There are many unusual databases you can search that might disclose the fate of an
ancestor who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. Orphan records,
coroner's reports, hospital admission records are examples of fascinating, yet
valuable sources of information. Even if these databases do not yield information on
your own family, they often reveal poignant and sometimes heartbreaking vignettes
of a family's history.
Coroner's Reports
Records of the Disposition of Destitute Orphans
Physician's Exams, New Orleans Insane Asylum
References for The Database Detective
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