Starting your search

This guide was last updated in 2012

Start with the basics. Before you dive into records specifically related to asylums, it is a good idea to establish as much information as you can about your ancestor from basic genealogical resources.

You should be able to narrow down from the census and certificates when and for how long they were in the asylum, and which asylum it was. Were they there for two or even three censuses in a row? Was their child born in the asylum? Is there any evidence that your ancestor was discharged, or do you have a certificate proving that they died in the asylum?

You should also be able to glean from census returns approximately how old your ancestor was when they were in the asylum, what occupation or occupations they had and how big an institution it was.

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