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by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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Albany's Orphan Asylum

This institution, the oldest in Albany for the support of orphan and destitute children, was founded by an association of benevolent persons in 1830, and incorporated by an act of Legislature, passed March 31st, 1831. Its location is on Robin street, near Central avenue, in the western part of the city.

The building is a plain, three-story brick edifice, well planned and conveniently arranged, containing what are usually known as the modern improvements, and will accommodate one hundred and twenty inmates. The premises comprise nearly five acres of excellent land, and the house is surrounded by well-kept grounds and gardens.

The institution is supported by private donations, by the interest on invested funds derived from gifts, and by State aid. A portion of the children are received from the alms-house, and moderate appropriations are occasionally made by the city authorities toward their support.

The property, real and personal, is estimated to be worth $15,000. The institution has also $54,767.96 invested, and is free from indebtedness. The receipts for the past year were $10,824.08, and the expenditures, $8,651.93.

The institution is controlled by a board of gentlemen managers, and the immediate charge is given to a superintendent, residing, with his family, in the building. Children of both sexes are admitted; they are received between the ages of three and twelve years, and provided for by apprenticeship, or o therwise, temporarily, when good opportunities for situation in families present. While in the asylum they are instructed in the branches of a common English education, and attend religious services in the various churches of the city. They are also trained in industrial pursuits, suited to their various ages and capacities.

The average number of children maintained is about one hundred; the number supported for the past year was one hundred and thirty, and there were remaining, October 1st, one hundred and five.

The government of the institution is strictly parental, and the children are taught to yield implicit obedience to the rules and regulations of the superintendent. At the time of inspection the schools were in operation, and they appeared to be well conducted. The asylum was found in excellent order, and its affairs are evidently well managed. October 1st, 1869: 130 supported; 25 discharged; remaining: 64 boys, 41 girls.

*History of Various Orphan Homes in Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 105-106. transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, July 2007. Published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission

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