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1816: The Year Without a Summer That Changed The World

August 9, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in American History, History of Western Civilization


This astounding event caused massive loss of life and impacted the world for centuries to come. Yet, we never read about it in school!
The 1815 Eruption of Mount Tambora was one of the most powerful eruptions in recorded history and is classified as a VEI-7 event. The eruption of the volcano, on the island of Sumbawa in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), reached a climax on 10 April 1815 and was followed by between six months and three years of increased steaming and small phreatic eruptions.
The eruption column lowered global temperatures, and some experts believe this led to global cooling and worldwide harvest failures.
Folks began to notice that the usual signs of spring weren’t there in 1816. First-hand accounts tell us that the weather was so cold that birds dropped from the sky mid-flight (presumably from exposure or starvation). The ground was frost-covered in May in some regions, but that was the least of the problems to come since snows in June and July were a huge problem for Appalachian and New England farmers. The spring and summer months were dotted with slightly warmer periods that did not last, giving false hope to some. Crops could not grow and yields were reduced by 90% in some places.
To read more click the following link: Source: 1816: The Year Without a Summer That Changed The World

Genealogy quote for the day!

June 13, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Just for fun

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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20 Stunning Vintage Photos Show What Victorian Female Fashion Looked Like

May 28, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Featured Old Photos

 

What Victorian Female Fashion Looked Like (17) From the link below you will find beautiful photos Victorian ladies in the latest fashion of their day, from the website: Everyday Vintage

 

Lovely Portraits of Victorian Teenage Girls from the 1840s-90s

May 28, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Featured Old Photos

 

Victorian Teenage girs from the 1840s-90s (28) I found a great site that has some wonderful vintage portraits of Victorian teenage girls from the 1840s-1890s. All are quite remarkable and well worth taking the time to see.

 

Check out this beautiful XII century Bible found at Saint-Martial of Limoges Abbey, in Limoges, France

April 3, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Continental European History

 

Limousin medievalDiscover the famous library of the Saint-Martial of Limoges abbey, for example this Bible of the XII century, at http://www.limousin-medieval.com/#!bible-de-saint-martial-du-xiime/c1ew1.

 

Source: www.limousin-medieval.com/

Lincolnshire, England couple spend two decades building Saxon house in their back garden

April 3, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in British History

Daily Mail Online: Retired teachers Steve, 64, and Judith Jones, 65, from Lincolnshire, spent two decades painstakingly creating the property and use the house to teach school pupils about the Saxon era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2016 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Rhoades, Rhoads, Rhodes, Rhodus, Roads, de Rodes, Rodes Family Genealogy

 

An Early Medieval Shoe From Co. Westmeath | Irish Archaeology This early medieval shoe was discovered in the 1950s by turf-cutters working at Coolatoor bog in County Westmeath, Ireland

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Eerie reconstructions show faces and diets of medieval men and women in Edinburgh graveyard

May 24, 2015 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in British History, General History

 

A five-year investigation into hundreds of bodies discovered at a former church graveyard in Edinburgh has revealed the look of medieval residents through forensic artwork.  The average height of the bodies – 5ft 1 for females, 5ft 5 for males – was noticeably shorter than the UK average at the time. The vast majority of them died before they reached their 30s, and a third were children, reflecting their susceptibility to disease and malnutrition.

 

19th Century Photo Types: A Breakdown to Help You Date Old Family Pictures

April 10, 2015 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Featured Old Photos, Genealogy Hints & Tips

 

If you’re a passionate family history buff like us, everyone from your mother to your Great Aunt Sally knows that they can pawn off boxes of old family photos for you to peruse to your heart’s content.Sifting through vintage photos can be a family historian’s dream, that is, until you find out that you just can’t seem to identify the time period in which certain photos were taken.

 

 

Old Photo Sunday for March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015 by Carl Rhodes | Post a Comment | Filed in Featured Old Photos

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Daguerreotype. Portrait of a man with a book and pen. From the Finnish Museum of Photography / Suomen valokuvataiteen museo. D1998:149/9.