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

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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

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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

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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 …

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 …

Transcription: Thorne, John; Will Extract; New Jersey and Colonial Documents; Page 480.

Transcription of an extract of the will of John Thorne, taken from ” New Jersey and Colonial Documents “; Page 480. 48O NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS me and Stephen Brown. Other children—Thomas, Daniel, Sarah and Joanna, land purchased of George Harris, dec’d. Executors—Wife,  Sarah, and brother Jonathan Thompson. Witnesses—James Galloway, Samuel Whitehead, Jonathan Meeker. Proved …