Epidemics Calender for Genealogists

Contributed by Sheila Burke

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:

Other Resources on Epidemics:

U.S. Epidemics

The American Experience: Influenza 1918

Plague and Epidemic in Renaissance Europe

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