JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Do you ever leave someone off your tree? #general

David Schreiber

One remark that I'd like to make is that one may draw more than one conclusion
or interpretation >from the apparent sins or indiscretions of our ancestors,
even given the existence of official records of the time. I found a death
record for a great aunt that stated that she had committed suicide having
been asphyxiated by illuminating gas. Since both my mother and aunt had
Alzheimer's in later life, it would seem reasonable that some tendency to
dementia runs in the family. Given this information, I can easily imagine
someone with this condition lighting the illuminating gas in their apartment
and forgetting to shut it off correctly before bed. Similarly, I imagine that
some instances of carbon monoxide poisoning must have occurred using illuminating
gas for lighting.

David Schreiber
Melbourne, Fl

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