Orphan Trains to
More than 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, or neglected
children were sent on 'orphan trains' from New York and Boston to the
farming communities of the mid-west between 1853 and 1930. The dream
was that America's Christian farmers would welcome the homeless
children, give them work, and treat them as new sons and new daughters.
This would remove the children from the streets and orphanages of the
large cities. Many came on orphan trains to Missouri. The children
were given to families, and no formal adoption was required. Many were
taken in by good, kind and caring families; some children were not as
fortunate. The program guest speaker will be Kathy Dains, who worked
twenty eight years at the State Historical Society of Missouri as a
research assistant, associate editor of the Missouri Historical Review,
and associate director of the State Historical Society.
Following the April 18 program, a DNA mini-seminar
will explore considerations when contacting DNA matches in your
research. Anyone requiring assistance in creating or uploading a
GEDCOM family tree file to a DNA website or other help with their DNA
test results is welcome to bring their laptop.
Support your local
society with your presence at meetings and with your annual membership.
The Nevada Library Genealogy Department is open to researchers during
all regular Library hours. Wi-fi is available for those who bring
personal device. Two computers in the Genealogy Dept. are
available exclusively for genealogy research. A $25 12-month
library card can be obtained at the circulation desk if you live outside
of Nevada, or a free limited guest pass can be obtained each month.
The Society is headquartered at the Nevada
Public Library and
meets monthly on the third Tuesday
at 10 a.m. with a brief business meeting
followed by a program pertaining to some aspect of genealogy research or history.
Meetings are alternately held at:
Public Library Meeting Room, 212 W. Walnut Street, Nevada, MO.
County Library Meeting Room, 808 S. Main Street,
El Dorado Springs, MO.
Unless otherwise noted in the meeting notice above
or monthly newsletter, the locations of the
monthly meetings are:
Jan. - Nevada, MO - The History of the W.F. Norman
Corp & W.F. Norman, my 1st Cousin 3x Removed
Feb. - El Dorado Springs, MO - Timelines
Mar. - Nevada, MO - Tax Records
Apr. - El Dorado Springs, MO
May - Nevada, MO
Jun. - El Dorado Springs, MO
Jul. - Nevada, MO
Aug. - El Dorado Springs, MO
Sep. - Nevada, MO
Oct. - El Dorado Springs, MO
Nov. - Nevada, MO
Dec. - El Dorado Springs, MO, Christmas
Luncheon & program