Influenza has sickened people for centuries BUT there never was a recognized Influenza as violent, widespread, and deadly as the 1918 - 1919 Pandemic. At the Foothills Genealogical Society meeting, Jewel Wellborn, will present "Influenza Strikes 1918-1919" to tell how this flu, often referred to as the Spanish Influenza, infected over one-third of the world's population. More than 675,000 Americans, many from age 15 to 40, died then. Worldwide, 50-100 million deaths were attributed to the Flu Pandemic.
Jewel Wellborn has been involved in family research and genealogy since the early 1990's and has been a member of the Columbine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2008. She is the Chapter Regent, a DAR Volunteer Genealogist and a past Registrar.
Professionally, Jewel is a practicing geologist and President of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development. Inc., an independent energy consulting company in Littleton. Married and the mother of two, she received her Master of Science degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines.
Foothills Genealogical Society supports genealogical research with educational programs, classes and field trips. FhGS also preserves and publishes historical records from Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties. For more information, please visit http://www.foothillsgenealogy.org or write P.O. Box 150382, Lakewood CO 80215-0382.