13 February 2011

OGS members invited to join new British Home Children SIG

The following is an announcement from the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Last year, 2010, was the year of the British Home Child. Over 100,000 orphaned children were sent to Canada between the 1860s and 1930s.

Many Ontario genealogists have found they have a family connection with a home child and many more will learn this as they continue their research.

As OGS commemorated the year we developed the idea of forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) focused on the British Home Children.

This group is now starting up and we're looking for all interested people to join in and share their skills and enthusiasm to continue the growth of the group.

The British Home Child SIG has been formed with the following tentative goals in mind.
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

If you are interested in meeting others who share your interest in Home Children, or if you have ideas to shape this group further please contact OGS Vice President Shirley Sturdevant at vp@ogs.on.ca to find out how to get involved.

Comment: Everyone can take advantage of the long-running Rootsweb Britishhomechildren mailing list including checking out the archives at:



Other significant websites for homechildren resources and links are: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tweetybirdgenealogy/homechild.html
and www.bifhsgo.ca

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