Friday, February 26, 2010

Record Search Findings: The Egyptologist, Howard Carter's Grandparents

I have a interesting habit of researching and snooping around the genealogies and family trees of celebrities and well-known people. Today, while playing around on FamilySearch's pilot Record Search, I noticed they recently uploaded Norfolk parish registers for England. Knowing that Howard Carter's (the famous Egyptologist who discovered King Tut's tomb in the early 1920's) family was originally from Norfolk county, I was curious if I could find some records on his family. Why I knew they were from Norfolk, I haven't the slightest idea.. :)

Anyway, his paternal grandparents were Samuel John Carter and Frances Spinks from Swaffham in Norfolk county. They were married there on 28 Feb 1832, page 21. You can see their marriage record below (click to enlarge).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Tiszadada WWII Memorial

This and next week (and possibly the week after that), I thought I would do something different for Tombstone Tuesday. Today's post is the World War II memorial in Tiszadada, Hungary. It lists the names of all the fallen soldiers, or "heroes" as the memorial states. It's very sad to see 81 dead men just one from small village in Hungary alone.. very sad. Even more so seeing the name of a relative of mine, Miklós Gombás, which ironically means Nick Gombash.

At the top of the memorial, it states: "A Második Világhaború Névsora Hősihalottainak" which translates literally to 'The WWII list of Heroic Dead'. Rest in peace, men. You definitely will never be forgotten.