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The Epidemics



The Cholera Epidemics

Since the dawn of time, epidemics have ravaged humanity.  Of particular note was cholera, an easily-transmitted and rapidly killing disease.  As evidenced by the vital records, Galicia was not immune to this awful disease.  Cholera epidemics tragically struck the villages of Galicia in 1831, 1847-48, 1854-55, 1873-74.   From Wikipedia, the online dictionary, comes the following: "In its most severe forms, cholera is one of the most rapidly fatal illnesses known, and a healthy person may become hypotensive within an hour of the onset of symptoms; infected patients may die within three hours if treatment is not provided."


The following full-page examples illustrate cholera's destructiveness.


from the village and Roman Catholic parish of Podkamień (Rohatyn district), 1848



from the village of Usznia, Roman Catholic parish of Biały Kamień, 1855



And in Ukrainian

Холера is transliterated as Kholera.

from the village and Greek Catholic parish of Pidmanastyr, 1855



The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 - 1919

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 - 1919 spread throughout the entire world, and is believed to have killed between 2.5% and 5% of the world's population. (


from a page of the death records (October - December 1918) from the village and Greek Catholic parish of Snitnytsia, in southeast Poland.  The cause of death in Latin "Grypa", or "Flu".  The flu ravaged the village, across age groups and different homes.
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