Saturday, January 14, 2017

Family Research Using National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine
Was Your Ancestor a Physician?
At a3Genealogy we are hooked on researching “off-beat” collections. When researching U. S. Army Surgeon General’s Office Autobiographical Sketches of Medical Officers, or the National League for Nursing records, or the U. S. Army Surgeon General’s Office Autobiographical Sketches of Naval Medical Officers we turn to the U. S. National Library of Medicine Archival and Manuscript (NLM)Collections. 

Our favorite collection at the NLM is The American Medical Association (AMA) Deceased Physicians Master Card File.

What Are Deceased Physicians Master Card File?
Physician Overton: From New York to Newfoundland
Did your physician ancestor disappear?  Or, are there large holes in your ancestor’s life story? The 350,000 physicians biographical cards may hold the answers. Physician biographical cards were collected and maintained by the AMA.

The American Medical Association, established in 1847, created a medical directory of its members.  The first woman became a member in 1876. African American physicians were not included until about 1888. Read: African American Physicians and Organized Medicine, 1846 - 1968. The American Medical Directory was expanded to all physicians in 1906.

The original collection of physician information was written on cards which were compiled into The Medical Directory. The information on these 4x6 cards included those who died between 1906-1969,. Researchers will find death notices and biographies of their physician ancestors who were born as early as 1850ish, to include those who graduated after 1865.

These 350,000 physical files were archived in the AMA Deceased Physicians Masterfile and published in two volumes: Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804 - 1929.  Once compiled these original cards were discarded and not salvaged.  However, the 1864 - 1968 AMA Deceased Physician File (AMA) cards are digitized and can be retrieved from FamilySearch.org.  Biographical notes of physicians after 1969 to present are maintained in a computer database.

What to Expect?

Abraham Jacobi: Place of birth and date and countries and places of Practices to NY with photo.
In addition to “education, state licensing, and place of practice," researchers may also find their ancestors’ obituary citations, and even a noted cause of death.  a3Genealogy researchers have crashed more than one brickwall while conducting immigrant research. From where in Germany was that ancestor?  Did they practice overseas?  We have also seen ancestor’s card chocked full of controversial notes. Researchers may find a photo of their ancestor, immigrant’s place of birth, overseas practices, and even immigration information. 

One ancestor’s file had a cryptic hint of why he moved from New York to South Carolina.  A subsequent newspaper search was able to confirm and fill in the physician’s life experience.

African American Physicians
Note: High School and Places of Residence (KY, MO, AR)
For those looking for their African American ancestors the cards may not list early hospital practices since only AMA physicians could practice in the hospitals. It is important to note that the National Medical Association (NMA) founded in 1895 was an alternative to the "white-only" American Medical Association (AMA). For more information read: Creating a Segregated Medical Profession: African American Physicians and Organized Medicine, 1846 - 1910

Researchers will also note their African American ancestors were listed as “colored” in the Directory until 1939.  For more information read the following:

Where are the Files?

·       1804 - 1929 Directory is held at the AMA Archives in Chicago. This collection holds 149.000 physician biographical information.  Original cards are not available. Ancestry.com has extracted the information from the Masterfile database.
The Newberry has “special indexes to African-American, female, homeopathic and osteopathic practitioners.”
·       1864 - 1968 AMA Deceased Physician File (AMA) cards are digitized and can be retrieved from FamilySearch.org.
·       1906 - 1969 National Library of Medicine and AMA Collections (may overlap with the 1864 - 1968 Collection.)
·       1969 - Present. The AMA Unified Service Center, Chicago, IL, holds and maintains the 1969 to present biographical information on computer database. 

Be sure to review the Finding Aid at the U. S. National Library of Medicine:
             >  NLM Catalog
             >  AMA Deceased Physicians Masterfile 1906-1969

Thanks to the Archival Librarians for a3Genealogy interview on Dec 2016.

Kathleen Brandt

a3genealogy.com
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Press Release: Research Job Opportunities

Open Positions - Genealogists

 a3Genealogy research jobs are assigned based on clients' needs. Research applicants must meet the following requirements:
     1) expert in research topic
     2) familiarity with local repositories
     3) proper citation - GPS.

Job Assignments
Visit here frequently. a3Genealogy contracts researchers as needed for local/onsite repository research at courthouses, churches, and other local repositories. Each researcher will be issued a Job Description that must be signed and returned upon accepting job. We have in office assistance should researcher need administrative assistance, or if we can help you be successful with research projects.

Openings
  • DNA Analysis Expert
  • Family History Library (SLC) Document General Researcher
  • Family History Library (SLC) Document Retrieval
  • Pre-1812 Expert Researchers, especially in VA, NC, PA
Start Package
In addition to a signed Job Description (Agreement), the a3Genealogy  Privacy Act Statement must be agreed upon.  Know that we comply with the Federal Tax Laws set for 1099 consultants and will request the completion of W9 in order to comply. 

Professional Development
For qualified researchers, a3Genealogy offers $150.00 vouchers toward Professional Development. 

Compensation
Pay based on proven level of expertise. Always submit your hourly rate when applying and a copy of a non-published final report.

Send resume with pricing structure to:
Kathleen Brandt
Kathleen@a3Genealogy.com
Website: a3genealogy.com