10 September 2012

Mass Grave in London Reveals How Volcano Caused Global Catastrophe

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You might be wondering what the title has to do with genealogy and family history research?

Besides being a fascinating read, the above titled article from HeritageDaily.com reminds us how important documentary evidence is to learning about events that occurred long ago!  Though the exact location of the volcano has not been determined, the use of radio carbon dating and geological data, when combined with “contemporary accounts” (we are talking the 13th century) helped scientists figure out what caused the scale of deaths found in a mass burial pit.

As genealogists, we are always looking for “contemporary accounts” to answer questions, provide additional details, etc.  We are not alone in that quest.  Though, hopefully not too many of our finds are as “explosive” as a volcano, and just good info!

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