On the search . . . .

For many years now I've been searching my past in an endeavor to unfold the tales of my family. I've traveled (via the internet) to England, Denmark, Norway, Ohio, Nebraska, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I've spent time personally visiting historic Boston and their wonderful cemeteries and, or course, visited my ancestors right here in California. My ancestors have touched the world in many places... and I hope to enjoy some of their experiences. I want you to join me as I travel through my past... and uncover their stories..

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Tip ~ Lists of Children in Orphanages

Courtesy of Bing Images
Have you been looking through census records only to find the children seemed to have disappeared?  You wonder what could have happened to them or where did they go.  I had that happen to me.  I saw my Great Grandparents on the census alone and their young children were not with them.  I couldn't imagine what could have happened. I began an intense search for them and just by luck, not sure how I found them, but they showed up in an orphanage!    I asked a living relative about it and I was told that when the family arrived in California from Nebraska the jobs were much harder to get then they thought and they had a difficult time caring for their children.  The children were put in the orphanage where, I was told, my great grandparents visited them weekly but had to place them there temporarily so they could both work.  Ten years later the next census showed the family back together again.  

So my Tuesday Tip for you today is to be sure and check orphanage records!  Here's orphanage records for  .  .  .

FEDERAL and STATE CENSUS INFORMATION Lists of Children Residing in Orphanages Jewish & Other Denominations

Courtesy of Bing Images


I hope this Tip urges you to search places you may not have thought of.  We have to think of the times and what parents had to do for the family to survive. 

Warm Regards, 


  1. Interesting and important tip.

    I love the stair step image.

  2. Thanks for taking a peek at my blog. I like how all of us with the same interests can learn from each other :)


  3. A great resource! Thanks. As I mentioned in another comment, I have these photos of orphanage bands and sometimes there are names notated. I'm glad you were able to solve that mystery. Many families would not want to preserve such a memory of hardship.