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Discover the jailbirds in your family tree with Findmypast’s Crime and Punishment month Photo by: Findmypast.com

Findmypast is working in partnership with IrishCentral to share fascinating insights into your Irish ancestors. Click here to get a special half price subscription, and discover your Irish roots today!

Just how murky is your past? Are there wrongdoers in your family tree? Perhaps you’re the descendant of legal eagles and lawmakers.

Claddagh ring, symbol of Irish love. Photo by: Findmypast

Findmypast is working in partnership with IrishCentral to share fascinating insights into your Irish ancestors. Click here to get a special half price subscription, and discover your Irish roots today!

Delving into Ireland’s traditions around courtship and love can be intriguing. Some of the tokens that were exchanged in the days before cards, flowers and chocolates may surprise you.

The sinking of The General Slocum killed over 1,000 New Yorkers. Someone with the same name as my great-grand-uncle was on board. Photo by: The World archives

On the morning of June 15, 1904, parishioners, mostly women and children, of St. Mark’s Evangelical Church in Manhattan, began boarding The General Slocum, a 264-foot side-wheeler excursion boat, for an all day picnic. Within hours, an event that caused the loss of more than one thousand lives would be part of history; it’s psychic impact incalculable.

When MyHeritage, a genealogy site with approximately 80 million members, sent out a call to its users several months ago for photographs of members who strongly resemble their ancestors, responses poured in from around the globe. Approximately 110 users sent photos as part of a competition to win a family photo shoot. Many of the pictures looked as if they were of the same person.

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When headstones on the graves of fallen servicemen crack or fade with age, they’re hauled away to be honorably destroyed. Then the Department of Veterans Affairs replaces them.

But at a veterans cemetery in Rhode Island, an employee who was supposed to be taking care of the graves pillaged more than 150 granite headstones, many of them still inscribed with the names of the veterans. Then he took the markers home to build a floor for his carport.

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Tracing Your Roots: A white sister and brother both found a small amount of African ancestry in DNA test results, and now they have questions.

Dear Professor Gates:According to 23andMe, my brother and I each have 0.1 percent sub-Saharan African ancestry. But instead of being at the identical spot on the chromosome, his segment and my segment are next to each other.

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