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It’s hard for us to picture life in the United States from 1840 to 1940.  It is also hard for new or more experienced Genealogists to understand why they keep on coming up with dead ends in finding their ancestors. As you sit comfortably in front of your computer it is hard to relate to your ancestors who mostly were poor, uneducated,immigrants who, when they arrived, lived in tenements in large cities or on small farms in rural America.  It also reflects on their  desire to succeed  which they did or you wouldn’t be in front of your computer. But another group began coming to the scene after the Civil War they were the tramps and the Hobo’s sometimes numbering over a million at one time most of them looking for work.The Hobo’s tramps and tenement dwellers owned nothing and left few records and they moved around a lot.
African Americans   were not immigrants but came here as slaves  but shared experiences of poverty  with  those that were immigrants.  Both groups left few records.

URBAN POOR

Much of the urban poor, including a majority
of incoming immigrants, lived in tenement housing.

INSTITUTIONAL  DATABASE

 

Coming August 2020

Almshouses
County Poor Farm
County Poor House
Almshouse
Insane Asylum
Reformatory
Prisons and jails
Old Folks Home
Orphanages
Mentally Retarded

6 + 10 =

ORPHANAGES

We are  compiling a Directory  of all orphanages in the United States with the names of inmates. List should be complete by September 2020.

Below is a sample Orphanage Directory for Chicago for 1905

 

DIRECTORY OF CHICAGO ORPHANAGES 1905

 

AMERICAN HOME FINDING ASSN. HOME
3235 Forest av.
BETHESDA HOME FOR THE AGED
30 Belden ct.
BEULAH HOME and MATERNITY HOSPITAL
Read Story about the Beulah Home Operator Rev. Brooks
959 N. Clark

Alternate address: 2144 N Clark St
(a few doors down from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre location)

CATHEDRAL MISSION HOUSE AND DISPENSARY
215 Washington Boul.
CHICAGO DAILY NEWS FRESH AIR SANITARIUM
City office, 123, 5th av. Sanitarium,
foot of Fullerton av., Lincoln Park
CHICAGO HOME FOR INCURABLES
Ellis av. ne. cor. 56th
CHICAGO HOME FOR JEWISH ORPHANS
Drexel av. sw. cor. 62d.
*(Closed down before 1933)*
CHICAGO HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS
5059 Vincennes av.
*(Closed down before 1948)*
CHICAGO INDUSTRIAL HOME FOR CHILDREN
office 14 N. May
*(Closed down before 1933)*
CHICAGO INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
*(aka St. Mary’s Training School)*
*(Closed down before 1944)*
4900 Prairie av.
CHICAGO MUNICIPAL LODGING HOUSE
12 N. Union
CHICAGO NURSERY AND HALF ORPHAN ASYLUM
855 N. Halsted and 175 Burling
*[1984 Address: 2801 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, 60625]*
CHICAGO ORPHAN ASYLUM
5120 South Park av.
*(Closed down before 1947)*
CHICAGO REFUGE FOR GIRLS
5024 Indiana av.
*(Closed down before 1948)*
CHICAGO REFUGE HOME FOR WOMEN
664 Grand av.
CHURCH HOME FOR AGED PERSONS
4327 Ellis av.
COOK COUNTY INSANE ASYLUM
6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
Located at Dunning, Ill.
COOK COUNTY POORHOUSE
6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
Dunning P. O.
DANISH LUTHERAN ORPHANS’ HOME
1183 N. Maplewood av.
*(Closed down before 1933)*
DANISH OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
Walnut av. cor. Clarendon
DANISH YOUNG PEOPLE’S HOME
3544 Wabash av. and 3925 Michigan av.
ENGLEWOOD INFANT NURSERY
6516 Perry av.
EPHETA MISSION FOR DEAF MUTES
409 S. May
FLORENCE CRITTENTON ANCHORAGE
2615 Indiana av.
FOUNDLINGS’ HOME
114 S. Wood nr. W. Madison
GERMAN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
Oak Park. (Altenheim P.O.) Cook County
GUARDIAN ANGEL GERMAN (R.C.) ORPHAN ASYLUM
401 Devon av.
*(aka Angel Guardian Orphanage)*
*[1984 Address: 2001 W. Devon Ave, Chicago, 60659]*
HOME FOR AGED AND INFIRM COLORED PEOPLE
610 W. Garfield boul.
HOME FOR AGED JEWS
Drexel av. cor. 62d.
HOME FOR THE AGED
W. Harrison cor. Throop;Sheffield av. sw. cor. Fullerton av.,
and 5148 Prairie av.
HOME FOR CONVALESCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN
521 W. Adams
HOME FOR DESTITUTE CRIPPLED CHILDREN
46 Park av.
Pres., James H. Eckels; V. Pres., Colin C. H. Fyffe;
Sec., Mrs. Albert W. Holmes, 1890 Carmen av.
Treas., W. W. Gurley
HOME FOR JEWISH FRIENDLESS AND WORKING GIRLS
Ellis av. cor. 53d.
HOME FOR MISSIONARIES’ CHILDREN
Morgan Park
HOUSE OF MERCY (for young women)
2834 Wabash av.
HOUSE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Racine av. bet. Grace and Byron
*(1984 Address: 1126 W. Grace St. Chicago, 60613)*
ILLINOIS INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
South Evanston
Chicago office, 1037, 79 Dearborn
ILLINOIS INDUSTRIAL HOME FOR THE BLIND
Marshall boul. s. of W. 19th.
ILLINOIS MANUAL TRAINING SCHOOL FARM
Glenwood, Ill.
Chicago office, 113 Adams
ILLINOIS MASONIC ORPHANS’ HOME
447 Carroll av. cor. Sheldon
ILLINOIS WOMEN’S SOLDIERS’ HOME
188, 41st.
JACKSON PARK SANITARIUM
64th and the Lake
LIFE BOAT REST FOR GIRLS
472 State
MARKS NATHAN JEWISH ORPHANS HOME
Wood nr. Division
*(Closed before 1933)*
MARTHA WASHINGTON HOME
Irving Park boul. cor. Western av., Lake View
METHODIST EPISCOPAL OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
975 Foster av.
MISSION OF OUR LADY OF MERCY
363 W. Jackson boul.
*(1984 Address: 1142 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 60607)*
NEWS-BOYS’ & BOOT-BLACKS’ HOME
1418 Wabash av.
NORWEGIAN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
Avondale av. sw. cor. Ceylon
OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
Indiana av. nw. cor. Thirty-ninth
ORTHODOX JEWISH HOME FOR THE AGED
Albany av. cor. ogden av.
PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR THE AGED
323 Oakwood boul.
ST. ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL AND ORPHANAGE
28 Frankfort
ST. CHARLES HOME AND SCHOOL FOR BOYS
St. Charles, Ill.
Chicago office, 625, 79 Dearborn
ST. JOSEPH POLISH CATHOLIC ORPHAN ASYLUM
1196 N. 44th ct.
ST. JOSEPH PROVIDENT ORPHAN ASYLUM
N. 40th av. bet. W. Diversey av. and W. Belmont av.
ST. JOSEPH’S HOME FOR AGED AND CRIPPLED
Schubert cor. Hamlin av.
ST. JOSEPH’S HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS
409 S. May
*[1984 Address: 739 E. 35th St., Chicago, 60616]*
ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHAN ASYLUM
35th cor. Lake av.
ST. MARY’S HOME FOR CHILDREN – Episcopal
1251 W. Jackson boul.
ST. MARY’S TRAINING SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Freehanville, Cook Co., Ill.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL HOME FOR HOMELESS BOYS
481 Wabash av.
ST. VINCENT’S INFANT ASYLUM AND MATERNITY HOSPITAL
191 Lasalle av.
*[Closed before 1972]*
ST. VINCENT’S ORPHAN ASYLUM
Schubert cor. Hamlin av.
STAR OF HOPE MISSION HOME
110 S. Green
UHLICH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN ORPHAN ASYLUM
221 Burling nw. cor. Center
WASHINGTONIAN HOME
566 to 572 W. Madison
WESTERN GERMAN BAPTIST OLD PEOPLE’S HOME
1006 N. Spaulding av.
WILLIAM RAYMOND CHAMPLIN MEMORIAL HOME FOR BOYS
515 W. Adams
WOMEN’S MODEL LODGING HOUSE
10 Eldredge pl.
WORKING MEN’S HOME AND MEDICAL MISSION
1341 State
YOUNG WOMAN’S CHRISTIAN HOME
422 Washington boul.

 

 

THOMASVILLE BAPTIST ORPHANAGE 1900  n. Carolina

Nellie Harrison 11
Lizzie Herring 12
Eunice Herring 12
Carmen Hendren 11
Pearl Hunter 10
Rosa Howell UNKN
Effie Hill 11
Mamie Lee 11
Daisy Layton 9
Elma Mayberry 11
Tincy Martin 11
Bettie Park 10
Dasie Powell 11
Fannie Sharpe 13
Mary Smith 10
Janie Seymour 12
Estelle Wilson 10
Emma Waters 12
Rosa Wilmot 10
Myrtle York 10
Mary Best 10
Bettie Harwell 13
Millie Hocutt 17
Eloise Herring 14
Queenie Honeycutt 15
Rosa Lilly 13
Cora Mason 16
Annie Mayberry 13
Lota Morrisette 20
Mary Morrisette 11
Neffie Pritchard 12
Eugenia Thorpe 15
Clellie Strickland 13
Jessie Lee Sugg 12
Blanch Taylor 12
Dora Wasdon 15
Nannie Vaughan 9
Minnie Whitaker 9
Edna Walston 8
Eliza Wilmot 6
Percy York 6
Valeria Amm*** 9
Lillie Bell Ashworth 8
Sallie Bradley
Kate Bell Carter 11
Minnie 8
Ella Crowell 9
Dora Deese 4
Sadie Dupree 10
Sudie Dupree 7
Mary Gentry 7
Lucy Grimm 19
Hannah Hartman 9
Eva Hendren 9
Etta Hendren 7
Rosa Jervis 10
Julia Lewis 8
Rosa May Knipe 6
Elsie Leigh 9
Annie Lee 7
Georgie Martin 8
Lillie Morris 6
Eloise Nichols 7
Mildred Crowell 6
Lillie Show 8
Bell Tesh 8
Walter Burgess 13
Henry Collis 13
Peterson Dupree 12
Peter Goodwin 12
Robert Gentry 11
Roy Glo*** 11
Hunter Hale 14
Earnest Hale 11
Cyrus Howell 12
Sam Harwell 11
Frank Huitt 12
Oscar Helms 12
Vernon Leigh 11
Harry Morgan 13