Tom Riley spoke last night about the Orphan Train which was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded eastern cities of the United States to foster homes in rural areas of the Midwest. During Mr. Riley’s lecture there was a question about how to locate records. I have listed the websites and contact information for some of the organizations that could be particularly helpful to a genealogist researching an Orphan Train relative.
National Orphan Train Complex
The New York Foundling
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
Portions of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library collection can be viewed on Flickr.com
The article provides background information on the Orphan Train and links to research resources.