Bad times and bad decisions could have been hard on your ancestor. If family was unable or unwilling to care for them, difficult decisions had to be made. With social agencies few and far between, your ancestors easily could have found themselves at the local poor farm or county almshouse. If they were physically unable to care for themselves and needed more intensive care, they might have been institutionalized in a state hospital. Whether their residence was temporary or permanent, these records may shed a different light on your ancestors. This week we look at some difficulties with these records and ways in which you can access them.