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Researching your ancestors’mental health

Understanding your ancestors is an important part of tracing your family history. Here Dr Simon Wills provides helpful information to help shed light on a once-hidden aspect of people’s lives

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While the orderly looking wards evoke a calm environment for the care of patients with mental health issues, the instruments of restraint and medication tell a different story. These photos show separate women’s and men’s ward

In the past, mental illness often evoked fear, disapproval, even shame and many victims received poor treatment and little sympathy. Yet there’s more scope to research mental illness than many other medical issues and there are several resources that might help you, as I’ll demonstrate.

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Kick-start your research with the January issue of Family Tree - packed with ideas to help you plan for a great year of family history and inspire you to new discoveries. Get the latest! Our crop of experts talk about upcoming and breakthrough projects they're looking forward to in 2019. Plan your research month by month! Read a genealogist's diary of the past 12 months, and decide what you want to accomplish in the year to come. Hone your research skills! Join in with part 1 in the brand new series of the Family Tree Academy. Each month through the year to come the Academy will give you the chance to get better and understanding and using those all-important family history records. Read Family Tree and become the best genealogist you can be!