Genealogy Blog - History 2014-12-22T07:00:02+01:00 Geneanet urn:md5:137eeaa00c40515e81be86b078a43655 Dotclear Japanese Newspaper Prints Apology for Using the Term ‘Sex Slaves’ urn:md5:8117181fd0e173f4d4054c4408f7ac3a 2014-12-01T10:15:00+01:00 2014-12-01T09:31:38+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/The_Yomiuri_Shimbun.png" />The Yomiuri Shimbun, the conservative newspaper that is the largest-circulation daily in Japan, has apologized for using the term “sex slaves” to refer to the women many historians say were coerced into working in a sprawling network of brothels supervised by the Japanese military during World War II.<br /> <br /> In a challenge to the view held by those historians, as well as by the governments of South Korea and China, the newspaper said it was “inappropriate” to suggest that the women had been recruited against their will. Writing “as if coercion by the Japanese government or the army was an objective fact” was incorrect, it said.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/world/asia/japan-yomiuri-shimbun-apology-sex-slaves.html?_r=0">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/12/Japanese-Newspaper-Prints-Apology-for-Using-the-Term-Sex-Slaves.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32759 New Ulster Museum Exhibition Is Insight Into 500 Years of History in Northern Ireland urn:md5:a1afa33805edddb0a2c781c704abf052 2014-11-26T14:15:00+01:00 2014-11-26T09:21:07+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__14350.jpg" />Ulster's fascinating past is on display in a major new exhibition at the Ulster Museum, showcasing 500 years of history.<br /> <br /> Almost 400 objects have now been put on show at the Belfast museum, some 150 of which have not previously been on display. The exhibit, Modern History, is arranged around particular events and themes and tells the story of the historic province of Ulster from 1500 to 1968.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/new-ulster-museum-exhibition-is-insight-into-500-years-of-history-in-northern-ireland-30773360.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/11/New-Ulster-Museum-Exhibition-Is-Insight-Into-500-Years-of-History-in-Northern-Ireland.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32710 Photographer Unearths 'Lost' Underground Cities of World War I urn:md5:1e782d5ee9990eda08e75a377d36cc7b 2014-11-13T09:15:00+01:00 2014-11-13T09:46:39+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__14170.jpg" />A Houston area doctor is revealing for the first time photographs taken of underground cities used to house troops in France during World War I. The vast giant underground spaces, sometimes measuring over 18 miles long, are forgotten quarries which ran under the Western front line.<br /> <br /> During the Great War, which began a century ago this year, the quarries were transformed into fully-functioning cities with electric lighting systems, plumbing, railways, chapels and formal living quarters. Some even had street signs on the walls so soldiers wouldn't get lost.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/news/article/Baytown-doctor-reveals-moving-photos-of-lost-WW1-5888660.php">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/11/Photographer-Unearths-Lost-Underground-Cities-of-World-War-I.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32574 France Unveils New Monument To Commemorate WWI urn:md5:9a852ff80d3cdb86509910a412dfdc19 2014-11-12T10:15:00+01:00 2014-11-12T09:21:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__14149.jpg" />President François Hollande on Tuesday is presiding over a series of commemorations marking the end of World War I, culminating with the inauguration of a breathtaking new monument in northern France.<br /> <br /> Tributes will be paid in France and around the world on Tuesday to the millions of servicemen who died in the Great War.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20141111-france-world-war-one-centenary-hollande-ring-remembrance-wwi/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/11/France-Unveils-New-Monument-To-Commemorate-WWI.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32555 The Saddest Selfie: Touching Self Portrait Taken By WW1 Soldier Reveals Proud Young Man in His Bedroom Shortly Before Flying To His Death at the Age of Just 21 urn:md5:00b04938a77fe2514a49896ecbd01f35 2014-11-10T16:15:00+01:00 2014-11-10T09:31:40+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/1415377703050_wps_41_THOMAS_BAKER_WWI_MIRROR_S.jpg" />A photograph uncovered among records from World War I shows a fresh-faced soldier taking a picture of himself in front of a bedroom mirror.<br /> <br /> Just months later, the 21-year-old soldier was shot down during an air battle over Germany along with a comrade from No 4. Squadron. His story, and haunting photo, has been released ahead of Remembrance Day next week, and to commemorate 2014 as the 100-year anniversary since the start of the Great War.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2825566/The-selfie-taken-soldier-World-War-Touching-image-reveals-proud-young-man-bedroom-shortly-flying-death-age-just-21.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/11/The-Saddest-Selfie%3A-Touching-Self-Portrait-Taken-By-WW1-Soldier-Reveals-Proud-Young-Man-in-His-Bedroom-Shortly-Before-Flying-To-His-Death-at-the-Age-of-Just-21.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32525 End of the Line: The Rusting Relics of an Eerie Hungarian Train Graveyard, Including Carriages That Carried Jews To Their Deaths at Auschwitz urn:md5:f53fb196953915c9c46f2281535c3f4c 2014-10-30T08:15:00+01:00 2014-10-30T09:08:46+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/1414586847455_wps_80_A_train_carriage_similar_.jpg" />These are the eerie images of an abandoned train yard in Hungary where visitors can see rotting carriages once used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp.<br /> <br /> The pictures, taken at the Istvantelek train workshop near Budapest, are a snapshot of a bygone era, with huge locomotives standing in a crumbling shed that is slowly being reclaimed by nature.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812432/End-line-rusting-relics-eerie-Hungarian-train-graveyard-including-carriages-carried-Jews-deaths-Auschwitz.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/10/End-of-the-Line%3A-The-Rusting-Relics-of-an-Eerie-Hungarian-Train-Graveyard-Including-Carriages-That-Carried-Jews-To-Their-Deaths-at-Auschwitz.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32418 Secret WWI History of Australian Soldiers with Venereal Disease urn:md5:03fbeef27b06905bd4b10ec6bc816bd3 2014-10-24T11:15:00+02:00 2014-10-24T09:18:29+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Article_Lead_-_wide6260755111adhbimage.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.119wan.png1414067124226.jpg-620x349.jpg" />Around 60,000 Australian soldiers ended up contracting venereal disease by the end of the First World War. Just as they were hidden away to undergo treatment at the time, their story has, up until now, remained largely untold.<br /> <br /> The image of a soldier riddled with gonorrhoea and syphilis, hiding weeping ulcers on his genitals beneath the emblematic khaki uniform, is a far cry from the usual portrayal of the ANZAC digger.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/secret-wwi-history-of-australian-soldiers-with-venereal-disease-20141022-119wan.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/10/Secret-WWI-History-of-Australian-Soldiers-with-Venereal-Disease.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32355 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Canadian World War I Memorials urn:md5:278831a3d28df3cbf0d9df500c0efd53 2014-10-17T12:15:00+02:00 2014-10-17T08:07:04+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/molson.jpg" />When we think of war memorials, we picture cenotaphs, statues of angels and soldiers, but after the First World War, communities searched for original ways to honour their fallen citizens. <br /> <br /> Some took the traditional route, while others came up with other methods to memorialize the dead. Here are 10 places and things that you may not realize were meant to honour Canada’s war dead.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://ww1.canada.com/battlefront/10-things-you-didnt-know-were-first-world-war-memorials">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/10/10-Things-You-Didnt-Know-Were-Canadian-World-War-I-Memorials.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32276 Ireland's Korean War Veterans Remembered urn:md5:543628b131837fe7000e74bb1bbb2885 2014-10-17T10:15:00+02:00 2014-10-17T08:04:53+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Irish__Korean_War_Veterans_honoured_at_Ceremony_in_Thurles_Co_Tiperary__01_optomised.jpg" />Nestled between the vast expanse of World War II and the shock and horror of VietNam, the Korean War is sometimes overlooked. <br /> <br /> It was a bitter and bloody conflict, which has left political scars on the Korean peninsula which ache to this day. Its legacy is bitter division betwen Seoul and Pyongyang, violent flare-ups between North Korea - ruled by the insane and despotic Kim dynasty - and democratic South Korea, and the infamous 'DMZ' which separates the two warring states, strewn with landmines.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://thecorknews.ie/articles/irelands-korean-war-veterans-remembered-16499">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/10/Ireland-s-Korean-War-Veterans-Remembered.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32275 Australia Claims Britain Ignoring World War One Hero as 'Mere Colonial' urn:md5:23ca8319328f0718d67e8fefd9cc4fd9 2014-10-16T09:15:00+02:00 2014-10-16T08:28:39+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/John-Monash-_3073435b.jpg" />Imperial War Museum's failure to acknowledge Australian war hero Sir John Monash prompts anger in Australia, with critics saying it reflects Britain's disdain for 'mere colonials'.<br /> <br /> Australia will press Britain over the failure of the revamped Imperial War Museum to recognise Australia's famous wartime hero Sir John Monash, who was regarded as one of the best military minds on the Western Front during the First World War. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11163683/Australia-claims-Britain-ignoring-World-War-One-hero-as-mere-colonial.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/10/Australia-Claims-Britain-Ignoring-World-War-One-Hero-as-Mere-Colonial.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32270 An American Sculptor’s Masks Restored French Soldiers Disfigured in World War I urn:md5:9e1b23bd0a09ed81147b88a1c15f9820 2014-09-23T08:15:00+02:00 2014-09-23T07:52:27+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/mask_0121407878715.jpg" />On the day after Christmas in 1920, a French mailman and veteran of World War I wrote an American woman named Anna Coleman Ladd to thank her for what she had done for him during the war.<br /> <br /> Ladd knew the veteran, Charles Victor, who had been wounded in the face by a hand grenade in 1915. She had two photos of him. In one, he is sitting in a chair, wearing his uniform and military medals. He has large ears and a shock of dark hair, parted on the side. But the lower half of his face is mutilated. Most of his nose and lips are gone, and his mouth looks crooked and rearranged.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/an-american-sculptors-masks-restored-french-soldiers-disfigured-in-world-war-i/2014/09/22/4748b8d4-38ec-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/09/An-American-Sculptors-Masks-Restored-French-Soldiers-Disfigured-in-World-War-I.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/32032 Toronto’s First Casualty of World War I urn:md5:8810a9ed7335a263915c0611275d4d16 2014-09-09T08:15:00+02:00 2014-09-09T07:52:12+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/as_naval_cadet.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg" />In a war rife with brutality, it is unreasonable to categorize one soldier’s demise as more harrowing than another’s, or his grace in dying as more admirable than that of those who fell around him.<br /> <br /> So the horrible circumstances surrounding the death of Bertram Denison, Toronto’s first casualty of the First World War, and the kindness he demonstrated in his final days, didn’t exceed those of his fellow servicemen. They exemplified them.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ww1/2014/09/08/torontos_first_casualty_of_world_war_i.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/09/Torontos-First-Casualty-of-World-War-I.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31900 World War I: Australian Teenage Girl Maud Butler Cut Hair, Dressed as Soldier and Stowed Away on Troopship urn:md5:b71536013c87ea810c35a2719c9c70c8 2014-09-04T08:15:00+02:00 2014-09-04T07:33:25+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/5634626-3x4-340x453.jpg" />A teenage girl from the Hunter Valley coalfields was so desperate to be a part of Australia's war effort that she cut her hair, dressed as a soldier and stowed away on a troopship.<br /> <br /> The exploits of Maud Butler, a resourceful 16-year-old waitress with a sense of adventure, are being researched by historian Professor Victoria Haskins. As part of her study, Professor Haskins is researching Maud's expedition, which she says runs several chapters. Here, Professor Haskins writes about Maud's initial run-in with authorities.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-04/world-war-i-teenage-girl-stowed-away-on-troopship/5687202">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/09/World-War-I%3A-Australian-Teenage-Girl-Maud-Butler-Cut-Hair-Dressed-as-Soldier-and-Stowed-Away-on-Troopship.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31844 War Against Japan Archives Cover Disastrous Defense of Nanking urn:md5:e1b5a3e92158e49096dbbbe39271a3a0 2014-09-03T08:15:00+02:00 2014-09-03T07:51:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/002564936a81156a8b9d1e_copy1.jpg" />The eighth part of an archive series on the Second Sino-Japanese War on Monday covered the Battle of Nanking (Nanjing) in 1937, in which Japanese troops captured the Republic of China capital and unleashed a six-week orgy of slaughter.<br /> <br /> Starting on Aug. 25, the archive series is being released on the website of China's State Archives Administration, one battle per day, in a drive to raise awareness of the war, known in China as the War of Resistance Against Japan.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140902000104&cid=1101">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/09/War-Against-Japan-Archives-Cover-Disastrous-Defense-of-Nanking.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31830 20,000 Irishmen Fought for Canada in World War I urn:md5:562e2dd4cee591395e3576b259de30b4 2014-08-25T20:15:00+02:00 2014-08-25T09:48:33+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/MI_World_War_1_One_soldiers_getty.jpg" />Almost 20,000 Irish soldiers fought in the Canadian army during World War I new figures show. According to an unpublished document from Canada’s Department of National Defense, 19,327 Irish served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.<br /> <br /> However, the Irish Times reports that number may be underestimated as many Irish who enlisted in the army came from across US border and would have been regarded as American. Canada went out of its way to recruit Irish soldiers and a number of Irish battalions were raised during the war.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/20000-Irishmen-fought-for-Canada-in-World-War-I.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/08/20000-Irishmen-Fought-for-Canada-in-World-War-I.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31764 Mysteries of Medieval Graffiti in England's Churches urn:md5:f78695bf1b4c2d739ef716e959396173 2014-07-21T10:15:00+02:00 2014-07-21T08:10:18+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/_76100778_strawmen.jpg" />Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages?<br /> <br /> A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England. Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28035013">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/07/Mysteries-of-Medieval-Graffiti-in-England-s-Churches.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31521 First Aussie To Die in WWI Recognised urn:md5:880a1877bebcf183b4a86122ae54b76f 2014-07-10T09:15:00+02:00 2014-07-10T09:37:39+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/429337771-19rrfp5.jpg" />The name of the soldier who may well be the first Australian killed in World War I has been added to the Australian War Memorial's commemorative roll, nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.<br /> <br /> Australian-born Lt William Malcolm Chisholm was serving in a British uniform when he was wounded in the Battle of Le Cateau, on August 26, 1914, just three days after arriving in France, and died the next day, aged 22.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24425833/first-aussie-to-die-in-wwi-recognised/">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/07/First-Aussie-to-die-in-WWI-recognised.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31436 Ashes of WWII Chinese Soldiers from Burma Buried in Yunnan urn:md5:c8286c05e6da0d64d1c2499dda583e1d 2014-06-17T08:15:00+02:00 2014-06-17T07:53:02+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Reunion_of_forces_at_Mongyu.jpg" />Twenty-two urns containing the ashes of soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Forces who fought against the Japanese during World War II were transported from Burma and reburied in China’s Yunnan Province last week.<br /> <br /> In 1942, two brigades of Chinese soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Forces were part of the Allied Forces led by US commander Gen Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/ashes-of-wwii-chinese-soldiers-from-burma-buried-in-yunnan-burma-myanmar/41539">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/06/Ashes-of-WWII-Chinese-Soldiers-from-Burma-Buried-in-Yunnan.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31179 Tuam Mother and Baby Home: The Trouble with the Septic Tank Story urn:md5:082222e2d6b953cf6677808817d23442 2014-06-13T08:15:00+02:00 2014-06-13T07:43:32+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Catherine_Corless_-_Copy.jpg" />"I never used that word 'dumped'," Catherine Corless, a local historian in Co Galway, tells The Irish Times. "I never said to anyone that 800 bodies were dumped in a septic tank. That did not come from me at any point. They are not my words."<br /> <br /> The story that emerged from her work was reported this week in dramatic headlines around the world. Corless, who lives outside Tuam, has been working for several years on records associated with the former St Mary’s mother-and-baby home in the town. Her research has revealed that 796 children, most of them infants, died between 1925 and 1961, the 36 years that the home, run by Bon Secours, existed.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/tuam-mother-and-baby-home-the-trouble-with-the-septic-tank-story-1.1823393">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/06/Tuam-Mother-and-Baby-Home%3A-The-Trouble-with-the-Septic-Tank-Story.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31146 Then and Now in Pictures: 70 Years Later, Normandy's Beaches Retain Memory of D-Day Invasion urn:md5:7f495c1d4ac3b01ea5546c48086469be 2014-06-04T12:15:00+02:00 2014-06-04T09:48:46+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__13287.jpg" />As many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, pictures of Normandy's now-touristy beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion. <br /> <br /> But while the landscape has changed, the memory of the momentous event lives on.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com//news/world/then-and-now-in-pictures-70-years-later-normandys-beaches-retain-memory-of-d-day-invasion/article18914332/">Source & Pictures</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/06/Then-and-Now-in-Pictures%3A-70-Years-Later-Normandy-s-Beaches-Retain-Memory-of-D-Day-Invasion.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31045 Online Archive of WWI Letters Gives Glimpse Into the Irish Experience of War urn:md5:72177e4548fe8ee00323d3a08b27e88b 2014-05-27T10:15:00+02:00 2014-05-27T07:28:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/MI_World_War_One_WWI_Soldiers_trenches.jpg" />A large archive of letters from the frontline of WWI is being built at letter1916.ie and the public is being invited to contribute materials from the era which may have been passed down in the family.<br /> <br /> Professor Susan Schreibman of NUI Maynooth who is assembling the archive told the Irish Independent: "It's a crowd-sourcing project that depends on public participation. Not only do we value material sent in, but people can go online and transcribe the letters."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Online-archive-of-WWI-letters-gives-glimpse-into-the-Irish-experience-of-war.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/Online-Archive-of-WWI-Letters-Gives-Glimpse-Into-the-Irish-Experience-of-War.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30964 A Mysterious 19th-Century Tattoo Artist, Identified At Last urn:md5:ddd7fc82949a6c3aa189d2482df32a0e 2014-05-27T02:15:00+02:00 2014-05-26T09:25:44+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/1983_52_3_65.jpg" />With a quarter of Americans sporting at least one tattoo, it’s become impossible to walk down the street in summertime without navigating a virtual museum of color on skin. But who are the artists? <br /> <br /> Unlike a painting or a piece of music, which are closely identified with their creators, tattoos are less likely to come with an authorial pedigree. Never mind being able to identify someone else’s piece—many people (including me) don’t know the names of all the artists who produced their own.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/05/24/mysterious-century-tattoo-artist-identified-last/u7ayzx9RU2Ezmw550bDK0O/story.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/A-Mysterious-19th-Century-Tattoo-Artist-Identified-At-Last.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30940 First World War Diaries Reveal 'Sports' Played in the Trenches urn:md5:2df576864b81a445fcc02974e4e6cd18 2014-05-26T20:15:00+02:00 2014-05-26T09:14:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Two-soldiers-in-the-trenc-011.jpg" />Pillow fights, wheelbarrow races, and wrestling on mules were among entertainments arranged by officers to maintain morale among British troops in the trenches during the first world war, according to a sports day programme dated 31 October 1914 – among more than 700 digitised war diaries made available online by the National Archives.<br /> <br /> Other "company sports" designed to take minds off the battles included blindfold squad drill, blindfold driving, tug of war, a boat race, and a high jump.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/first-world-war-diaries-sports-trenches-national-archive">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/First-World-War-Diaries-Reveal-Sports-Played-in-the-Trenches.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30944 The Couple Who Killed Themselves To Avoid the Horrors of WWI urn:md5:17e5b5efe1eab8be0b588d1a44dc0be0 2014-05-26T18:15:00+02:00 2014-05-26T09:12:14+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/article-2636179-1E194F3A00000578-288_306x513.jpg" />A heartbreaking suicide pact taken in 1915 between a soldier and his wife so they could avoid the horrors of the First World War has been discovered in archives.<br /> <br /> Shadrach Critchley, 35, and his wife Annie, 45, were found lying side by side on a mattress at their home in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on Monday May 24, 1915 - shortly after Mr Critchley was recruited to the Cheshire Regiment. A newspaper cutting from the time reveals that alongside the couple were two handwritten notes, expressing their wish 'never to be parted'.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2636179/Soldier-wifes-1915-suicide-pact-avoid-horrors-WWI-Couple-dead-home-notes-saying-didnt-want-parted.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/The-Couple-Who-Killed-Themselves-To-Avoid-the-Horrors-of-WWI.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30943 Amsterdam To Compensate Jews for WWII Taxes, Fines urn:md5:9b8d38c1f1b220bc439a029558f9428e 2014-05-26T16:15:00+02:00 2014-05-26T09:09:36+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/amsterdam-635x357.jpg" />Amsterdam says it will pay compensation to Jewish residents who fled or were forced from their homes during World War II — and returned to find overdue taxes and late payment fines waiting for them.<br /> <br /> The city council says in Thursday’s statement it will repay survivors or their families 820,000 euros ($1.1 million). It plans a wider investigation into unfair postwar charges. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said: “With the eyes of today, but also with the eyes of then, the city levying fines on war victims was formalistic and inappropriate.”<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/amsterdam-to-compensate-jews-for-wwii-taxes-fines/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/Amsterdam-To-Compensate-Jews-for-WWII-Taxes-Fines.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30942 10 Intimate Photographs of World War II Soldiers in the Buff urn:md5:1bb5f80b4119f64075196ce5cadf851a 2014-05-26T14:15:00+02:00 2014-05-26T09:06:29+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/001-Ochs_Ivan_Dmitri_002.w1120.h1646.jpg" />The fleet is in! And so is My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare (Taschen Books), an astounding collection assembled by the excellent smut historian Dian Hanson. <br /> <br /> We see, in this chunky Taschen volume, hundreds of nameless men photographed in groups, nude or nearly so, by fellow soldiers, sailors, corpsmen, and airmen.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/privates-and-corporals-and-ensigns-on-parade.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/10-Intimate-Photographs-of-World-War-II-Soldiers-in-the-Buff.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30941 WWII French and German Soldiers Are Best Friends 70 Years After Normandy Landings urn:md5:9ca407a646e404175d4c11fa3c3bfdf0 2014-05-13T13:15:00+02:00 2014-05-13T07:28:47+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/article-0-1DC5AB3A00000578-34_634x423.jpg" />When Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944 the last thing he expected was that 70 years later one of the 'Boches' he was fighting against would be a friend and neighbour.<br /> <br /> Yet today, Mr Gautier, now 91, and Johannes Boerner, 88, live side-by-side in the very town where the French commando came ashore in the first wave of the D-Day invasion. They are two of the dwindling number of veterans of the Allies' Normandy landings and the ensuing three-month battle to push German forces back on the western front of Nazi-occupied Europe.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626309/We-fought-D-Day-town-live-WWII-French-German-soldiers-best-friends-70-years-Normandy-landings.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/WWII-French-and-German-Soldiers-Are-Best-Friends-70-Years-After-Normandy-Landings.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30834 New Project To Look at Medieval Miracles in the British Isles urn:md5:32e3e0403a802fe9cf2a061f6ad506df 2014-05-13T11:15:00+02:00 2014-05-13T07:26:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Life-of-st-cuthbert-650x463.jpg" />A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have started creating an online database to categorize the miracles found in saints’ lives that were written in Britain and Ireland between 500 and 1300.<br /> <br /> Known as Mapping Miracles, the project is run by Robert Gallagher, Julianne Pigott and Sarah Waidler of the University of Cambridge along with Jennifer Key of the University of St.Andrews. By developing this database, they hope to show what were the similarities and differences in the miracles recorded in saints’ lives, even those that were written in other different parts of the British Isles and centuries apart.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.medievalists.net/2014/05/12/new-project-look-medieval-miracles-british-isles/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/New-Project-To-Look-at-Medieval-Miracles-in-the-British-Isles.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30833 Were Red Cross Parcels Invented in Bristol in WWI? urn:md5:7ceb5b41b842ae7739d83ad98c5c16e1 2014-05-07T11:15:00+02:00 2014-05-07T10:00:33+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__13135.jpg" />Wednesday January 8 1919, 11am. Hundreds of men, most of them pale, all of them thin – some dangerously so – started to gather on Corn Street. They stood in small groups chatting, sharing cigarettes, waiting.<br /> <br /> Most were in uniform, and fell silent as an officer – Major Dinham, 2nd Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment – standing on the Council House steps, called for order.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Red-Cross-Parcels-invented-Bristol-WWI/story-21061542-detail/story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/05/Were-Red-Cross-Parcels-Invented-in-Bristol-in-WWI.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30775 Slave Girl Who Changed History urn:md5:367de88268cbc2b2a725559ebd3fc1c9 2014-04-28T17:15:00+02:00 2014-04-28T08:05:17+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/belle_2893807b.jpg" />Earlier this year, the film 12 Years A Slave — a searingly brutal account of the helplessness of 19th-century slaves in America’s Deep South — swept the 'best picture' category at the leading Hollywood award ceremonies.<br /> <br /> Now, a new film made in Britain will tell the story of the remarkable relationship that may have lain at the heart of the abolition of slavery on this side of the Atlantic. It centres on the 1st Earl of Mansfield, the most influential Lord Chief Justice of the 18th century, and the woman he helped to raise — Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of a black slave woman.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/10790304/Slave-girl-who-changed-history.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/Slave-Girl-Who-Changed-History.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30673 Unlocking the Secrets to Sweden’s Holy King urn:md5:cf6e6263c85922cec12a20741b807086 2014-04-24T13:15:00+02:00 2014-04-24T07:48:57+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/King-erik-iX-650x495.jpg" />Researchers in Sweden have opened the casket of King Erik IX, and hope to analyze his bones to understand more about the health of the twelfth-century ruler and to even make sure these remains are his.<br /> <br /> King Erik IX ruled Sweden from 1155 to 1160 and was murdered, allegedly by an assassin working for a rival noble family or for a Danish claimant to his throne. Within a few years his remains were being revered as holy relics, and Uppsala Cathedral was built on the site where he was killed.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.medievalists.net/2014/04/23/unlocking-secrets-swedens-holy-king/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/Unlocking-the-Secrets-to-Swedens-Holy-King.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30635 Inside The Mundaneum urn:md5:3dc933a31d7425e072fce7716b8c97b3 2014-04-22T21:15:00+02:00 2014-04-22T09:02:23+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Screenshot__13054.jpg" />On the night of June 1, 1934, a Belgian information scientist named Paul Otlet sat in silent, peaceful protest outside the locked doors of a government building in Brussels from which he had just been evicted. <br /> <br /> Inside was his life’s work: a vast archive of more than twelve million bibliographic three-by-five-inch index cards, which attempted to catalog and cross-reference the relationships among all the world’s published information. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/8/contents/inside_the_mundaneum">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/Inside-The-Mundaneum.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30607 College Student Fought Dutch Bureaucrats To Obtain Justice for Amsterdam Holocaust Survivors urn:md5:d6406766840d4f9082d1edeb7fddda92 2014-04-22T15:15:00+02:00 2014-04-22T08:50:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Netherlands_Holocaust_Survivors_Taxes-2.jpg" />Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.<br /> <br /> Following her discovery four years ago, Van den Berg waged a lonely fight against Amsterdam's modern bureaucracy to have the travesty publicly recognized. Now, largely due to her efforts, <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/19/college-student-fought-dutch-bureaucrats-to-obtain-justice-for-amsterdam/">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/College-Student-Fought-Dutch-Bureaucrats-To-Obtain-Justice-for-Amsterdam-Holocaust-Survivors.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30604 Scotland Gets Ready To Celebrate Battle of Bannockburn's 700th Anniversary urn:md5:54901d4a475933a0c1f8d118d2707f30 2014-04-16T13:15:00+02:00 2014-04-16T08:49:01+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/Statue_of_Robert_the_Bruce-1458179.jpg" />Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one.<br /> <br /> Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and paved the way for Scottish independence.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/british-breaks/scotland-gets-ready-celebrate-battle-3413740">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/Scotland-Gets-Ready-To-Celebrate-Battle-of-Bannockburn-s-700th-Anniversary.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30552 The Bravest Street in England: Cul-de-Sac Where 161 Men Joined Up for WWI - and 50 Gave Their Lives for Their Country urn:md5:661e822b2de5f821d359e0a36e32a117 2014-04-04T13:15:00+02:00 2014-04-04T07:33:58+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2596292-0046287100000258-27_634x448.jpg" />On the eve of the First World War it was just another ordinary British street - a nondescript cul-de-sac of 60 terrace houses, home to dozens of hard-working blue-collar families. <br /> <br /> But by November 1918, some 161 residents of Chapel Street in Altrincham had stepped up to serve their country in the trenches of the Great War. Of those 29 were killed in action while a further 20 would succumb to their injuries on their return. Such was its sacrifice that King George V called Chapel Street the 'bravest little street in England' for having provided so many volunteers.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2596292/The-bravest-street-England-Road-161-men-joined-WWI-29-gave-lives-country.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/The-Bravest-Street-in-England%3A-Cul-de-Sac-Where-161-Men-Joined-Up-for-WWI-and-50-Gave-Their-Lives-for-Their-Country.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30422 Diaries Reveal New Details About Gas Attack on Irish Soldiers in 1916 urn:md5:1a088886e8910f35dc8fdce8ff93ff7b 2014-04-02T13:15:00+02:00 2014-04-02T07:33:03+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/world-war-n.jpg" />Hundreds of Irishmen fighting for the British Army in World War 1 perished in a horrific German gas attack as their countrymen battled to end British rule in Ireland.<br /> <br /> The National Archives in Kew has this week released war diaries from the 8th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, which reveal details of the deadly German attack that left 500 Irish soldiers dead.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishpost.co.uk/news/diaries-reveal-new-details-gas-attack-irish-soldiers-1916">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/04/Diaries-Reveal-New-Details-About-Gas-Attack-on-Irish-Soldiers-in-1916.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30400 1 in 4 Indians Believe India Fought Against UK in WWI urn:md5:9aaaad73447dc247a6cd0a790125b125 2014-03-31T18:15:00+02:00 2014-03-31T07:27:16+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Hodsons_Horse_France_1917_IWM_Q_2061.jpg" />Over 1 in 4 Indians believe India was fighting the British and against the UK in the First World War.<br /> <br /> As part of its commemoration to mark 100 years of the war, the British Council commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey among the adult populations of Egypt, France, Germany, India, Russia, Turkey and the UK to gauge their knowledge surrounding the war.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/1-in-4-Indians-believe-India-fought-against-UK-in-WWI/articleshow/32996585.cms">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/1-in-4-Indians-Believe-India-Fought-Against-UK-in-WWI.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30362 Hungarian WWI Soldiers Heroes, Not Only Victims, Says Defence Minister urn:md5:53b3bb17c4c415a98583bffba338ceb4 2014-03-31T12:15:00+02:00 2014-03-31T07:16:24+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/sturm1.jpg" />Hungarian soldiers who fell in World War I were not only victims, but heroes as well, the Hungarian defence minister said in western Hungary on Sunday, at a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.<br /> <br /> The example of these of our heroes, their personal sacrifice as well as their loyalty, are also part of a decision taken in a referendum later in 1923 by the locals in Narda expressing their wish to belong to Hungary, said Csaba Hende in the village located on the border with Austria.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.politics.hu/20140330/hungarian-wwi-soldiers-heroes-not-only-victims-says-defence-minister/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/Hungarian-WWI-Soldiers-Heroes-Not-Only-Victims-Says-Defence-Minister.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30359 French Say First Australian To Die in WWI Was Sydney’s Lieutenant William Malcolm Chisholm urn:md5:2713ce9d6019e7c15f0f1393d7df788c 2014-03-24T16:15:00+01:00 2014-03-24T08:49:48+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/529397-51d9ef30-afc5-11e3-bf6a-6ec13e402258.jpg" />French authorities believe they have identified the first Australian to have died during World War I as they prepare to honour the sacrifice made by the then “young nation” from the other side of the world.<br /> <br /> The Australian War Memorial has long listed the first Australian fatalities of the Great War as being sailors from the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force during the landing on German New Guinea in September 1914.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.news.com.au/national/french-say-first-australian-to-die-in-wwi-was-sydneys-lieutenant-william-malcolm-chisholm/story-fncynjr2-1226861523375">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/French-Say-First-Australian-To-Die-in-WWI-Was-Sydneys-Lieutenant-William-Malcolm-Chisholm.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30288 WWI Diaries Tell How Dummy Troops Fooled the Germans urn:md5:e4d650f9d8a236d1f7999c542ed3707c 2014-03-13T11:15:00+01:00 2014-03-13T08:16:10+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2579642-1C38746900000578-402_634x691.jpg" />As shells rained down on No Man’s Land and poisonous gas swirled into the trenches, a company of British soldiers stood firm. They were the timber Tommies of the First World War and they proved a vital tool in the battle to keep the Germans guessing.<br /> <br /> The wooden cut-outs made to resemble live soldiers on the move were positioned above the trenches to trick the enemy into concentrating their defences in one area, or provoking them to open fire while an attack was launched from another direction.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2579642/Our-timber-Tommies-WWI-diaries-tell-dummy-troops-fooled-Germans.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/WWI-Diaries-Tell-How-Dummy-Troops-Fooled-the-Germans.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30176 WW1 German Soldier Recalls Moment He Bayoneted Foe To Death urn:md5:2ecb55ce3ba5f5cc3f913c91c4b104a4 2014-03-12T13:15:00+01:00 2014-03-12T09:11:10+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/WW1_3__2845797b.jpg" />The German Army of the Kaiser consisted of 800,000 conscripts. There were hardly any professional soldiers. Amongst these 800,000 men they had ten thousand who were called One Year’s Volunteers. That means mostly students and men with higher certification of education.<br /> <br /> The medical students had to serve only for half a year with the Infantry. And then, after they were qualified the next half year as doctors, as Medical Officers.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10683313/WW1-German-soldier-recalls-moment-he-bayoneted-foe-to-death.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/WW1-German-Soldier-Recalls-Moment-He-Bayoneted-Foe-To-Death.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30166 The Forgotten Indian Soldiers of WWI’s European Battlefields urn:md5:d65d36501e57f12d9e0e317891e90c86 2014-03-10T12:15:00+01:00 2014-03-10T09:43:33+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Screenshot__12849.jpg" />Thousands of kilometres from home, on First World War battlefield in France, an Indian soldier composed a letter. “There is no telling whether the war will be over in two years or in three, for in one hour 10,000 men are killed. What more can I write?”<br /> <br /> His name, like the names of so many other Indian soldiers on those battlefields, has disappeared from public memory. But his despondency, amid a war that he was dragged into, survived in his letter.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.thenational.ae/world/india/the-forgotten-indian-soldiers-of-wwis-european-battlefields">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/The-Forgotten-Indian-Soldiers-of-WWIs-European-Battlefields.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30143 Australian World War I Dead To Be Honoured in Light Spectacular urn:md5:30bcf48409c5a585b784140e1579a021 2014-03-03T10:15:00+01:00 2014-03-03T10:13:15+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/art-353-ANZAC-CENTENARY-DINK-300x0.jpg" />The names of each of the 62,000 Australians who died in World War I will be emblazoned, one by one, onto the stones of the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial over the next four years.<br /> <br /> The projection of each of the names will be visible all the way down Anzac Avenue and across Lake Burley Griffin, and descendants will be advised when their fallen relative will be commemorated in light. Each name will be projected for 30 seconds on 19 occasions over the next four years, the war memorial's director, Brendan Nelson, says.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/world-war-i-dead-to-be-honoured-in-light-spectacular-20140228-33qhb.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/Australian-World-War-I-Dead-To-Be-Honoured-in-Light-Spectacular.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30062 Drought Contributed to Typhus Epidemics in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, Study Shows urn:md5:9601020c3a04b8f455af7ab74717992e 2014-02-19T16:15:00+01:00 2014-02-19T08:31:18+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/140213141949-large.jpg" />Epidemiological data integrated with climate data taken from tree-ring estimates of soil moisture levels demonstrate that drought contributed to the spread of typhus in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas.<br /> <br /> The study has modern-day policy implications because although typhus can be treated with modern antibiotics, it remains a threat in remote, impoverished areas of South America, Asia and Africa and could reemerge as a serious infectious disease, especially where social strife and underdeveloped public health programs persist.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140213141949.htm">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/02/Drought-Contributed-to-Typhus-Epidemics-in-Mexico-from-1655-to-1918-Study-Shows.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29960 First World War: Around the War In a Handful of Objects urn:md5:9202bd4b331791df56e779724b968fbb 2014-02-17T14:15:00+01:00 2014-02-17T09:50:33+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/WW1-gasmasks_2823426b.jpg" />The First World War played a vital role in shaping the world we live in. One hundred years on, its events and its impact can be difficult to comprehend – but break it down into smaller narratives and it becomes more accessible.<br /> <br /> The objects pictured here are mute witnesses from the conflict: each has a story of its creation and its subsequent use in the field. For many items associated with war, that tale is plain to see: machine guns intended to kill, gas masks to protect.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10640588/First-World-War-Around-the-war-in-a-handful-of-objects.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/02/First-World-War%3A-Around-the-War-In-a-Handful-of-Objects.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29932 Why the Real World War One Heroine Who Was Inspiration Behind Downton Abbey Refused To Accept a CBE for Her Work Caring for the Wounded urn:md5:94a773a9b161233081e43eba7684d9c6 2014-02-04T17:15:00+01:00 2014-02-04T09:21:23+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2546026-1AF4950500000578-394_306x423.jpg" />The socialite who was the inspiration for Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora refused an honour recognising her work caring for the wounded during the First World War. Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, who trained as a nurse and turned Highclere Castle into a military hospital, apparently did not think she merited the CBE offered in the 1920 Honours List.<br /> <br /> Her decision is recorded in Cabinet Office papers obtained by The Mail on Sunday. They reveal she was one of several female aristocrats who declined to be honoured.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546026/Why-real-World-War-One-heroine-inspiration-Downton-Abbey-refused-accept-CBE-work-caring-wounded.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/02/Why-the-Real-World-War-One-Heroine-Who-Was-Inspiration-Behind-Downton-Abbey-Refused-To-Accept-a-CBE-for-Her-Work-Caring-for-the-Wounded.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29794 France's Oldest Factory, Dating Back More Than 500 Years, To Close urn:md5:61c62910fee9d0197a675630a5491cf8 2014-01-24T17:15:00+01:00 2014-01-24T16:28:42+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/4352216_3_9d59_site-de-l-usine-a-docelles-vosges-en-2010_c99372de0a63d70a83acb3e2f3aad320.jpg" />What is believed to be the oldest factory in France, dating back to 1478, is set to close its doors. The Docelles paper mill employs 161 people, and while its Finland-based owner UPM is open to the sale of the mill’s machinery and property, the workers will lose their jobs.<br /> <br /> Minister for industry, Arnaud Montebourg, has said he will look to help find a buyer, while the workers themselves have spoken of setting up a co-operative to protect some jobs.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.thisfrenchlife.com/thisfrenchlife/2014/01/frances-oldest-factory-dating-back-more-than-500-years-to-close.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/France-s-Oldest-Factory-Dating-Back-More-Than-500-Years-To-Close.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29687 1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say urn:md5:8ba7058027ac1f252af9fb0160d3a503 2014-01-24T09:15:00+01:00 2014-01-24T08:56:08+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/flu-1918-origins-china_75459_990x742.jpg" />The global flu outbreak of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide, ranking as one of the deadliest epidemics in history.<br /> <br /> For decades, scientists have debated where in the world the pandemic started, variously pinpointing its origins in France, China, the American Midwest, and beyond. Without a clear location, scientists have lacked a complete picture of the conditions that bred the disease and factors that might lead to similar outbreaks in the future.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140123-spanish-flu-1918-china-origins-pandemic-science-health/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/1918-Flu-Pandemic-That-Killed-50-Million-Originated-in-China-Historians-Say.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29678 First World War Killed One Million More Soldiers Than Records Show urn:md5:4122f9a96599b15f2245bfc69946c875 2014-01-22T15:15:00+01:00 2014-01-22T15:14:41+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2542536-196DD96900000578-416_634x382.jpg" />One million more soldiers may have died in the First World War than first believed while survivors left with crippling shell-shock were also severely underestimated, leading academics said today.<br /> <br /> Antoine Prost, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Paris, says that in the chaos after the Great War governments, including Britain's, produced conservative death figures. Professor Prost also says errors in casualty lists and the vast number of missing soldiers means ten million probably perished in trench warfare between 1914 and 1918, not nine million as first thought.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2542536/First-World-War-killed-one-million-records-academics-claim.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/First-World-War-Killed-One-Million-More-Soldiers-Than-Records-Show.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29655 Londonderry, Northern Ireland: Six Brothers and The First World War urn:md5:926cb77dda07aaad08d0a6ab3723bb98 2014-01-20T14:15:00+01:00 2014-01-20T08:26:24+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/3024614700.jpg" />Local man David Jenkins has been researching his family history and in the process has uncovered a fascinating tale of bravery, coincidence and tragedy. The story of Samuel, John James, Albert, Austin, Thomas and William Jenkins’ involvement in the ‘Great War’ is one that shows the devastating scale of the First World War and its impact on families throughout Ireland and Britain.<br /> <br /> His grandfather, Samuel and five of Samuel’s brothers fought in different regiments and battalions in the war but all six are likely to have witnessed unthinkable horrors as they fought bravely for their country.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/six-brothers-and-the-first-world-war-1-5798991">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/Londonderry-Northern-Ireland%3A-Six-Brothers-and-The-First-World-War.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29617 British Government Accused of 'Social Engineering' Over WW1 Plans urn:md5:2d741df6af327028ba15ebf99018a9da 2014-01-17T10:15:00+01:00 2014-01-17T10:15:16+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Anzac_2785959b.jpg" />Ministers have been accused of “social engineering” over their plans to mark the centenary of the First World War, by downplaying the role of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in favour of the contribution from New Commonwealth nations.<br /> <br /> Critics claim the government is focusing on black and Asian servicemen from other parts of the British Empire, such as India, as well as Caribbean and West African nations, at the expense of the Anzac forces, along with those from Canada and South Africa. They have accused British ministers of “political correctness” and a “whitewashing” of history.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10561430/Government-accused-of-social-engineering-over-WW1-plans.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/British-Government-Accused-of-Social-Engineering-Over-WW1-Plans.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29600 Rare Fungus May Have Arrived on WWI Soldiers' Boots urn:md5:d228c667a065c41d06f98becd517056d 2014-01-13T11:15:00+01:00 2014-01-13T08:41:24+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/_72233749_fungipic.jpg" />A rare fungus discovered near a former Edinburgh war hospital may have been unwittingly brought to the area by World War One soldiers. The fungi Clavulinopsis cinereoides - rarely seen in Europe - has been spotted for the first time in Scotland.<br /> <br /> Ecologist Abbie Patterson made the discovery on a lawn at Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus. She said soldiers' boots may have picked up spores while tramping the fields of Flanders.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-25705024">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/Rare-Fungus-May-Have-Arrived-on-WWI-Soldiers-Boots.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29538 After 68 Years, Daughter of Anne Frank's Classmate Finally Gets Her Chance To Thank the British Officer Who Saved Her Mother From Nazi Concentration Camp urn:md5:4e82984e221e3fd0f7923fbe4189d520 2014-01-09T13:15:00+01:00 2014-01-09T09:05:44+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2534077-1A6E410400000578-100_306x423.jpg" />The daughter of a Jewish classmate of Anne Frank rescued from the horrors of Bergen Belsen concentration camp has met the British officer who saved her mother's life. Grateful Elizabeth Kahn, 59, flew to Israel to meet Major Leonard Berney, 93, from Plymouth, Devon, and present him with a special silver platter paid for by the family in recognition of his heroics.<br /> <br /> Jewish Leonard, of the British 11th Armoured division, was one of the first army officers through the gates of Belsen when the camp was liberated on April 15, 1945.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534077/After-68-years-daughter-Anne-Franks-classmate-finally-gets-chance-thank-British-officer-saved-mother-Nazi-concentration-camp.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/After-68-Years-Daughter-of-Anne-Frank-s-Classmate-Finally-Gets-Her-Chance-To-Thank-the-British-Officer-Who-Saved-Her-Mother-From-Nazi-Concentration-Camp.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29504 World War II Female Secret Agents 'Very Afraid' urn:md5:091adc99e2ee2a7518d688538ad1464e 2013-12-04T13:15:00+01:00 2013-12-04T09:05:10+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Untitled-1.jpg" />The Prince of Wales has unveiled a memorial to the women who were secret agents during World War II. More than 80 British women are believed to have infiltrated enemy lines during the war, with four being awarded the George Cross for their bravery.<br /> <br /> Noreen Riols, who was in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), described the women as "very brave, very courageous, and very afraid", and said they mostly acted as couriers behind enemy lines.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25197354">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/12/World-War-II-Female-Secret-Agents-Very-Afraid.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29210 Awe-Inspiring Spirit of WWI Hero Who Lost Two Brothers In Action And A Sister In A Zeppelin Raid But Survived Being Left For Dead In A Heap of Bodies At Passchendale urn:md5:650f1f26f48fdf188ebcbe5148920937 2013-12-02T15:15:00+01:00 2013-12-02T09:07:04+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2516471-19C163E800000578-667_306x423.jpg" />A soldier who survived the Somme and fought at Ypres was left for dead after being shot in the stomach at Passchendale, his son has revealed.<br /> <br /> The body of Robert Collie was then thrown onto a heap of corpses while he was still alive and he was only saved after a passing India medic saw him twitching. He survived his wounds and returned to the fighting, serving in India after World War I finished and rising through the ranks from Private to Major.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516471/Robert-Collie--The-WWI-soldier-refused-die.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/12/Awe-Inspiring-Spirit-of-WWI-Hero-Who-Lost-Two-Brothers-In-Action-And-A-Sister-In-A-Zeppelin-Raid-But-Survived-Being-Left-For-Dead-In-A-Heap-of-Bodies-At-Passchendale.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29183 Efforts of 20,000 Dogs On the Front Line in World War I Discovered in Records That Show They Carried Aid To The Wounded And Pulled Equipment urn:md5:4ebf4de6d61effd8c0fc1b2c803c63cb 2013-11-28T14:15:00+01:00 2013-11-28T09:39:19+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2514593-19AE80BE00000578-787_634x452.jpg" />The undying loyalty of ‘man’s best friend’ has rarely been in question. But never has the bond between man and dog been tested more so than in the First World War.<br /> <br /> It is thought around 20,000 dogs were pressed into service during the war effort, and now researchers have unearthed details of their heart-wrenching exploits. These ‘dogs of war’ became unsung heroes to the men in the trenches.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514593/Efforts-20-000-dogs-line-World-War-I-discovered-records.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/Efforts-of-20000-Dogs-On-the-Front-Line-in-World-War-I-Discovered-in-Records-That-Show-They-Carried-Aid-To-The-Wounded-And-Pulled-Equipment.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29147 Did Minneapolis Man Order Nazi-Led Attack That Killed Dozens Of Civilians? urn:md5:6813894a68fe3886e80bfd9fdfbdf649 2013-11-19T08:15:00+01:00 2013-11-19T08:14:31+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/131118-karkoc-nazis-01.380_380_7_70_0.jpg" />A retired Minnesota carpenter, shown in a June investigation to be a former commander in a Nazi SS-led unit, ordered his men to attack a Polish village that was razed to the ground, according to testimony newly uncovered by The Associated Press.<br /> <br /> The account of the massacre that killed dozens of women and children contradicts statements by the man's family that he was never at the scene of the 1944 bloodshed. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/18/21517501-did-minneapolis-man-order-nazi-led-attack-that-killed-dozens-of-civilians?lite">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/Did-Minneapolis-Man-Order-Nazi-Led-Attack-That-Killed-Dozens-Of-Civilians.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29041 1st-Century Roots of 'Little Red Riding Hood' Found urn:md5:bc06934de7faaca44eca478d76dd625d 2013-11-15T12:15:00+01:00 2013-11-15T09:41:12+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/red-riding-hood-670x440.jpg" />Folktales can evolve much like species do, taking on new features and dropping others as they spread to different parts of the world.<br /> <br /> One researcher in the United Kingdom tested this analogy quite literally, using analytical models that are typically used to study the relationships between species to create an evolutionary tree for "Little Red Riding Hood" and its cousins.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/first-century-roots-of-red-riding-hood-found-131114.htm">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/1st-Century-Roots-of-Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Found.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29022 Killed in WWI, French Soldier Finally Laid To Rest urn:md5:96385470a711f84bff436e2b9bb0f368 2013-11-12T13:15:00+01:00 2013-11-12T09:46:24+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/561997.jpg" />A French soldier killed in action during World War I was finally laid to rest in his hometown Monday just months after his remains were discovered by chance by German tourists.<br /> <br /> Jean Caillou was 41 when he was gunned down in March 1916 near Verdun in the northeast, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in the devastating 1914-18 war that claimed the lives of 1.4 million French people.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/379369/killed-in-wwi-french-soldier-finally-laid-to-rest">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/Killed-in-WWI-French-Soldier-Finally-Laid-To-Rest.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28969 The Last Widow of the Great War: Devoted Wife Pays Tribute To Hero Husband Whose Remarkable WWI Story Inspired War Horse urn:md5:194bd5dd26beaf98dd893535ca7f7c92 2013-11-12T11:15:00+01:00 2013-11-12T09:42:35+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2500031-1958AE8E00000578-586_634x656.jpg" />Dorothy Ellis, 93, the last surviving widow of a soldier from the First World War, laid a wreath in memory of her late husband, Wilfred, who died in 1982, at a ceremony commemorating the Armistice in Staffordshire this morning.<br /> <br /> Wilfred Ellis survived being shot, gassed and left for dead in the mud of northern France to return home to eventually marry Dorothy, who was born three years after the end of the war.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2500031/The-widow-Great-War-Devoted-wife-pays-tribute-hero-husband-remarkable-WWI-story-inspired-War-Horse.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/The-Last-Widow-of-the-Great-War%3A-Devoted-Wife-Pays-Tribute-To-Hero-Husband-Whose-Remarkable-WWI-Story-Inspired-War-Horse.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28968 European Court Rebukes Russia for WWII Massacre of Polish Soldiers urn:md5:5ba99ea45b83c43ca0fb86ccc6197b87 2013-10-22T14:15:00+02:00 2013-10-22T09:22:23+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/131021115842-katyn-memorial-poland-story-top.jpg" />The European Court of Human Rights declined Monday to rule on the key points of a claim against Russia by relatives of victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, but did rebuke Russia for refusing to hand over all of its files on the incident.<br /> <br /> The court said it did not have the authority to rule on whether Russia had deprived the victims of their right to life because the World War II massacre happened before Russia joined the European Convention on Human Rights.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/21/world/europe/russia-katyn-massacre/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/European-Court-Rebukes-Russia-for-WWII-Massacre-of-Polish-Soldiers.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28787 15th-Century Manuscript Sheds Light On Richard III's Relationship With York urn:md5:e42a06cf58974af538bf987fae85c5ff 2013-10-21T20:15:00+02:00 2013-10-21T08:22:00+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/2686203.jpg" />An original manuscript dating back almost 600 years is offering a fascinating glimpse of Richard III and his relationship with the city that claims him as its own.<br /> <br /> York is currently embroiled in a row over whether the remains of the medieval monarch, rediscovered last year, should be interred there or in Leicester, where the skeleton was found. And the manuscript reveals how York flamboyantly prepared for his state visits, wrestled with rumours of treason and ultimately what the city leaders felt about the King’s death in 1485.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10746861.15th_century_manuscript_sheds_light_on_Richard_III_s_relationship_with_York/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/15th-Century-Manuscript-Sheds-Light-On-Richard-III-s-Relationship-With-York.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28777 'We Stabbed Each Other, Strangled Each Other, Went For Each Other... Like Mad Dogs': Haunting Interviews With WWI Veterans From Both Sides of The Trenches To Be Heard For The First Time To Commemorate Centenary urn:md5:dc96065ad78c53b863f7e8b2facbf010 2013-10-18T21:15:00+02:00 2013-10-18T17:44:47+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2463434-18CBACE600000578-662_634x468.jpg" />Never-before-seen interviews with First World War soldiers revealing the true horror of going 'over the top' in battle are to be shown on television for the first time.<br /> <br /> In the heart-wrenching footage the former soldiers tell the true story of life in the trenches, and the emotions that went through the minds of the young men who gave their all in the deadly conflict. In one poignant clip, to be shown on the BBC as part of a series of programmes commemorating the Great War, one unnamed German veteran asks: 'What was it, that we soldiers stabbed each other, strangled each other, went for each other, like mad dogs?'<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2463434/Voices-sides-WWI-trenches-heard-centenary.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/We-Stabbed-Each-Other-Strangled-Each-Other-Went-For-Each-Other-Like-Mad-Dogs-%3A-Haunting-Interviews-With-WWI-Veterans-From-Both-Sides-of-The-Trenches-To-Be-Heard-For-The-First-Time-To-Commemorate-Centenary.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28762 Welsh Soldier's Relatives Back WWI Memorial urn:md5:bd73645dbb7ac0260923f5519ba48b8a 2013-10-16T09:15:00+02:00 2013-10-16T07:54:21+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Flanders1NEW-6182044.jpg" />The Canadian descendants of a First World War soldier from Bala have backed a campaign to build a memorial in Flanders for Welsh veterans. Campaigners have launched a £90,000 appeal to build a monument or cromlech of a dragon on rocks to be erected in Langemark near Ypres in Belgium.<br /> <br /> The Passchendaele Society has already built a memorial to Scottish soldiers who were among the total of 250,000 Allied troops who fell at the battlefield between July and November 1917.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/bala-soldiers-relatives-back-wwi-6181994">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/Welsh-Soldier-s-Relatives-Back-WWI-Memorial.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28725 Report Lists Oldest Scottish Family Firms urn:md5:dd844d3f597c20bc673b4adb071bad09 2013-10-02T11:15:00+02:00 2013-10-02T07:44:52+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/_70212694_70212693.jpg" />Scotland's 25 oldest family firms have clocked up more than 3,700 years in business between them, according to new research. A report by Family Business United and Close Brothers Asset Management (CBAM) found the companies had been trading for an average of 148 years each.<br /> <br /> It named Fife-based John White &amp; Son Ltd as Scotland's oldest family firm. The company, which operates from Auchtermuchty, started producing weighing machines in 1715.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-24353956">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/Report-Lists-Oldest-Scottish-Family-Firms.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28582 Call To Rethink Cases of French WWI 'Coward' Soldiers urn:md5:d0d93b5d009af4f389666e15f81d2241 2013-10-02T09:15:00+02:00 2013-10-02T07:42:49+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/_70221296_70219408.jpg" />A panel of French historians has called for the records of soldiers who were shot for cowardice and desertion in World War I to be rewritten. The historians' report, commissioned by the government, called for the cases of 650 men shot during the war to be reconsidered.<br /> <br /> Many of them are "worthy and deserving of moral, civic and public-spirited rehabilitation", the report says. Veterans' minister Kader Arif has promised to consider the issue.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24356041">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/Call-To-Rethink-Cases-of-French-WWI-Coward-Soldiers.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28581 Those Magnificent Ladies in Their Flying Machines urn:md5:a69efb0890d68d1f45c548ecae52be60 2013-09-12T17:15:00+02:00 2013-09-12T13:01:43+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/800title_0.jpg" />In the early days of human flight, a new word entered our lexicon: "aviatrix," the female version of "aviator." <br /> <br /> These women were true pioneers, although if you asked them, they would probably tell you they were just adventurous and loved flying -same as the men who took to the air in those days. Or even today, for that matter. But for a woman to drive one of the newfangled flying machines in the early 20th century took a can-do attitude that wasn't normally encouraged in women.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/52653/those-magnificent-ladies-their-flying-machines">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/09/Those-Magnificent-Ladies-in-Their-Flying-Machines.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28385 10 Snapshots of British Schoolchildren During World War II urn:md5:2baf2e51436d183c60c6d81bf32f98a0 2013-09-12T15:15:00+02:00 2013-09-12T12:58:42+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Screenshot__10602.jpg" />World War II had a huge impact on the daily lives of the people of Britain, but soldiers and grieving widows weren’t the only ones whose lives were irrevocably altered by the war. <br /> <br /> Young schoolchildren in cities across Britain found themselves evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside, separated from their families and identified by nothing more than a brown paper tag. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bachelor-of-education.org/10-snapshots-british-schoolchildren-world-war-ii/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/09/10-Snapshots-of-British-Schoolchildren-During-World-War-II.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28384 The British WWI Prisoner of War Who Returned To Captivity urn:md5:9cdf68fafe6940f2b12847ff3864d484 2013-09-05T09:15:00+02:00 2013-09-05T08:09:24+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/_69644731_captaincampbell.jpg" />A British officer captured during World War I was granted leave to visit his dying mother on one condition - that he return, a historian has discovered. And Capt Robert Campbell kept his promise to Kaiser Wilhelm II and returned from Kent to Germany, where he stayed until the war ended in 1918.<br /> <br /> Historian Richard van Emden told the BBC that Capt Campbell would have felt a duty to honour his word. It also emerged that Capt Campbell tried to escape as soon as he returned.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23957605">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/09/The-British-WWI-Prisoner-of-War-Who-Returned-To-Captivity.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28306 Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You urn:md5:7fd775da41f3224e16af0458466d44ea 2013-08-27T14:15:00+02:00 2013-08-27T12:43:13+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/.ancestor-sleep_t.jpg" />Ok, maybe your grandparents probably slept like you. And your great, great-grandparents. But once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Your ancestors slept in a way that modern sleepers would find bizarre – they slept twice.<br /> <br /> The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech. His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/08/Your-Ancestors-Didnt-Sleep-Like-You.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28217 Secret Code wWthin WWII POW's Letters Cracked 70 Years Later urn:md5:2387b59ad2869062495dcb3d4968d422 2013-07-29T13:15:00+02:00 2013-07-29T10:05:56+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.american-prisoners-of-war-640_t.jpg" />Thousands of British servicemen were captured during World War II. They endured life in German prison camps, but a few managed to send coded letters with vital military intelligence back home. <br /> <br /> The secret messages of one such prisoner are being revealed 70 years later. The evacuation of British and Allied troops from Dunkirk early in World War II was either a military disaster or a strategic withdrawal. Winston Churchill called the rescue of more than 300,000 troops hemmed in by the Nazi advance a miracle.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57595452/secret-code-within-wwii-pows-letters-cracked-70-years-later/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/07/Secret-Code-wWthin-WWII-POW-s-Letters-Cracked-70-Years-Later.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28036 World War Two Code Breaker Alan Turing Set To Be Pardoned For His Gay Conviction urn:md5:dee9a22053608327485951698a510317 2013-07-23T10:15:00+02:00 2013-07-23T08:53:27+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.alanTuring3_2427431b_t.jpg" />The Government said it would not stand in the way of legislation to offer a full Parliamentary pardon for Turing, who helped Britain to win the Second World War as a skilled code-breaker.<br /> <br /> Until now, the Government has resisted using the Royal Prerogative to pardon Turing for his conviction for gross indecency in 1952 because he was a homosexual. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10191547/World-War-Two-code-breaker-Alan-Turing-set-to-be-pardoned-for-his-gay-conviction.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/07/World-War-Two-Code-Breaker-Alan-Turing-Set-To-Be-Pardoned-For-His-Gay-Conviction.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27995 Irish Historians Team Up With Gardai To Trace Relatives of World War I Internees urn:md5:9ef1b8abe261c65dba6eeea4d6683e33 2013-07-22T10:15:00+02:00 2013-07-22T09:21:33+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Templemore_POWs__1470_x_858__t.jpg" />Historians and the Garda Siochana are attempting to trace relatives of more than 2,600 German and Austro-Hungarian citizens who were interned in Ireland during World War I. The move is part of a major campaign to mark the centenary of Ireland's connections to the 1914-18 war.<br /> <br /> The internment of German and Austro-Hungarian citizens on the outbreak of the war is one of the long forgotten aspects of Ireland's involvement in the Great War. But while 300 people were effectively imprisoned for no other reason than their nationality, Ireland's major involvement came when 2,300 captured German and Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war (POW) were shipped to Tipperary and Meath.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/historians-team-up-with-gardai-to-trace-relatives-of-world-war-i-internees-29437476.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/07/Irish-Historians-Team-Up-With-Gardai-To-Trace-Relatives-of-World-War-I-Internees.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27984 Jews Should Get WWII Property Taxes Back, Says Amsterdam Mayor urn:md5:afcfeaa433cc1c1a2f5d8e6b98390643 2013-07-18T12:15:00+02:00 2013-07-18T08:27:59+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.bigdutch01_t.jpg" />Jewish Amsterdammers who were charged ground rent for their properties over the years they spent in concentration camps or in hiding during World War II should get that money back, according to the city’s mayor.<br /> <br /> In April, students discovered that hundreds of Jews were sent the bills when they returned to their homes after the war. They should now get that money back plus interest, Eberhard van der Laan told KRO television programme Oog in Oog.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/07/jews_should_get_wwii_property.php">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/07/Jews-Should-Get-WWII-Property-Taxes-Back-Says-Amsterdam-Mayor.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27963 The Ruins of Normandy: Unpublished Color Photos From France, 1944 urn:md5:2bda40e9336fb1812d4b3c825e66b2cf 2013-06-22T08:15:00+02:00 2013-06-21T22:45:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.article-0-1A5EF080000005DC-894_964x605_t.jpg" />The ruins left behind after warfare speak a language of their own. And, even more strikingly, no matter where the conflict has taken place — whether it’s in northern Europe or the South Pacific, the Middle East or Central Africa — the vernacular of destruction is very often the same. <br /> <br /> Buildings reduced to rubble and dust. A scarred, tortured landscape seemingly devoid of any life at all, aside from small human forms trying to piece it back together. Twisted, rusting, abandoned vehicles. And always, above it all, the silent, indifferent sky.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/#1">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/06/The-Ruins-of-Normandy%3A-Unpublished-Color-Photos-From-France-1944.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27712 Alleged Nazi SS Commander Found Living in Minnesota urn:md5:df9eacd6f7bc76fea57c561cdd2e3f34 2013-06-17T17:15:00+02:00 2013-06-17T10:07:19+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Screenshot__8943_t.jpg" />Polish prosecutors have pledged to help U.S. investigators bring to justice a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota, who is accused of being a former commander of a Nazi SS unit responsible for killing scores of women and children during World War II.<br /> <br /> A lengthy investigation across six countries led the Associated Press to discover Michael Karkoc living quietly in Minneapolis. Karkoc is accused of leading the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, an organization whose members massacred civilians and resistance fighters throughout Ukraine and Poland and helped suppress the Warsaw Uprising. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/alleged-nazi-ss-commander-found-living-minnesota/story?id=19404716">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/06/Alleged-Nazi-SS-Commander-Found-Living-in-Minnesota.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27639 'The First Chinese American' is chronicled in first biography urn:md5:faeb3db4db12826379c0237e4e8280df 2013-05-29T11:15:00+02:00 2013-05-29T08:12:58+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Wong_Chin_Foo_t.jpg" />A new book by Washington, DC author Scott D. Seligman traces the life and times of Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898), an early Chinese American journalist, lecturer and political activist.<br /> <br /> Just released by Hong Kong University Press, The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo fills in a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://sampan.org/2013/05/the-first-chinese-american-is-chronicled-in-first-biography/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/The-First-Chinese-American-is-chronicled-in-first-biography.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27445 Plague Helped Bring Down Roman Empire urn:md5:5091cf933f8e9cfe7d45492766be8ae0 2013-05-21T07:15:00+02:00 2013-05-19T00:42:12+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.plague-helped-fall-of-roman-empire-130510_t.jpg" />To help solve this mystery, scientists investigated ancient DNA from the teeth of 19 different sixth-century skeletons from a medieval graveyard in Bavaria, Germany, of people who apparently succumbed to the Justinianic Plague.<br /> <br /> They unambiguously found the plague bacterium Y. pestis there.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/plague-helped-fall-of-roman-empire-130510.htm">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/Plague-Helped-Bring-Down-Roman-Empire.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27358 Records Show Japanese Slaves Crossed the Pacific to Mexico in 16th Century urn:md5:57b52842650541003652acc9b39de3eb 2013-05-20T22:15:00+02:00 2013-05-18T23:55:52+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.tumblr_mk02yyQIXl1qd781fo1_500-280x175_t.jpg" />The first documentation of Japanese people crossing the Pacific Ocean has been discovered by researchers amongst the Inquisition records in the General Archives of the Nation in Mexico. Three names were found in the document, not written in Japanese but with the word “xapon” (Japan) written after their names.<br /> <br /> Lucio de Sousa, a special researcher at University of Evora in Portugal, and Mihoko Oka, an assistant professor at the Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo found the rare document showing that the three, believed to be slaves owned by a Portuguese merchant named Perez.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://japandailypress.com/records-show-japanese-slaves-crossed-the-pacific-to-mexico-in-16th-century-1428777">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/Records-Show-Japanese-Slaves-Crossed-the-Pacific-to-Mexico-in-16th-Century.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27349 10 European Colonies in America That Failed Before Jamestown urn:md5:bc4699e298f1434f6a52aeadf13aa7b8 2013-05-20T21:15:00+02:00 2013-05-18T23:53:18+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.jamestown1624-386x300_t.jpg" />The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America, and was historically significant for hosting the first parliamentary assembly in America.<br /> <br /> But Jamestown barely survived, as recent headlines about the confirmation of cannibalism at the colony confirm. The adaption to the North American continent by the early Europeans was extremely problematic.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/05/10-european-colonies-that-failed-in-america-before-jamestown/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/10-European-Colonies-in-America-That-Failed-Before-Jamestown.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27348 15,000-Year-Old Words? urn:md5:c3cb4a0868f0c3832626dc816454be64 2013-05-10T23:15:00+02:00 2013-05-10T07:48:09+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.dnews-files-2013-05-early-man-130407-gallery-660x433-jpg_t.jpg" />Mother, bark and spit are just three of 23 words that researchers believe date back 15,000 years, making them the oldest known words.<br /> <br /> The words, highlighted in a new PNAS paper, all come from seven language families of Europe and Asia. It’s believed that they were part of a linguistic super-family that evolved from a common ancestral language.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/15000-year-old-words-130507-2.htm">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/15000-Year-Old-Words.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27279 Colonial Settlements That Failed: Photos urn:md5:ab5a79af70c5d97d3521a93777da5344 2013-05-07T09:15:00+02:00 2013-05-07T07:51:47+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.jamestown-settlements-660_t.jpg" />Established in 1607, Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, may have helped the British gain a foothold in the New World, but it came at a high cost, as evidenced by recent research from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. <br /> <br /> Fossil evidence shows that the earliest settlers resorted to cannibalism in order to survive the brutal conditions of what was known as the "starving time."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/us-history/jamestown-settlement-failed-colonies-20130506.htm">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/Colonial-Settlements-That-Failed%3A-Photos.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27240 King Richard III's Teeth and Jaw Reveal Monarch's Anxious Life and Violent Death urn:md5:c6da5734417eb184a1ccae4de6c94836 2013-05-06T12:15:00+02:00 2013-05-06T08:06:00+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Screenshot__9904_t.jpg" />Researchers say the skull and jaw of last English monarch to die in battle were badly damaged, lending support to reports that the blows that killed him were so heavy that it drove the king’s crown into his head.<br /> <br /> They also conclude that Richard III may have been as anxious and fearful as William Shakespeare portrayed him – he ground his teeth with stress. Researchers also found that the king had suffered severe tooth decay, perhaps as a result of his privileged position and a sweet tooth.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10031896/King-Richard-IIIs-teeth-and-jaw-reveal-monarchs-anxious-life-and-violent-death.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/King-Richard-III-s-Teeth-and-Jaw-Reveal-Monarch-s-Anxious-Life-and-Violent-Death.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27230 America's Founding Fathers Were Essex Boys, According To Claims urn:md5:e78450fc5bf6c79f649e4893ea20bc38 2013-05-02T09:15:00+02:00 2013-05-02T07:46:51+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.mayflower_2549918b_t.jpg" />A rival claim to the Mayflower by the port town of Harwich states that the ship's crew were from Essex and only set foot briefly in the West Country before starting their transatlantic voyage.<br /> <br /> The claim has taken on extra significance as the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage in 2020 nears - Plymouth has already sent an invitation to whoever is the President of the United States in seven years' time. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10026878/Americas-founding-fathers-were-Essex-boys-according-to-claims.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/America-s-Founding-Fathers-Were-Essex-Boys-According-To-Claims.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27202 Australian WWI Nurses Unsung No More urn:md5:130093598c6b1e870d0ce3b58e6ebf1c 2013-04-18T09:15:00+02:00 2013-04-18T07:51:04+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.cf673a6c-668a-4c4b-8f67-55706386ee5d_t.jpg" />Almost every Australian World War I history lesson will include an insight into how difficult life was as a soldier. Just as likely is that there will be no mention of Australian nurses who, says actress Carolyn Bock, were as inspiring as the men on the front line.<br /> <br /> Bock, along with friend and fellow actress Helen Hopkins, utilised her theatrical prowess to co-write The Girls in Grey, a play highlighting the difficulties Australian nurses went through during the war.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.knoxweekly.com.au/story/1434993/australian-wwi-nurses-unsung-no-more/?cs=1209">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/04/Australian-WWI-Nurses-Unsung-No-More.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27094 Secret Athens Report: Berlin Owes Greece Billions in WWII Reparations urn:md5:4d99d9f5a8be8011465d88f362bc5581 2013-04-09T11:15:00+02:00 2013-04-09T08:06:05+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.image-390275-breitwandaufmacher-mvsl_t.jpg" />A top-secret report compiled at the behest of the Finance Ministry in Athens has come to the conclusion that Germany owes Greece billions in World War II reparations. The total could be enough to solve the country's debt problems, but the Greek government is wary of picking a fight with its paymaster.<br /> <br /> The headline on Sunday's issue of the Greek newspaper To Vima made it clear what is at stake: "What Germany Owes Us," it read. The article below outlined possible reparations payments Athens might demand from Germany resulting from World War II.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/greek-commission-concludes-germany-owes-billions-in-war-reparations-a-893084.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/04/Secret-Athens-Report%3A-Berlin-Owes-Greece-Billions-in-WWII-Reparations.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27012 Pennsylvania Field Holds Secrets of 1780s British POW Camp urn:md5:d926a34a5ab4ef03a4f25832f802e982 2013-04-09T01:15:00+02:00 2013-04-08T10:01:30+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.USA_POW_Camp_03_t.jpg" />The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about the fate of British prisoners of war - and the newly independent Americans who guarded them - during the waning years of the American Revolution.<br /> <br /> A few miles east of York, the city that briefly served as the fledgling nation's capital after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, more than a thousand English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned at what was then known as Camp Security.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.fr/2013/04/pennsylvania-field-holds-secrets-of.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/04/Pennsylvania-Field-Holds-Secrets-of-1780s-British-POW-Camp.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27003 Public Archives to Celebrate 375th Anniversary of the Landing of Swedes in Delaware urn:md5:f2a8c790f58bbfcefbc289be6b1b7608 2013-03-29T11:15:00+01:00 2013-03-29T08:39:44+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.t600-Hutch_on_Main_Top___1-1__t.jpg" />The year 2013 commemorates the 375th anniversary of the landing in Delaware of the Swedish ship Kalmar Nyckel. At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, the Delaware Public Archives will honor the First State’s rich Swedish heritage with a program celebrating the arrival of Swedes in Delaware.<br /> <br /> Presented by Bill Hutchison, education coordinator for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, this program will focus on the voyage of the ship to America in 1638 and the founding of the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/public-archives-to-celebrate-375th-anniversary-of-the-landing-of-swedes-in-delaware/979100">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Public-Archives-to-Celebrate-375th-Anniversary-of-the-Landing-of-Swedes-in-Delaware.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26906 Forgotten Women Victims of World War II urn:md5:d20f031601822c5dc32e652b90422abf 2013-03-28T11:15:00+01:00 2013-03-28T08:47:06+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Screenshot__9658_t.jpg" />Ahn Sehong had to go to China to recover a vanishing — and painful — part of Korea’s wartime history. Visiting small villages and overcoming barriers of language and distrust, he documented the tales of women — some barely teenagers — who had been forced into sexual slavery during World War II by the Japanese Army.<br /> <br /> Starting in 2001, he began tracking down 13 of these women who had been stranded in China after the war. Now in their 80s and 90s, some were childless, others penniless.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/a-wars-cold-comfort-in-china/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Forgotten-Women-Victims-of-World-War-II.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26892 Unsung Here, American Women Left Home To Rebuild France After WWI urn:md5:a7c9ef89faa7523116885d0a6fa2d97d 2013-03-14T09:15:00+01:00 2013-03-14T09:04:49+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.309898_t160_t.jpg" />Few people in the United States know about the hundreds of American women who left privileged lives to help rebuild France, driving trucks and building schools, during and after World War I.<br /> <br /> But a photo and film exhibit is coming to Southwest Florida to help spread the story. The Arsenault Gallery in Old Naples is hosting “American Women Rebuilding France,” a silent film and a collection of historic photographs highlighting the humanitarian efforts made by a group of female volunteers.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/mar/13/unsung-here-american-women-left-home-to-rebuild/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Unsung-Here-American-Women-Left-Home-To-Rebuild-France-After-WWI.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26774 The Women Who Fought As Men: Rare American Civil War Pictures Show How Females Disguised Themselves So They Could Go Into Battle urn:md5:388ffc84ea22de62a5468fb09bfdca2b 2013-03-01T15:15:00+01:00 2013-03-01T09:25:05+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.article-0-18584267000005DC-921_306x605_t.jpg" />To his comrades in the Union cavalry, Jack Williams was definitely one of the boys - a hard-drinking, tobacco-chewing, foul-mouthed son of a gun. Outstanding on horseback, he was as deadly with a sword as he was around the poker table - just the sort of fella you would want by your side when the going got rough.<br /> <br /> And for Jack it frequently did. By the end of a distinguished military career, he had fought in 18 battles, been wounded three times and taken prisoner once.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285841/The-women-fought-men-Rare-Civil-War-pictures-female-soldiers-dressed-males-fight.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/The-Women-Who-Fought-As-Men%3A-Rare-American-Civil-War-Pictures-Show-How-Females-Disguised-Themselves-So-They-Could-Go-Into-Battle.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26682 Death On The Mississippi: The Maritime Tragedy That Cost More Lives Than The Titanic urn:md5:ad002d85a24c7c58b5d64e1d8ede9a86 2013-03-01T13:15:00+01:00 2013-03-01T09:14:41+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.article-2285699-18557F2C000005DC-766_634x433_t.jpg" />It remains the worst maritime tragedy in US history, and cost more lives than the sinking of the Titanic, but the Sultana disaster is a story history has largely forgotten.<br /> <br /> In April 1865, at least 1,700 people, mostly Union soldiers returning home after the end of the Civil War, lost their lives when the riverboat exploded on the Mississippi.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285699/Death-Mississippi-The-maritime-tragedy-cost-lives-Titanic--history-forgotten.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Death-On-The-Mississippi%3A-The-Maritime-Tragedy-That-Cost-More-Lives-Than-The-Titanic.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26681 Mystery of Henri IV's Missing Head Divides France urn:md5:bdf40514d78a7fcbf3209bc4751debd4 2013-02-19T13:15:00+01:00 2013-02-19T09:15:09+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.France_Henri_IV_t.jpg" />Richard III may have had an ignominious resting place under a Leicester car park, but spare a thought for Henri IV. First the French monarch was disinterred from the royal sepulchre by revolutionaries and thrown into a mass grave. Then his head was cut off and – allegedly – turned up in the attic of a retired tax inspector.<br /> <br /> Worse, while British experts have confirmed that the deformed skeleton found in Leicester is "almost certainly" that of Richard, bearing signs of fatal wounds he suffered during the battle of Bosworth, French scientists are still fighting over the disputed remains of Henri.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.fr/2013/02/mystery-of-henri-ivs-missing-head.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Mystery-of-Henri-IV-s-Missing-Head-Divides-France.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26577 Historic Football Match Between British and German Troops at Christmas To Be Recreated in 2014 To Mark The Centenary of First World War urn:md5:3296c529c23e32581f7ab3a46f5d43fd 2013-02-11T10:15:00+01:00 2013-02-11T10:03:02+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.article-2276029-17728DB9000005DC-518_634x652_t.jpg" />An historic football match between British and German troops on Christmas Day in 1914 is to be recreated under plans to mark the centenary of World War One.<br /> <br /> There will be six state occasions, school trips to battlefields and exhibitions backed by historians and the government who have set aside £50million for the commemorations. A number of debates about the reasons why the war started have also been planned. Almost a million British soldiers lost their lives in the four-year conflict.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276029/Historic-football-match-British-German-troops-Christmas-recreated-2014-mark-centenary-First-World-War.html#axzz2KV9d48DB">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Historic-Football-Match-Between-British-and-German-Troops-at-Christmas-To-Be-Recreated-in-2014-To-Mark-The-Centenary-of-First-World-War.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26509 Names of 140 Black Civil War Veterans to be Added to Cleveland's Soldiers & Sailors Monument urn:md5:566da6ddd31255d277efe947734e14dd 2013-02-08T11:15:00+01:00 2013-02-08T09:22:19+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.soldierssailors_t.jpg" />Officials who oversee the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Cleveland have announced that they have verified the service of 140 black Civil War veterans, and will begin adding their names to the monument's wall.<br /> <br /> The monument, which was opened in 1894 to honor locals who fought in the Civil War, is located on Public Square. The 125-foot column is topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/20088">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Names-of-140-Black-Civil-War-Veterans-to-be-Added-to-Cleveland-s-Soldiers-Sailors-Monument.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26489 Victims of Nazi Anatomists Named urn:md5:7ee1c2d2dc883a7c6f7700f6866b91ec 2013-02-04T14:15:00+01:00 2013-02-04T08:59:42+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/._65369388_65369387_t.jpg" />Liane Berkowitz was just 19 years old when she was executed by the Nazis.<br /> <br /> She was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 when they caught her putting up posters that displayed messages of protest against an exhibition of Nazi propaganda. She was pregnant at the time of her arrest, but this just led to her execution being postponed until after the birth of her child.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21086388">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Victims-of-Nazi-Anatomists-Named.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26447 The Shifting Secrets Of Our Genealogies – In Pictures urn:md5:3d9ce44ec2911ca4c34e478f3e2400de 2013-01-22T13:15:00+01:00 2013-01-22T09:23:23+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.A-patient-at-Normansfield-003_t.jpg" />Each family history is woven with hidden threads, unspoken secrets which run through genealogies from generation to generation. The historian Deborah Cohen has been delving into unseen archives to examine how attitudes to privacy have changed over the last 200 years, to explore what families have tried to hide and why.<br /> <br /> Here she charts the shifting continents of shame with portraits of lives shaped by untold stories.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2013/jan/21/family-history-secrets-genealogy-pictures">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/01/The-Shifting-Secrets-Of-Our-Genealogies-In-Pictures.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26333 Lee Harvey Oswald Apartment Complex in Dallas Bulldozed urn:md5:116c2af2d23c8a2b80fd360092519c4e 2013-01-15T16:15:00+01:00 2013-01-15T08:56:12+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.oswaldnew-4_3_r536_c534_t.jpg" />A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.<br /> <br /> The bulldozer ramming through the walls started with the side where Oswald lived. Police blocked off Elsbeth Street and the sidewalk in front, but let onlookers grab bricks from the side of the building.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/14/oswald-dallas-apartment/1832849/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/01/Lee-Harvey-Oswald-Apartment-Complex-in-Dallas-Bulldozed.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26248 The Greatest Nurses Of The First World War urn:md5:3029adfd18ab2ba233da503b937dafde 2013-01-14T22:15:00+01:00 2013-01-14T09:42:56+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.article-0-16DF4BF3000005DC-355_634x467_t.jpg" />They overcame insurmountable odds, endured gender-based prejudice, and helped a constant barrage of wounded soldiers under enemy fire. Each of these courageous women, though patriots of different countries, were ultimately devoted to the true calling of nursing- saving human life.<br /> <br /> Some stood firmly at their posts while bombs exploded around them, while other did it through administration and coordination. One of them was even executed by a German firing squad after being caught helping allied troops.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260672/The-greatest-nurses-First-World-War-Inspirational-women-overcame-fear-prejudice-save-thousands-lives.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/01/The-Greatest-Nurses-Of-The-First-World-War.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26233 Swiss Court Relieves Farmer of 655-Year-Old Debt urn:md5:7f96123dcc785554fad8cdbc709ee497 2013-01-09T12:15:00+01:00 2013-01-09T08:52:40+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) History <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.indulgences-church_2446032b_t.jpg" />A Swiss court has wiped the slate clean for a farmer and his family, relieving them of an annual debt to a Catholic church dating back to 1357.<br /> <br /> The court in the northeastern canton of Glarus ruled that the farmer and his family no longer needed to pay some 70 Swiss francs (£47) a year to keep the sanctuary lamp of the Naefels Catholic church burning. The debt dated back to 1357, when a certain Konrad Mueller killed a man named Heinrich Stucki.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/switzerland/9788155/Swiss-court-relieves-farmer-of-655-year-old-debt.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/01/Swiss-Court-Relieves-Farmer-of-655-Year-Old-Debt.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26188