Dear Jimmie - where do your Beards originate from? I am presuming you are in the USA. Do you know where they originated from ie what county or country?
My father's family originated in Bedfordshire, England. Since coming to Australia around 1855, I have been able to find out the cause of death of many of them. Cancer - particularly Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer is quite common. Some DNA testing is being undertaken at present to see if any currently available genetic tests will show anything. Even if they don't, the family history is pretty strong. As far as I know there are no brain tumours, MS or diabetes - but I don't have info on every individual.