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Tip 5: Were they really orphans?

Family history tip fiveChildren living in an orphanage may not have lost both parents. Census records tell this family's story.














1920 Census Topeka Orphans Home

1920 Census - Freeman and Ethel Uhler live in Saline County, Kansas, with their one year old son Raymond and one month old twin daughters Rachel and Ruth.









1930 Census

Raymond, 11, and twins Ruth and Ruby (formerly Rachel), 9, are living at the Topeka Orphans Home in Shawnee County.

1930 census of Topeka Orphans Home







1930 Shawnee County, Kansas, censusFreeman is listed as a farmhand and widower in Shawnee County.








1930 Larned State Hospital censusEthel is listed as a patient at the state hospital in Larned.








1950 Topeka city directory1950 Topeka City Directory - Freeman and Ethel Uhler are together again in Topeka.





Tip 1: Gathering information

Tip 2: Searching Census

Tip 3: Searching vital records

Tip 4: Newspapers

Tip 6: Kansas Plat Atlas