Warning: My nerdy genealogists side is coming out. I have seen people create cause of death trees before. I haven’t wanted to create a similar tree for reasons I can’t determine. However, after writing the previous post, I was curious about something else. I wanted to know how old my ancestors were when they died. Not only that, how old was their child I’m descended from when they died?
So, I created this chart. I’ve listed my ancestors and their ages when they died. On the slanted connecting lines, I listed the age of the child when their parent’s died. I hope this makes sense.
|Age of Death Pedigree Chart|
After doing this experiments, it shows me how finite life can be. I had my parents long than my mother’s ancestors had their parents (with the exception of Mom’s mother) but not as long as my dad’s family had their parents. My father’s family generally lived longer lives, more so than my father. What’s interesting both Robert Geiszler and George Geiszler were very heavy men throughout their life. We talk often of obesity killing folks early in life. Yet look how great-grandpa and grandpa Geiszler lived fairly long lives, despite being overweight.
Who knows what the chart will look like when I join my ancestors across the great divide? However, for the sake of my children and grandchildren, I hope to have my numbers be as large as possible.
My upcoming book 21st Century Family Historian, discussed the use of genealogical databases and other tools that enabled me to access this information in less than 20 minutes. The book will be released in less than half a month! I’m super excited. Look for it at Amazon.com on September 1st.