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


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.