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1918 flu pandemic lists #general


mikesammy1944@...
 

I and my brothers believe both of our grandfathers perished in 1918 flu epidemic in Chicago (one died in1918, the other died in 1920). Is there any source where I can find specific names of people who died from the flu. Obituaries are of no use since it's rare they would mention the cause of death (same as today).
I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Mike Samson.


Susan H. Sachs
 

Their death certificates might state the cause of death was influenza - or it might state pneumonia, with or w/o noting that influenza was the precipitating cause.  Then again, it might not - either because of a reluctance to acknowledge the flu, or because the doctors were overwhelmed.  

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stillreads@...
 

I found evidence in the town in which relatives lived by searching in that community's newspaper.
One of my husband's family lost all 3 of their children within 1 week in Dec. 1918.


Ina Getzoff
 

Susan:
My paternal  great grandfather who came to the US in 1913 and lived in Brooklyn died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. I have a copy of his death certificate which indicates influenza and because of the time period and previous family history I have heard I believe it was the Spanish flu. 
 
Unfortunately, there is no longer anyone in the family to verify the story or even t give me a history of what actually happened during that time. Wish there was but all if know about it is what I have read.
 
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.


sharon yampell
 

As previously mentioned, there are many books on this topic, including “The Great Influenza;  The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History ”by John M. Barry, that mentions my second cousin twice removed Alice WULOVITZ, who was a 16 year old nursing student in Philadelphia who died after two days of helping to take care of patients.

 

Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA

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From: Ina Getzoff
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Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] 1918 flu pandemic lists #usa

 

Susan:

My paternal  great grandfather who came to the US in 1913 and lived in Brooklyn died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. I have a copy of his death certificate which indicates influenza and because of the time period and previous family history I have heard I believe it was the Spanish flu. 

 

Unfortunately, there is no longer anyone in the family to verify the story or even t give me a history of what actually happened during that time. Wish there was but all if know about it is what I have read.

 

Ina Getzoff

Delray Beach, Fla.

 


C Chaykin
 

Pneumonia was a typical cause of death for victims of the 1918 flu epidemic. My mother's stepmother's death certificate lists pneumonia as the "chief and determining cause of death" with a second blank filled in as influenza.


Carol Baird
 

My husband's father got the 1918 Flu but did not die of it then.  However, what is less reported then is that there were many side effects of the flu, as there are with COVID19, and he did die of Parkinson's several years later which was one of the after effects of the 1918 flu.  So even if a death certificate says the cause of death was influenza or flu then, nonetheless, there were co-morbidities less mentioned in later death certificates.  Just a thought.


Susan H. Sachs
 

Ina:  I certainly would think that if the death certificate of your great grandfather who died in 1918 states "influenza", that it was the Spanish Flu.  I don't have the impression that "Spanish Flu" per se was an official category that was likely to appear on a death certificate.  Every family who experienced it did so in their own way.  This is the what I wrote about my father's family:
 
 
Keep well -
Susan Sachs
Beit Shemesh, Israel


Sylvia Fleck Abrams
 

I also had been told my maternal grandfather, Benjamin HANF, had died in the flu epidemic. I found his name in a list for a group memorial conducted by the Elks (a fraternal lodge) for the 1920 fatalities in a Buffalo, New York newspaper. I used newspapers,com. You might try a similar search in historical newspapers for your location.

Sylvia Fleck Abrams
Beachwood, Ohio