I'm not talking houses, furniture, money, or tangible items, I'm talking about diabetes, cancer, and those other nasty things that can run in families. Do you enter the cause of death from death certificates or family information into your genealogy?
Years ago, when my dad was asked - probably by me - what his mother died from, he told me she died from female problems. Okay, at that point, I thought cervical, ovarian, uterine or breast cancer. Yeah. No. My paternal grandmother died from a strangulated hernia while the family was on vacation. My maternal grandmother died from tuberculosis at the age of 36. Both my grandfathers suffered strokes. My paternal great grandfather died of liver cancer. All these items are carefully entered into my genealogy program along with that fact that my mother died from kidney failure due to long term illness and my father died of lung cancer.
The last few months I've been thinking about color coding my database according to cause of death. I think it would be an easy way to see at a glance on a pedigree view of the database any trends.
I think that needs to go on my "To-Do" list.
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