Mysterious Jamestown burials identified as founders | Discovery News

Men buried in historic Jamestown are identified.

“Four lost leaders of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas have been identified, thanks to chemical analysis of their skeletons, as well as historical documents. The settlement leaders were mostly high-status men who were buried at the 1608 Jamestown church in Virginia. And all played pivotal roles in the early colony. “They’re very …

For history buffs, Civil War era homes for sale | WSJ

Civil War era homes selling.

“On most days, Sherry Grim lives in an 1817 Colonial-style home outside of Gettysburg, Pa., with her husband, Mark. On some days, however, she lives there with Mark’s alter ego, Civil War Maj. Gen. John Hartranft. About 10 times a year, Mr. Grim, a 63-year-old retired Marine Corps officer, dons Union military regalia to host …

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Johannis Blythe of 1605.

1605 Will of Johannis Blythe

The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Johannis Blythe of 1605. By looking at the number of question marks in the texts it’s apparent how difficult transcribing from ‘ye olde Englishe’ is. Any input as to the missing text would be appreciated.   ____________________   The seventh daie of November …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 15 Jul 2015.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 15 Jul 2015.

The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 15 Jul 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Australia Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912 Belgium Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1910 Germany Germany, Saxony, Dresden, Citizens’ Documents and Business Licenses, 1820-1962 Philippines Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945 Philippines, Civil Registration …

THE JOY OF GENEALOGY: When you unearth a family secret, be careful what you do with it.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 June 2015.

If you’ve ever explored genealogy, you’ve probably uncovered a family secret or two.   Some sociologists warn that if you dig too deep, you may get more than you bargained for. Family secrets can run the gamut from the relatively tame taboos by today’s standards of illegitimate children, interracial and interfaith marriages to bigamy, mental …

Archaeological dig at P.E.I.’s Roma site unearths rare item. | The Guardian

Archaeological dig unearths rare item.

Officials delight in unique find of buttons in Roma at Three Rivers site that could be 250 years old.   MONTAGUE – A rather remarkable find turned up at an archeological dig on Brudenell Point this week. Volunteers, students and First Nations folk were participating in the public dig on the foundation of the 200-year-old …

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed. | The Guardian

A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship.

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch …