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

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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 …

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 …

British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

DNA Map of UK migration.

Genetic signatures have been found among Britons that strongly illustrate their historical roots from various locations of the UK, resulting in a highly detailed and descriptive map of genetic variations. The analysis shows clusters of genetic variation within the late 1800s, when the population was less migratory, and reflects historical waves of migration by a …

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 …

The Feast of St. Patrick

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The Feast of St. Patrick, or St. Patrick’s Day, as it is popularly known, is a day set aside in ‘celebration’ of his death, every year on 17th of March across with globe.   Image: Copyright: Stuart Monk | Dreamstime.com The day is a public holiday in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and some other …

Pierre dit Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson – A Family Mystery

Melanson Family Crest

Update: New Melanson genealogy information was found by a fellow researcher in 2012, and I learned about it during December 2014. The new information is detailed in the post “A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?” If you’re using this research, be sure to use the information in both posts as the new discoveries negate or …

Get free access to Findmypast.com until 9 Mar 2015.

Free access to findmypast.com.

Free access to Findmypast.com online databases is offered from 12 pm (GMT) Friday, March 6 until Monday, March 9 at 7 am (EST). Their collections contain billions of historical records, as well as numerous tools and resources, including: Millions of US census records dating back to 1790. Military records for historical conflicts, including the American …