Two of the death certificates I ordered have helped me replace the "Unknowns" with a cause of death in my pedigree chart.
The death certificate I'm sharing today doesn't replace an "Unknown" on my Death Causes Pedigree Chart because this ancestor is a generation back from what is shown on the pedigree chart.
This death certificate is quite unusual. At least, to me. I don't recall ever seeing one like it before. Thankfully, the Minnesota Historical Society included an Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907). It explains the information contained in the death certificate.
|Marit (Thorsdatter) Iverson's Death Certificate|
This death certificate is for my 2nd great-grandmother, Marit (Thorsdatter) Iverson. She was married to my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson. I wrote a blog post about Iver. He served in the U.S. Civil War. Here's a link to that blog post if you'd like to read it ~ Military Monday ~ Iver Iverson – A U.S. Civil War Soldier from Norway.
Thanks to the Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907) below, I was able to decipher Marit's death certificate.
Information gleaned from Marit's Death Certificate:
- Name – Marit Iverson (she went by Mary in America)
- Date of Death – October 8, 1905
- Place of Death – Chippewa Falls, Pope, Minnesota
- Cause of Death – Asthma
- Sex – Female
- Race – White
- Marital Status – Widow
- Father's Name – Thor Rye
- Mother's Name – Marit Rye
- Age at Death – 70
- Place of Birth – Norway
- Father's Place of Birth – Norway
- Mother's Place of Birth – Norway
|Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907)|
Is asthma an inherited disease? According to WebMD, it is. I found an article about the risk factors for Asthma in the Asthma Health Center on WebMD . Regarding Family History and Asthma, the following was stated,
"Blame Mom or Dad or both for your asthma. Your inherited genetic makeup predisposes you to having asthma. In fact, it's thought that three-fifths of all asthma cases are hereditary. According to a CDC report, if a person has a parent with asthma, he or she is three to six times more likely to develop asthma than someone who does not have a parent with asthma."
Marit is an ancestor on my paternal side. On my maternal side, I have found another ancestor who suffered from asthma. My maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster was discharged from service in the U.S. Civil War due to "asthma of long standing."
Another interesting fact in Marit's death certificate is that Rye was listed as the surname of Marit's parents. Her father's surname was actually Toreson according to my records. The name of "Rye" is actually the name of the farm in Norway that the family came from. I also don't understand why Marit's mother was listed as Marit. My records indicate her mother's name was Rangdi Nilsdatter. Perhaps someone made a mistake on the certificate.
It's amazing how much information I was able to glean from what appeared to be a rather sparse death certificate for Marit.