The best websites for finding old orphanage records and children’s homes records

Is someone in your family tree, like my grandfather, unfortunate enough to have passed through an orphanage?

Their misfortune benefits us in that records for their stay likely exist, documenting a part of life that’s often obscure for those more fortunate.

Here’s an article, courtesy of WDYTYA Magazine, to help with that research, including two sites for those who came to Canada.

Not mentioned explicitly are records held at county record offices. Also, don’t neglect newspapers that might have covered special events, like the Christmas Day experience.

BIFHSGO has home child resources, not so easy to find, under and a comprehensive pdf article About Home Children, by Patricia Roberts-Pichette.

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