Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Cause of Death Pedigree Chart

I think it's OK to be a bit morbid on Hallowe'en...

On the FamilySearch blog, Nathan Murphy posted his "Death Chart" with the causes of death of five generations of his ancestors in a pedigree chart.

Judy G. Russell and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak have published their cause of death pedigree charts also.

Here's mine (done by creating a new tree in RootsMagic, and putting the cause of death in the Name field):

I added lifespan to all of the entries, but the Pedigree View in RootsMagic shows them only for three of the five generations.

The grim totals for cause of death include:

*  Cancer (all kinds) - 9 out of 31
*  Heart problems - 4
*  Stroke/cerebral hemorrhage - 3
*  Prostate problems - 2
*  Kidney problems - 2
*  Gall bladder problems - 2
*  Colon problems - 1
*  Ataxia - 1
*  Typhoid - 1
*  Pneumonia - 1
*  Anemia - 1
*  Arterial sclerosis - 1
*  Abscess - 1 (cancer tumor?)

That's kind of scary, isn't it?

Awareness is the best path to prevention or treatment, isn't it?

Have you done your "Cause of death" pedigree chart?

A final thought:

“I don't want my life to be defined by what is etched on a tombstone. I want it to be defined in what is etched in the lives and hearts of those I've touched.” 
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

Me too!  I agree with that sentiment.

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Louis Kessler said...

That was really a neat idea that I haven't seen before, Randy.

No accidents, suicides or murders.

Only two died of old age.


Deb Ruth said...

Could be a very "intersting" Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge. Or maybe not so fun?! ;)

Debby said...

This is a great idea. My daughter is having some health issues and is going to a geneticist, soon. I think this would be a good idea to do. It could be helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

I love this idea! I'm going to try it this weekend :D

Thanks !!