October Genealogical Society meeting focuses on ancient diseases


Death certificates, newspaper articles, and the personal letters of your ancestors may include medical conditions and complaints that sound foreign to us today. Some may no longer be common, while others have simply changed names.

In October, the Baldwin County Genealogical Society welcomes professional genealogist Cindy Procter Barber for a presentation on how to decipher death documents and identify the impacts of ancient diseases on our ancestors.

Barber’s genealogy addiction began in 1980. She trained under the top genealogist in Indiana and went on to create "Genealogy Workshop", the first genealogy database for home computers. Today, Barber is the President of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, Florida; a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and member of ProGen 39. She enjoys teaching research techniques and leading DNA workshops for beginner and intermediate level test managers. She loves the stories and enjoys helping others find theirs.

The presentation is part of the program at the society’s monthly meeting, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Foley Public Library. Meetings are free and open to the public. Following the presentation, guests are invited to join society members for light refreshments and discussion of research tips and brick walls.