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Historical Records of Insanity and Unsound Mind
Checking, Research and Copying Services

If you want information, the cost depends on what records are available, and the handling time. If there are multiple entries for a name, there may be multiple people with the same name, or multiple documents (each with different information) for one person. Some records have just one page; others have hundreds of pages. To avoid wasting money on copies that aren't relevant, choose one of the options below.

I cannot do anything until you send a request and payment for one of these options. I've spent over 35 years learning about, and indexing, original records. Genealogy is my business, so I charge fees for my time, regardless of the result. It takes time to read and reply to emails, consult my index, and, if applicable, travel to a record office in Brisbane, find the relevant bundle/volume and file/page, obtain copies, and send them.

Option name: Insanity INDEX: Record series & Quote.
Cost: $8 for one entry on my 'insanity' Web pages, plus $1 for each additional entry (same name or different names, up to a maximum of 10 entries).
For each entry, you'll receive:

  • Description of the record series, including date range and likely contents;
  • Name of repository that holds the record;
  • No-obligation quote for a digital copy of the original record.
How to send a request (only for names listed on my 'insanity' Web pages):
  1. Calculate the cost ($8 for one, plus $1 each for extras).
  2. Send payment by bank deposit or PayPal as explained here (opens in a new window).
  3. In an email, type 'Insanity Index: Record Series and Quote', and...
  4. List the entries (10 maximum; just names - don't send other info), and...
  5. In your email, tell me the date, amount and method of your payment.
  6. Send the email to the address shown on this page (opens in a new window).
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Option name: Insanity INDEX: Record series, Quote & Mini-guide.
Cost: $12 for one entry on my 'insanity' Web pages, plus $1 for each additional entry (same name or different names, up to a maximum of 10 entries).
For each entry, you'll receive:
  • Description of the record series, including date range and likely contents;
  • Name of repository that holds the record;
  • No-obligation quote for a digital copy of the original record;
  • 9-page mini-guide Researching Mental Asylum Patients (PDF).
How to send a request (only for names listed on my 'insanity' Web pages):
  1. Calculate the cost ($12 for one, plus $1 each for extras).
  2. Send payment by bank deposit or PayPal as explained here (opens in a new window).
  3. In an email, type 'Insanity Index: Record series, Quote & Mini-guide', and...
  4. List the entries (10 maximum; just names - don't send other info), and...
  5. In your email, tell me the date, amount and method of your payment.
  6. Send the email to the address shown on this page (opens in a new window).
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Option name: Insanity Records: Check Identity.

To find out whether the person you're researching is the one listed in the Insanity and Unsound Mind Index, use an Insanity *INDEX* service. If the results show that the record cannot be relevant (eg, wrong time period), or that you already have it, you won't waste money on unnecessary research.

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Option name: Insanity Records: Other Research.

If you want me to search for records of an asylum patient whose name is *not* on the A to Z pages (links below):

  1. Note that you pay for my time, regardless of the results.
  2. Send $30 minimum by bank deposit or PayPal as explained here (opens in a new window).
  3. In an email, type 'Insanity: Other Research', and...
  4. Patient's name and (if known) dates of birth, marriage and death, and spouse's name (don't send anything else), and...
  5. In your email, tell me the date, amount and method of your payment.
  6. The cost of research/copying depends on handling time, file size, etc. If your deposit won't cover everything, I'll send results up to the value of your deposit, and a quote for the remainder. To avoid delays, you can, if you wish, authorise extra expenditure up to a limit that you specify.
  7. Send the email to the address shown on this page (opens in a new window).
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Other Suggestions (links open in a new window)

Liverpool, Tarban Creek and Parramatta (NSW) mental asylums.

Children in Mental Asylums.

Annual Reports of asylums (Queensland).

Other records that I'm indexing (watch for announcements on What's New).

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