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Does your family history have someone who 'vanished'? If you cannot find a death certificate or if children were raised by someone other than a parent, check mental asylum records. Reasons for admission included epilepsy, head injury, alcoholism, birth defects and depression (especially post-natal depression). Many patients (adults and children) spent only a few days in an asylum, and descendants would be unaware of that.
I have started indexing Queensland Supreme Court insanity files 1885-1901 for patients and former patients of Qld mental asylums. Some files are just applications from former patients for a refund of money held in trust, but others are more useful for genealogy and family history. Examples: Some files refer to deceased estates where a beneficiary was in an asylum. One file refers to a patient being sent to relatives in England. Another contains a patient's marriage certificate, birth certificates of his three children, and an affidavit from his wife who had remarried.
In some cases there may be a file in this series even if the patient's Public Curator insanity file was destroyed.
To research mental asylum patients, use all available sources, including:
For more information about those sources, and many others, see my mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients'.
Explanation of names below:
BEATTIE Robert Wright
COCHRAN John Augustus (large file)
DEMPSEY James (large file)
EKIE Jimmy (Polynesian)
FERMANN George (file includes 4 certificates)
PEARCE Henry Edward
As a professional genealogist, I've spent thousands of hours indexing original records, and it also takes time to travel to a record office, order a bundle/volume, find the relevant file/page, order photocopies or take digital photos, and send them to you; so I charge fees for these services:
Option 1: If you want me to copy the original document, my fee is based on handling time, which I cannot predict until I see the file. Send a deposit of $35 per file (if the work costs less, the surplus is refundable). If your deposit won't cover the cost of a large file, I will email you to discuss your options. For common names, tell me (if known) your subject's places of residence, death date, and next-of-kin. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).
Option 2: I will (for a fee of $2 for one SURNAME plus $1 per additional SURNAME) provide source references (the record office, its location number for the source, file number and approximate year) so you can do the work yourself. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).
Other sources for asylum patients.
Mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients'.
My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.
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