The identities of the unidentified bodies


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Hydie Cheung

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I have this question in my mind.. Have anyone used the DNA testings to identify the unknown bodies in recent years??

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Dave Gittins

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Hydie, the only case I know of occurred last year. It had long been thought that the small boy buried at the expense of the crew of Mackay-Bennett was Gösta Pålsson. A team from Lakehead University in Ontario established that the victim was really Eino Vijami Panula. The full, rather gruesome, story is on this site if you search. There's also a special article you can get to via the home page.
 
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Hydie Cheung

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Yea, Dave. That's what I heard a while ago too. So I was wondering if this method might solve the mystery of Captain Smith's death.

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Dave Gittins

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Hydie, that's very unlikely. Captain Smith was very readily identifiable, what with his beard and his uniform. I fear that the exact details of his end will be forever a mystery.
 
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Kristen Adame

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Hello. In doing genealogy research I've discovered that I apparently am a descendant (not a direct line) of Thomas Andrews. Was his body ever found? And if so, where is it buried? I'd appreciate any information anyone might have.

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Kristen Adame
 
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I imagine I have chosen the right topic for this post. Just have something I want to share...I was going thru some genealogy magazines that I have for my family research and was reading one on DNA. In it they use the example of Eino Viljami Panula of Finland. I saw the documentary on TV not too long ago about the search for the identity of the "Unknown Child" too.

The article talks about the crew members of the Mackay-Bennett finding his little body and transported him to Halifax for a burial. The DNA testing was done in October 2002 so that means that he was unidentified for almost a century which is so sad. Anyway, the documentary was down by PBS and it was called "Secrets of the Dead: Titanic's Ghosts". The article also gives a site to visit about Eino: <dsc.discovery.com/news/afp/20021104/titanic.html>

I haven't visited it yet myself but I still wanted to share.
 

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