Dropsy? Quinsy? Consumption? – Kimberly Ormsby Nagy

March 28th, 2019 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

Dropsy? Quinsy? Consumption?

SESSION: T209, TIME & DATE: Thursday, 09 May 2019, 8 a.m.

Kimberly Ormsby Nagy

Did you ever wonder what caused your ancestor’s death?

While some causes may be obvious, others are more obscure. Once you find a diagnosis, we will learn what it was and how to decipher that into modern medical terminology.  Sometimes a cause of death is listed simply as a number – this lecture helps you learn what that number means.

The session will also cover suggestions on where to look to find out about your ancestor’s health.  Learning about the health issues faced by your ancestors may also help you learn more about your own health and risks.

Finally, we’ll also discuss various epidemics that affected our ancestors, and how these records may be different than the standard death records.

You can also learn more about different types of death records, in Kimberly’s session “Death Records: Moving from When and Where to Why and How” on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

BIO: Kimberly Ormsby Nagy, MD, PLCGS, has been an avid genealogist for over 40 years. She recently retired from a career as a trauma surgeon where she lectured to medical students and residents. A self-proclaimed Lineage Group “junkie,” she is a member of several lineage groups where she serves on their boards.  Her favorite position is that of Registrar – preparing and approving applications for membership. She uses her skills in genealogy, medicine, and speaking to help others join lineage societies, and to continue research for herself and others.  You can learn more about her and her lectures at www.whatsmylineage.com.

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