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What does 189 mean on a death record?

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What surprised me today

Posted: 17 Apr 2007 9:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
What surprised me today

Using one alias or another, Ol' Myrt has been around since the pre-Internet days of FIDOnet and BBS (Bulletin Board Services), yet I never cease to be amazed at how genealogists use online tools to help each other out.

WHAT SURPRISED ME TODAY is the response that a DearMYRTLE reader made to a previously published blog inquiry about "What does the code 189 mean on a West Virginia death record?"


From: Shell NJ
There is a brief explanation of the ICDA-9 codes on the West Virginia Vital Statistics webpage entitled Health Statistics Center "1998 Vital", where they provide the following explanation:

Cause of Death Classification
"The cause of death is coded from information contained in the medical certification section of the death certificate. This portion of the certificate is completed by the attending physician. In the case of unattended death, the medical examiner is responsible for investigation and certification. As a general rule, data preceding 1949 cannot be accurately compared with those of later years due to the extensive revision of the coding rules made at that time; however, large causal categories can be compared. See Appendix B, "Groupings of ICDA Codes," for a listing of the selected causes."


A quick review of this website provides the answer:
CAUSE OF DEATH - The underlying cause of death, or that condition giving rise to the chain of events leading to death.
[codes] 179-189 -- Genitourinary Organs

Simply amazing! If it takes a village to raise a child, how many researchers does it take to compile a family history?

We all get by with a little help from our friends.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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