18 March 2009

Megan's Malcolm Musings

I'm a fan of both US genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and British-born Canadian journalist, author, and pop sociologist Malcolm Gladwell.

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An online an article by Megan from Ancestry Magazine reflects on her husband's family experience -- coming from the same region of Italy known for longevity as discussed by Gladwell in his book Outliers. The health of these people, from Roseto Valfortore, was attributed to coming from a close-knit, extended-family environment. Even immigrants from Roseto Valfortore who settled together in communities in the US had death rate from almost any cause about 35 percent lower than elsewhere in the US.

Does your family experience confirm or contradict this trend?

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