Thursday, January 12, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Becky Stewart Higgins

Having lived in the Chicago area for more years than she cares to disclose, Becky Stewart Higgins is thrilled to have the NGS Conference close at hand. “I hope attendees from across the country will take advantage of the wonderful genealogical resources available in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. “Of course,” she says, “I don’t want them to miss out on our delectable variety of food or outstanding entertainment, either.”
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Though most of her life has been spent in the Chicago area, Becky was born and lived her first ten years in a small town in Indiana. While researching her family there, she learned about her “orphan train rider” ancestor. The more she learned about him, the more she learned about the history of the system that placed at least 200,000 children in homes throughout the country over a 75 year period.

Becky’s Wednesday presentation, “They Came by Train,” is being sponsored by the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, a national organization headquartered in Concordia, Kansas. Higgins is president of the OTHSA.

Becky says, “I can’t describe how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to share not only the history and facts about the orphan train era, but its great significance to the genealogical community. I believe that many a ‘brick wall’ would crumble away by looking for an orphan train rider.”

We welcome Becky and hope that her Orphan Train presentation can help to bring someone’s ancestors home.

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