QUESTIONS & CONCERNS: CONTACT JOHN ALLEN, Director, Office of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Affairs, Central Office Staff, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, New York 12229, Phone: (518) 473-6579, Fax: (518) 474-8998.
The names of The Inmates of Willard can be found on the internet from such sources as the U.S. Federal Censuses, genealogy websites, historical documents, and books; everywhere except where they should be, on headstones in New York State Hospital cemeteries and in a searchable database available to the public. I have transcribed the Willard censuses from Ancestry.com for the years 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1920 and presented 199 pages in the hope that you may easily find your ancestor. 1880 “3D” are the Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Federal Censuses which gives some medical information. These names do not represent the former patients buried in the Willard Cemetery however they will provide you with the resources to start the search for your loved one. These spreadsheets are to be viewed and treated with respect.
NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY TRY, MENTAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AND LAWMAKERS WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO STOP GENEALOGY GEEKS AND THE FLOW OF INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET!
(Page Created 11.7.2011)
Click on the RED Links below to search for your loved one (PDF Files).
Census 1870 Willard Employees.
Census 1870 Willard Inmates Men & Women.
Census 1880 Willard Inmates Men.
Census 1880 Willard Inmates Women.
Census 1880 Willard Inmates Men 3D.
Census 1880 Willard Inmates Women 3D.
Census 1900 Willard Inmates Men.
Census 1900 Willard Inmates Women.
Census 1920 Willard Inmates Men.
Census 1920 Willard Inmates Women.
Census Interpretation 1920.
Willard Asylum Cemetery (Veterans Names) Military Section, Seneca County, NY.
Rochester, Monroe County, New York (PDF File): Names: Monroe County Poorhouse, Asylum, Penitentiary, Other Charities 1838 to 1860.
1898 Names of New York State Civil Service Workers.
(Beginning on page 121, you will be able to find ancestors who worked at State Hospitals and Custodial Institutions. You will have to keep scrolling down until you find the hospital or institution you are looking for).
1888 Monroe County Insane Asylum, Rochester, NY (Names).
1883 New York State County Poor House Report – 7.26.2012.
NAMES INCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING LINKS (PDF Files) County Poorhouses were often the first place that people with mental illnesses and developmental or intellectual disabilities were placed. New York State County Poorhouse Report 1883:
Albany, Allegany, Broome & Cattaraugus Counties 1883.
Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango & Clinton Counties 1883.
Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess & Erie Counties 1883.
Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton & Herkimer Counties 1883.
Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe & Montgomery Counties 1883.
Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario & Orange Counties 1883.
Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam & Queens Counties 1883.
Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben & Suffolk Counties 1883.
Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster & Warren Counties 1883.
Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming & Yates Counties 1883.
The U.S. Federal Census – Instructions To Enumerators provided by:
Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2010.
To learn more about The Willard Asylum for the Insane, buy my book:
The Inmates of Willard 1870 to 1900, A Genealogy Resource
1. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO They’re Buried Where? by Seth Voorhees
2. Cemetery Information at the NYS Office of Mental Health
3. New York State Hospitals, Custodial Institutions & Cemetery Projects.
4. Willard Cemetery Memorial Project.