18 February 2021

Families of the 1918 Pandemic

Brigham Young University's Family History Technology Lab researchers teamed up with FamilySearch to produce a database of 1918 influenza deaths. Researchers used handwriting recognition software to read the cause of death from death certificates. 

The database includes people who died from influenza in 10 states (Delaware, Massachusetts, Idaho, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah), with seven states more in progress. 

To search for a person you need to select a state, then a county. That produces a table of name, lifespan and cause of death. Clicking on the name reveals a nicely-formatted panel with personal and contextual information.

Explore other projects of the Brigham Young University's Family History Technology Lab.

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