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November 27, 2017

Find Ancestors in Insane Asylums

Insane Asylum New Jersey
Olive Tree Genealogy has a new section for Insane Asylum records! This is a new project and more records will be added as I find them.

In the 19th century and earlier, insane Asylums were often referred to as Lunatic asylums. The inmates were called insane, or lunatics or idiots.  Often the inmates suffered from physical ailments, not mental disorders.

I hope to bring many insane asylum records online for genealogists so keep checking back to see what has been added.


4 comments:

Above The Branches Genealogy LLC said...

Contacted the Cal State Archives earlier this year and was surprised when information was found

Judy Webster said...

I've indexed many different series of records of mental asylum patients, and I've put their names on my Web site. There are more to come, as this is an on-going project.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

That's great Judy! I'll add your site to my page online

Judy Webster said...

Lorine, thanks for adding a link to names of mental asylum patients for whom there's information in historical records that I've indexed.