This morning I located the obituary for Herbert S. Harper who died in January 1919. The obituary stated that he died from influenza. His death was one of nearly 50 million who died as a result of the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 that swept the world.
I wondered how many others of my 23,017 person Legacy family file died in the same year. Using Legacy's Search tools, this was simple to learn.
Go to Search > Find > Detailed Search and enter the following conditions (click on image to enlarge). Then click the Create List button.
Legacy found 16 individuals that also died in the year 1919. Since the influenza epidemic began in 1918, I then searched for those in my family file who died in 1918 and added them to the list.
Go back to Search > Find > Detailed Search, change the year to 1918. Then in the lower left, change the option to "Add results to existing List".
After clicking on the Create List button, my Search Results grew to 46 (combination of persons who died in 1918 or 1919). About a quarter of those died under the age of 20. I don't know that all of these died from the flu, but now I have a nice list that I can print for further research.
How many of your relatives died in 1918 or 1919? Follow the steps above to find out.
For more about the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, including documents and photos, click here.