Oxford University genetics study indicates a complex genetic ancestry of Americans.

DNA Study

The University of Oxford has conducted a study of the “Complex genetic ancestry of Americans,” where the genes of North and South Americans with European and African representation were compared, and found the genetic links of the colonisation of the Americas and the slave trade.   Researchers involved in the study analysed over 4,000 DNA …

MRSA remedy: Looking to the past can solve problems of the present and future.

Bald's Leechbook

A surprising finding by Dr. Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham has been key to discovering that a medieval remedy used to treat eye infections has properties that could be useful today, as described in “AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?”   The recipe for this remedy existed in an old …

Questions raised about the legitimacy of the Plantagenet kings by DNA of Richard III.

Richard III featured

It became known last year that an adulterous affair had broken the male line in Richard III’s family tree.   In attempts to answer the resulting questions, further genetic testing was done on the skeleton of Richard III, which had been found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester. More recent genetic testing was …

Transcription – Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, Page 469

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946, Page 469

Original french text from Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, page 469.   CAP PELÉ CAP BOLD CTE WESTMORLAND NB PAROISSE STE-THÉRÈSE RÉGISTRES PHOTOGRAPHIES A LA PAROISSE 469 ———————- B    76 M. I. Florine Melanson Ce meme jour nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Isabella Florine née hier du legitime mariage de …

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.

The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.   Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations. Genealogy researchers are free to …

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War of …

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel and Axel Gummeson.

AXEL AND ELLEN (ELLA) GUMMESON   Axel and Ella Gummeson, and Kenneth age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, U.S.A., by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan, on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to …