How tall was grandma?
August 20, 2011 1:23 PM Subscribe
I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US?
posted by zippy to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One of Dad's siblings was a US Citizen serving in the Canadian military in Europe in WWII.
My great-grandfather may have been in the Union Cavalry in the US Civil War. I assume I can get their heights from the induction records for their military service. Tips for where to look for these appreciated.
What about the women and non-military men though? Did they ask for heights on the US Censuses for adults? Did employers and colleges collect this info, and might it still be available? What about death certificates?
Grandmom was a public school principal from 1940 - 1950.
Grandmom and granddad went to Cornell University around 1900 - 1910.
The people in question were all: a) US citizens, b) born in 1930 or earlier, c) died in the US. The grandparents died in 1959 or earlier.