Fwd: Epidemics that may affect research - Urq5
Subject: Fwd: Epidemics that may affect research
From: Urq5
Date: February 24, 1998

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Hope this will help some of you in your research.       


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Subject: Epidemics that may affect research
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 15:02:03 EST
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Received this from a good genealogist friend who likes to share her finds.
Thanks, Mom!

"In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared
during a certain period in history, this might help.  Epidemics have always
had a great influence on people - and thus influencing, as well, the
genealogists trying to trace them.  Many cases of people disappearing from
records can be traced to dying during an epidemic or moving away from the
affected area.  Some of the major epidemics in the United States are listed
   1657  Boston:  Measles
   1687  Boston:  Measles
   1690  New York:  Yellow Fever
   1713  Boston:  Measles
   1729  Boston:  Measles
   1732-33  Worldwide:  Influenza
   1738  South Carolina:  Smallpox
   1739-40  Boston:  Measles
   1747  Conn, NY, PA & SC:  Measles
   1759  North America (areas inhabited by white people):  Measles
   1761  North America & West Indies:  Influenza
   1772  North America:  Measles
   1775  North America (especially hard in New England): Epidemic (unknown)
   1775-76  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of  worst flu epidemics)
   1788  Philadelphia & NY:  Measles
   1793  Vermont:  Influenza and a "putrid fever"
   1793 Virginia:  Influenza (killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks)
   1793  Philadelphia: Yellow Fever (one of worst)
   1783*  Delaware (Dover) "extremely fatal" bilious disorder
   1793  Pennsylvania (Harrisburg & Middletown) many unexplained deaths
   1794  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
   1796-97  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
   1798  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever (one of worst)
   1803  New York:  Yellow Fever
   1820-23  Nationwide:  "fever" (starts on Schuylkill River, PA & spreads)
   1831-32  Nationwide:  Asiatic Cholera (brought by English emigrants)
   1832  New York & other major cities:  Cholera
   1837  Philadelphia:  Typhus
   1841  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (especially severe in South)
   1847  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever
   1847-48  Worldwide:  Influenza
   1848-49  North America:  Cholera
   1850  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever
   1850-51  North America:  Influenza
   1852  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (New Orleans 8,000 die in summer)
   1855  Nationwide (many parts) Yellow Fever
   1857-59  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of disease's greatest epidemics)
   1860-61  Pennsylvania:  Smallpox
   1865-73  Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis &
                 Washington DC:  A series of recurring epidemics of Smallpox,
                 Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever & Yellow Fever
   1873-75  North America & Europe:  Influenza
   1878  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever (last great epidemic of disease)
   1885  Plymouth, PA:  Typhoid
   1886  Jacksonville, FL:  Yellow Fever
   1918  Worldwide:  Influenza (high point year)  More people hospitalized in
            War I from Influenza than wounds.  US Army training camps became
             camps - with 80% death rate in some camps
   "Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned:  
  1833 Columbus,  OH;  
  1834 New York City;  
  1849 New York;  
  1851 Coles Co, IL; 
  1851 The Great  Plains; 
  1851 Missouri."
  Information taken from: Sept-Oct, 1997, Newsletter - Genealogical Society of
 Santa Cruz County   "Source:  Ancestors West, SSBCGS, Vol 20, No l, Fall
 South Bend (IN)  Area Genealogical Society via Julie Burnett, Sue in Arizona
 and Judy Nordgren SMCAGS 


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