Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

jill gluck

I am trying to locate my grandfather's whereabouts when he 'went away' for a few years in the 1940s (in New York City). He presumably had tuberculosis and went to a sanitorium but I don't know how to access those records.
However, he was also arrested once for bookmaking and he might have gone to prison and the other story was a coverup.
Any suggestions as to where I should start with either set of records?

Thank you!

Jill Gluck
West Hollywood, CA


Robert Hanna

I know that my grandmother was thought to have tuberculosis in the 1940s and was sent to a sanitarium named Deborah.  We lived in the Bronx at the time.  That's all I know.

Robert Hanna


Phil Goldfarb

Deborah Hospital is in Browns Mills, NJ and started out in 1922 as a TB sanitorium. They then began doing some of the first heart surgeries. You can google it.

Phil Goldfarb
Tulsa, OK
President, JGS of Tulsa

searching for Gitovich, Leet, Froug, Brom, 


My grandfather had TB and died at Seaview Hospital on Staten Island in 1920. I'm pretty sure it was still operating into the 1940s.
Sherry Robinson, Albuquerque NM

Sherri Bobish


This page may be helpful.  TB hospitals are included.  There are many TB hospitals listed on this page.

Also, if you think he may have been arrested and in prison than here are a few research options:

Find his death certificate.  If he did have TB in the past than that info may be noted on his death certificate.

Search his name in old digitized newspapers at:
An arrest and/or conviction may have been noted in a newspaper.

Have you found him on the 1940 census, which you can search at:

The 1950 census will be released in April of 2022, so finding him on the 1950 census may reveal more clues.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Ben Kempner

Hello Jill,

My great-uncle was living in New York and contracted tuberculosis in 1917.  He was accepted by the Jewish Consumptives Relief Society (JCRS), a sanitorium, near Denver, Colorado.  The archives for the JCRS are held by the University of Denver.  Colorado was a common destination for tuberculosis patients.  I believe the JCRS was in operation from 1904 - 1940.  It doesn't sound like an overlap for your grandfather, but it's easy to check their online database of patients at

If you get lucky and find him in the University of Denver archives, let me know and I'll send you the name and email address of the archivist who sent me a 6 page file on my great-uncle.

As far as prisons go, the only thought that comes to mind is a presentation that I heard at our local JGS, given by Ron Arons.  He spoke about his relative who spent time in Sing Sing.  Perhaps contacting Ron might move you closer to some answers.  He comes up readily in Google.  

Good luck.
Ben Kempner

Michele Lock

The facebook group 'New York City Genealogy' is a good place to ask this sort of question - they know about some of the more obscure places to look for records for NYC residents. They also know what sort of medical records are available for public viewing, or how to go about inquiring about records. The same for arrest/prison/court records.

I would also check to see if there are phone/city directory entries for the grandfather you are looking for, and also look for any other type of record, like voting records (I've found these on Ancestry for a relative who lived in the Bronx in the 1920s) that might place him somewhere in the 1940s. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Emily Rosenberg

you can go to to search his database of Jewish inmates of Sing Sing. I think he also had a book about tracing relatives who have been in various kinds of public institutions. 
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Jim Gutterman

My uncle similarly went away in the 1930s I believe. His family lived in Brooklyn, but the place he went to was I believe in Westchester/Rockland area. I can't find the document right now, but I remember I found him on general census, presumably 1940. If I recall correctly, it didn't specifically indicate TB, but listed 30 or 40 residents at same address, was designated either as hospital or in category that contained incarcerated when doing search, presumably thru ancestry or stevemorse. Didn't help matters that his first name was misspelled either....

James Gutterman
Selkirk, New York


Peter Cohen

I have been looking at a lot of NYC death certificates data lately. It seems like most people who died at Seaview died from TB and most people who died from TB died at Seaview. I'm sure there were other hospitals where people died of TB, but Seaview seems to be the predominant one.
Peter Cohen


My great-grand uncle Emanuel Singer was a founder and Chief Medical Officer at the Workmen's Circle Sanitorium (1920), just outside of Liberty (Sullivan County). He had TB himself and found the mountain air helped him recover. Sadly, his 7 year old son Chester died of TB in 1925.

Also just outside of Liberty in White Sulphur Springs, was the famous Loomis Sanitorium (1896).

I don't know if there are available records for either. You can probably contact the Workers Circle to see what they have.

BTW: Manny Singer's mother (my 2GGM) was born Esther GLUCK in Saros megye, Hungary (now Presovsky kraj, Slovakia). Daughter of Moses Gluck.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania), Wald and Grunfeld (Secovce, Slovakia fka Galszecs)

Michael Good

My maternal grandmother was a patient at the Workmen's Circle Sanatorium in the 1930s and her eldest son was a patient at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society in the 1940s. I have visited both of them (now serving other uses) and was able to find the places where certain family photos were taken at each one.

JCRS was open through the early 1950s. As mentioned, there are JCRS records online. but I don't know of anything from Workmen's Circle. We figured that one out from letters my Mom saved that had the sanatorium address, and from asking people who were familiar with Loomis and another sanatoria in the Liberty area.

Best regards,

Michael Good