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Stansted Mountfitchet man finds 14,000 WW2 dog tags in a field

A relic hunter has launched a campaign to reunite the families of World War Two soldiers with their dog tags after he found 14,000 buried in a …

Pets

My journey of 7,000 km and 83 years. – Paddy Willis – Medium

<b>My journey of 7,000 km and 83 years.</b><p>When I was a boy I fascinated by one photograph. This framed sepia portrait on the mantelpiece of my parents’ …

India

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its …

Gardening

21-Year-Old Breathes New Life into Historic B&W Photos by Adding Color

Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines her love of history with creativity, creating colorized versions of historic photos. The 21-year-old artist can spend anywhere from a few hours to several months retouching each image in Photoshop.<p>Originally inspired by colorized photographs she'd seen on an …

Photography

The History of Cartography, the "Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever," Now Free Online Open Culture

Worth a quick mention: The University of Chicago Press has made available online — at no cost — the first three volumes of <i>The History of Cartography.</i> …

Culture

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.<p>It's about a place in upstate New …

The Map Room - Copyright Traps

Publishers frequently use “copyright traps” to prove that someone plagiarized their work. Without evidence of the actual act of plagiarism, it’s …

History

Naples-based video project latest trend in preservation of family history

Jan Goldsmith knows firsthand the importance of preserving family history before it's too late.<p>Her mother, Ida Thompson, was diagnosed with ovarian …

In Detective Novel 'Celine' Peter Heller Uses Family History

Author Peter Heller's latest novel focuses on the title character Celine, a detective in the twilight of her life.<p>She takes on the case of Gabriela, …

Valencia Family History Center Helps Uncover The Past

KHTS AM 1220 focuses on Santa Clarita News, Santa Clarita Traffic, Weather, Santa Clarita Sports, and also plays music. KHTS AM 1220 is an affiliate …

Los Angeles

Keithley’s Korner: Researching family history begins with yourself

Everyone should be able to recall a story or yarn about one of their dead relatives, but Guy Hence can tell you one from pretty far back in the …

I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi.

My grandparents were Nazis. It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this. I used to think of and refer to them as “ordinary Germans,” as if that was a distinct and morally neutral category. But like many “ordinary Germans,” they were members of the Nazi Party — they joined in 1937, …

European History

The National Archives Wants Your Help Transcribing Declassified Documents

In honor of Sunshine Week, a celebration of government openness and public records, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration is holding …

Conspiracies

New Study Confirms That the Future of Data Storage Is in DNA

Information Handling<p>DNA contains information about a living organism. It codes everything in an living being. That’s why it makes sense for …

DNA

The man who dresses up as his ancestors

BBC World Service<p><b>Peruvian artist and photographer Christian Fuchs is obsessed with his illustrious ancestors and spends months painstakingly recreating portraits of them, posing for them himself whether the ancestors were men or women.</b><p>It's an unusual way to get close to your forefathers, but it …

Art

New Mexico History

On Tuesday evening, February 19, 1889, Ada Hulmes, the piano player at Silver City’s Monarch saloon, shot and killed John V. “Jack” Brown, a Silver …

Crime

Powerful Letters From Former Slaves To Their Old Masters

These notes shine a light on the complex relationships that slaves had with their masters.<p>After escaping or being liberated, most former slaves were …

Cool Stuff

Families torn apart by slavery sought lost loved ones in newly archived ads

Where is John Person?<p>Ten years have gone by since his mother, Hannah Cole, last saw him. The pain of his disappearance, the mystery of his …

Lost African-American cemeteries located in SA

<b>SAN ANTONIO</b> - Two lost local cemeteries are no longer missing, thanks to Everett Fly, a nationally renowned expert on African-American …

Archaeology

30 University of Akron volunteers discover ancestry in 'Rethinking Race'

AKRON, Ohio - Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, …

Cleveland

Genealogy Success Story: Surname mystery

Undated photo of Anderson's great-grandfather, Solomon Anderson, marching in a parade in full regalia. Sol's 1930 obituary in the NY Times noted he …

Who were the Black Irish, and what is their story?

The term "Black Irish" has been in circulation among Irish emigrants and their descendants for centuries. Yet, as a subject of historical discussion, …

Ireland

What I Learned From My Home-Genome-Test Kit

<i>Shutterstock</i>Among the big, eternal questions, the most compelling may be: Who am I, what do my genetics predict about my future, and will <i>The Real</i> …

DNA

C-J Extra: Research into black ancestry making strides in Topeka

Sherri Camp, founder and president of the Kansas Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Chapter, has been researching her ancestry for 30 …

Black History

DNA scientists claim that Cherokees are from the Middle East

“<i>The Cherokees have lived in the Southeastern United States for over 10,000 years.Cherokees developedand cultivated corn, beans and squash – “the</i> …

American History

Wax Seals and Refused Love in a 17th-Century Trunk of Undelivered Letters

Over 3,000 undelivered letters in six different languages are preserved in a postmaster’s trunk in The Hague, with hundreds unopened since the 17th …

How do you move a 6-ton Civil War battle painting? Slowly

ATLANTA (AP) — An enormous panoramic painting depicting the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta was relocated to a modern exhibit hall Friday after workers …

‘Hidden Figures’ Set for Free Screenings in 14 Cities for Black History Month

Fox and AMC Theatres have set free screenings for “Hidden Figures” on Feb. 18 in 14 U.S. cities to celebrate Black History Month.<p>The film — starring …

Black History