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July 7, 2013

Asylums’ cemeteries lack tombstones

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The federal government recently defined that restricted personal health information should exclude that of individuals who have been deceased 50 years or more. State laws also might need to be changed to allow access to such information.

Census comparisons

Stuhler’s tabulations of census data pertaining to residents of Willard Hospital illustrate the importance of comparing all known census data for an individual.

For example, in the 1880 Federal Census Jane C. Anderson is identified as age 70, single, nurse, born Massachusetts, and insane. On the 1880 Federal Census of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes, Andersons’s previous residence is identified as Phelps in Ontario County, the “form of disease” was dementia, and she was 65 years old when “first attack occurred.”

She is not listed in the 1900 census. Thus, clues from these tabulations indicate further research should be in Massachusetts (for Anderson family), and Ontario County, N.Y., for possible Anderson kin.

It’s unfortunate that her final resting place, possibly in the Willard Hospital Cemetery, is not identified.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com

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