Sara Lauzon started researching inmates at the Cornwall House of Refuge when she was 16 years old. She discovered many were buried in unmarked graves and became determined to rectify that.
At present she has researched 220 of the 906 inmates to try to find out where they are buried. She hopes to raise enough money to have a memorial erected with the names of those inmates whose burial locations she discovers.
At the same time she lobbied to have a photograph and plaque placed in the Cornwall Courthouse in honour of Judge O’Reilly, who died on the job in the courthouse in 1929 after serving for 29 years. When Sara started her lobby there was nothing to indicate he had ever worked there. It took 5 years but when she was 21 people started taking her more seriously and her voice was finally heard. There is now a photo of the judge on the Courthouse walls.
Read more and listen to Sara's podcast at Canada's History
If you think your ancestor may have been in a Poorhouse (House of Refuge, Almshouse, Workhouse) you can consult the following databases on Olive Tree Genealogy
* Almshouse children (orphans) sent to New Netherland (New York) from Amsterdam Holland on the ship De Waegh (The Weigh-House), August 1655
* New York Almshouse Records 1782-1813. Records contain name of ancestor, date admitted, age, where from or born, complaint [illness], discharged, died, remarks.
* New York Almshouse Records 1819-1840
* New York City Almshouse Records 1855-1858
* Society for Relief of Half-Orphans & Destitute Children 1900, Manhattan New York
* Milwaukee County Almshouse & Poor Farm Cemeteries Wisconsin List of Burials 1872-1892; 1914-1974
* Leeds Moral & Industrial Training School, Yorkshire, England 1881
* Child Apprentices (Orphans & Impoverished Children) in America from Christ's Hospital, London 1617-1778
* Register of patients transported to the State Insane Asylum, 1882-1917 Orleans Parish (Louisiana) Civil Sheriff
* Almshouse Cemetery Plot, Potter's Field in Yaphank, Suffolk County, New York 1871-1876
* Cemetery Records of the Suffolk County Almshouse, Yaphank, New York, 1871-1953