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 …

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 …

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England was born 17/18 June 1239, eldest son of Henry III, King of England (1207-1272) and Eléonore de Provence (1223- ), in Westminster Palace, London. Edward was created Earl of Chester and granted the Dukedom of Gascony on 14 February 1254, after arriving in France. Edward’s father arranged his  marriage …

Sir Philip Basset, Lord Basset, Justiciar of England

Battle of Evesham

Sir Philip Basset is 24th great grandfather to my kids, born circa 1184 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Water gate to Bristol Castle. He was the son of Alan Basset, Baron of Wycombe, and Aline de Gai. In 1227, Philip married his first wife, Hawise de Louvaine in Essex, England. Born in 1225, Hawise was the daughter of …

Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

I was shocked to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer.

I was surprised to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer have been found. In a previous post, I described our genealogical relationship to Sir Roger Mortimer, outlining the most infamous aspects of his life, including his hanging at Tyburn Tree for treason. Blanch Mortimer, who died in 1347, was …

An ancestral doppelganger is discovered!

Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

My biggest fascination with my genealogy research is finding old photos of the people – especially any rare ancestral doppelganger to current family members. These images bring some life to the profile created by the fact finding of my research and brings these characters closer and makes them more relatable and understandable. A while ago, …

New to genealogy? Start with free genealogy sites and tools online.

Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, c. 1938.

Using available free genealogy sites and tools to the best advantage. I’ve been doing genealogy research for well over fifteen years now and have amassed a database of over 100,000 individuals with supporting sources, images, and documents for over 90% of the individuals, which are available for free download. Yet, I still find new information …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 Dec 2014.

Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Dec 2014.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Barbados Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1887 Belgium Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Canada Canada Census, 1911 Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949 China China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014 Italy Italy, Bergamo, Civil …