Orphan Record Repositories

By Clark Kidder Premium

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Did your ancestor take an “orphan train” out of the big city to a foster home in the country? Get on board to trace the roots of foster children from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Brooklyn Nursery and Infants Hospital
c/o Salvation Army Social Services for Children
132 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 352-5550

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
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

National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington St.
Box 322
Concordia, KS 66901
(785) 243-4471

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

Clark Kidder is a genealogist, freelance writer and author of Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life’s Work of Rev. H.D. Clarke (Heritage Books).