There are whole books written on the subject of Orphan Trains including a number of novels. Here is a short summary of this controversial episode in American history from
The controversy comes from the fact that some (or perhaps most) of these children were treated like indentured servants or worse, although some were well cared for. Here is a selection of books and other media items on the subject. You can probably tell from this partial list that the subject was and is highly controversial.
Becker, Kristi. “Orphan Trains,” 2005.
Bracken, Jeanne Munn, and JoAnne Weisman Deitch. The Orphan Trains. Carlisle, Mass.: Discovery Enterprises, 2002.
Caravantes, Peggy. The Orphan Trains, 2014.
Films Media Group, and Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.). The Orphan Trains, 2015. http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=13753&xtid=111647.
Flanagan, Alice K. The Orphan Trains. Minneapolis, Minn.: Compass Point Books, 2006.
Haseloff, Cynthia. Changing Trains, 2013.
Hearn, Wendy, Jill Petzall, Carl Kassel, Leanie Mendelsohn, and inc Filmakers Library. The End of the Line: Orphan Trains. New York, N.Y.: Filmakers Library.
Hering, Marianne, and David Hohn. Trouble on the Orphan Train, 2016.
Holt, Marilyn Irvin. The Orphan Trains: Placing out in America. Lincoln; London: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew. Orphan X, 2016.
Johnson, Kristin F. The Orphan Trains. Edina, Minn.: ABDO Pub. Company, 2012.
Kanopy (Firm). American Experience: The Orphan Trains., 2016. http://www.kanopystreaming.com/node/181235.
Kay, Verla, and Ken Stark. Orphan Train. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003.
Keach, Stacy. “The orphan trains.” PBS, 2006.
Langston-George, Rebecca. Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life, 2016.
Milner, Anita Cheek. “Orphan Trains.” Genealogical Helper. Dec (1981).
Muldoon, Kathleen M. Champion of the Cornfield: An Orphan Train Story. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 2003. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=464535.
———. The Real Hannah Green: An Orphan Train Story. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 2003. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=464537.
O’Connor, Stephen. Orphan Trains. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=656158.
Orphan Train. Grand Haven, MI: Brilliance Audio, 2014.
Orphan Trains. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=621356.
Orphan Trains., 2001.
Riley, Tom, American Female Guardian Society and Home for the Friendless, and Orphan Train Heritage Society of America. The Orphan Trains. New York: LGT Press, 2004.
Schaefer, Mary, and Barb Volp. The Orphan Trains, 1979.
Smoky Hills Public Television. Placing out: The Orphan Trains. Bunker Hills, Kan.: Smoky Hills Public Television, 2007.
Warren, Andrea. Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story. New York: Scholastic, 1997.
———. We Rode the Orphan Trains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001.
Warren, Andrea, Laura Hicks, and AudioGO (Firm). Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story. North Kingstown, RI: AudioGO, 2013. http://www.OneClickDigital.com.
Wheeler, Leslie. Orphan Trains. Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified, 1984.
———. “The Orphan Trains.” American History Illustrated 18, no. 8 (1983).
If you suspect that one or more of your ancestors participated in the Orphan Trains, the first place to start doing some research is
. The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is stated as follows from their website:
The website contains lists of resources including a number of related websites. See also the following: