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Minnesota orpanages

Posted: 1 Feb 2005 7:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Mar 2005 12:13AM GMT
I volunteer in Washington County, Mn to help with genealogy research and I come up with children being put into orphanages a lot and I never know where to turn. Is there some kind of listing out there of orphanages in Minnesota history? What happens to their old records?

Re: Minnesota orpanages

Posted: 18 Jul 2005 10:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Maybe you know of a library that has these books---directories that I trust will list the orphanages in Minnesota.

MINNESOTA. Secretary of State. The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota . . . St. Paul, [etc.], 18__-19__. __ vols. Blurb: ?Published biennially by the secretary of state, according to act of Legislature of 1889.? Includes a roster of state and county officers, state departments and institutions. (Minnesota blue book) (LC 9-34825)

UNITED STATES. Census, Bureau of the. Benevolent Institutions, 1904. [Washington, D.C.: Govt. Print. Off.], 1905. 335 p. (Special Reports). A directory of 4,207 institutions (excluding 85), with their addresses and statistics: orphanages, hospitals, temporary homes for adults and children, etc. Includes a single alphabetical index to the institutions. (Charities--U.S.) (Hospitals--U.S.) (Orphanages--U.S.) (LC 06002276)

Without specific knowledge of the disposition of orphanage records in Minnesota, I can only say that for various states I hear of records being in the custody of a state library or local historical society---on a hit and miss basis in the absence of any statutory plan for record-keeping.

Reg Niles

Re: Minnesota orpanagesSa

Posted: 28 Oct 2005 10:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sarah.I just recently saw your request.and perhaps we can help each other.Since you live in MN
and I live in OH. I am also looking for Orphanges in MN Mankato to be exact around 1920 or so.There is a Book called Orphanges in Minnesota written in 1977 by a Nun.if you couldfind a copy perhaps we could share info from the book.I understand the Minnesota Historical
Society.has a copy.if you wish you can use my private e mail Pam jeffers

Re: Minnesota orphanages

Posted: 9 Jan 2006 5:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 May 2006 10:23AM GMT
Orphanages seem to be a real problem, but this is what I have managed to find so far.

(1) For a long time, orphanages were based on faith, so there were Catholic, Protestant and specific Protestant orphanages. Even if the state was responsible for removal of children (as in my father's case) the child was usually put into an orphanage of the family's faith. Hence my dad ended up in a Catholic boy's orphanage in Minneapolis, and his sisters in a Catholic orphanage in St. Paul. I found their cousins in a protestant orphanage also in St. Paul. (No idea why the cousins should have been in an orphanage.) I know that in Goodhue County, the Lutheran Church at Vasa also ran an orphanage.

(2) Records are (or tend to be) held by which ever organization "inherited" the management of the orphanage. Orphanages could have changed names and been managed by a variety of organizations in the course of their history. Thus the fact that an orphanage of a particular name no longer exists doesn't mean the records are lost, or that they have been put in, say, a county archive. In the case of my dad's cousins, the orphanage is long gone, but the Minnesota Historical Society was able to tell me the names of the various organizations which ran the orphanage in the period since 1920, and this enabled me to get in touch with the organization currently holding the records. (Unfortunately, their archivist hasn't been very forthcoming with help, however.)

3) If you can do a search on a census with an every name index, you may be able to find the child you are looking for in the institution if they were there during the census year. (That's how I found my dad, his sisters, and his cousins.)

4) Catholic orphanage records are mostly held by the Archdiocese in St. Paul, but so far I have no experience of trying to deal with them to get records.

After the 1960s, it became increasingly common to try to get children fostered rather than sent to an institution. I guess county courts may have records of this, or perhaps the social services of a county. Whether they will impart these is another matter.

Re: Minnesota orphanages

Posted: 25 May 2011 11:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here is the link for: Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children Museum. They do not have records there.
http://www.orphanagemuseum.com/history.php

To find out more about available records see the Minnesota Historical Society link:
http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy/family/genieguide/owatonna_sch...
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