Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and writes the popular blog “Hoosier Daddy?”. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, including Pennsylvania, German, DNA research, and topics associated with social history.
So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.