Poof in a State Hospital?

If you can’t find where your relative died, is it possible that she died in a state hospital several counties away? During the late 19th and early 20th century, it was not uncommon to institutionalize family members that relatives could no longer care for. They may have died in a state institution several counties away in a place where you have not thought to look for a death certificate.

And, if the family was of very limited means, the person of interest may have been buried in an unmarked grave on the facility’s grounds.

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