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Orphan Train Riders, Offspring Seek Answers about Heritage

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Jean Powers
Associate Editor

 From the 1850s to 1929, about 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children from New York and other East Coast cities were sent west to be resettled. A growing number of descendants of the orphan train riders want to know more.

With DNA Testing, Suddenly They Are Family

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Jean Powers
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 “Most adoptees are hungry for information that will lead to their birth parents, but some are also expanding their conception of family as they embrace a far-flung constellation of second, third and fourth cousins.”

A Pahticulah Way of Talking

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Jean Powers
Associate Editor

This article discusses the portion of a new book, Speaking American: A History of English in the United States, that examines Bostonian ways of speaking from 1650 to 1700. (A New York Times article treats the book more generally.)

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