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03 December 2013

Do You Check For Illness?

If your ancestor dies at a relatively [young] age or if more than one member of a family dies at once, do you look for any mention of illness or disease in local newspapers and histories? While people can die for a variety of reasons, it could be that there was some epidemic going on at the time of the deaths.

note: "young" was originally omitted from this post.


  1. I think you mean a relatively "young" age :) Good advice though!

    1. Yes I did mean relatively "young." I only have my proofreader to blame :)

  2. There are several online sources that have lists of epidemics. Always good to check.