Dutch term – Innocent

Innocent literally means “innocent.” It is a term used in older Dutch records to refer to somebody who had a mental disability or who had severe dementia. You may encounter the term in a will, for instance, if the parent wanted to provide for a child with disabilities or in a hospital record describing an elderly patient’s mental condition.

Read researching relatives with disabilities for more information.

Dinant Hoitink, a boy with severe learning disabilities

Dinant Hoitink, a boy with severe learning disabilities

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  1. Cathy Van Eck says:

    Wow! I would have thought it simply meant pre-puberty! Ha

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