‘My Ancestor was a Lunatic: A Guide to Sources for Family Historians ‘, by Kathy Chater – this is a new book that has recently arrived in the Local Studies collection.
If you’re doing family history, the ‘My Ancestor was a …’ guides are really useful, search for them on the Derbyshire Libraries Catalogue.
There are some 19th century records relating to lunatic asylums now available on Ancestry and other family history sites. Where they have survived the original records for the Derby County and Derby Borough asylums are here at the Record Office (see our online catalogue for collections D1658 and D5874 for information about the records available). However, due to the personal and very sensitive nature of the records, it is not possible to view most of the records in person. For more information about obtaining information from the records using our research service, please contact the Duty Archivist on 01629 538347.