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For those that are looking for records of relatives that were in a State Hospital in Illinois here's an article about obtaining closed records from the state.

If you are an immediate family member of a deceased patient, or can get an immediate family member to make the request.

Three additional requirements apply
• No probate case was opened for the deceased
• The deceased did not appoint an agent under a power of attorney for health care
• The deceased did not object to disclosure of his/her records in writing

If there are no surviving immediate family members
A court order from an Illinois circuit court will be necessary. The best argument is family health history, such as seeing an inherited disposition to mental illness. The order is directed to the Illinois Department of Human Services for processing.

Here is the link to the article with info & links Help in Accessing Closed Records of Illinois State Mental Hospitals

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My great-aunt died at the Jacksonville (IL) state hospital in 1960. Her husband died in 1958, she had no children, all of her siblings, nieces, and nephews are gone. As a great-niece, am I considered to be an "immediate family member"? She and my grandfather were siblings. I recently discovered that one of her uncles died at the Oregon State Hospital; I have a sister with mental health issues. Am I entitled to know why she lived at the Jacksonville facility for almost 3 years?

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Quote: Tue 5th 6:58 pm
My great-aunt died at the Jacksonville (IL) state hospital in 1960. Her husband died in 1958, she had no children, all of her siblings, nieces, and nephews are gone. As a great-niece, am I considered to be an "immediate family member"? She and my grandfather were siblings. I recently discovered that one of her uncles died at the Oregon State Hospital; I have a sister with mental health issues. Am I entitled to know why she lived at the Jacksonville facility for almost 3 years?

That usually is up to a judge to decide. I would guess they would likely allow you to since there aren't likely any living siblings or a spouse to contest it. I'm not a lawyer so I cant say 100%, but going on from what I have seen previously. Also, having a sister with mental issues usually becomes a good cause for such a request.

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Looking for information on John Leonard Plummer
Looking for any information on John Leonard Plummer who was hospitalized at Jacksonville, Il hospital. I am not certain of birth date or time in the hospital. He is my wife's Grandfather and
there is no family information as to when he entered the hospital or when he died. He wondered away from his family in the mid to late 1930's.

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Looking for any information on John Leonard Plummer who was hospitalized at Jacksonville, Il hospital. I am not certain of birth date or time in the hospital. He is my wife's Grandfather and
there is no family information as to when he entered the hospital or when he died. He wondered away from his family in the mid to late 1930's.

Hard to narrow down without a year of birth for checking the census records. There is a John Plummer in the 1930 & 1940 census at Jacksonville State Hospital, born in 1890. He is listed as single on both, however the census workers were very thorough when visiting asylums. Concerning his records from the state, refer to this link [1]

The hospital is now closed, so hopefully any old records they had have gone to Springfield.

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Looking for Information on Martha Selby
Martha Selby is my Paternal Grandmother. I was never allowed to know anything about her as a child. I would only told, "she died!" An elderly relative let it slip, that the last she heard, she was in a mental institution in Illinois.
Using Ancestry.com I managed to learn from the 1930 census that she was an inmate at the Jacksonville State Hospital. I also found a record that she died there in 1935. I know nothing about her. I would like any information possible. I would also like the location of her grave.

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Records are hard to obtain from Illinois as mentioned many times before. The cemetery at Jacksonville State is nothing but a open lawn area, with no markers. Obtaining the death certificate would likely be the only way to know where she is buried.

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Thanks,
Just a few more questions: Does the cemetery at Jacksonville have any markings? Are the graves numbered, or is it just an open field? Are visitors allowed there?

I have the synopsis of the Death Certificate from Ancestry.com, but this one does not show the picture of the actual document.

I found the form to request records, but she is dead, and all her children are dead. I don't see grandson on the list. Is there any way to obtain obtain her records? I would consider a lawyer if you think it might do some good.

Thanks again.

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Thanks,
Just a few more questions: Does the cemetery at Jacksonville have any markings? Are the graves numbered, or is it just an open field? Are visitors allowed there?

I have the synopsis of the Death Certificate from Ancestry.com, but this one does not show the picture of the actual document.

I found the form to request records, but she is dead, and all her children are dead. I don't see grandson on the list. Is there any way to obtain obtain her records? I would consider a lawyer if you think it might do some good.

Thanks again.

If I recall, there are no markers at the cemetery, just 1 memorial. Visitors are allowed and the cemetery is now referred to as Immanuel North Cemetery. It is on the south end of the campus.

Unfortunately Illinois has not scanned their old death certificates like many other states. You can order a copy from the state but they are very slow. Doing it yourself can be difficult from everything I've seen & heard concerning Illinois records. Best bet is to find a lawyer from the Jacksonville area as he or she would know who to talk to and how to streamline the process.

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IRAD - Illinois Regional Archives Depository
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Quote: Thu 25th 11:23 pm
Thanks,
Just a few more questions: Does the cemetery at Jacksonville have any markings? Are the graves numbered, or is it just an open field? Are visitors allowed there?

I have the synopsis of the Death Certificate from Ancestry.com, but this one does not show the picture of the actual document.

I found the form to request records, but she is dead, and all her children are dead. I don't see grandson on the list. Is there any way to obtain obtain her records? I would consider a lawyer if you think it might do some good.

Thanks again.

If I recall, there are no markers at the cemetery, just 1 memorial. Visitors are allowed and the cemetery is now referred to as Immanuel North Cemetery. It is on the south end of the campus.

Unfortunately Illinois has not scanned their old death certificates like many other states. You can order a copy from the state but they are very slow. Doing it yourself can be difficult from everything I've seen & heard concerning Illinois records. Best bet is to find a lawyer from the Jacksonville area as he or she would know who to talk to and how to streamline the process.


Have you checked IRAD? They may have more info, and only charge $1 for up to 10 copies. The IL Dept of Public Health will release an uncertified copy of the death certificate if the death happened more than 20 years ago. You do not have to be a family member. It is $10.

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Diamond Grove
I just received the Death Certificate for my Grandmother who died in Jacksonville in 1935. It states she was buried in Diamond Grove. Is this the same cemetery as the Jacksonville State Hospital Cemetery?


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