Orphan Train Ancestors

Orphan Train Ancestors

Have an orphan train rider in your family tree? Get your search on track with our resource roundup.

Clark Kidder, author of Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life’s Work of Rev. H.D. Clarke (Heritage Books, $24.95), knows a thing or two about researching children who were adopted via 19th- and 20th-century orphan trains: His grandmother was one of those adoptees. The following PDF contains the resources and repositories Kidder recommends for finding those orphans’ records.

Download the resource sheet (pdf, 134k)

Learn 11 tips for tracing orphaned and adopted ancestors in the February 2007 Family Tree Magazine.

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