The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its Effect on Our American Ancestors
Katherine R. Wilson
More Americans were killed by the global 1918 Influenza (Spanish Flu) Pandemic than in the Great War. This virus had tragic implications on our ancestors’ communities and in their own families. Review the timeline of the pandemic’s spread, the direct and indirect effect of this health crisis on individuals, and the sources to consult for a greater understanding of its impact.
Katherine R. Willson of Dexter, Michigan is an engaging & dynamic genealogy lecturer at local, regional, and national genealogy events. She is a full-time genealogical researcher for private clients and teaches in-person and virtual genealogy classes for all levels. Katherine is the founder and Past President of the Virtual Genealogical Association, the past President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, and a past board or committee member for the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Detroit Society of Genealogical Researchers, and the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County. She is the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan and the creator of the Genealogy on Facebook list, a catalog of almost 17,000 pages and groups on Facebook pertaining to genealogy and history that is now maintained by Cyndi Ingle at CyndisList.com.