All posts in "Orphan Train Ancestors"

Orphan Train Families Looking for Relatives

By DD / September 10, 2016

Orphan Train Families Looking for Relatives Resources for Orphan Train Riders and Their Families The Orphan Train is a fascinating and forgotten part of the history of the United States deserving of a greater spotlight. Beginning in 1853 and continuing as late as 1930, an estimated 120,000 to 200,000 children were transported by train from […]


Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929

By DD / October 31, 2015

The Orphan Train Movement had its beginnings in the mid 19th century, when there were tens of thousands of motherless children dwelling on the streets and in the alleyways of New York City. In an effort to rescue those abandoned kids from the perils of street life, a local philanthropist named Charles Loring Brace founded […]