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From: Chad Milliner <>
Subject: [APG] Sources of information or illnesses or epidemics (was 1850sWeather)
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:30:25 -0600
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Depending on the state and the year, the state health department may have published an annual report. If so for the year in question, then it would almost certainly describe any health issues from that year that were outside of the norm. Tracking those reports down, however, is difficult. You could try calling the state library or archive and see what they have, or perhaps the epidemiology people in the health department of the state would have a staff person with a historical bent that you could talk to on the phone or by e-mail and that person would thus be willing to look for something relevant in the health department's staff collection of old annual reports.

If it was a major epidemic that affect large areas of the country, such as the 1918 flu pandemic, then you could likely find information about it in the annual reports from the National Center for Health Statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/vsus/historical/historical.htm Almost all of their old reports are available online from the site I just provided a link to as free PDFs. And before NCHS was created, the census bureau covered health issues in some of their printed reports, including the annual Statistical Abstract of the United States. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab1878-1900.htm. Also look here: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/special.htm and here: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/1890.htm. This last link is to reports published about the 1890 census, many of which dealt with health issues. Since the original schedules no longer exist, these reports are a gold mine of information, particularly if you are resear!
ching someone from a large Eastern or Gulf Coast city. To see reports for other census years, just hack the date at the end of the URL.

Chad Milliner, AG

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf Of Elliott, Desta (JCNA)
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 12:14 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] 1850s Weather

In addition to weather, I want to know if there is a source for illnesses or epidemics. Sometimes, I see a cluster of deaths and wonder if an epidemic of some kind played a role. I know death certificates have the cause of death, but many of my pesky relatives lived in places/times that didn't go in for much in the way of vital records.

Desta Elliott MA MBA
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