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Questions tagged [cause-of-death]

For questions about finding, reading or interpreting a cause of death, such as might be given on a death certificate or other death record

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What is the cause of death on this certificate?

I'm struggling to read the cause of death on this certificate: I can make out: Chronic ? 6 years Exhaustion 2 years ? might be rheumatism, but I've never heard of that being fatal before.
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

I'm finding this handwriting hard to read here. I'm quite certain it ends in "-tysis" but the first few letters are difficult to decode. Does anyone know what the cause of death may be here? This is ...
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Finding other sources for the information on a death certificate?

I'm considering ordering the death certificate from the GRO for a relative who died in England. But before I order it, I want to make sure I have the right person. What information am I likely to ...
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Determining cause of 1958 death in England?

I have an ancestor who died rather young (late forties) at a time when there was no major military conflict. This was post-1900 as well so life expectancy wouldn't excuse this as a natural death. He ...
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Finding medical records for Richmond State Hospital patient?

My 2nd great-grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Armegust or Arbingast, was born 22 Sept 1837 in Ohio and died 24 July 1929 at the Richmond State Hospital, Wayne, Indiana United States. She lived for a ...
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Determining who died in the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918?

I have several people in my family tree who died at a relatively young age in 1918 -- the year of the deadly Spanish Flu epidemic in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, I can't find death ...
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Grandmother died in 1910 of bowel paralysis - what is that exactly?

My grandmother died in 1910 of bowel paralysis at the age of 56. I googled but didn't find an exact answer. I don't have her death cert. Any thoughts as to what we would call that disease today?
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Seeking info on merchant marine who died at sea mysteriously in 1952?

My father-in-law was a merchant marine who died at sea in 1952 under mysterious circumstances. How can we obtain the cause of death? We have not been able to get a certificate due to privacy laws ...
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Lunacy - what does it mean?

My 39 year old great great grandfather died of "lunacy" in 1845. He was married with two small children. He was a tailor. He lived in Leith, Edinburgh. What would or could be the meaning of "Lunacy" ...
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What was “Chronic Endeidis”?

Chronic Endeidis, this is from my Great-great Grandfather's death certificate as cause of death ( 1895 ). It is probably a variate spelling but I cannot find reference to it; either by itself or ...
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Finding cause of death in 1909 for Scotsman James McMillan in Nagasaki, Japan?

James McMillan was chief engineer for the Straits Steamship Company on the Perak in 1908, working between Singapore, Port Swettenham and Penang. This information is contained in a letter written to ...
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Burial of a person who committed suicide in 18th century England?

I have an ancestor who committed suicide in 1748 in rural Northamptonshire, England. The burial register of his parish does not record his burial, but it does note that he "hung humself lying almost ...
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Methods to organize medical genealogy information?

An aspect of genealogy that I have recently become very interested in is medical genealogy. Numerous sources give me information about my medical family history, such as: anecdotal evidence (for ...
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Is “Incain” an old spelling of insane?

This bishop's transcript shows cause of death, which is quite illuminating especially the number that are just listed as "decline". The record at number 49, of William Towler, has cause of death ...
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Locating records of coronor's Inquests in Oxfordshire in 1909?

I have a death certificate issued in Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) in 1909 that says the cause of death, decided by an inquest the next day, was by drowning (in the river). Where would records of the ...
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Who killed Katherine Ann (McFee/McPhee) Stevens?

Katherine Ann (McFee/McPhee) Stevens, was the wife of Mr. Byron E. Stevens. The couple resided in Brooklyn Ward 7, New York, USA with their 5 daughters(1). Story has it that Katherine was killed in ...
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Determining cause of death in France in 1908?

I am trying to find the cause of death for a Thomas Gordon Dickinson who died in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1908. I have his French death certificate, but it does not state the cause of death, neither do the ...
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What does it mean if cause of death is listed as “Insanity” in late 1800s?

My great, great grandmother's cause of death is listed as "Insanity" on her death record, and I'm not sure what this means. She died in Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota in 1872 at age 37, and had ...
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Is it crass to record cause of death? What about for suicide?

Most death records have a place where 'cause of death' is recorded. I have recently discovered that a number of my relatives committed suicide. It was always acknowledged that they died, but never ...