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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stories to be told by Cemeteries

There is a lot of good information in cemeteries. Did your last visit leave you wondering about why so many people in certain families died within days of one another? Here is where we learn something about history....the era in which your relatives lived, the times.... Here are some clues. Starting in 1832, there was a great cholera outbreak in America. In fact disease ran rampart during the 1830s, especially in towns and cities where bad hygiene and poor sanitation ruled the day. Yellow fever and malaria dominated the warm, coastal climates. People used to think that the fevers were caused by the hot climate and went to the seashore to take their cure. Measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever and consumption (tuberculous) were common causes of death. A tour of the cemetery provides other information, such as the burials of other relatives as well as friends. These burials represent its own era.  If there is a church nearby (still standing), it is worth your time to peep inside and get a real-time view of the unique struggles of your ancestors.


 

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