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Epidemics in US History

Sept-Oct, 1997, Newsletter - Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County
Source: Ancestors West, SSBCGS, Vol 20, No l, Fall 1993, South Bend (IN) Area Genealogical Society

"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 below:

A series of recurring epidemics of: Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever

More people were hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps, with 80% death rate in some camps

Finally, these specific instances of Cholera were mentioned:


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