If Mom or Dad Had Heart Disease, Your Risk Is Doubled

Knowing your family's medical history can help prevent heart disease. Credit: Corbis "As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can b...Even a good diet has its limits if heart disease is the family curse.

Marriage Records

A marriage record is generally a copy of your marriage license, if it is signed by you and your spouse and witnesses. This paper certifies that you and your spouse are legally married. There are several instances when you might need a copy of your ma...

Death Records

A death record is an official report that lists important information, such as the time, date and cause of death, about an individual. This record also includes the person's date of birth, marital status and occupation. This document is signed by a d...

Family Tree Search: Finding Your History

Starting a family tree can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, but where do you begin? The first step is to gather all possible information about your family from your relatives, including names, relationships, birth dates, death dates...

Preserving the stories behind the photographs

Photographs and portraits for sale in antique stores hurt my heart. There must be descendants or someone somewhere who would treasure a glimpse at the faces.....only because the photo is unlabeled, no one has any idea who the people in the pictures e...

Family loses custody of mummy baby

People who work with children are used to hearing all sorts of crazy things, but when a little girl mentioned at daycare that her uncle kept a dead baby at his house, it drew the attention of law enforcement. What turned up in the New Hampshire home...

Sharing family secrets: my story

Earlier this week Irene Nam wondered how to handle some family history with her boys. My own family is chock full of painful history and estranged relationships, although no secrets. In therapy I did a little discussing of how to tell my children, m...


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