Talk:Asylum Projects Genealogical Requests

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Finding Relative In Insitution

I found my aunt in Wisconsin Colony and Training School State Institution-Mentally Deficient and Epileptic on a census for 1940. She was 7 years old. She was from Racine, Wisconsin. Her name is Dorothy Mae Hamann born August 8, 1932. Her parents were Earl and Theresa Hamann. I am trying to find out information as to her status, when she died and anything about her. I am hoping you can send me in the right direction.

Thank you,

Judith Pahl Palmer

Have you tried looking on the census and/or looking for her death certificate? M-Explorer (talk) 05:04, 19 January 2020 (MST)

Info on Great-grandmother that was in Central Statde Hospital- Nashville

"Hello. I was hoping someone might be able to give me info on this hospital and where to look for information if known. As for Hippa, my relatives leading up to her have passed on so i'm hoping that will not be an issue. Thanks in advance for any info you can give me."

Mary Nave (

Here is what we have on that hospital Nashville State Hospital. You should be able to find information on the hospital in both the state and local archives (I.E. historical societies). While you may find some stuff online, your best bet to finding what you are looking for will be going in person. M-Explorer (talk) 05:04, 19 January 2020 (MST)

GG-Grandmother in St. Vincent's Insane Assylum from about 1881 to 1900

I found the probate records for a guardianship to be granted to her son. The date was after her husband had died. Are there any records that are able to be accessed about this institution? Thank you for all of your work on this project. This institution was in St. Louis MO

That is a hard question. It depends on what they did with their old records. Some places kept and sent their records to either the central state archives or local archives. While others destroyed their old records after setting around untouched after nearly a hundred years. The strongest bet to finding what you seek would be to contact the institution itself, which is still active, and asking where those records were moved to if they still exist. M-Explorer (talk) 05:04, 19 January 2020 (MST)

Info on great grandfather in institution

I found my great grandfather on the 1940 census for the LaCrosse County Insane Asylum. His name is Bernt Tweet- or sometimes he goes by Gustav Bernt Tweet. There is little else about him that I can find. I am trying to find out how he got there - why he was institutionalized. Any information you can give me or point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate. Thank you. Joan Lawson (

I would try and get in contact with the LaCrosse County historical society/archive and see if they know where those records went if they still exist. M-Explorer (talk) 05:04, 19 January 2020 (MST)

Thank you. I will try that. Joan Lawson

Patient in a State Hospital

In 1910 there was a lady by the name of Anna Oldenhoff, She was a patient there. She was 44 years old and was married. My question is how long was she there? and Do you know where she might be buried? Her husbands name was Christian Oldenhoff. Also would like to know, if possible, why she was there ?I am putting together a family tree and have nothing for the Oldenhoff side I'm at a dead end here with her and her husband. But I"m only asking about her, cause she was in the asylum. Would appreciate anything you could give me on Anna OLdenhoff Sincerely, Theresa Oldenhoff

What hospital was she a patient of? As far as where she is buried, you first need to work out when she died by looking at the census and death records. After that, it is a question of if her family claimed her body. If so, she might have been buried in a cemetery where they lived at the time. If they did not, they she might have been buried in the hospital's cemetery. As far as why she was sent there, that is going to be a real tough question to answer as there is a strong chance her records may not exist anymore and what might still be around may be very vague. M-Explorer (talk) 05:04, 19 January 2020 (MST)