Today's article, "The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
," on About.com, Kimberly's Genealogy Blog provides some interesting additional sources for those researching ancestors during the 1917-1918 time period, including the Influenza Digital Archive
out of the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine and the Pandemic Influenza Storybook
, among others. As noted in the article, "Most are aware that WWI had a devastating impact on our ancestral history, claiming an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic of 1918
, however, killed an estimated 50 million people, nearly a fifth of the world's population. Yet, it is rarely afforded more than a footnote in the historical accounts of the time.
Labels: disease and epidemics, medical history