State Hospital Cemeteries

While it can be very difficult (because of privacy concerns) to secure medical records of persons who were confined to state hospitals due to mental illnesses, it is often possible to locate a burial record for a person who died while a resident at a state hospital. Numerous records of state hospital cemeteries in many different states are contained in this Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) record collection:

US, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Western State Hospital (VA.gov photo)
Western State Hospital (VA.gov photo)

This search produces many such records:

SEARCH—KEYWORD state hospital (Exact)

These are just a few of the institutions included in the returns for that search:

    Central Islip State Hospital Cemetery (NY)
    Central State Hospital Cemetery #4 (GA)
    Dayton State Hospital Cemetery (OH)
    Fergus Falls State Hospital Cemetery (MN)
    Florida State Hospital Cemetery
    Kankakee State Hospital Cemetery (IL)
    Lima State Hospital Cemetery (OH)
    Madison State Hospital Cemetery (IN)
    North Texas State Hospital Cemetery (TX)
    Peoria State Hospital Cemetery (IL)
    Stockton State Hospital Cemetery (CA)
    Toledo State Hospital Cemetery (OH)
    Warm Springs State Hospital Cemetery (MT)
    Western State Hospital Cemetery (TN)
    Western State Hospital Cemetery (VA)

You can easily search for state hospital listings for a particular state:

SEARCH—DEATH Illinois, USA (Exact) KEYWORD state hospital (Exact)

Search results may include:

    Name
    Birth Date
    Birth Place
    Death Date
    Death Place
    Cemetery
    Burial/Cremation Place
    Has bio? Y or N
    Spouse
    URL (for page on Find a Grave website)

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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