Sunday, 18 April 2010

Researching Early 20th Century British Immigrant Ancestry

On Tuesday I'm pleased to have an opportunity to speak to a monthly meeting of the Ottawa Branch of OGS.

Refreshments are served starting at 7 pm. You don't need to be an OGS member to attend. I'd be pleased to see a few friendly BIFHSGO members at the meeting too.

20 April 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa: Room 156

Topic: Researching Early 20th Century British Immigrant Ancestry

Speaker: John D Reid

Using case studies, and focusing on 20th century English and Welsh immigrants pre-WW I, the period of greatest emigration, this presentation shows how to use Canadian and British records together to track down that elusive ancestral family

2 comments:

Hugh said...

Did Britain not include Ireland at the turn of the 1900s? Why does this not include Irish immigrant ancestry at the time that the Irish made up a substantial part of the British empire (for instance 1/3 of the British army was said to have been Irish in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

JDR said...

The short answer Hugh is that I only have so much time.

As I'll show in the presentation, immigration from Ireland to Canada declined after Confederation. The Irish-born population declined in Ontario between 1901 and 1911. The situation in the volunteer and conscripted CEF was distinct from that of the regular British Army.