Re: Older fathers
- From: "Don Moody" <dpmoody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 15:38:03 +0100
"Chris Dickinson" <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Ian Goddard wrote in reply to my:
<snip>Do any of you feel that a similar message comes from your
That would be unlikely. It requires a larger sample than most
genealogists would get from recent generations and the effect
wouldn't be prominent amongst earlier generations where other
early mortality would mask it.
Yes, you are probably right. I study a group of parishes pre-1750,
so I may
have a different perspective - but, as you say, other causes of
mortality would be likely to mask the effect.
I observed not so long ago, in chatting with somone about the
IVF treatment for older women, that we are socially accustomed to
children at a late age through second or third marriages. This is,
course, a different moral issue; but, still, intrigued me in the
light of that discussion.
What is 'older', hat is a 'late age'? Won't those terms change with
culture, social status, health, opportunity, amd much else?
There is one anti-older father point which an aunt of mine told her
son when he fathered a son - at 57 and in his fifth marriage. Are you
going to be fit enough to keep up with the activity demands of a
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