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Ten Facts About Leprosy I Learned While Researching My Great Grandfather

Ten Facts About Leprosy I Learned While Researching My Great Grandfather

Leprosy.  It’s no longer a word you hear very often.  It’s given way to its modern name, Hansen’s Disease, and is %a treatable disease. But, in the early 1900s, it was known as leprosy and diagnosis was devastating. In Hawaii, a diagnosis of leprosy brought fear and despair. I’ve written about how the Hawaiians dealt with the outbreak of leprosy during the sugar plantation era in my article “Leprosy and the Formation of the Molokai Colony.”  Exile was the fate…

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: My Satisfying Genealogy Moment

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: My Satisfying Genealogy Moment

This weeks challenge from Randy at Genea-Musings is to blog about one of my most satifying genealogy moments.  Without a doubt, it has to be finding out that my Great Grandfather, Theodoro Pacheco (aka Theodore P. Smith) died of leprosy. As a child I was told that Theodoro brought his family to California from Hawaii.  When he got Oakland, he couldn’t believe how many Pacheco’s there were (no doubt, all related!).  He decided he wanted a good American name, so…

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