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Frustration --

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Nothing to report, really -- I just want to express the frustration of a genealogical researcher who has spent pretty much the whole day putzing around in the halls of time and has come up with nothing.  I've looked at so many sites today, databases, forums, etc. etc. and haven't come up with a crumb of information, not even a lead.

from A Woman's BJJ Blog

This is the thing about genealogy -- it's days, weeks, months of boredom punctuated by moments of great joy and excitement.  When something breaks open, it's a thrill, but most of the time, it's just plain drudgery.

I did send a couple of emails -- to a woman at the new version of the asylum attached to the University of Goettingen (now called "Asklepios") to ask if they had historical records, and to a man who posted something about Langers in Silesia back in 2002.  The email hasn't bounced back, so is it possible that he still is using that address?  I wonder what email address I was using in …

Following Max Langer's trail . . .

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Now that school has started again, I have much less time for genealogy, but I'm plugging along.  I found and ordered two small books:  one is an 1890 history of the "lunatic asylum" at Goettingen, written by the man who was the director for many years, including the time that great-grandfather Max Langer was there, and the other is a book on a weaver's revolt in Silesia (remember that Max Langer's father was a master weaver in Niesse).

I've started reading the asylum history in the chapter that seems to be most about the way that patients were treated.  I'm very relieved to learn that Ludwig Meyer, the director of the institution, was a major figure in the enlightened treatment of the mentally ill, very well-known in the late 1800's.  He was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Goettingen (which the asylum was attached to), and from what I've read so far, he advocated treating the mentally ill with dignity, preserving their essential hum…