This site is not a study of Huntington's Disease, it is an attempt by me and others to track our family histories by tracking a disease. HD was called "hereditary chorea" before about 1875. It was recognized as being passed from parent to child from its earliest days. Chorea is a word which means "dance" in another language. One of the early symptoms of this disease is a fluid, almost graceful, tic of the entire body. Our earliest ancestors thought the victims looked like they were dancing. Those poor souls were avoided and even ostracized because our superstitious ancestors believed they were "dancing with the Devil."