Monday, August 29, 2011

Coffin Plate Of Mary Thomas 1859

This is a nice early coffin plate from 1859.

Mary Thomas
Died July 14 1859
Aged 20 Years 2 Mo 14 Days

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Friday, August 26, 2011

More fallen diggers found at Bullecourt burial site

They were buried where they lay. Not in mass graves prepared by the Germans, but in haste, by fellow diggers who pushed dirt in on top of the crater where their dead companions had been taking shelter, and then fled. And there they are believed to remain, up to 13 Australian soldiers, interred in a nameless pit beneath a road in northern France.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

War grave Lusitania gives up its sea-bed secrets

I am sure not many of us had ancestors on the Lusitania but its an interesting story.

The first images of artefacts that have been recovered from the 'Lusitania' the world's largest passenger underwater war grave.

The objects which include the ship's telemotor, telegraph and two porthole windows are now in saltwater tanks in a laboratory in Tralee, Co Kerry, having been recovered on Monday as part of an archeological exhibition in the making of a documentary by 'National Geographic' magazine.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Try It, You'll Like It!

Well I just gave the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner a try and I have to admit the thing is kinda cool. When I first heard about this thing I did not see much use for a mobile scanner. At least not for me.

The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner (and Webley)
However after listening to my wife rave about her Flip-Pal Scanner I thought I would give it a try. We have taken it on a few genealogy trips in the past but it has always been her that uses it. So this morning I had to scan a few photos so instead of starting up my PC I just grabbed the Flip Pal. (After asking my wife if I could touch it)

Anyway the scanner worked great. I had the photos done and on a flash drive in 5min. It would have taken me that long just to fire up my old PC.

If you want to read more about the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner take a look atThe Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Killora Graveyard, Craughwell, Co. Galway

This is a really nice video of Killora Graveyard, Craughwell, Co. Galway. I don't have any ancestors buried in Killora Graveyard. But if you are like me you will enjoy looking at all the history that such a place has hidden away.

Killora Graveyard, Craughwell, Co. Galway

Monday, August 15, 2011

Coffin Plate of George W Benson 1820 ~ 1864

I just added the Coffin Plate of George W Benson 1820 ~ 1864 to the index on

George W Benson
Co K Thirtieth Maine Vols
Mustered At Augusta
Jan 11 1864
Died at New York
Sept 5th 1864
Aged 44 years

This is a really interesting and rare Coffin Plate as it has a photograph of George on it. It also contains a rather large amount of information about the military service of George in the Civil War. This plate is also mounted in a wood frame. This was done for display purposes and is not part of the coffin plate.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stone Age tomb unearthed in Scotland

Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say.

The 5,000-year-old burial site in the Orkney Islands came to light when a homeowner dug away a small mound in his yard to improve his ocean view, National Geographic News reported.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Pioneer graves found at school site

Almost a dozen 180-year-old graves, including those of three children, have been discovered during an archeological excavation at the site of a former elementary school in Amherstburg Ontario.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Texas Drought Unearths Long-Lost Slave Cemetery

One of the worst droughts in Texas history is helping archaeologists unearth a small piece of American history, a graveyard for freed slaves.

While the heat may be taking a toll on crops, livestock and people's livelihoods, it has helped archaeologists uncover two graves that are believed to have been buried for more than a century.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Cemetery Walk Trinity UC Cemetery Ontario Canada

This is another Cemetery Walk in Trinity United Church Cemetery in Beeton Ontario Canada, This is the last video of four of the tombstones in this cemetery taken in April 2011.

There are 24 gravestones in this video but there are 3 earlier Cemetery Walks you can watch on Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube Channel