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The goal of this project is to ...

Right now this project just has three members. Roxana Stitt and Catherine Christensen. Thank you, MaryAnn (Ford) Thomas for joining us in this project!.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Identify databases that translate archaic medical terms to modern terminology (apoplexy = stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, bad blood = syphilis)
  • Help decipher "Doctor" writing and look up IDC codes on death certificates.
  • Identify websites or other sources that can help locating cause of death (ex. Your relative lived in California and disappeared from the face of the earth before the 1920 Federal Census. Were there major earthquakes near their residence? The Great Blizzard of 1888 lasted three days. It caused deaths from Chesapeake Bay to Maine. Could your relatives have been affected?)
  • Where else can we look or what assistance can we provide to help determine cause of death?

I admit I am new to Wikitree, but I am working diligently to identify the cause of death in my ancestry and know I can't cover all of these bases alone. So far, I've found dropsy, apoplexy, St. Vitus' Dance, marasmus, and decrepitude. I've never created a new project, so please be patient with me as I learn. Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!



Websites for Archaic Medical terms

24 Bizarre Old-Fashioned Medical Terms (with pictures)
Archaic and Obsolete Terms
Cyndi's List Medical Terms
Glossary of Medical Terms used in the 18th and 19th centuries
Hall Genealogy-Illnesses Encountered in Genealogy
Historical Names of Diseases and Conditions
ICD - International Classification of Diseases - Revisions 1-10
MedTerms Medical Dictionary
Old Medical Terms

Web Articles

5 Types of Genealogical Info Found on a Death Certificate
7 Records to Look for in Cemeteries
9 Places to Find Information About Your Ancestor's Death
Cemetery Records: An Alternative to Death Records
Death Certificates: Your Doorway to Your Ancestor's Life
Genealogy Basics: Death Record Research Advice for Beginners
How to Understand the Cause of Death Listed on a Death Certificate - Part 1
How to Understand the Cause of Death Listed on a Death Certificate - Part 2
Marriage Registers of Freedmen
The "Secret Codes" on Death Certificates
The "Secret" Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestor Died
The Truth Behind Death Certificates and What You Need To Know
Was My Ancestor Insane or Did They Have Encephalitis?\


List of Disasters in the United States by Death Toll
Coal and Metal and Nonmetal Mine Accident and Fatality Resources by State
1811 - Richmond Theater Fire
1857 - Known Victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (Utah)
1871 - List of dead in Peshtigo (Wisconsin)
1889 - Johnstown Flood Victims (Pennsylvania)
1900 - Galveston Storm Recorded Deaths (Texas)
1900 - Winter Quarters Mine Explosion (Utah)
1904 - List of Victims of the General Slocum
1906 - "Who Perished" A list of Persons Who Died as a Result of the Great Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco on April 18, 1906
1911 - Triangle Factory Fire - 146 Lives Lost!
1912 - Titanic Deaths List
1915 - Victims of the RMS Lusitania
1925 - "Tri-State Tornado" Victims - Virtual Cemetery
1927 - Bath School Disaster (Michigan)
1941 - Military Casualties at Pearl Harbor
1943 - HMT Rohna Attack
1972 - Buffalo Creek Disaster - List of Victims (West Virginia)
1976 - Scotia Coal Mine Explosions - List of Victims (Kentucky)
1988 - Pan Am Flight 103's Victims (Lockerbie, Scotland)
2001 - A List of the 2,977 Victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, Terror Attacks
2005 - Hurricane Katrina; Katrina Memorials

Links to Outside Databases

Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales
Burial and Death Records in the UK
Deaths of U.S. Citizens in Foreign Countries
National Archives Vital Records

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I am interested in this project and would like to join! I am a former nurse and I have found myself puzzling over old-fashioned medical terms in my family tree. It's fascinating!
posted by Leslie Durr
Just added 21 links to disaster victim lists. More to come!
posted by Roxana (Johnson) Stitt

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