A HOUSE OF TOMBSTONES! WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
March 7, 2010
A house made out of tombstones is bizarre. In fact, it is creepy!I know the economy is weak, but I do not understand the man in Simferopol, Ukraine, who used the tombstones to save money on the construction of his house. The police found 38 stones on his property and arrested him and his two companions for theft of a burial ground. He will be charged for other tombstones he stole and used as walls on the house. From the headlines, it seems others are using the stones as well. http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-01-13/gravestone-house-ukrainian-vandal.html.
I doubt he was going to use the new spray-on liquid glass to protect, seal, and sterilize the tombstones. The Brits are using it to renovate some war grave tombstones. http://www.physorg.com/news184310039.html.
It is also unlikely he would install granite Objecs’ RosettaStones that communicate with cell phones. You can install these now on headstones. Each tablet communicates some basic information about the deceased such as their home country, occupation, religion and a picture of the deceased, says Jared Newman in the February 24 edition of MYCE Beta. Unfortunately, he says these will not be available for U.S. cell phones for another two years. http://www.myce.com/news/wireless-tombstones-communicate-from-beyond-the-grave-26382/.
ROBERT THE BRUCE: Two years ago a fundraiser was begun to place 14th century Robert the Bruce’s statue in the town hall in Annan, Scotland, which was delayed for the last 130 years. Scotland thinks of Robert the Bruce as a nation builder. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/south_of_scotland/8454863.stm. Robert I the Bruce, King of Scotland, descends from religious ancestors and saints. You can read more about this in the book entitled, Thinking of Saints as Ancestors, by Alan J. Komon. That is just the book you should read if you are trying to connect to Robert the Bruce or others of royal descent.
Speaking of royalty, there is speculation that the earliest remains of English royal family has been unearthed in a Germany’s Magdenburg Cathedral. Professor Mark Horton of Bristol’s department of archaeology and anthropology says the skeleton is almost complete. His team believes her to be the 30-40-year-old Queen Eadgyth found inside a lead coffin wrapped in silk. If so, she is the granddaughter of Alfred the Great and wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor. He says the team aims to prove her identity by tracing isotopes in her bones.
Then, there is Johnny Cash who found his roots go back to 12th century Scotland in the Strathmiglo area. His connection goes back to Cash or Cashel, the niece of Malcolm IV, married the Earl of Fife. You might remember that he recorded a Christmas special there in 1981.
THE LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIA: The celebrated library of interest to genealogists and historians appeared in an earlier article, but after 1,600 years, Egypt named a new Librarian of Alexandria. He is Ismail Serageldin. Originally built in 288 B.C. but destroyed by fire in 28 A.D, it holds ancient documents and millions of books, the Internet Archive and four museums. It is huge. The contents and a picture of the magnificent modern building are on the website, http://www.bibalex.org/English/Overview/overview.htm.
MISSOURI RESEARCHERS: Missouri researchers can use the digitized records online from the Missouri Digital Heritage Center. This is an important and impressive collection. http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.