Sunday, 3 April 2011

OGS British Home Child SIG

There is a posting on the Ontario Genealogical Society blog by Phil Ellis about the proposed OGS British Home Child Special Interest Group. It starts:

The OGS has been working on setting up a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on the topic of British Home Children. There has been considerable interest but we don’t quite have enough potential members yet to proceed. This BLOG post is intended to get your input on what you would like to get out of such a group. A few early discussions have produced the following tentative goals
To bring together genealogy researchers who have like interests in British Home Children (BHC) to share their research experiences.
To encourage possible descendants of BHC to investigate their ancestry.
To raise awareness of the history and contribution of the BHC in Canada.
To identify resources for research on individual BHC.
To identify resources for research into the social conditions in the UK and Canada which influenced the lives of the BHC.
You can read the full blog post here.

Comment: There are already effective mechanisms that are achieving the goals listed, such as the BRITISHHOMECHILDREN Rootsweb mailing list, active for more than a decade and pan-Canadian, appropriate as Home Children were not just in Ontario. There is also a sentiment that this initiative, with its mention of not just Ontario but Canada in the goals listed, is OGS' attempting to poach people and resources from other organizations.

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