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 GLOSSARY OF TERMS

EPIDEMICS:

Genealogical research often involves a detailed search for people who disappear from local records, or migrate to parts unknown.
This list of American epidemics may help in finding the cause.

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 Date  Location                             Type of Epidemic

1657

Boston

Measles

1687

Boston

Measles

1690

New York

Yellow Fever

1713

Boston

Measles

1729

Boston

Measles

1732-3

Worldwide

Influenza

1738

South Carolina

Smallpox

1739-40

Boston

Measles

1747

CT, NY, PA, SC

Measles

1759

North America

Measles: areas inhabited by white people

1761

N. America and West Indies

Influenza

1772

North America

Measles

1775

North America

Unknown epidemic: especially hard in NE

1775-6

Worldwide

Influenza: one of the worst epidemics

1783

Dover, Delaware

"Extremely fatal" bilious disorder

1788

Philadelphia and New York

Measles

1793

Vermont

A "putrid" fever and Influenza

1793

Virginia

Influenza: killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks

1793

Philadelphia

Yellow Fever: over 4,000 deaths

1793

Harrisburg, PA

Many unexplained deaths

1793

Middletown, PA

Many unexplained deaths

1794

Philadelphia, PA

Yellow Fever

1796-7

Philadelphia, PA

Yellow Fever

1798

Philadelphia, PA

Yellow Fever: one of the worst

1803

New York

Yellow Fever

1820-3

Nationwide

"Fever" - started Schuylkill River and spread

1822

New York and New Orleans

Yellow Fever

1831-2

Nationwide

Asiatic Cholera: brought by English emigrants

1832

NY City and other major cities

Cholera

1832

New Orleans

Asiatic Cholera: over 1,000 deaths

1832

Ayrshire towns of Stevenston, Dalry and Kilbride in Scotland

Cholera

1833

Columbus, OH

Cholera

1834

New York City

Cholera

1837

Philadelphia

Typhus

1841

Nationwide

Yellow Fever: especially severe in the south

1847

New Orleans

Yellow Fever

1847-8

Worldwide

Influenza

1848-9

North America

Cholera

1849

New York

Cholera

1849-50

New Orleans

Cholera: 3,000 deaths

1850

Nationwide

Yellow Fever

1850

Alabama, New York

Cholera

1850-1

North America

Influenza

1851

Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains,
and Missouri

Cholera

1852

Nationwide

Yellow Fever

1853

New Orleans

Yellow Fever: 8,000 die

1855

Nationwide

Yellow Fever

1857-9

Worldwide

Influenza: one of the greatest epidemics

1860-1

Pennsylvania

Smallpox

1865-73

Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis,
Washington DC

Smallpox, a series of recurring epidemics of Cholera, Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever

1873-5

N. America and Europe

Influenza

1878

New Orleans

Yellow Fever: last great epidemic

1878

Memphis, TN

Yellow Fever

1885

Chicago, IL

water-borne disease

1885

Plymouth, PA

Typhoid

1886

Jacksonville, FL

Yellow Fever

1900

Galveston, TX

cholera

1902

Alaska

measles

1905

New Orleans

Yellow Fever: last U.S. outbreak

1918
high point yr

Worldwide, including continental U.S. 500 million people infected, 50-100 million died worldwide.

Influenza: more people were hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. U.S. Army training camps became death camps, with 80% death rate in some camps.  U.S. cities hit hard.  None as the Spanish Flu.

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