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Forensic genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.

Massive family tree sheds light on war, culture, longevity | AAAS

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        5  5Shares Online genealogies are helping researchers analyze population-level genetic trends. | MyHeritage   Taking advantage of an online public database shared by genealogy enthusiasts, researchers have created a massive, crowd-sourced family tree. It tracks the births, marriages and deaths of millions of people, shedding light on the impacts of war, culture and disease over the …

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Archive of 150,000 historical documents reveals life in a Victorian lunatic asylum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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            endnoindex The history of our families is an allure that is becoming increasingly accessible as mountains of historical documents are digitized and made public. But while uncovering the secrets of your family heritage may surprise and even impress, there are some dark corners our great-grandparents may have preferred to have kept hidden.   In …

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Library and Archives finally releases 98-year-old document on sick First Nations children. | CBC News

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1          1Share   Library and Archives Canada’s move to finally release a 98-year-old document on Ottawa’s treatment of sick First Nations children sheds a small sliver of light onto a part of Canada’s history still shrouded by the darkness of locked archives, researchers say.   Library and Archives initially refused to release the document under provisions of the …

Library and Archives finally releases 98-year-old document on sick First Nations children. | CBC NewsRead More »


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Incredible journeys of Loyalist settlers given new life in digital map. | CBC News

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              A digital mapping project created by librarians and students at the University of New Brunswick lets you follow the lives of Loyalist men and women, revealing the fascinating journeys of some of New Brunswick’s earliest settlers.   New Brunswick Loyalist Journeys is the result of two years of research using historical documents in …

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Is Medieval history bunk?

Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. | The Guardian

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             Historians have been ridiculed since Herodotus, the father of history”, was mocked by his Athenian contemporary, Thucydides, as a mere storyteller. So it was with some weariness that medieval historians took to their keyboards last week to respond to the latest slur against their discipline.Robert Halfon, who chairs the Commons select committee on education, …

Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. | The GuardianRead More »


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War of Vikings

300 mysterious skeletons in mass grave: An ancient Viking army that died together?

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            The massive graveyard of a suspected ancient Viking army that invaded England in the late ninth century was accidentally unearthed in a church garden more than 30 years ago. But scientists couldn’t date the bones age, which meant they couldn’t figure out who the 300 skeletons had belonged to. A new technology has changed this and …

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Indian slavery once thrived in New Mexico. Latinos are finding family ties to it. | The New York Times

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             Lenny Trujillo made a startling discovery when he began researching his descent from one of New Mexico’s pioneering Hispanic families: One of his ancestors was a slave.   “I didn’t know about New Mexico’s slave trade, so I was just stunned,” said Mr. Trujillo, 66, a retired postal worker who lives in Los Angeles. …

Indian slavery once thrived in New Mexico. Latinos are finding family ties to it. | The New York TimesRead More »


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Proposed ‘Halifax Explosions’ name for CFL team touches off fiery debate online | CTV Atlantic News

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           HALIFAX — A group supporting a proposed CFL team in Halifax touched off a fiery debate online when it proposed naming the team after one of the country’s greatest maritime disasters. On Twitter, CFL in Halifax pitched the idea of calling the football team the Halifax Explosions — a reference to the devastating explosion in …

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How much it costs to research your family tree | AOL Finance

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             Money doesn’t grow on trees, which is too bad, because it would make researching your family tree a lot easier. If you aren’t careful, or even if you are, you could end up spending a small fortune while researching your family history. Just ask Lana Rushing, who owns a public relations firm in Los …

How much it costs to research your family tree | AOL FinanceRead More »


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DNA map of of Britain and Ireland reveals Viking genes | Daily Mail Online

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            The Irish are much more genetically diverse than previously believed and have Viking and Norman ancestry – just like the English, according to new research. A comprehensive DNA map of the people of the Emerald Isle has for the first time revealed lasting contributions from British, Scandinavian and French invasions. Researchers have discovered 23 …

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British last names.

What does your last name say about you? | Ancestry Blog

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             Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman …

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Police can request your DNA from sites like Ancestry, 23andMe.

Police can request your DNA from sites like Ancestry, 23andMe.

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             Millions of people have handed their DNA over to genetic testing companies like Ancestry or 23andMe to learn more about their family history. Eric Yarham wanted to learn about his heritage, so he mailed off his saliva to 23andMe. “I’m just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics,” said Yarham.   Yarham was …

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‘Terry Fox was Métis’: Fox family joins growing number of Canadians claiming Métis heritage​ | The Globe and Mail

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           Like a growing number of Canadians, the family of Terry Fox has explored and claimed its Métis heritage. Marian Gladue was deeply involved in the lives of her grandchildren, including the most famous one: Terry Fox. She was around for his birth in 1958, and visited him when he was diagnosed with cancer years later. In …

‘Terry Fox was Métis’: Fox family joins growing number of Canadians claiming Métis heritage​ | The Globe and MailRead More »


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Genetics rewrites the history of early america – and, maybe, the field of archaeology | Smithsonian

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             The story of how Homo sapiens spread from Africa to the rest of the world is a tangled epic, full of false starts and dead ends. Yet perhaps nowhere is the puzzle more difficult than in the Americas, two landmasses divided from the rest of the world by two huge oceans. Zoom out, though, and you’ll …

Genetics rewrites the history of early america – and, maybe, the field of archaeology | SmithsonianRead More »


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Ancestry.com and RootsWeb cyber security breach

Security breach shuts down RootsWeb site | Ancestry Blog

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             Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com server.   Our Information Security Team reviewed the details of this file, and confirmed that it contains information …

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Your genealogy research could land your DNA results in a criminal investigation | KIRO-TV

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              by: Alison Grande Updated: Nov 6, 2017 – 8:44 PM begin: MIXED MEDIA (CAROUSEL)   If you submit DNA to a genealogy website, KIRO 7 discovered law enforcement may have access to the results. So far more than 5 million people have submitted DNA to search their genealogy on Ancestry.com. Customers send in …

Your genealogy research could land your DNA results in a criminal investigation | KIRO-TVRead More »


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Canada Post issues Halifax Explosion stamp marking 100 years since the disaster | CTV Atlantic News

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           THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Monday, November 6, 2017 7:29AM AST Last Updated Monday, November 6, 2017 11:25AM AST   HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov Arthur J. LeBlanc has unveiled a Canada Post stamp that commemorates the Halifax Explosion. The stamp depicts the moments after the munitions vessel SS Mont Blanc collided with the SS Imo …

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Records documenting residential school abuses to be destroyed

Records documenting residential school abuses are to be destroyed as early as 2019 | Sudbury.com

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   1    5  6Shares  Maybe it’s because I’m a genealogist and understand the value of knowing our own histories – good and bad, or maybe it’s because of my innate sense of right and wrong and knowing that we all lose in the end if the mistakes of our past are forgotten.   Either way, I strongly believe …

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Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins | Flavorwire

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              On the fourth season premiere of “Finding Your Roots,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealed a match between the Senator and comedian’s DNA.   In fact, Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins.   Throughout the three seasons of Henry Louis Gates Jr.,’s PBS series Finding Your Roots, the author and historian has …

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Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

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        4  4SharesThe Death of St. Nicholas. Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the remains of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.   A portion of the site believed …

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Province to help African Nova Scotians get title to land given centuries ago | CTV Atlantic News

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        11  11Shares  HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it is poised to help black residents who have struggled for decades to gain clear title to land that has been in their families since many arrived as Loyalists in the 1800s. African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince issued a statement Monday saying an announcement for …

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Filles du Roi

How the Filles du Roi brought the ‘Mother’s Curse’ to Canada | The Atlantic

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   2    5  7Shares  The first King’s Daughters—or filles du roi—arrived in New France in 1663, and 800 more would follow over the next decade. Given their numbers, they were not literally the king’s daughters of course.   They were poor and usually of common birth, but their passage and dowry were indeed paid by King Louis XIV …

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Scientists say DNA tests show Viking warrior was female | CTV News

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            BERLIN — Scientists say DNA tests on a skeleton found in a lavish Viking warrior’s grave in Sweden show the remains are those of a woman in her 30s. While bone experts had long suspected the remains belong to a woman, the idea had previously been dismissed despite other accounts supporting the existence of …

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