Genealogy Blog

19 March 2015

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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12 March 2015

'Bedlam' Graveyard Excavation May Reveal Thousands of Skeletons

Archaeologists could pull thousands of skeletons out of the ground in London over the next few weeks as they dig up the 450-year-old Bedlam graveyard to make room for a new train line.

London's Liverpool Street station is under construction so that it will be able accommodate a new east-west train line, dubbed Crossrail. The tracks will be laid deep underground, about 130 feet (40 meters) below the city's current street surface.

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Millions of People Are Descended From Genghis Khan and 10 Other Asian Dynastic Leaders, Researchers Find

Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that millions of modern Asian men are descended from 11 powerful dynastic leaders who lived up to 4,000 years ago – including Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan.

The study, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in the journal European Journal of Human Genetics, examined the male-specific Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, in more than 5,000 Asian men belonging to 127 populations.

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11 March 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.44 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New report on the Ancestor menu to find all 'End of line ancestors'.
• New report on the List menu to find all twins. (Siblings born on the same day or 1 day apart.)
• On the Select Person screen (when searching for a name) there is a drop down arrow for the name field where you can select from the 10 most recent searches.
• Fixed two problems in the Utility to 'Compare two databases' where sometimes when moving a child from the right side to the left side, it gave an error saying it could not attach the parents correctly. Also fixed an error message sometimes when adding a spouse.

GEDCOM Validator (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• You can now search a device for GEDCOM files.
• General performance in several scenarios has been improved.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Global spell checking, with custom dictionary support has been added to the application.
• Spell check as you type has been added for English, French, German and Spanish.
• Printing options have been improved.
• Improvements have been made to the family chart including the clearer display of descendant groups and extra customisation options.
• GEDCOM support has been enhanced.

Bright Hallmarks of Early German Immigrants, Fraktur Collection Goes To Philly Art Museum

Life was not easy for many of the German immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia in the 18th century. They dispersed throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in search of economic prosperity and religious freedom.

Farming, building churches, opening schools and businesses, they cultivated their corner of their new country. And they brought with them an old folk art tradition -- fraktur.

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