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.
- “Cause of Death-Tornado” the story of my step grandfather’s death after the house he was living in was destroyed by a tornado.
- “Mimi’s Cousin Jack” the sad death of my grandmother’s cousin.
- “Three Brothers, Three Telegrams” the tale of my grandfather and his two brothers who died within months of each other during WWII.
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!