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17 February 2015

Medieval Battle Site Yields UK’s Oldest Cannon Ball

A lead ball found at a medieval battle site could be the oldest surviving cannonball in England, an expert says.

The damaged ball was found at the site of the Battle of Northampton fought during the War of the Roses. Medieval artillery expert Dr Glenn Foard said: "It is highly likely the projectile was fired during the battle [10 July 1460]." It will be revealed to the public at a Northampton hotel in Eagle Drive close to the battlefield on Thursday night.

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Why British People Are Looking for Ancestors in India Decades After the Raj Ended

In the middle of 2013, an odd piece of news hit the international pages of Indian newspapers.

DNA-testing showed that Prince William of the United Kingdom had some Indian ancestry on his maternal side around eight generations ago. The British, who had so long ruled India, were now set to be ruled by someone who had Indian blood.

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Are You Related to Hal Holbrook?

Holbrook was born on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Aileen (Davenport) Holbrook, a vaudeville dancer, and Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr.

After being abandoned by his parents at age two, he and his two sisters were raised by his paternal grandparents, first in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and then in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood. He graduated from the Culver Academies and Denison University, where an honors project about Mark Twain led him to develop the one-man show for which he is best known, a series of performances called Mark Twain Tonight.

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16 February 2015

Archaeologists To Explore Waterloo Battlefield

An international team of battlefield experts, led by the University of Glasgow’s Dr Tony Pollard, will start work at farm buildings of Hougoumont in April 2015.

The research is being undertaken as part of Waterloo Uncovered, which is launching today and aims to transform our understanding of the battle that created modern Europe and ended the Napoleonic era.

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Mystery Photo Unseen for 30 Years May Be the Only Existing Image of a Submerged Civil War Gunship

Archaeologists with the Army Corps of Engineers are searching for what may be the sole photograph of Civil War-era ironclad CSS Georgia as they salvage its remains from the Savannah River.

So far, the only person able to verify details about the photo is the man who found it at a yard sale in Georgia in the 1980s - John Potter. Potter said he was looking through a collection of antiques at a home in Waycross when he stumbled upon a picture frame that caught his eye.

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Ancient Graveyard in Italy May Yield Clues on Cholera's Evolution

Ancient graveyard in Italy may help archaeologists and other researchers yield clues on cholera's evolution.

The researchers are excavating the graveyard surrounding the abandoned Badia Pozzeveri church in the Tuscany region of Italy. The site contains victims of the cholera epidemic that swept the world in the 1850s, said Clark Spencer Larsen, professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University.

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

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

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

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New Cemetery Home Page on Geneanet

Many Geneanet members take pictures of cemeteries and upload them to the collaborative database.

They can easily do it with our mobile app for iOs and Android.

Geneanet has released a new and beautiful 'Cemetery home page' to promote their pictures of graves and commemorative plaques.

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13 February 2015

First-Known Footage Found of 1915 Chicago Boating Tragedy that Killed 844 Passengers

Almost a century on, footage has surfaced of a freak boating disaster that killed 844 people traveling to a company picnic in Chicago.

On the morning of July 24, 1915 the SS Eastland capsized while it was still docked in around 20ft of water. Many of the victims were children and teenagers, who drowned while wearing their Sunday best. Two newly-discovered grainy black and white clips of the incident show workers trying to right the luxury vessel, with survivors huddled together shivering in blankets.

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Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck

King Richard III was killed by a sword thrust from the base of the neck all the way up into his head, according to researchers at the University of Leicester who have located a major injury in the interior surface of the skull.

Guy Rutty of East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, based at the University of Leicester, spotted the fatal wound while examining the skull of the last Plantagenet king.

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12 February 2015

Urban Explorer Who Ventured Into Derelict Home To Take Eerie Photographs Finds $7,000... and Then Tracks Down the Owner To Hand It Over

A photographer who went into an abandoned house to take pictures of its antiques found almost $7,000 in bundles of cash - and was then able to reunite it with its rightful owners after tracking them down.

The man only known as Dave, of Freaktography came across the derelict property in Ontaria, Canada after being tipped off by a friend and was desperate to go inside and capture images.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

HuMo-gen 5.1.0.1 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Adds a Hungarian and Traditional Chinese interface.
• Editor improvements.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.9.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed bug in ascending personal tree.

Transcript 2.5 (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Improved stability.
• Fixed minor bugs.
• Support for multipage TIF images.
• Ability to drop files on top of Transcript.
• Better translation support.

16th Century Silver Extraction Pollution Found in Peruvian Ice Cap

In the 16th century, during its conquest of South America, the Spanish Empire forced countless Incas to work extracting silver from the mountaintop mines of Potosí, in what is now Bolivia—then the largest source of silver in the world.

The Inca already knew how to refine silver, but in 1572 the Spanish introduced a new technology that boosted production many times over and sent thick clouds of lead dust rising over the Andes for the first time in history.

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German Crew’s Rotterdam WWII Destruction Film Discovered

The German Federal Archive has found video images of the destruction of Rotterdam and Middelburg which was filmed by a German film crew in August 1940, a few months after the bombing, NOS reports.

Rotterdam was the first city to be redesigned after the total destruction the bombing caused and German planners were very interested in the process. Shortly after the bombing the German government architect Otto traveled to Rotterdam to discuss the plans with mayor Oud and city architect Witteveen.

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11 February 2015

1850 Census Data Paint a Picture of Early Texans

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

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

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