Tracing Family History Through the Records of Scotland’s Asylums
The development of a formal system of medical care for the mentally ill in Scotland from the 19th century has led to a wealth of records being created which can be invaluable sources for the study of family history. Patients were admitted to asylums for a number of reasons including depression, alcoholism and difficulties in childbirth and many recovered and were released. They left behind detailed case notes which often trace their family history and well as recording their physical and mental state. Some records contain photographs and correspondence. This talk will examine finding, accessing and using these records.
Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the Family History and Archive distance learning programmes offered by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee where she is also University Archivist. A graduate in history she is a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and a Director of the Scottish Archive Network, and regularly lectures on archive and sources for family and local history.