How Our Ancestors Died: A Guide for Family Historians

4.58 avg rating
( 12 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781781590386: How Our Ancestors Died: A Guide for Family Historians

What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of.

He describes the common causes of death - cancer, cholera, dysentery, influenza, malaria, scurvy, smallpox, stroke, tuberculosis, typhus, yellow fever, venereal disease and the afflictions of old age. Alcoholism is included, as are childbirth and childhood infections, heart disease, mental illness and dementia. Accidents feature prominently – road and rail accidents, accidents at work – and death through addiction and abuse is covered as well as death through violence and war.

Simon Wills’ work gives a vivid picture of the hazards our ancestors faced and their understanding of them. It also reveals how life and death have changed over the centuries, how medical science has advanced so that some once-mortal illnesses are now curable while others are just as deadly now as they were then.

In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Dr Simon Wills is a genealogist and journalist and a regular contributor to Family Tree, Your Family History, Family History Monthly and others. He writes mainly about history and maritime genealogy and he has a special interest in health and disease in the past. He also works as an information specialist, writer and advisor to the National Health Service and other healthcare organizations.

Review:

In this fascinating book, well-known genealogy writer and NHS advisor Simon Wills brings his two interests together to explore the most common causes of death and how we can learn about them to illuminate our ancestors' lives. Inevitably, the focus is on the last 200 years, thanks to civil registration providing death certificates with details of the cause of death, but Wills looks back through time at the history of diseases such as the plagues of the past centuries and other issues such as famine. He also shows how parish records, newspapers, legal records and monumental inscriptions can sometimes tell us more. Your Family Tree This is a fascinating guide to a bygone way of death. The Guide

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 29.95
US$ 14.85

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Simon Wills
Published by Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated, and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills s fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of. He describes the common causes of death - cancer, cholera, dysentery, influenza, malaria, scurvy, smallpox, stroke, tuberculosis, typhus, yellow fever, venereal disease and the afflictions of old age. Alcoholism is included, as are childbirth and childhood infections, heart disease, mental illness and dementia. Accidents feature prominently - road and rail accidents, accidents at work - and death through addiction and abuse is covered as well as death through violence and war. Simon Wills s work gives a vivid picture of the hazards our ancestors faced and their understanding of them. It also reveals how life and death have changed over the centuries, how medical science has advanced so that some once-mortal illnesses are now curable while others are just as deadly now as they were then. In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Simon Wills
Published by Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated, and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills s fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of. He describes the common causes of death - cancer, cholera, dysentery, influenza, malaria, scurvy, smallpox, stroke, tuberculosis, typhus, yellow fever, venereal disease and the afflictions of old age. Alcoholism is included, as are childbirth and childhood infections, heart disease, mental illness and dementia. Accidents feature prominently - road and rail accidents, accidents at work - and death through addiction and abuse is covered as well as death through violence and war. Simon Wills s work gives a vivid picture of the hazards our ancestors faced and their understanding of them. It also reveals how life and death have changed over the centuries, how medical science has advanced so that some once-mortal illnesses are now curable while others are just as deadly now as they were then. In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wills, Simon
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 19172985-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Simon Wills
Published by Casemate Publishing
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Casemate Publishing. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1781590389

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Wills, Simon
Published by Casemate Pub and Book Dist Llc (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Casemate Pub and Book Dist Llc, 2014. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TK-9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Simon Wills
Published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd (2013)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2013. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wills, Simon
Published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd (2013)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2013. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # GB-9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.87
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Simon Wills
Published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd (2013)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2013. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9781781590386_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Simon Wills
Published by Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated, and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills s fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of. He describes the common causes of death - cancer, cholera, dysentery, influenza, malaria, scurvy, smallpox, stroke, tuberculosis, typhus, yellow fever, venereal disease and the afflictions of old age. Alcoholism is included, as are childbirth and childhood infections, heart disease, mental illness and dementia. Accidents feature prominently - road and rail accidents, accidents at work - and death through addiction and abuse is covered as well as death through violence and war. Simon Wills s work gives a vivid picture of the hazards our ancestors faced and their understanding of them. It also reveals how life and death have changed over the centuries, how medical science has advanced so that some once-mortal illnesses are now curable while others are just as deadly now as they were then. In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Wills, Simon
Published by Pen & Sword 1/19/2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 1781590389 ISBN 13: 9781781590386
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
Book Bunker USA
(Havertown, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pen & Sword 1/19/2014, 2014. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1781590389 *Brand new* Ships from USA within 72 hours of order. Bookseller Inventory # 9781781590386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book