Medical History Books and Websites for Genealogy Research

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Web Sites

BJ’s Genealogy Site: Epidemics in the United States

Cyndi’s List: Family Health History

Epidemics in the United States

Genetic Alliance Family Health History

Influenza: 1918

Just for the Health of It

Mayo Clinic: How to Compile Your Medical Family Tree

Measuring Your Family Health History: Genograms

Mutter Museum

My Family Health Portrait

Major U.S. Epidemics

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man

Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical terms

Stanley Diamond’s Beta-Thalassemia Research Web site

Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative


The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby (Berkley)

Epidemics in Colonial America by John Duffy (Louisiana State University Press)

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson (Riverhead Trade)

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry (Penguin Books)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (W.W. Norton)
A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists by Jeanette L. Jerger (Heritage Books)

In My Blood: Six Generations of Madness and Desire in an American Family
(Harper Collins)

Man and Microbes: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times by Arno Karlen (Simon & Schuster)

Mutter Museum Historic Medical Photographs (Blast Books)

My Father’s Heart: A Son’s Journey by Steve McKee (Da Capo Press)

Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill (Anchor)

The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox by Jennifer Carrell (Dutton Books)