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Genealogy Speaker Series: Orphan Trains 1854 – 1929 by Derek Blount


June 25, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

100 E Main Street

Bartow, Florida

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The Orphan Train Movement was a social experiment to rescue poor and homeless children. Over the span of 75 years, roughly 200,000 children from large cities were placed on trains headed West to be adopted. Many of these children were placed with loving parents – others were not. Professional genealogist, Derek J. Blount of Lost Branches, will first review the social conditions that prompted the orphan trains and how to track children who may have been placed on these trains.

Derek J. Bount has a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and has more than 30 years of experience in genealogy research. Blount has presented countless genealogy lectures throughout Michigan. He holds memberships in the Association of Genealogical Professionals and the Society of Genealogists in London. Derek also serves as the Genealogist for the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit.

Reservations are required. For Zoom details, contact Preston Petermeier at (863) 534-4604 or


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