LCGHS President Donath tells group about World War I research
October 18, 2012, By LCGHS, Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society President, Bill Donath, gave the presentation for the monthly LCGHS meeting, held this past Monday evening The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month.
He explained the current research project he is conducting. Bill explained that he began this past January collecting information about Logan County during World War I. The information includes the effect of the war on the people, organizations, businesses and families.
The process he is using involves reading county newspapers, books and other publications of the WWI period. He also collects information that would not have happened had the war not occurred. He makes copies of those articles and scans them into his computer. There are scores of files under the heading of WWI Research.
He has found that during October, 1918, the Spanish Flu Epidemic hit Logan County causing double anxiety with the war being the other. Many deaths during this period from both the war and the flu caused a level of grief that must have equaled that which occurred during the Civil War.
His research will continue until he has read all of the county newspapers of the period. He is nearly finished with the Lincoln Courier-Herald of 1918. He will go back to 1917 and also do 1919 since many of the soldiers and war personnel did not return to the U.S. until the third quarter of 1919. As he reads the papers he compiles an index of the vital statistics of births, marriages and deaths.
Other sources of information for Bill's research are also used, such as: www.Ancestry.com, WWI websites, books from the period and books published by LCGHS.
He approximates that his research will continue for another two years. Many of the articles are being reprinted in the LCGHS Quarterly, Roots & Branches along with articles from the Civil War era which he had collected during earlier research. The research of the Civil War era has been included in two books: ?Logan County During the Civil War? and ?Logan County?s Civil War Dead?. He has no plans at this time for publishing a book or books about this era. Anyone who wants to contribute to this collection may do so by regular mail or email.
Anyone wanting information on soldiers or events during this period should send an email to the Society: firstname.lastname@example.org.