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Medical Family Tree - Information to Obtain [closed]

For most people I'm not going to have any information on them. For anyone with medical information, I find that I'm only going to get the cause of death. But for those people who I can obtain more ...
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What records are available that might contain someone’s blood type?

What records are available that might contain someone’s blood type? Blood types can be helpful in determining paternity or non-paternity. Obviously, we would prefer to use DNA tests, but for people ...
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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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Is there register of South Australian vaccination certificates from 1870s and 1880s?

Today I sighted a vaccination certificate dated 21 Apr 1880 from Gladstone in South Australia. It belonged to an ancestor of a correspondent rather than to an ancestor of mine so I am only presenting ...
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Lunacy diagnosis plus a number - what does it mean?

One of my ancestors was a patient at Herrison Hospital, Dorset, in 1911. Looking at the census records for the hospital, alongside the word "Lunatic" is a number. In his case it is 43, and other ...
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Committed for Postnatal Depression 1930-40?

Scenario: 1930-40's UK. A new mother "Mary" (fake name) was institutionalised in an "asylum" for what the records state to be "postnatal depression". The records frustratingly do not elaborate ...
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In 1888, what does “smothering at the heart” mean?

The following is the front side of a surgeon's certificate for my 3x-great grandfather (and part of a civil war pension application for his widow). It was created in 1888. At one point, he describes ...
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What records of smallpox vaccination exist?

Over on the History of Science & Mathematics site I asked a question about what vaccinations infants recieved in late nineteenth century England. I learned that smallpox vaccination became ...
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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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Receiving medical care at Nottingham General Hospital in the 1830s?

I have two ancestors who I know were patients at Nottingham General Hospital. One ancestor died at the hospital in 1835. The other was there at the time of the 1841 census, and died at home a few ...
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Getting information from closed mental institution in California, USA?

My great-uncle's wife was committed to Camarillo State Hospital in California for something over 30 years, until her death in 1967. She has no descendants. I have become very interested in this ...