Sunday, November 25, 2007

THEY HAD A DIFFERENT NAME FOR IT, BUT IT KILLED THEM JUST AS DEAD…

At some point every genealogist runs across a cause of death listed on a death certificate or in a newspaper obit that doesn’t make sense. That’s because our forbears had different names for many diseases (and because modern medicine has made some diseases much less common than they once were). Lucky for you, a guy named Rudy is working hard to compile a dictionary of archaic disease terms. Think of Rudy as a past to present translator who’s on duty 24/7. Need to know what killed your heroic forbear? Go to Antiquus Morbus and ask Rudy- the archaic disease name you need a modern name for is probably there, and if it's not, Rudy will try to find the answer for you!

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