Genealogy program explores 'Fighting Influenza During the Great War'

Posted7/19/2021 6:33 PM

The Kane County Genealogical Society and Batavia Public Library will host the webinar "Q&A Genealogy: Pandemic 1918! Fighting Influenza During the Great War" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22, on Zoom.

More than 30 percent of Americans were estimated to have contracted influenza in 1918 and millions of people lost their lives.


Join speaker Tina Beaird as she explores the timeline of the outbreak and hear tales of how the U.S. Army, Navy and civilian population centers tried desperately to combat the disease.

Discover resources for tracing your influenza victims through newspapers, government records, medical journals, hospital registers and more.

Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy, a lecturer, and librarian at a Chicagoland Public Library. She has assisted researches for over 12 years in advancing their family history.

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On Aug. 26, the webinar will be "What the Heck Does That Say? The Challenge of Difficult Handwriting" with Pam Vestal.

Deciphering the handwriting in old documents can be difficult, but a few good strategies can make all the difference. Learn a variety of methods and approaches in reading older documents. To sign up for the August program, email


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