Genealogy Blog

24 April 2015

Indiana's Early Black Settlements Are Now Documented Online

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has made available online the results of its research on early black settlements in Indiana. This effort is part of the Early African American Settlement Heritage Initiative.

During the summer of 2014, the Indiana Historical Society embarked upon a journey to identify African-American rural settlements that existed in Indiana by 1870.

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20 April 2015

A Tasmanian Tragedy: Honour Roll of the World War I Casualties

From its small population that had just passed 200,000 for the first time, Tasmania sent more than 15,000 of its men, women and boys to the war.

Hundreds of Tasmanians enlisted elsewhere, expanding that number. Nearly 2900 died as a result of their service.

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17 April 2015

WWI Canadian Nurses Honored on Greek Island of Lemnos

These days, it’s easy to forget the role that the northeastern Aegean island of Lemnos played in the First World War. However, with the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign coming up on April 25, that looks set to change.

Despite the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign, which was launched from the island port of Mudros, Lemnos remained the allied base for the blockade of the Dardanelles during the war.

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14 April 2015

Did Richard III Manage To Keep His Scoliosis a Secret Up Until His Death in 1485?

Last month saw the mortal remains of King Richard III reinterred at Leicester Cathedral, more than two years after University of Leicester archaeologists discovered his skeleton in a car park in August 2012.

No mention of Richard's distinctive physique survives from during his lifetime, perhaps out of respect to a reigning monarch, or perhaps because he hid it so well.

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13 April 2015

'Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833' at the Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is presenting an exhibition entitled "Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833", from February 10 to June 30, 2015.

The main concept is to explore the topography, archaeology and history of Ottoman Athens showcasing travelers’ books, works of art, and topographical renderings from the Gennadius collections as well as archaeological finds from the excavations of the Ancient Agora.

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Russian Museum Closes Amid Scandal Over U.S. and British WWII Photos

A major museum in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg has closed for an "undetermined period" amid a scandal over an exhibition of World War II photos co-organized by the U.S. and British consulates.

The Metenkov House Museum of Photography in Russia's fourth-largest city was scheduled on Friday to open an exhibition of 150 wartime images by British and American photographers as the countries mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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7 April 2015

1,000 Irish Died with American Army in WWI

Almost 1,000 Irish-born soldiers died serving with the United States army in World War I, three times higher than previous estimates, a genealogist has discovered.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Megan Smolenyak, the genealogist who traced Barack Obama's roots to Moneygall, Co Offaly, says previous research "significantly understated" the real losses of Irishmen in the Great War.

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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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