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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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Leprosy and the Formation of the Molokai Colony

Leprosy and the Formation of the Molokai Colony

What is Leprosy? Leprosy a.k.a. Hansen’s Disease is caused by contact to the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae.  It spreads through contact with dirty water where the bacteria is present.  It rarely spreads from human to human. It is one of the least contagious of the communicable diseases. However, in the early 1860s when people began showing signs of the disease, they did not know that.  And, they were terrified. Fear of an Epidemic The first case of leprosy (a.k.a. Hansen’s disease)…

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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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It’s Women’s History Month!

It’s Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month.  It’s appropriate that women should get their own month.  They make up half our family tree 🙂 Have you ever stopped to think about the women in your tree?  Who were they?  What were their lives like? When I look over my pedigree I find women who are virtually without identity in the census and other records.  Yet, they were the backbones of their families.  While their husbands were out working 10 to 12 hours…

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