It’s HERE! The Morningside Hospital Patient Database

Carlson, Gustave-1When the Lost Alaskans blog went online five years ago, we began to hear from people who were searching for friends and relatives who were committed to Morningside Hospital, some as long as one hundred years ago. We hope the Morningside Hospital Patient Database will make their search easier and answer their questions. There are three types of records available. The Quarterly Reports have diagnoses and other information on patients, the Death Certificates are those who died while at Morningside, and the court records document the commitment process. There are gaps in all of the record sets so the search continues. The database will be formally announced in January. In the meantime, give it a try and send comments and recommendations. Click on Search Patient Records and then enter at least three consecutive letters of the patient’s last name and, optionally, any part of the patient’s first name. The database searches both the name as entered as well as alternate spellings found in the records. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for their long-term support, especially over the past six months. The Trust made it possible for our volunteer researchers to get to record archives in Maryland, Alaska and Oregon. The entry of 45,000 records would not have been possible without Trust support. And thanks to the volunteers who collected the information in the database. Volunteers by type of record are Meg Greene and Niesje Steinkruger (Court Records), Eric Cordingley, David Anderson and Sally Mead (Death Certificates) and Marylou Elton, Karen Perdue, Ellen Ganley and Robin Renfro (Quarterly Reports), and Deborah Smith (Alaska State Archives). Many thanks to Doug Toelle, our project manager at Access Alaska And last, but not least, thanks to database programmer Don Kiely, web designer Jana Peirce, and data entry queen Nancy Lowe, all of whom are hugely talented and extremely patient.
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  1. Janet Seitz
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    My sister spent some time in Morningside in the mid 1960s but doesn’t appears to be on any of the lists so far. Is this due to patient privacy or are the records from the mid 1960s (1962 to 1966) unavailable?


  2. Posted December 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    The records are the least complete from 1948 through the 1960s. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any of the Quarterly Reports from that period. The records will be added if we ever find them.

  3. Jean Walter
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the time and energy put into this project. I did find my mother’s name in the records. Any information that is available pertaining to her would be appreciated. Her name was Genevieve Rogers and spent time at the hospital in 1956 and 1958 as far as I know. Again! Thank you from my family.

  4. RiverLady
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I just found the website and discovered a lot of people who came from the same area my Scandinavian great grandfather met my Russian/Native greatgrandmother in during 1891. At least one name on the list was a relative.
    I want to know what was the definition of “criminal” and “insane” in the eyes of the doctors?

  5. Posted April 8, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    There’s an earlier post on the blog that talks about the legal process people went through before they were sent to Morningside.

  6. Posted April 10, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Jean, all of the records we’ve found so far are part of the online database. We’ll keep looking for the mother lode (the actual patient records) but I think they were destroyed, either in Portland or Alaska.

  7. Christina
    Posted May 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    This has been an amazing insight to genealogy research as there were family members that went “missing” causing children to become separated and wards of states. This has filled in the biggest gap as well as telling a story as to the children’s way of life. I am looking forward to further records becoming available…

  8. Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I found my sister who was taken from alaska to morning side in May 1955. She is alive and living in Kenai Alaska with a care taker. We have searched for her for years, we are so happy to have found her.

  9. Jean Walter
    Posted March 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I had commented before that I had found my mother’s name. It was misspelled in the records. Her name was Genevieve but they had it spelled Genvieve Rogers. I would still like to see more detailed records if you ever run across them. Genevieve was at Morningside. Genevieve Hoover Rogers was admitted to Morningside Hospital, Portland Oregon
    16 Feb 1956

    She returned home to Spenard Alaska
    15 Aug 1956 = (about a 6 month stay)

    Genevieve was admitted to Morningside Hospital, Portland Oregon
    1 Oct 1957 = (readmitted about 13 1/2 months after her release)

    Genevieve was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland Oregon
    23 Nov 1957.

    Genevieve was returned to Morningside Hospital 11 Dec 1957.

    Genevieve returned to Good Samaritan Hospital 20 Dec 1957

    Genevieve transferred back to Morningside Hospital 10 Mar 1958

    Genevieve passed away 5 Apr 1958.

    Second stay in Morningside and Good Samaritan Hospital = a little over 6 months before she passed away.
    Thank you again for all your time and energy put into this project

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