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What our Ancestors Feared Most: Diseases and their Treatments

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA

Today, for us, a sign of a cold or sniffle is a simple matter of a run to the drugstore. For our ancestors, it could be the precursor to death – for them and their family members. Learn about some of the history of medicine, curatives, and health disasters, as well as a reason you may never know from what or where your ancestor died.

Beginner. Just starting to do family history., Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records.
Methodology: evaluating/analyzing information, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Research Strategies: site-specific search strategies, Other
Not specific as to geography or ethnicity