GeneaChat: Beware the Ides of March ~ Causes of Death in Your Family Tree 2



GeneaChat: Beware the Ides of March ~ Causes of Death in Your Family Tree


As we collect and record death information on the members of our family tree, we come across some interesting details about the cause of death. These can be found on death certificates, in obituaries, medical records, newspaper articles and other places.

Often, we look for the cause of death to help trace a family condition that may be something be passed down through the generations. Medical history is a very important component to learning about our lines.

We may be looking for a cause of death to help explain an early death or to add to the family narrative.

This month’s Geneachat focuses on what you have discovered as you research and learn about your ancestor’s cause of death.
What is the most common way people in your tree have passed away?

Who is the youngest? The oldest?

Is there a history of a medical condition important to find or you discovered as you collected information?

What is the strangest cause of death you have come across? How about the most tragic?

Where is the most unique record that reveals the cause of death?

What is the earliest record you have found to supply the information?

Did your ancestor die as the result of an epidemic or in a war?

Here are links to a few posts I have written about the causes of death of some of my ancestors.

Now, it’s your turn. This is such an interesting topic! Please share what you have discovered about the cause of death for your ancestors. Take another look at the questions above and see how many you can answer.

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us about the causes of death you have discovered. It can be a brand-new post or one that you had written previously. Just add the link to the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the March GeneaChat: Beware the Ides of March ~ Causes of Death in Your Family Tree- Recap at the end of March.

Can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!
Cheri


Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email Cheri@carolinagirlgenealogy.com or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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2 thoughts on “GeneaChat: Beware the Ides of March ~ Causes of Death in Your Family Tree

  • terri baker

    What is the strangest cause of death you have come across?
    I found a cousin, who in the early 1900s, poisoned himself and it took 10 hours for him to finally die as the family doctor stood by.
    How about the most tragic?
    My 5th great grandfather, Horace Wade, who was shot in Vicksburg but survived the Civil war was later kicked in the head by a horse and it took him 3 days to die.