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26 August 2014

Black Death Mass Grave Found in Barcelona, Spain

The Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor, in the heart of Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter, has been a place of Christian worship since the fourth century.

In recent years it has provided archeologists with rich bounty: Roman remains from the first century, when the colony of Barcino was founded by the emperor Augustus, along with a Visigothic baptismal font, and the chancel from a sixth-century basilica. The latest find is around 120 bodies packed like sardines in a mass grave under the sacristy that could provide new insight into the impact of the Black Death, which devastated Europe in the mid-14th century.

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25 August 2014

Search the Entire 1914-19 Archives of the Celebrated Illustrated London News and the Great Eight Illustrated Magazines Collection

With the centenary of the First World War upon us, ILN Ltd, the custodians of the celebrated Illustrated London News and Great Eight Illustrated Magazine collection archives, felt a responsibility to make the 1914-18 archives available to the public for research, education and pleasure. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Illustrated First World War website was created.

Today, for the fist time in 100 years, the public are invited to search the First World War pages of The Illustrated London News.

The Illustrated First World War

20,000 Irishmen Fought for Canada in World War I

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 According to an unpublished document from Canada’s Department of National Defense, 19,327 Irish served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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.

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Warsaw Will Return 1,000 Gravestones to Jewish Cemetery

The city of Warsaw has announced plans to recover 1,000 gravestones, or matzevot, that were taken from the city’s Jewish cemetery and used to build a structure in a city park.

The gravestones, JTA reports, are “currently part of a pergola and stairs at a park in Warsaw’s Praga district.” The city plans to return the matzevot to the Jewish cemetery. The city’s change of heart was the result of months of campaigning by an organization called From the Depths, whose Matzeva Project locates and restores misused Jewish gravestones across Poland.

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National Library and Archives of Iran Added to Tourist Itineraries

The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) has been added to the list of places tourists can visit on their journeys to Iran.

The decision to add the NLAI to tourists’ itineraries is based on an agreement signed between the Iranian Tour Operators Association (ITOA) of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the NLAI on Saturday.

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National Archives of the United Kingdom Piece Together the Records of 140,000 First World War officers

Volunteers have helped The National Archives piece together the paper records of nearly 140,000 officers who served in the First World War. They include the poignant letters written by Rudyard Kipling regarding his missing son Jack and even bandages and x-rays of the wounds officers received during their service in the trenches, and now thanks to the efforts of volunteers, they are available for the public to explore.

The extensive cataloguing project now makes it even easier for people to uncover the stories of relatives who served in the War and research the stories of some of the famous names caught up in it.

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Is Genetic Genealogy, the Next Facebook of Science?

Last Saturday morning at the first International Conference for Genetic Genealogy in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Genographic Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells delivered the Keynote to an audience of 300 genetic genealogists.

He spoke about the popularity of the field and how fast consumer genetics has grown since the launch of The Genographic Project in 2005. “In 2013 the one-millionth person tested their DNA,” explained Wells, “just twelve years since the first human genome was sequenced. But this summer the two-millionth person has already tested their DNA.”

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WWI Scottish Regiment Soldier 'May Have Been First Australian-Born Casualty'

New details have emerged indicating Lieutenant Leslie Richmond, born in Victoria, died at the Battle of Mons on August 23, 1914 while serving with the 1st Gordon Highlanders.

Just weeks ago, the Australian War Memorial altered their records to recognise Lieutenant Malcolm Chisholm as the first Australian-born casualty after he was killed in France on August 27. For many years, Seaman William "Billy" Williams and Captain Brian Pockley were honoured as the first Australians to fall after their deaths on September 11, 1914 in the battle of Bita Paka in Papua New Guinea.

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Are You Related to Tim Burton?

Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in the city of Burbank, California, to Jean Burton (née Erickson), the owner of a cat-themed gift shop, and Bill Burton, a former minor league baseball player who would later work for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.

As a preteen, Burton would make short films in his backyard on Evergreen Street using crude stop motion animation techniques or shoot them on 8 mm film without sound (one of his oldest known juvenile films is The Island of Doctor Agor, that he made when he was 13 years old).

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18 August 2014

Genealogy and Headstones: Participate!

Geneanet has a big collection of pictures of headstones and memorials.

These pictures are shared for free by the Geneanet members.

When you are looking for an individual in the Geneanet database, the search engine can return pictures of headstones and memorials if they are indexed.

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15 August 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Lawrence?

Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Karen (Koch) Lawrence, a children's camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine.

By the age of 14, she had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville.

Jennifer Lawrence's Family Tree

11 August 2014

The Geneanet Ancestry Book

GeneaNet offers a very attractive Ancestry Book.

This Ancestry Book is available for every GeneaNet member and it can show up to 10 generations.

Every GeneaNet member can also export the Ancestry Book in PDF file format.

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9 August 2014

Are You Related to Melanie Griffith?

Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City, to actress Tippi Hedren and producer, former actor, and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother's ancestry is Swedish, German, and Norwegian.

Griffith's parents divorced when she was four years old, after which her father married model/actress Nanita Greene and had two more children: actress Tracy Griffith and set designer Clay A. Griffith. Her mother married agent and producer Noel Marshall, and Griffith grew up with three stepbrothers.

Melanie Griffith's Family Tree

5 August 2014

Are You Related to John Huston?

John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. He was the only child of Rhea (née Gore) and Canadian-born Walter Huston, originally Walter Houghston. His father, who was of Scots and Scots-Irish descent, was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films.

His mother, of English and Welsh background, initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born.

John Huston's Family Tree

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