Adopted Ancestors Toolkit

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On the bookshelf

The Children’s Aid Society of New York: An Index to the Federal, State and Local Census Records of Its Lodging Houses (1855-1925) by Carolee Inskeep (Clearfield Co.)

Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life’s Work of Rev. H.D. Clarke by Clark Kidder (Heritage Books)

The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by Marilyn Irvin Holt (University of Nebraska Press)

Orphan Train Riders: Their Own Stories by Mary Ellen Johnson and Kay B. Hall (Gateway Press, out of print)

The Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed by Stephen O’Connor (Houghton Mifflin Co.)

Orphan Trains to Missouri by Michael Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel (University of Missouri Press)

Find it on the Web

Legends & Legacies: Orphanages <>: Browse the growing list of known orphanages nationally and internationally, plus learn about the history and types of orphanages.

Orphan Trains: The American Experience <>: PBS documentary examines the efforts of the Children’s Aid Society to find rural homes for homeless city youths between 1850 and 1929.

Orphan Trains of Kansas <>: Search for the lost history and ancestry of orphan children sent from the streets of New York to the West between 1867 and 1930.

Orphan Train Riders History <>: Howard Hunt recounts his childhood as a 3-year-old orphan train rider with his 6-year-old brother in upstate New York, 1925.

Record Repositories

Brooklyn Nursery and Infants Hospital

c/o Salvation Army Social Services for Children

132 W. 14th St.

New York, NY 10011


Children’s Aid Society

Office of Closed Records

150 E. 45th St.

New York, NY 10017


The Children’s Village

(formerly the New York Juvenile Asylum)

Office of Alumni Affairs

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

(914) 693-0600, Ext. 1410

<> Founded in 1851.

Five Points House of Industry

c/o Greer-Woodycrest and Hope Farm

Mark Lukens, Director

Crystal Run Village

RD 2, Box 98

Middletown, NY 10940

Brooklyn Home for Children

c/o Forestdale Inc.

67-35 112th St.

Forest Hills, NY 11375

Founded in 1884 as the Home for Destitute Children.

New England Home for Little Wanderers

c/o The Home for Little Wanderers

271 Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA 02115

(888) HOME-321


Founded in 1865; merged with Boston Children’s Services in 1999.

New York Child’s Foster Home Services

c/o Sheltering Arms

122 E. 29th St.

New York, NY 10016

For Sheltering Arms and Speedwell records.

New York Infant Asylum, 1865-1910, New York Nursery and Child’s Hospital, 1910-1947

c/o New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives

525 E. 68th St, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10021

(212) 746-6072

Orphan Train Heritage Society of America

614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 115

Springdale, AR 72764

(479) 756-2780

<> Publishes a quarterly newsletter, has documented information on 10,000-plus riders and sponsors orphan train rider reunions.

New York Foundling Hospital

Record Information Department 590 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10011 (

212) 633-9300, Ext. 6830

Founded as the New York Foundling Asylum in 1869.

Orphan Asylum Society of Brooklyn

c/o Brookwood Child Care (1960-present)

25 Washington St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 596-5555

Records back to 1855.

Original records were sent to: University of Minnesota Social Welfare

History Archives

320 Elmer L. Andersen Library

222 21st Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 625-9825 <>

Founded in 1832.

Orphan Asylum Society of New York City

c/o Graham Windham Services to Families and Children

1 S. Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

(914) 478-1100

From the June 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine