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Genealogy Blog

26 March 2015

'Faces: The Many Visages of Human History' at the University of Padua, Italy

One bust depicts a gaunt-faced man with a beaked nose and angular chin. Nearby, another has rounded cheeks and a softer nose and chin. But the two faces were both created based on the skull of one man, St. Anthony of Padua.

The gaunt face, a reconstruction made 20 years ago, is closer to how St. Anthony appears in religious artwork. The rounder face was created in late 2013 by a team of archaeologists and 3-D modelers from Italy and Brazil.

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17 March 2015

Reconstructing the Site of Richard III’s Last 'Resting Place' Before Bosworth

A team from the University of Leicester has reconstructed models of the Blue Boar Inn -- reputed to have housed King Richard III before the battle of Bosworth -- following the discovery of a notebook in a private collection containing a measured survey of the iconic local timber framed building.

The survey was made shortly before the inn was demolished in 1836 by Henry Goddard, but was never drawn up and has remained forgotten for over 170 years.

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4 March 2015

Yes, 5 People Born in the 1800s Are Still With Us

Has it really been more than 15 years since we were marking the arrival of a new century?

How about nearly 115 years? Yes, there are still five people alive — all of them women — who saw the dawn of the 20th century. And three of them are Americans.

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The Story of Jack Harris, The Sydney Boy Soldier, Revealed as Gallipoli Anniversary Approaches

He was just a baby-faced boy when he landed on the shores of Gallipoli and was thrust straight into one of Australia’s bloodiest military battles, the rifle and bayonet he grimly carried as tall as he was.

Fifteen-year-old Sydney schoolboy Jack Harris, who lied about his age to enlist in World War I, would soon lay dead on the bloodied battleground of Anzac Cove, the youngest Australian to die in battle.

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27 February 2015

African Americans Who Fled the South During Great Migration Led Shorter Lives

Millions of African Americans moved from the South in the early 20th century to seek better job opportunities and higher wages, but a new study on the historic Great Migration shows that with improved economic conditions came a greater risk of mortality.

A paper published in the February issue of American Economic Review found that, on average, African Americans who migrated died 1.5 years sooner than their peers who stayed in the South.

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26 February 2015

National Archive of the Republic of Armeni To Present 'Hundred Names' Project

The national Archive of the Republic of Armenia in association with the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Charitable Foundation will present to the public the project 'Hundred names', which will tell about hundred survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who or whose heirs got international recognition.

The Director of the National Archive Amatuni Virabyan told about it on February 25 during a press conference.

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11 February 2015

1850 Census Data Paint a Picture of Early Texans

Digging through the University of Virginia's handy historical census browser, there's a nice trove of data about people living in 1850 Texas.

Some highlights and unfortunate lowlights include the total population, how many people attended school and the total number of slaves in each county.

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9 February 2015

Working Women of World War I

During World War I, with vast numbers of men either enlisting or conscripted to fight in the various forces, women stepped up to take their place as workers.

As well as traditionally female occupations at the time, such as nurses or teachers, many women undertook conventionally male roles in transport, for example, fire fighting, hauling coal and piloting. However heavy and arduous the work, women proved capable of it.

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5 February 2015

100 Years Since First New Zealand Death in WWI

Private William Ham from the small settlement of Ngatimoti near Nelson died from his wounds at the Battle of the Suez Canal in February 1915.

In all, some 18,000 New Zealanders died during World War I from the 100,000 that served overseas during the four-year conflict. Born in Ireland in 1892, William Ham emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1900, eventually ending up in Ngatimoti in 1905.

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3 February 2015

Australian Students To Explore World War I in Unique Project

It was through the heroic, horrific sacrifice of its best and brightest in World War I that the federated states and territories of the Great South Land became a nation in spirit as well as name. It is why Anzac Day is now our de facto national day.

With the centenary of that momentous first Anzac Day drawing near, NewsLocal today launches a unique competition for junior high school students to bring to life the impact and experiences the conflict wrought on this young country.

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30 January 2015

Meet Ida May Fuller, Recipient of the First Social Security Check Numbered 00-000-001

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout.

Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn't realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. She had only paid three years' worth of payroll taxes before retiring but by the time of her death in 1975 at age 100, she collected $22,888.92 from Social Security monthly benefits.

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29 January 2015

Scenes From the History of Snow Removal

In some areas, the weather outside is pretty frightful. And since you've no place to go but outside to shovel, get cozy and read about snow removal in the good old days.

For a good stretch of American history, getting rid of snow was of no great concern. In fact, people actually wanted it around. While this might blow the minds of modern Northeasterners and Midwesterners, keep in mind that these were the days of the horse-drawn vehicle, not the Prius.

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28 January 2015

RELIC Program To Explore History of Creoles

Creole identity and culture have become uniquely associated with Louisiana and have both persisted and undergone dynamic change in our state's history, but who or what is Creole?

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is offering the public an opportunity to consider why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been used by writers of the Creole experience.

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23 January 2015

A 16th Century View of North America in the Vallard Atlas

The prolific Dieppe school of Northern France produced some of the atlases with the most innovative and beautiful marginalia.

The Vallard Atlas, which was made in 1547 and ascribed to the Dieppe cartography school, has a clearly Portuguese flavour due to either its anonymous creator or the model that inspired it.

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6 January 2015

Hidden World War II Battlefields Reveal Germans' Tactics

Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now.

These battleground remnants may shed new light on logistical support of German field armies and the impact of Allied bombings, researchers said in a new study.

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