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Old 07-15-2017, 04:44 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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My most recent discovery was finding I am descended from someone who was involved in the Connecticut Witch Trials, which mostly predated the Salem ones: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Comstock

Connecticut Witch Trials (America, 1647 - 1697) - Witchcraft
https://ctexplored.org/wethersfields-witch-trials/
Interesting.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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Since she already knows she tests positive she should not have a skin test at all. She will just test positive again and might even have a severe reaction to the test.

I presume she was treated when she first tested positive.

If she is at risk to be re-exposed at her job there is now a blood test that can be done instead of the skin test. The algorithm for who needs to be tested, who needs an X-ray, and who needs to be treated or re-treated is complex. An infectious disease specialist or her local public health department can advise her.
She works for our public schools. They require everyone to get tested every few years at the county health department and she is now "flagged" to get an x-ray and no longer gets the skin test there.

I'm not sure if she was ever treated or not for it. According to her, she never had an active infection of TB.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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Oh, it was everywhere, but it does not spread easily by casual contact.

From your link:

"Tuberculosis is closely linked to both overcrowding and malnutrition, making it one of the principal diseases of poverty.[13] Those at high risk thus include: people who inject illicit drugs, inhabitants and employees of locales where vulnerable people gather (e.g. prisons and homeless shelters), medically underprivileged and resource-poor communities, high-risk ethnic minorities, children in close contact with high-risk category patients, and health-care providers serving these patients."
The bold, I'm sure is why it was so prominent in my family. They primarily lived in very overcrowded, poverty stricken neighborhoods.

They lived in tenement type buildings along with single family homes in a "border" capacity from the 1850s through really the 1940s where I'm from and this contributed to the spread of TB and other communicable diseases.

Luckily our county health department started tracking the illnesses and trying to combat them starting in the late 1800s and the deaths decreased in the 1920s-1930s, but that also coincided with more "modern" living situations, better/cleaner buildings, indoor plumbing, and better county sanitation services. There were certain neighborhoods, including those where the Irish, Jews, Polish, and blacks lived that did not get as freqent sanitation pickup or where raw sewage was running in the streets per old newspapers. There was a big effort to improve conditions in the early 20th century. Also the implementation of public housing, ironically, caused a cleanup of certain "slum" areas where my ancestors lived. Many people today look poorly on public housing projects, but in the late 1930s when they were first built in my home town, they were some of the best living arrangements that working class people could get at the time in certain neighborhoods. My great grandmother left the "old neighborhood" that was inhabited by the Irish gangsters and Jews primarily and moved to "negro public housing." She said it was the first time that she had working indoor plumbing and their own bathroom. That was in the late 1930s.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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She works for our public schools. They require everyone to get tested every few years at the county health department and she is now "flagged" to get an x-ray and no longer gets the skin test there.

I'm not sure if she was ever treated or not for it. According to her, she never had an active infection of TB.
The positive skin test means she was infected. Everyone who is infected needs to be treated, because treatment can clear the infection before it ever becomes active and causes symptoms. She most probably was treated since she is in a situation where she has ben actively monitored.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:00 AM
 
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The positive skin test means she was infected. Everyone who is infected needs to be treated, because treatment can clear the infection before it ever becomes active and causes symptoms. She most probably was treated since she is in a situation where she has ben actively monitored.
Probably so. She does remember when her stepfather died when she was a child that everyone in the family was tested at the health department due to his cause of death. She was only 8 or 9 when he died so was probably treated back then. I'm going to ask her about it though.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:02 AM
 
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My most recent discovery was finding I am descended from someone who was involved in the Connecticut Witch Trials, which mostly predated the Salem ones: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Comstock

Connecticut Witch Trials (America, 1647 - 1697) - Witchcraft
https://ctexplored.org/wethersfields-witch-trials/
That is interesting! Never knew they had a similar situation in CT.
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:44 AM
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Yesterday I discovered a relative's family tree that links us as direct descendants to the kings of Scotland. Taking it with a grain of salt.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yesterday I discovered a relative's family tree that links us as direct descendants to the kings of Scotland. Taking it with a grain of salt.
That sometimes may be only a small grain of salt. It is possible to have "gateway ancestors" with well documented royal descent.

For example, I am a descendant of William Clopton and Ann Booth here:

Clopton Family Genealogical Society

That one couple did a lot to explain my DNA ethnicity, which is a lot more French and German than I would have expected from my known paper trail.

It also adds some rather colorful characters to my pedigree!
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:46 PM
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That sometimes may be only a small grain of salt. It is possible to have "gateway ancestors" with well documented royal descent. . . .
Could be. I shall remain humble whatever the case.
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:00 PM
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A family photo posted by a distant cousin. Score! Gotta love these internet connections.
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