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Genealogy Blog

20 March 2015

Turing Manuscript and German 'Enigma' Code Writer on Display in Hong Kong

A notebook about mathematics and computer science written by Nazi-code breaker Alan Turing was previewed by auction house Bonhams in Hong Kong on Thursday (March 19).

The 56-page manuscript is expected to fetch at least seven figures, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, when it goes up for sale on April 13 in New York.

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19 March 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

iScrapbook 5.0.3 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed problem with "Define as Placeholder" control in Smart Inspector.
• Fixed problem with the Tint image effect and non-RGB colors.

Apparent Remains of Don Quixote Writer Cervantes Found

Spain said this week it had unearthed the apparent remains of a literary giant, "Don Quixote" author Miguel de Cervantes, in a Madrid convent almost 400 years after his death.

Researchers said they were "convinced" that among crumbling remains in a crypt they had found Cervantes, hailed by academics as the father of the modern novel.

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First Fine-Scale Genetic Map of the British Isles

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

An international team, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, used DNA samples collected from more than 2,000 people to create the first fine-scale genetic map of any country in the world.

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Genetic Study Reveals 30% of White British DNA Has German Ancestry

The Romans, Vikings and Normans may have ruled or invaded the British for hundreds of years, but they left barely a trace on our DNA, the first detailed study of the genetics of British people has revealed.

The analysis shows that the Anglo-Saxons were the only conquering force, around 400-500 AD, to substantially alter the country’s genetic makeup, with most white British people now owing almost 30% of their DNA to the ancestors of modern-day Germans.

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Are You Related to Glenn Close?

Close was born on March 19, 1947, in Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of socialite Bettine Moore Close and William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to Congo/Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko.

Her father was a descendant of the Taliaferros of Virginia; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close, a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association, was first married to Post Cereals' Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Glenn Close's Family Tree

18 March 2015

Richard III's Remains Sealed Inside Coffin at Leicester University

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

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

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United States Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights Go on Display in the UK for First Time

The United States Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights have gone on display in the UK for the first time as part of a new exhibition at the British Library.

Commemorating the 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed, 'Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy' also contains two original 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts, the unique 'draft' of Magna Carta, known as the Articles of the Barons (1215), the Petition of Right (1628), the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) on display together.

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

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

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

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17 March 2015

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

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

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

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DNA Helps Find Fromelles WW1 Digger Maurice Corigliano After Para Hills Family Feared He Was Lost Forever

Shiralee Reardon can only imagine the courage it must have taken for her great uncle to fight and die in the bloodiest 24 hours in Australian history.

Private Maurice Corigliano died during the Battle of Fromelles in France in July 1916. He had been in the trenches for just two days when he was killed in the ill-fated attack.

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16 March 2015

World's Oldest Pretzel Found in Germany

German archaeologists announced this week they have discovered what could be the world’s oldest pretzel.

Unearthed during a large excavation on the “Donaumarkt” in Regensburg, an area nearby the Danube which was destroyed in the 1950-60s, the charred pretzel fragments are believed to be 250 years old. They were recovered beneath a floor in a structure long known to be a bakery.

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Unravelling the Lineage of Modern Japanese

Was there a single migration event or gradual mixing of cultures that gave rise to modern Japanese?

According to current theory, about 2,000-3,000 years ago, two populations, the hunter-gatherer Jomon from the Japanese archipelago, and the agricultural Yayoi from continental East Asia, intermingled to give rise to the modern Japanese population.

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United Arab Emirates: Archive of Documents Gives Invaluable Glimpse Into Ajman’s Past

With almost four decades of research behind him, Abdulghani Bahlooq, 63, has a vast collection of information about his home emirate.

The Emirati municipality worker has been chronicling details of the births, deaths and marriages of citizens since he was 24 years old. But his records stretch back farther than that as Mr Bahlooq took up the practice from his cousins, who began collating records in Ajman in 1927.

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3 Tips for Using Geneanet #3

As much as possible, we will post blog notes to answer your most frequently asked questions about using Geneanet.

Tips of the week are:

- How to delete your Geneanet family tree?
- How to print and export an illustrated family tree?
- How to check your Geneanet family tree for errors?

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