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Lunatic Asylum Census Records


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Nottingham, England
Can someone give me some tips on asylum census records, please. I believe that one of my ancestors, Mary Ann Love was a long-term inmate at the Nottingham County Asylum - but I can’t seem to generate any search results for her - this is in Ancestry. Is there a particular dataset I should be searching? I believe that some asylums just listed their inmates by their initials. Can I search by location so that I can find the asylum without entering names or initials?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
In the search in Ancestry, type Nottingham County Asylum as a Keyword.

This brings up Snenton,(Sneinton) Civil Parish. Enumeration District. Lunatic Asylum for the County of Nottingham.

You may need to do a physical search for your relative, if indeed this is the correct Asylum. Not sure what decade you require.

1881 census. example**

Name: Elizabeth Cooper**
Age: 66
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1815
Relationship to Head: Pauper Lunatic (Pauper)
Gender: Female
Where born: Cropwell, Nottinghamshire, England
Civil Parish: Snenton
County - Nottinghamshire
Address: "Lunatic Asylum" Snenton Nottingham
Marital status: Widow
Occupation: Cotton Lace Mender
Registration District: Nottingham
ED, institution, or vessel: Lunatic Asylum for the County of Nottingham
Piece: 3348
Folio: 133
Page Number: 3


1881 census
Mary Ann Love age 67 – b 1814 where – unknown – inmate – female Civil parish Sneiton, County Nottingahm Country UK Street 31 Front Row – a Laundress
Reg Distrisct Nottingham, ED 13, Piece 3348, Folio 83 page 31

Is this her
Mary Ann Love b 1817 age 78 years – Hospital Brookwood Asylum Woking Surrey – Farnham
17 Jan 1896 - Mary Ann Love age 78 – Labourer’s widow – RC -rec from Union Workhouse Farnham - dementia