Lough Erne was damaged by fire at some point in the last week, police said. It was cracked in several places and the writing has been lost forever. Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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27 November 2014

Polish Town Plans To Turn Jewish Cemetery Into Apartment Complex

A town in central Poland has prepared a development plan that will turn a Jewish cemetery into a residential complex with underground parking. The Jewish community of Warsaw and local activist Robert Augustyniak, who is not Jewish, have protested the plan.

The City Council in Grodzisk Mazowiecki held a public discussion on the plan on Monday. Following the meeting, Mayor Grzegorz Benedykcinski suspended action on the plan pending clarification of the cemetery’s boundaries.

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25 November 2014

Discovered Unmarked Tombstone Along the Minnesota River Unearths a Mystery

The identity of a 24-year-old female whose resting place had been marked by a now over century old tombstone that was recently unearthed along the Minnesota River remains a mystery despite the best efforts of resident history buffs.

On Friday, October 10, a pair of those buffs, Barb and Paul Benson, received a phone call about the find from an Xcel employee who contacted the Benson’s after finding Barb’s name on the Granite Falls Historical Society website.

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