Sandy on March 31st, 2013

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Sandy on March 30th, 2013

According to the latest reports, there’s a recently published book giving evidence that the Shroud of Turin is not, after all, a medieval forgery. It could, in fact, date from the time of Christ’s death. Scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy have dated the shroud a few centuries before and after the […]

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Sandy on March 28th, 2013

The following information from British Origins arrived in my inbox today: “Over 389,000 South London (Surrey) burials for the period 1545-1905, with a handful (18) up to 1957 plus one as late as 1980, are available for searching on www.origins.net. The South London Burials Index contains surname and forename, age where given in the register, […]

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By offering a low cost DNA test, Family Tree DNA aims to expand reach of DNA testing to encourage further exciting discoveries about human origins. Today’s press release is as follows: “HOUSTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Gene By Gene, Ltd., the Houston-based genomics and genetics testing company, announced that a unique DNA sample submitted […]

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Sandy on March 26th, 2013

Passover begins today.  It’s an eight-day festival celebrated in early spring from the 15th though the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan and commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from a life of slavery in ancient Egypt. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God […]

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Sandy on March 25th, 2013

Google has announced the end of Google Reader. Okay, I know I’m a little late with this one but some people are seriously bummed and growing anxious about a replacement. The reason for shutting it down is probably because of cost and maintenance when the company is busy focusing on their Google+ social network platform, […]

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The history of comic art is clever and fascinating and I have to confess when I eagerly awaited the delivery of my comic books as a small child, it was all about the hero and not so much about the amazingly creative art and storytelling. The famous paintings in the caves at Lascaux, France, are […]

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Genealogical societies in Oklahoma and Georgia are asking for support. Family historians and genealogists who need access to records in these states should think about supporting the efforts of genealogists to keep records available. As reported in the MGC Sentinel, “in Oklahoma, a law enacted in 2011 limited access to all vital records to those […]

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The Federation of Genealogical Societies says: “The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has joined the American Library Association, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as other organizations, in an effort to ensure continued access to records for the genealogy and family history communities. The coalition, in a letter […]

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RootsTech is upon us again. Since its inception two years ago it has quickly become the largest paid family history conference in the United States. It is take place once again in theS Salt Palace ConventionCenter in Salt Lake City on Mar 21-23 and this year with an increased focus and appeal to beginners. Attendance […]

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Sandy on March 16th, 2013

Ever since St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, many legends have been passed down. As the patron saint of Ireland he is said to have baptized hundreds of people in a day. He explained the Holy Trinity using a three-leafed shamrock. What is known about St. Patrick comes from […]

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Newspapers from the “Land of Song” are now online for researchers free of charge. One of Britain’s most important libraries,The National Library of Wales (NLW), has a new website, launched in beta, featuring Welsh Newspapers Online. You can currently search and access over 250,000 pages from 24 newspaper publications pre-1910. The collection will grow to […]

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The following is a news release from the Federation of Genealogical Societies opening their online registration for their annual conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana” ““Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists March 8, 2013 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for […]

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Sandy on March 12th, 2013

Okay this is not historical, but it is hysterical: “CONCORD, N.C. – Pepsi has unveiled the video it shot at Troutman Motors and Philip Morris here in Concord in February. The video, which is promoting Pepsi Max, features NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon in disguise taking a test drive of a new Camaro. Gordon takes the […]

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As readers will see from my blog posts, I’m not a political animal.  Being fully aware of the small reduction percentage resulting from sequestration, is cutting the hours at our National Archives absolutely necessary Mr. President?  Closing the “The People’s House” to visitors too! This line spoken by Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet seems appropriate, “Something […]

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According to British researchers Stonehenge may have been started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C. New studies have been made on cremated human remains  indicated that about 500 years before Stonehenge as we see it today, a larger stone circle was built at the same site as a community graveyard. […]

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The latest update from FamilySearch.org the world’s best known free website is as follows with images are added to their existing collection: “FamilySearch added an additional 10.5 million indexed records and images in the last two weeks. The largest portion of this update includes the 8,613,673 images added to the New York Probate Records from […]

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I’ve mentioned many times on SpittalStreet.com that the National Library of Scotland (NLS) is an amazing resource for everyone. Although Scotland was just about the poorest country in the western world it led the world in education. Unfortunately, like the rest of the world, women did have to overcome significant obstacle to pursue scientific interests […]

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Sandy on March 5th, 2013

Progeny Genealogy has an interesting lineup of family tree charting software, which gives the ability to create beautiful charts of your family history in records time. Probably the most interesting in the line-up, which includes timeline charts and family maps,  is Progeny 3D Family Tree. It’s the only program with the ability to display your […]

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The following is a news release dated March 1, 2013, from Findmypast.co.uk regarding millions of new Yorkshire, England parish records: “We’re very pleased to announce our project to publish millions of Yorkshire parish baptism, marriage and burial records on findmypast.co.uk Spanning the years from 1538 into the 20th century, the records cover parish church registers […]

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Cece Moore of Your Genetic Genealogist says: “I am so pleased to be able to say that the support for the inaugural independent genetic genealogy conference has exceeded my most ambitious aspirations. My appreciation goes out to Professor Gates, Dr. Wells and all of our wonderful speakers for graciously and enthusiastically accepting my invitation to […]

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The  satirical shows on late night TV could have a field day with this one. The point of view in an article I’m about to share with you is so blatantly self-serving that it’s almost humorous. Although we have a problem with library budgets in the US, the critic in this case is a best-selling […]

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