Today, 96 years ago, Private Albert Martin Gitchell, a company cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, reported to the sick bay with the first documented case of the Spanish Influenza.
Following our Core Conversation on big data and the stories we can tell from it during the SxSW conference, we looked into the family history of Spanish Influenza “patient zero” and pulled together his story represented in a visual way.
It’s easy to look at the Spanish Flu in terms of deaths (some reports have it as 20+ million), but what were the stories of those affected? What was Albert’s story? Did he die as a result of capturing the Spanish Influenza? Find out by viewing his story, told from records and photos.
We invite you to share great (or poor) examples of storytelling with data that you’ve run across by adding them in the comments below and or by using the hashtag #datastory on Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+.
About Kristie Wells
Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.
[...] does a nice work-up on Private Albert Martin Gitchell, considered America’s Patient Zero in what would be called the Spanish Flu epidemic. [...]