An Orphan Train Story: The Mystery of Joseph Aner Markway

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Virtual Program

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Adults , Teens
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Program Description


Joseph Aner was one of dozens of children who rode an orphan train from the New York Foundling Asylum to Osage City, Missouri, in 1901. The Fred and Catherine Markway family gave him a home. Joseph grew up, got married, and raised his own family in Jefferson City. But he always wanted to know where he came from. Who were his parents? Why was he given up for adoption? In 2017, Greg Markway, Joseph's grandson, went looking for the answers. With the use of modern DNA testing, as well as genealogical records, Greg found Joseph's parents--and lots more. In this program, Greg talks about the need to know where we come from and the surprises we find along the way. The presenter will post his talk on our FaceBook Adult Event page at 7. Join us by visiting our Virtual Programs for Adults page,,  and clicking on the link.