So in researching my history, I've found that madness abounds in my family tree. The branch of my great grandmother is particularly interesting, so much so that I began a website devoted to it. http://vanarsdalefamilyhistory.wordpress.com/
I've only really just begun construction, so it is by no means comprehensive, but the insights will be obvious to you.
My question is this: I've found hundreds of stories regarding family being institutionalized (this might give you an idea why this is so important to me: http://www.congressionalcemetery.org/sites/default/files/Obi...
This is only one small example) but how do I go about finding out why and when and where? Is it a matter of isolating the place of death and seeking death certificates? I was hoping to find censuses or something, but no such luck.