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Researching ancestors causes of death?

benny1982

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Hi

Often I Google the cause of death of an ancestor that is intriguing such as malignant hypertension. I just received 3 death certs today and one died of an obstruction of the esophagus. My great gran died of malignant hypertension in 1953. She had a tubercular kidney which was removed 14 years ago.

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Obstruction of the esophagus...thaught that was in the Egyptian pyramids Benny,seriously though more and more of the records are important in relation to peoples illnesses running in the family.
 

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Obstruction of the esophagus...thaught that was in the Egyptian pyramids Benny,seriously though more and more of the records are important in relation to peoples illnesses running in the family.
Yes. It is intriguing. My ancestor who died of esophagus obstruction died in Essex not in Egypt though. :D
 

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Dipheria was a common cause of obstruction of the oesophagus. People still die of malignant hypertension ie high blood pressure which causes strokes and heart attacks.
 

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My great, great uncle who is still alive aged 90 told me that his sister died in 1953 of something to do with the kidneys. She used to bend down a lot picking fruits from the fields so having just one kidney bought on blood pressure in vital organs, probably the brain causing her to have malignant hypertension. Another sub cause of her death was asthmatic bronchitis.
 

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my Gt Gt Grandmother, Hannah Austin, died of 'Hepotic Dropsy and Coma'. I got a definition from the "old medical teminology" web-site and it was closely linked with chirrhosis of the liver. I think Gt Gt Grandma might have liked a drink or two!

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"mental decay" doesn't sound nice either Gibbo. Although some days I do feel it coming on myself!
Hi there
She was in her 80's and had been in a asylum for 6 months before she died. I would assume with her age etc these days it would be called alzheimers.

Even tho the symptons are the same as hundreds years ago i glad to see the names of the illness sound a little better than they used to.


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My mum can vaguely remember her nan Violets death on 1st January 1953. She was round the house as a 3 year old with her twin brother (10 minutes younger) and older sister in the downstairs lounge. She said that she died during the day in the front bedroom in the cottage upstairs. From the outside the cottage looks like a bungalow but there were rooms in the roof. She says she can remember her being really ill over Christmas time.
 
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