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My Ancestor Died of Scarlet Fever: Family History, Diseases and Death Certificates
 
 

My Ancestor Died of Scarlet Fever: Family History, Diseases and Death Certificates [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Alexandra Symes
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Product Description

An Investigation into Epidemics, Symptoms and Treatments in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries with Reference to Useful Genealogical Sources including School Log Books and Hospital Databases, specifically regarding Scarlet Fever [the 'Red Rash'].

This illustrated 20-page study provides useful information for family historians interested in finding out more about ancestors whose cause of death is given as 'scarlet fever. '

It is not about the author's own ancestors.

What more can be deduced from your ancestors' death certificates?
What other records might exist?
How did the victims of this disease suffer and how were they probably treated?

It also considers some notable cases of scarlet fever in history.
Useful websites and books are included at the end.

The author, Ruth A. Symes, is an experienced UK genealogist and historian who writes regularly for the BBC genealogy magazine 'Who Do You Think You Are?' as well as for many other popular genealogy magazines including 'Family Tree Magazine UK ' and 'Your Family History'.

She is one of very few writers currently producing genealogy books for Kindle.

Ruth A. Symes is also the author of the book 'Stories from Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory' (The History Press, 2008) and the forthcoming 'An Intimate Guide to Our Ancestors and their Times,' (The History Press).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Portrayer Publishers (23 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0DIMFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death Family History 27 Mar 2013
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A compelling and detailed account of the savage diseases that afflicted our ancestors. Dr Symes' scholarship and eye for telling detail bring refreshingly candid insights into the lives of ordinary people in the recent past. This unsanitised view of our insanitary history is not for the faint - hearted but is a must for those interested in real life as it was lived and left.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 April 2013
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This was a beautifully written, easy to read, piece of work. Ruth Symes is obviously an an expert but she wears her learning lightly: one does not feel as if one had been wading through a sea of impeneratable facts but when one has finished the piece, one knows that one has learnt something of value. She has told me more about this condition than many other authors who seem to write twice as much but give half the information!

I would be very happy to read more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Woman in the Pink 28 Mar 2013
By Philip Watts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A compelling and detailed account of the savage diseases that afflicted our ancestors. Dr Symes' scholarship and eye for telling detail bring refreshingly candid insights into the lives of ordinary people in the recent past. This unsanitised view of our insanitary history is not for the faint - hearted but is a must for those interested in real life as it was lived and left.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 April 2014
By dnjauch - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick read on my Kindle. I have always had an interest in this disease ever since I learned my mother and her siblings were quarantined with it. Love factual history that has NOT been rewritten to fit 21st century ideas.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much to this book 20 Jan 2014
By N. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm glad it was free. Although I didn't expect much for 15 pages, I did expect slightly more content. I'm not sure what the purpose was.
3.0 out of 5 stars too short 20 May 2013
By Regina Nesbit - Published on Amazon.com
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it was very short read. Uninformative, it didn't give a good story or explain anything about the disease process. The book left you wanting.
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it 22 April 2013
By Brandee Webber - Published on Amazon.com
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It didn't give any information I didn't already know just by googling it. In doing my genealogy I have googled a great many diseases. This book gives almost no information! Nothing different. She could have just googled it and wrote it that way.
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