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Genealogy Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist genealogists in knowing what resources are available in the ISU Library and through the Internet. It also includes some information on genealogy resources at Ames Public Library and the Iowa Genealogical Society Library.

Orphan Trains in Iowa

"Between 1854 and 1929 an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed out during, what is known today as, the Orphan Train Movement. The name is derived from the children's situations, though they were not all orphans, and the mode of transportation used to move them across forty-seven states and Canada."

Iowa was one of many states in which the Orphan Trains stopped.

NOTE: The Iowa Orphan Train Research Center is located in the Jackson County Iowa Historical Society Museum located in Maquoketa: 

1212 East Quarry St.,
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
Phone Number: 563-652-5020

Orphan Train Movement