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14 November 2014

Jennifer Aniston Likes a Nice Romantic Picnic... in a Graveyard

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux go on dates in graveyards.

Despite both stars being successful actors, the 'Cake' actress insists she and her fiance rarely bring their work home and find it easy to switch off by enjoying a romantic meal among dead bodies. Asked if they talk about work at home, she said: "To be honest, we're like, 'Oh baby, how was your day? Man it's good, let's take a romantic picnic to the cemetery.'

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7 November 2014

The Puzzle Tombstone of Henrietta and Susanna Bean in Rushes Cemetery, near Crosshill, Wellesley Township, Ontario, Canada

Samuel Bean was first a teacher, then a doctor and later a pastor in the Evangelical Association. While practising the medical profession, he lived in Linwood, Ontario, and it was during this period that he erected the puzzle stone.

He later married for a third time, lived in New York and Iowa and was lost at sea off the coast of Cuba in 1904. He was clearly a brilliant man with a searching mind who found pleasure in conundrums similar to that found on this gravestone.

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6 November 2014

300 Year Old 'Witch Grave' Found in Scotland

Back in 1704, in Torryburn on the south west Fife coast, they had a problem disposing of toxic material - it was what you might call a toxic witch problem.

Lilias Adie, a poor woman who confessed to being a witch and having sex with the devil, died in prison before she could be tried, sentenced and burned. So they buried her deep in the sticky, sopping wet mud of the foreshore - between the high tide and low tide mark - and they put a heavy flat stone over her.

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27 October 2014

WWI Soldiers' Final Resting Places Recognised in Tasmania 100 Years After Deployment

Tasmanian WWI diggers have been recognised as war veterans with the installation of new headstones honouring their service.

It is 100 years since the SS Geelong left Hobart bound for war and it is hoped that the installation of the war headstones would give families a permanent place to remember loved ones.

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23 October 2014

British Soldiers Buried at WW1 Graveyard - 100 Years After their Death

They may have lived ordinary lives mining coal, grinding cutlery or weaving mats. But they died heroically, fighting for their country, taking the battle to German forces at the start of the First World War.

Almost 100 years to the day after the 15 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment fell, they were today given the farewell they deserved. On a chilly autumn day the brave Britons were laid to rest at the Y Farm Cemetery set among the ploughed fields of Bois Grenier village, near Lille in northern France.

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20 October 2014

Radar To Help Solve Mysteries in this Connecticut Cemetery

For nearly a decade members of the Southington Genealogical Society, with help from archaeologists, have been trying to piece together the mystery of the Merriman Burying Ground.

The burial ground, located on Marion Avenue in Plantsville, dates back to the late 1700s and is believed to be a family cemetery. It was named after the Rev. John Merriman, a Baptist minister. His wife, Jemima, was the buried there in 1764 and Merriman was buried in 1784. Eight of John and Jemima Merriman’s 11 children were buried there, along with their spouses and children.

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16 October 2014

Turkish Cemetery Created in Honor of Soldiers Vandalized In Crimea

A cemetery created in the honor of Turkish soldiers fallen during the 19th century Crimean War between the Ottoman Empire and Russia has been attacked in Sevastopol in the Russia-annexed Autonomous Crimean Republic in Ukraine, local activists have said.

The star and crescents on dozen of tombs were demolished and Ukrainian and English signboards on Sapun Mountain directing people to the cemetery were also removed, the Crimean Azerbaijani Association leader Rahim Humbatov said Wednesday.

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14 October 2014

Remains of Thousands of American Soldiers Killed During Korean War Will Be Moved Due To 'Construction Projects', Says North Korea

North Korea says the remains of thousands of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are being moved due to construction projects and flood damage.

The United States suspended efforts to recover war remains in North Korea over the country's plans to launch a long-range rocket in 2012. About 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the 1950-53 war.

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9 October 2014

A Mystery from 1925 Still Haunts a Philadelphia Graveyard

Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered Tuesday on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers - clues, really.

How did Thomas Curry, teenage ward of the notorious Florida School for Boys, come to meet a violent death on a railroad bridge 88 years earlier? The day before the orphan from Tacony died, he had escaped from the school, a hellish place where boys were routinely locked in irons, hog-tied in isolation, beaten with leather straps, and locked in sweat boxes as punishment.

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Mystery Bones Found in Queens, New York City, Came from Old Cemetery Near Prominent Farm

The past doesn’t stay buried for long in Queens. The human bones unearthed Tuesday by a construction crew on a routine dig in Richmond Hill may have come from an old cemetery near the farm of a prominent Queens family, a borough expert said.

Historian Carl Ballenas believes the 108th St. property near Jamaica Ave., where five skeletal fragments were found, used to be part of the Napier farm, run by patriarch John B. Napier in the 1800s.

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8 October 2014

Romania's Only Cemetery on the European Cemeteries Route in the Spotlight in 2015

Bucharest’s famous cemetery Bellu, where many of Romania’s cultural and historical personalities are buried, will take center stage in 2015, when representatives of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe will meet in the Romanian capital.

This will not only put the spotlight on Romania’s famous cemetery, one of the 179 such cemeteries in Europe, but also on the Romanian capital as well. Over a hundred historians, architects, professors, and local administrations from member cities will meet in Bucharest next year for the association’s annual meeting.

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3 October 2014

Fire Hits 18th-Century Romanian Jewish Cemetery

One of Romania’s oldest Jewish cemeteries was hit by fire that consumed some 50 acres.

The fire spread on Monday through the Jewish cemetery of Iasi, which opened in the 18th century and contains 80,000 graves, the local news website ziaruldeiasi.ro reported. It consumed dense vegetation that grew between headstones, the result of many years of neglect.

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29 September 2014

Group Asking for Public's Help To Identify Mystery Marker Found in Historic Wagoner, Oklahoma, Cemetery

The Three Forks Genealogy Society unearthed a mystery at a historic cemetery in Wagoner. Members started an investigation at Elmwood Cemetery a few weeks ago after someone sent them a picture of what appeared to be a small tombstone.

Digging a few inches into the dirt revealed the names of a church, its trustees and a pastor. At the top of the marker, it read, "The Year of Our Lord 1919, Bethel Hill A.M.E. Church." It then listed the pastor as William J. Stanley and the church trustees as A.J. Foster, A.L. Rollins, R.A. Montague, J.L. Rollins, and J.H. Montague.

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19 September 2014

Pictures of the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, France, Now Available on Geneanet

Mazargues is a suburb of Marseilles, France, six kilometres from the centre of the city.

Marseilles was the Base of the Indian troops in France during the First World War, and throughout the War the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, British troops and Labour units worked in the port or passed through it. Four of the town cemeteries were used, in the main, for the burial of officers and men of the Commonwealth forces who died at Marseilles.

Mazargues Cemetery, on the South-East side, was used less in the War but before the Armistice an extension was made, to which were later removed the bodies or ashes from the four town cemeteries and from Port St. Louis-du-Rhone Communal Cemetery.

Click here to access this new collection (1,334 pictures).

If you want to join the Collaborative Indexing Project, please click the 'Click here to add some Listed Persons' link below any picture of tombstone.

'Lost Chapel' Skeletons Found Holding Hands After 700 Years

University of Leicester archaeologists have uncovered a trove of relics and remains at Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire.

Some relationships last a lifetime -- and University of Leicester archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing two skeletons at a lost chapel in Leicestershire that have been holding hands for 700 years.

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