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What We Knew Then and What We Know Now: How New Archival Research Has Changed Our Understanding of the Milwaukee County Institution Grounds Cemetery Population

Author(s): Brooke L. Drew

Year: 2017

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During the initial Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery investigation, the most significant documentary source was the Register of Burials at the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery, believed to account for all burials between 1882 and 1974.  Preliminary research based on the Register of Burials, Milwaukee County Death certificates, and the spatial analysis of grave goods recovered from excavations conducted in 1991 and 1992 resulted in the tentative identification of 190 individuals.  We now know that the Register is not a complete list of all burials on the Milwaukee County Institution grounds.  Using new data compiled from a comprehensive search of county death certificates as well as coroner’s inquests, a more inclusive and detailed demographic profile has been constructed. Comparing the two profiles along multiple variables of interest including age and sex, marital status, immigration and residence will highlight the importance of multiple documentary sources. 


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What We Knew Then and What We Know Now: How New Archival Research Has Changed Our Understanding of the Milwaukee County Institution Grounds Cemetery Population. Brooke L. Drew. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435191)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 282

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America