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Old 03-11-2017, 09:20 AM
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I saw "Who Do You Think You Are?" with actress Courtney Cox-- her mother's family turned out to be descendants of English royalty!
So you just never know...
That's nothing....Matthew Pinsent, the Olympic rower, turned out to be related to God.

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Old 03-11-2017, 09:37 AM
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With regard to H.H. Holmes, I highly recommend "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. Two great stories combined -- how the Chicago Worlds Fair came about and of course the extremely bizarre Holmes.

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Ugh! Of course, Holmes was really a Mudgett, I think. Not a great name to turn up in one's family tree..

I saw "Who Do You Think You Are?" with actress Courtney Cox-- her mother's family turned out to be descendants of English royalty!
So you just never know...
Yep Mudgett.

I'm probably descended from the Royal family too. Also a Convict or two.
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Yep Mudgett.

I'm probably descended from the Royal family too. Also a Convict or two.
I'm descended from Charlemagne. Also a lot of ordinary farmers.
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Commercials for the History Channel documentary called "American Ripper" have begun airing over here. They feature a descendant of "H. H. Holmes" claiming he has worked out the truth about his great-uncle (I think it was, as I don't think Holmes had offspring) being Jack the Ripper.

I'm willing to give it a watch, having read and enjoyed "The Devil in the White City", but I think Holmes is a much better candidate for the Torso Killer than Jack. (More fame in the latter, I guess.)

Check your local schedule; I think the ads say it starts in June.
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I'm descended from Charlemagne. Also a lot of ordinary farmers.
Yeah and some clergy and an absolute butt load of coal miners. A sailor or three. A Tin miner or two, some brewers. And on I could go.
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Yeah and some clergy and an absolute butt load of coal miners. A sailor or three. A Tin miner or two, some brewers. And on I could go.
Genealogy is fascinating, but time-consuming. I've been helping my friend out on her family tree searches on Ancestry, and we recently traced one line to the person who left from Kent, thanks to a free trial access at Findmypast. I need to join up with them again, to check out English and Irish records, I think.
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Commercials for the History Channel documentary called "American Ripper" have begun airing over here. They feature a descendant of "H. H. Holmes" claiming he has worked out the truth about his great-uncle (I think it was, as I don't think Holmes had offspring) being Jack the Ripper.

I'm willing to give it a watch, having read and enjoyed "The Devil in the White City", but I think Holmes is a much better candidate for the Torso Killer than Jack. (More fame in the latter, I guess.)

Check your local schedule; I think the ads say it starts in June.
Thanks for the heads up, Pcdunn! I haven't seen the ads yet, but I will definitely check out the documentary.
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Genealogy is fascinating, but time-consuming. I've been helping my friend out on her family tree searches on Ancestry, and we recently traced one line to the person who left from Kent, thanks to a free trial access at Findmypast. I need to join up with them again, to check out English and Irish records, I think.
Not wrong there.
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Holmes another really interesting non-Jack. And another right Royal ......
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