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Orphan's home "boarder" vs "inmate"
« on: Tuesday 01 September 20 23:43 BST (UK) »
I have found two of my ancestors, brothers ages 3 and 6, on a 1910 census of Indiana, living at the St. Joseph County Orphan's Home in Mishawaka.  They are both listed as "boarders", whereas most of the other children are listed as "inmates".
I am wondering whether "boarder" might be temporary, and "inmate" permanent.  Any help much appreciated.

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Re: Orphan's home "boarder" vs "inmate"
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 02 September 20 02:33 BST (UK) »
Boarder often means paying for board

Inmate does sound more like held forcibly used more for prisons or medical institutions tho I not familiar with American  terminology
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Re: Orphan's home "boarder" vs "inmate"
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 02 September 20 05:34 BST (UK) »
Do you know if they had family members who were still alive? "Boarder" might tell you that they do and are paying for the children's board. I've seen children in orphanages while their (widowed) mother was still alive.

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and thank you for making me look it up. I had a hunch it wasn't always negative.

https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2014/08/19/of-inmates-and-families/
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2014/08/22/another-kind-of-inmate/

this one has a security issue, maybe your browser will let you get to it anyway, mine didn't (didn't try hard though)*
https://www.theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-is-inmate-not-prisoner.html

print only, it seems:
 Harold Henderson, “Who’s In the Jailhouse Now?,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 102 (June 2014): 110.

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*edit: I got to it from the Google search results for "inmate" on a census record", but not from the rootschat link or from a link from the footnotes of the second site I listed. Don't know why, but try the search if you really want to read it.


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Re: Orphan's home "boarder" vs "inmate"
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 02 September 20 14:05 BST (UK) »
Thank you brigidmac and oldohiohome for your help. 
I know that the two boys' father was still alive, but I'm not sure about the mother.  Am still looking for her.

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