A few weeks ago one of Amy Johnson Crow’s posts for #52ancestors was the topic
I decided to do a count of those children who died under the age of five that I have listed in my database at home. This database is gathered from other people from family reunions and emails so not necessarily verified by proper sources.
Here are the results out of just over 7700 names.
- Immediate or within two months of birth – 37
- Under 3 years – 39
- Under 5 years – 7
Most were from the 18th or 19th centuries but a few were from the 20th century. I don’t have birth or death dates for everyone in the database but these results are from those who had both dates included.
As most are not my immediate line back, I haven’t got records of cause of death. I am gradually adding that to my new database where everything has been verified with sources.
Readers: Do you have many deaths of infants in your tree? How are they remembered in your family?