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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Something in this book could kill you!

Here's a very handy list for genealogists:

Old Names for Illnesses and Causes of Death

A little over a hundred years ago, it occurred to someone that it would be useful to have a good set of standardized terms for these things. Thus a book was produced containing all the various sorts of deadly maladies. The link below will take you to a Google e-book. In the sidebar to the left of the book, there's a "search in this book" box where you can enter the cause of death from a death certificate. You'll see where that particular cause of death fits within the classification system. Fun with nosology!

Manual of the International List of Causes of Death: Based on the Second Decennial Revision by the International Commission, Paris, July 1 to 3, 1909 (Google eBook)
  • Author:     Cressy Livingston Wilbur; United States. Bureau of the Census.; International Commission for the Decennial Revision of Nosological Nomenclature.
  • Publisher:     Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1913.
Another old book I happened upon was interesting for its instructions to doctors on how to fill out birth and death certificates. It also has nosology, 1939 style.

Physicians' Handbook on Birth and Death Registration Containing International List of Causes of Death (Google eBook)
  • United States. Bureau of the Census
  • U.S. Government Printing Office, 1939

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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