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The mid 1800s was a difficult time for many in the St. Louis region, especially children. In 1849, there was a disastrous fire downtown and a cholera epidemic. Immigrant families began arriving in large numbers, some to settle, more to move westward by wagon train. Living conditions were hard for some adults and even worse for many children.
Recorder of Deeds Office,
After 1917, Juvenile Court records begin. There was apparently an early Orphans’ Court, which was part of the Probate Court, but no one seems to actually know where those records are currently. However, Probate Court does have records of guardianship.
German St. Vincent’s Orphan Association. Centennial Anniversary of German Saint Vincent Orphan Association of St. Louis, Missouri, 1850–1950. St. Louis: German St. Vincent’s Orphan Association, 1950.
Greenwood, Peggy Thomason. “Beyond the Orphanage.” St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly 24 (winter 1991).
Guinn, Lisa G. "Building Useful Women" from the Depths of Poverty: The Founding and Establishment of the Girls' Industrial Home and School in St. Louis, 1853--1916." Missouri Historical Review, volume 100 (April 2006).
Kimbrough, Mary. 125 Years of Caring: A History of Family and Children’s Service of Greater St. Louis, 1860–1985. St. Louis: Family & Children’s Service, 1985.
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