|Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with Spanish influenza at a hospital ward at Camp Funston|
It would be unusual that the Spanish Flu pandemic did not affect your ancestral family no matter where they lived in the world. For example, I did a search on FamilySearch.org for records of people who died in 1918 with my surname. I found 217,637 entries. Of course, I could not tell how many of these people died from the flu. So I went to Ancestry.com and did the same type of search. Once again, I got a huge number, this time over 1,196,000 entries. I got even more entries with a search on MyHeritage.com. So, we know a lot of people died, but finding out if they died of Spanish Flu can be quite a challenge.
The main reason for this challenge is that the medical community did not know, in many cases, the exact cause of death and in many other cases, the cause of death is not reported. What is known is that when people disappear from the records in about 1918, there is likely a connection with the pandemic. This is particularly true when you see multiple deaths in the same family in this same time period. These types of events, wars, pandemics, natural disasters, etc., cause discontinuities in family records and in the records of entire communities.
As I have written recently, a lack of historical perspective about the times and places our ancestors lived is a serious impediment to our accuracy and completeness in doing genealogical research. Maybe it is time to take a few history classes or read some books about the history of the places and time where and when your family lived.