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Remains of at Least 50 People Found at Westminster Abby

The following excerpt is from the September 23, 2015 edition of


(NEWSER) – Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that archaeologists believe date back to the 11th and 12th centuries, the Guardian reports. The “skulls and leg bones stacked up into dense piles like firewood” were discovered under Victorian drainage pipes outside the wall of Poets’ Corner, where famous literary figures such as Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling are buried and where memorials have been erected to such notables as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen. The estimated date of the remains means the deceased may have witnessed the chaotic events of 1066 in England, including the Norman invasion, the Guardian notes.

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Southern California Genealogical Society – Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended Thru October 7!

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Conference Call for Presentations
47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars


The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the extension of the Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal through October 7, 2015.

The 2016 Jamboree theme is “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past” and the theme for the pre-conference DNA day is “The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016.” Submissions utilizing our theme and promoting the expansion of knowledge and skills are welcome. Our heritage focus is on German and Eastern European ancestry. Presentations on all topics will be considered, but new presentations are encouraged.

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2016 must submit their proposals though the Jamboree Speaker Portal by October 7, 2015.

A copy of the Call for Presentations can be found at:

You may download the Submission Form at:

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal:

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at

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Mary, Queen of Scots, Cleared of Murdering Her Husband – Over 400 Years Later

The following teaser is from the September 25, 2105 edition of

Mary Queen of Scots, depicted here around 1565.

Mary Queen of Scots, depicted here around 1565.

Mary, Queen of Scots has been cleared of any involvement in the notorious murder of her husband, more than four centuries after the unsolved crime took place.

The rebel queen, who plotted against Elizabeth I, has long been suspected of bringing about the death of Lord Darnley, her royal consort who himself had royal blood.

Their marriage had been under serious strain since they wed in 1565, and just two years later he and his squire were found dead in an orchard in Kirk o’Field, Edinburgh.

Not long before the bodies were discovered, an explosion had rocked Lord Darnley’s home, throwing even more confusion over the deaths, which are believed to have been carried out by suffocation.

However, a panel assembled by the Royal Society of Edinburgh was convened this week and has begun considering the crime with modern investigative methods – and has concluded that Mary’s hands are clean.

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The Queen Mother’s Brother Was a Genuine WWI Hero

The following teaser is from the September 27, 2015 edition of

Fergus Bowes-Lyon, son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, elder brother to the Queen Mother.

Fergus Bowes-Lyon, son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, elder brother to the Queen Mother.

The Prince of Wales stood in solemn silence yesterday as he took part in a centenary memorial service in Dundee to honour the British troops who lost their lives at the ill-fated Battle of Loos. And among the 20,000 soldiers who died during the largest First World War battle on the Western Front, there was one brave soldier in particular whose heroic sacrifice the Royal Family will never forget.

Fergus Bowes-Lyon, son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, elder brother to the Queen Mother and the uncle Queen Elizabeth II never met, died 100 years ago today after leading his men into the face of the enemy. Yet for the best part of a century the Royals have not known his final resting place, or the full details of how he led an assault on the most heavily defended part of the German lines, had a leg blown off and was repeatedly hit by machine-gun bullets, before dying an hour later as his sergeant tried desperately to keep him alive until medical assistance arrived.

Such was the chaos and carnage of the battle that the precise details of the death of the Queen Mother’s beloved brother ‘Fergie’ have remained a mystery – until now. But after years of trawling his family’s archives and discovering long-lost letters, the true heroism of the Queen’s uncle has been unearthed by Fergus’s grandson James Voicey-Cecil.

It is an astonishing story that, without his search, would have been lost to history.

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Can Your Fingerprints Tell Us Anything About Your Ancestry?

The following excerpt is from the September 28, 2015 edition of


Each individual’s fingerprints are unique—the tiny loops, ridges and whorls on the epidermis are even more distinctive than a person’s DNA and are one of the best ways we have of identifying a person today. New research has found these tiny etchings, known as dermatoglyphics, can also serve as way to trace an individual’s ancestry.

For some time, anthropologists and forensic scientists have used fingerprints to learn more about identity, but the two disciplines tend to focus their analyses on different details. Anthropologists examine what’s known as Level 1 details, a close look at the pattern types and ridge counts. Forensic scientists focus on Level 2 details, fingerprint “minutiae,” or the specific variants of fingerprints like the shape and direction of ridges and where they split, known as bifurcation.

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Lakeview Cemetery on North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont

The following teaser is from an article about Lakeview Cemetery that was posted at the Burlington Free Press website.


Lakeview Cemetery on North Avenue in Burlington was established in 1867 with the city of Burlington’s $3,500 purchase of 23 acres from H.B. Sawyer.

It was designed in the popular park-cemetery style. Seven additional acres were purchased from J. A. Arthur for $2,000 in 1868. The cemetery was officially consecrated in 1871. Planned in the style of a well laid-out park at the outskirts of the city and end of the trolley line, Lakeview, with its meandering roads and specimen trees, was more than a burial ground.

As was common during the period, it became a place to picnic while visiting loved ones’ graves. The peace and tranquility provided in such a beautiful setting was completed with sweeping views of Lake Champlain to the west.

Meandering through the cemetery today offers a glimpse into Burlington’s past. Notable war veterans, from the Civil War up to the present day, include a number of members of the Civil War Massachusetts 54th regiment, profiled in the award winning movie “Glory.”

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Is This a Genuine Picture of Bob Ford and Jesse James?

The following teaser is from an article posted October 22, 2015 at the CNN website.


CNN – A Houston forensic artist says she’s sure an old tintype owned by a Washington state family is that of Jesse James and his eventual killer, Robert Ford.

“This photo was taken when the two men trusted each other and the younger Robert Ford wanted a picture of himself with the man who had become a legend in his own time,” Lois Gibson said on her Facebook page.

The undated photo shows both men seated on chairs next to each other, with Ford on James’ right.

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Croatia is About to Make Yugoslav Spy Files Public

The following excerpt is from an article posted September 28, 2015 at


The Croatian security and intelligence agency, SOA, said on Saturday that it has given secret service documents created between 1937 and 1990 to the state archives, which will ultimately allow them to be seen by the Croatian public for the first time, under some restrictions.

The documents come from the Yugoslav secret service, UDBA, as well as the secret services of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the WWII-era fascist puppet regime called the Independent State of Croatia, NDH.

The SOA said the handover was part of its efforts to “bring [the service’s] work closer to the Croatian public”.

It also said that it wants to “follow the practice of services in states with a long democratic tradition”, where documents are declassified when there is no need for them to be kept secret anymore.

However some data will remain confidential and some identities protected.

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Sacramento Archives Crawl This Saturday

The following is from the September 29, 2015 edition of


In celebration of American Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 4 pm. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is Powered by the Past.

Showcasing historic treasures from 23 Northern California institutions, special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations: California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Crawling to the four host locations to view archival collections and to take behind-the-scenes tours will be easy and convenient since all locations are within downtown Sacramento. If needed, free transportation between host locations will also be provided via transit buses.

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NGS Releases Two-minute Video To Promote 2016 Conference

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:


ARLINGTON, VA, 30 September 2015 — The National Genealogical Society releases today a video promoting its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Produced in collaboration with Playback Now, the video is available on the NGS YouTube channel at

Utilizing clips from the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, the video highlights the wide scope of educational and networking opportunities that the conference offers attendees. The video’s featured speakers are Angie Bush, MS, member of the NGS Board of Directors and chair of the Genetic Genealogy Committee; Elizabeth Shown Mills, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, both of whom are well-known speakers in the genealogy community.

With well more than a hundred sessions and a hundred exhibitors, the 2016 NGS Family History Conference promises to be one of the best genealogical conferences ever.

Registration for conference opens on December 1st, but you may make your hotel reservations now at the main conference hotel, the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, or at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel or the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Details are available at

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Three Cast Iron Civil War Cannons Pulled From the Pee Dee River


It’s been announced that archaeologists, using a front loader’s mechanical arm, have pulled three heavy cast iron Civil War cannons from the Pee Dee River in South Carolina where they lay for 150 years.

Read all about it in an AP article posted at

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Ancestry Announces Renewal of Their Digitization Partnership Agreement With NARA

I just got the following from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry. This is goods news. Ancestry & NARA had problems with their digitization projects a while back when it was found that an employee had destroyed records. That looks to have been resolved… Whew…

We are pleased to announce the renewal of our digitization partnership agreement with the National Archives and Record Administration. Ancestry began digitizing images from NARA in 2000. Since our partner digitization agreement in 2008, Ancestry has invested millions of dollars in scanning original paper documents. It has been a great privilege to work alongside NARA staff and help preserve America’s history one document at a time.

According to a recent audit report by NARA, external partners are responsible for 97% of all document digitization occurring at the National Archives. Ancestry has been and continues to be the largest digitization partner since the partnership program began. How much work has Ancestry done with NARA? To date we have published 1,371 collections now available online. That’s over 170 million images and more than 1 billion records searchable from home. Most importantly these digital records are now preserved indefinitely for future generations.

Ancestry scanning teams have digitized collections in nine different National Archives and Records Administration facilities across the country including Washington D.C., New York City, and St. Louis, Missouri. The digitization services Ancestry provides are at no cost to the federal government. With investments in scanning and indexing reaching more than 1 billion records, we have saved taxpayers more than $100 million dollars at commercial digitization rates.

This agreement marks the renewing of a great partnership and we are proud to continue our relationship with the United States National Archives and Record Administration.

Matthew Deighton
Public Relations Manager

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Revolutionary War Parker’s Revenge Battle Site Being Mapped Using Long-lost Artifacts


Using 21st-century equipment, archeologists are now mapping out exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were stood as they shot at each other on a rocky hillside on the border of Lexington and Lincoln the first day of the American Revolution.

“Parker met a force approximately 10 times his size and took 20 percent casualties on the green, then made the choice to go after them,” said Bob Morris, president of the nonprofit Friends on Minute Man National Park. “It’s the kind of heroism that cries out to be researched and memorialized.”

The 44-acre Parker’s Revenge battle site is completely within the Minute Man National Historical Site. They have located both unspent and fired musket balls, and even found a button that has a fox, a windmill, and a bridge on it!

Read much more about the project in an AP article posted September 30, 2015 at the website.

Read more at the website.

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New FamilySearch Database Collections – September 28, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Generous updates for Colombia, France, Honduras, Italy, Spain, and the US (Passport applications, Mississippi and Georgia to note a few)! Many other domestic and international updates like England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984, Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013, and Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912. See the following full list.


Bahamas Civil Registration 1850-1959 – 34,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Barbados Church Records 1637-1887 – 67,852 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912 – 81,691 – 3,570 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada Prince Edward Island Death Card Index 1721-1905 – 16,778 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies Family Origins 1621-1865 (Web-Linking) – 5,996 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013 – 0 – 65,853 – Added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2014 – 0 – 301,994 – Added images to an existing collection
England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984 – 0 – 55,896 – Added images to an existing collection
France Dordogne Censuses 1876 – 499,219 – 10,250 – New indexed records and images collection
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1830-1831 – 31,145 – 608 – New indexed records and images collection
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874 – 151,802 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Catholic Church Records 1633-1978 – 700,756 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 0 – 1,072,113 – Added images to an existing collection
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 140,930 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 172,315 – 4,944 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines La Union Diocese of San Fernando de La Union 1801-1984 – 0 – 3,192 – Added images to an existing collection
South Carolina Confederate Home Records 1909-1958 – 6,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1950 – 0 – 764 – Added images to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 435,547 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 – 0 – 336,900 – Added images to an existing collection
Illinois Northern District Petitions for Naturalization 1906-1994 – 0 – 206,207 – Added images to an existing collection
Louisiana Orleans Parish Vital Records 1910 1960 – 17,605 – 1,383 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 0 – 254,638 – Added images to an existing collection
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892; 1908-1957 – 7,153,911 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 0 – 5,386 – Added images to an existing collection
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records 1732-1933 – 0 – 161 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 69,621 – 13,456 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 1,008,828 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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“Finding Women From Your Past” – HQRL Autumn Quest in Sumner Washington, October 10!

I got a note this morning stating that the HQRL Autumn Fest, in Sumner Washington, still has seats available. Check out the announcement below:


To HQRL Members and friends

We still have room for Autumn Quest! Get your registration in today. This will be a great event with lots of door prizes and great raffle items. The speakers are outstanding and the food will be delicious as usual.

Autumn Quest 2015 will be held at the Faith Covenant Church in Sumner on Saturday, October 10th 2015. The topic will be “Finding Women From Your Past” featuring four great speakers.

Attendance this year will be limited to the first 120 paid (last year we had 150)

Sign up today!
Announcement at

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Autumn Quest 2015 – with Donna Potter-Phillips, Jill Morelli, Janice Lovelace, and Janet Camarata

Soldiers, Spies, & Farm Wives – Changing roles of women during the Civil War – Jill Morelli.
How the Civil War was a game-changer for women in the USA.

Beyond online – Finding women in the Courthouse – Janice Lovelace.
Step away from the computer and search records stored in county courthouses.

Finding your Women on the Internet – Donna Potter-Phillips.
How to utilize the Internet to find female ancestors.

Difficult Women: The Ways Our Female Ancestors Confound Our Research – Janet O’Conor Camarata.
Using case studies, provides strategies and techniques for correctly identifying difficult-to find and difficult to understand female ancestors.

Book Store
We will have the HQRL bookstore on site from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm with hundreds of genealogy selections.

Silent Auction
We will have a silent auction set up with bid sheets. Winners will be announced at the end of the seminar.

Donation Table
The donation table is your opportunity to select from a potpourri of items and donate whatever you wish. All proceeds benefit our non-profit library.

Seminar Costs
The seminar is $50 per person and Lunch is $10

Registration form for
Autumn Quest 2015

  • Seminar only $50
  • Lunch (includes gratuity) $10

salad, sandwiches, dessert
Total enclosed $___________
Method of Payment

  • Check
  • Credit card (Master Card / Visa)

_______________________________________ ___________
Credit Card # and Expiration Date

Make checks payable to:
Heritage Quest Research Library

If mailing registration form please send to :
Heritage Quest Research Library
ATTN: Autumn Quest Registration
1007 Main St., Sumner, WA 98390-1412
Phone: 253-863-1806

HQRL is located at
1007 Main Street
Sumner, Washington 98390
Phone: 253-863-1806
Our web address is (click on “find us” for directions)

Jim Johnson, Director HQRL

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