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Dear Mr. McLean,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The location of any surviving records depends on that community the orphans lived in and which charitable organization interacted with them. Please review the following webpages:
Some records of charitable organizations that housed orphans and at-risk-youth have been donated to universities, such as New York Juvenile Asylum records (Children's Village), 1853-1954 at Columbia University. You also may wish to contact the New-York Historical Society.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!