I’ve been doing some unofficial snooping around and looking at people’s genealogy charts 🙂 I’ve been mainly interested in those that go way, way back because it is in many of these that I notice the farther back you go the more people tend to be related to each other. And I’ve also noticed that a lot of people die in the month of April for some reason.
That the further back you go in time the more people tend to be related either closely or distantly doesn’t surprise me at all because there weren’t that many people back then. And the further back you go, the less people still. We tend to view things in our contemporary context of things and sometimes we forget that back in 321 A.D., for example, there were certainly not 7 billion people on planet Earth! And going back to the “Stone Age” we’re lucky if there were a few million!
So, yes, the further back in time you go there is an increased likelihood of all of us being related to some degree. So what about April? Why do so many people die in April? Seems they survived(ed) the long harsh winters and then come Spring the die but you’d think they’d die mostly during the harsh winter months. But, from what I’ve seen in people’s genealogies this isn’t so!! At first I thought this must be due to people dying of disease and in some cases they did but many died of natural causes (ie: heart failure) in April and it appears that April is STILL a big month for people dying even today!
Looking back at some of my own personal ancestry I see this phenomena too. Many of my relatives passed away in April and the further we go back in our genealogy the more we realize we ARE related to more and more people and families, many of which we never even suspected. I bet this is true in YOUR ancestry as well 🙂
So is April the Cursed Month? The Month of Death? The Omen Time? Should we just ban the entire month altogether? Should we maybe hang garlic and put goat blood over our doors to ward off the “Angel of Death”?