While doing a look-up this morning, I discovered a web site which mentions that some orphanages or "homes" were a type of day-care facility. For example around 1880/1881, if a woman found the need to go out to work, she could sometimes find an orphanage where her young children could be placed for the day - for a small fee.http://urbsite.blogspot.com/2011/07/friendless-orphaned-incu...
On my husband's family-tree, his maternal grandmother, born Annie Mary Magdalene McLAUGHLIN, in London, England, was in an orphanage. She and her sisters had lost their father when they were school-age, and their mother could not care for them at that time. So, they were placed in the care of "Nuns" for a few yrs. As soon as their mother remarried, she went to get her daughters and bring them home with her.
Annie seems to have come over to Massachusetts as a 19 or 20 yr. old, and married here. I don't remember whether I found out what happened to her sisters. Also, her grandchildren had always assumed she was Irish. But, we don't even know whether Annie's father was Irish or Scotch.
Just an FYI for you.
Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA)
(on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and now 4 Boards. For this Board, there is also a Board for USA to Canada. And, I just adopted a Board for the surname, MOURA. For that surname, I'm interested in my husband's paternal grandparents with ties to the . Azores.)www.rootsweb.com
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