Iceland’s population has been inter-related since the island was first settled by the Vikings – the question for couples has always been, just how closely? A new smartphone app can now discreetly provide the answer.… Continue Reading
The tiny remains of a 13th century stillborn baby discovered by archaeologists in Cambridgeshire were likely buried at home, because of the Church’s refusal to allow unbaptised babies to be buried in consecrated ground.… Continue Reading
Irish-Americans have St Paddy’s Day, African-Americans have Black History Month, Italian-Americans have Columbus Day. It’s time that Americans with Lancashire ancestry celebrated their historic links to the best county in the UK. Here are 10 notable Lancastrian exports (some saints, some sinners) to the US.… Continue Reading
A Victorian light bulb, manufactured in 1883, is still casting a warm glow in Beth Crook’s home in Morecambe, Lancashire. The ‘Ediswan’ bulb was first switched on when William Gladstone was UK Prime Minister and Chester A. Arthur was US president.… Continue Reading
The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling ‘greatest generation’. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2. … Continue Reading
Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery are forced to draft in local troops to do Blackburn Council’s work of tending to forgotten war graves, as well as graves of local VC hero and the ‘Blackburn Giant’.… Continue Reading
After centuries of absence, I am the first in my branch of the Rimmer family to be living back in Southport – the point of origin on the west Lancashire coast in England for anyone with the surname Rimmer.… Continue Reading
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it - two variants originating in West Asia around 70,000 years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30,000 years ago.
Earth’s history and future in a 2 year timeline. The evolution of humans has been astronomically unlikely, and the odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives.
The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling 'greatest generation'. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2.
It is said that everyone on the planet is just 6 steps away from knowing every one else. Images of history's biggest icons show some very unlikely links, including Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria, and Marilyn Monroe and Rasputin.
The press recently hailed the 'remarkable discovery' by a 12 year-old genealogist that 42 out of 43 US presidents have King John as a common ancestor, but the most remarkable aspect of this story would be the odd one out who isn't descended from him.
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image...