April 24, 2018 – Tina Beaird, PANDEMIC 1918! Combating the Spanish Influenza during the Great War

Tina BeairdMore than thirty percent of Americans were estimated to have contracted the Spanish Influenza from 1918-1919 and millions of people lost their lives. Explore 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.

About the Speaker: Tina Beaird is owner of Tamarack Genealogy and the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library. She lectures nationally on military research, genealogical methodology, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is a governing board director of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Northern Illinois Historical League and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. She is also a board member of the Illinois World War I Centennial Commission. Tina volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies scanning and indexing historic records. Occasionally, Tina finds time to research her own family tree, which she has been pursuing for over 20 years.