Age at Death Pedigree Chart

Lessons Learned from Creating an Age at Death Pedigree Chart

Warning: My nerdy genealogist’s side is coming out. I have seen people create a cause of death tree before. I haven’t wanted to create a similar tree for reasons I can’t determine.

However, after writing “Mixed Feeling About A Completed Pedigree”, 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?

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 passed away.

Age of Death Pedigree Chart
Age of Death Pedigree Chart

After doing these experiments, it shows me how finite life can be. I had my parents longer 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 mother’s.

What’s stands out to me is that both Robert Geiszler and George Geiszler were overweight throughout their life. We often talk about how obesity kills folks early in life. Yet look how great-grandpa and grandpa Geiszler lived relatively 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.

Read what I learned about my potential longevity by creating a 'cause of death' pedigree chart about my ancestors. #genealogy #ancestors #healthhistory

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.


  • Devon Lee

    The causes of death were pretty 'easy' not so long ago.Which is why my Grannie living to 91-ish is awesome. I hope to live a long life just like her. I haven't done the cause of death tree. I might have to do that in the future.

  • Karen Howes

    Wow, this is really cool! I haven't thought to create a chart like this, but it does give you a good idea of how finite life is– and also of the challenges faced by our ancestors, especially ones that are orphaned at an early age. Back in previous centuries, people were lucky to live long enough to see grandchildren, but today many people are living to see great-grandchildren and sometimes even great-greats.

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