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Genealogy: Medical History

Tracing Your Family’s Medical History with Genealogical Resources

Collecting Medical Information

Why Collect Medical Information?
•To better understand the lives of the people you are researching
• To learn about the medical challenges of the time period  (e.g., epidemics)
• To note possible family risks and predispositions for certain diseases and conditions
Getting Started

Ask your family members about family stories

Look for death records (see Vital Records)

Things to Look For in Records

Diseases and Epidemics


For your family health history, add inheritable diseases and risk factors:

•Cancer
•Hemophilia
•Sickle-cell anemia

For looking at social history, add:

•Childbirth complications (Puerperal causes *)
 

 * relating to, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following

Epidemics: Guides

Epidemics: Specific Diseases

Subject Librarian

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Rebecca Knight
Contact:
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H
(302) 831-1730


Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


Education:
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

Educational Resources

Tracing Hemophilia

Created for the Library Workshop: Tracing Your Family’s Medical History with Genealogical Resources. Presenters: Rebecca Knight, Associate Librarian, and Linda Stein, Librarian, Reference and Instructional Services Department.

November 15, 2016

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