Sara's Genealogy Research
Sara's Tip of the Month:
Have you ever wondered about the health of your ancestors? I was recently reading a military pension application for a man who was denied added any added monthly benefits for his maladies. While I don't know how you could prove being a Civil War soldier caused his issues, it sure read like this guy had sincerely suffered in the 50 years since he was discharged from the Ohio Infantry.
I am in awe of how tough our ancestors were. I see how the minor issues I have dealt with over the past few years such as tennis elbow changed the way I now pick up a glass of water. I can only imagine how our ancestors carried on without all of the modern conveniences and medical options that we have now. I ended up at the orthopedic doctor and received a cortisone shot and when it came back I got another.
Unless you are lucky enough to have an ancestor who participated in the military and applied for a pension, you will probably not know of all of the issues your ancestors dealt with. But sometimes it is worth the time and attention to detail needed to check and see what you can learn. You may find references to illnesses or ailments in obits or death records or even the census which noted issues such as being blind or deaf.
Will it make a difference in your research? Maybe or maybe not but don't skip over the 'cause of death' or illness parts of each person's history. Later on that may come to help explain some issues you or a family member has been dealing with that seemingly came out of nowhere. Happy Hunting!
Interested in getting your family's genealogy researched or do you need help solving a brick wall in your own research?
We can help! Sometimes all you need is a fresh pair of eyes to see what you have been missing in your family history. Consultations via email are free. Just tell us what you already know and what you want to know!
With over 17 years of extensive US genealogy research experience along with a localized history in German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish and Swedish records, we can handle most any type of genealogy research you are interested in. Your family's history could be just a click away, contact us to see what we can do for you.
Services include minimal to extensive family history research with the flexibility to handle special situations on a case by case basis. Costs are based on hourly research fees and expenses, which are always extra. Clients are kept informed along the way and given options when available, we strive to keep costs to a minimum.
Areas of Specialty:
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana,
Pennsylvania & New York
We do family history research all across the US with vast experience in the Midwest as well as the Northeast.
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