Beginning in the spring of 1918 influenza crawled across the globe. In three waves the virus touched every continent and virtually every family on earth between early 1918 and the summer of 1920. Scientists now believe that at least 50 million people died, including 675,000 Americans.
The question for genealogists is aside from death certificates, how do we know if our family was affected?
I have a personal interest in the pandemic and have studied it for more than ten years. In a session on Friday, August 10 at the MoSGA conference in Columbia, MO, I will talk about influenza and how to search a wide range of records available to researchers. Influenza killed more people than WWI, WWII, Korea and the Vietnam Wars combined. It is an important part of our history that is often overlooked.
Don't miss out! Register for the conference at mosga.org.