If you are descended from one of the orphan train riders, at the program the South Bend Area Genealogical Society would like the opportunity to recognize you and honor your ancestor’s experience.
You can read more about the South Bend Area Genealogical Society’s meeting in the poster to the right. Click on the image to view a larger version.
The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. You can read more about Orphan Trains in Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan_Train, in the Children’s Aid Society web site at http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/about/history/orphan-trains, and in a 2+-hour-long fictional movie based on historical facts and available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcSyP6_3j3w as well as in the video player below.