Imagine…by the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of how your family’s past health issues could affect your quality of life, all because you learned about where to find your family’s health records and why this data is so crucial. Many people today, for example, have health issues that tend to run in their family that can rob them of the joy of everyday life.
Health issues like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, and depression are all common health issues that can run in yours, too. By knowing your family’s health history, you could potentially be saving your own life. Or at very least, improving it. By having a clear understanding of what ailments your relatives have struggled through, you could be setting yourself up for a very high-quality of living for years to come.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
To understand how you can live the life you’ve always wanted, free from worry about what possible medical condition could be lurking, you first need to see the larger picture by understanding your family’s past.
When you have a better idea of the health journey that negatively affected previous generations, you can then set out on your path to make life-decisions based on wisdom, in order to be understood.
The best way to understand the past is to gain insight into the data about your genealogy, and death records are one of the best methods to help educate you on what clues you need to collect, in order to avoid a poor quality of living.
Death records tell an interesting story. These documents tell us the cause of death of your particular relative, date of death, and paint a picture of what health issues your family member may have struggled with.
Even though these records were kept to alert public health officials of trends in diseases that might be a concern, these records are now credible sources of information that can guide us in our choices, today, that could help you avoid unintended health care consequences in the future.
The bottom line: death records tells a story that’s chalk full of the information that can help you avoid the same fate of your ancestors.
To find your specific death records, we’d suggest that you simply search Google, Yahoo, or Bing, using terms like “death index.”
Ancestory.com is also a great site that can help you learn more about your families medical history.
What you can learn from the dead
You’d be surprised at how much data exists in a funeral home.
Funeral homes are typically impeccable record keepers and it’s with this information that you can ultimately learn how to live a better life, both now and in the future.
When researching how to find funeral home records, consider these options:
- Funeral website database: FuneralNet is one of the largest providers of custom designed deathcare websites in the United States. They provide great data and pair up their families.
- Use Google and contact your local funeral home owner. To find out whom at your local funeral home that you can contact for these types of records, check out your local Funeral Home by finding them on Google, Yahoo, or Bing. And don’t be afraid to reach out to and talk with your funeral home general manager or owner to talk more about how to obtain your relevant death records.
How obituaries can help
Yet another great way to find health clues to assist you on your journey of living a better life is researching obituary websites.
Sites like archives.com have a search bar that helps you find relevant obituaries by using targeted search criteria.
Benefits of clues in other places
Often times, there’s not one good place to obtain death records as clues into your family health history.
Many times, the information you receive will more than likely come from a couple different places like U.S. census bureau, religious records, old journals, and even newspaper records.
The church, especially in foreign countries, has impeccable records. In many cultures, the church is the first place a good genealogist will go when wanting accurate information about a specific person or family.
In many Western European countries, the local parish was often times ordered to keep a certain standard of records on very detailed aspects of your family.
Details such as names, names of relatives, previous marriages, place of hometown/residence, occupation, age, fertility/family size, marriage customs including trends and patterns, and information on how a person died and the date of death.
As you can see, the parish and/or local religious establishment kept strong records that can give plenty of clues on how to leverage your families health background, in order that you too may aspire to live a better life.
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