07 December 2016

Child Migrant Ancestors from Britain

Phil Ellis, founding chair of the Ontario Genealogical Society Special Interest Group on British Home Children, is author of Finding your Child Migrant Ancestors from Britain. Published in May this year by Heritage Publications it covers the history of child migration from Britain with details of the records available in receiving countries, and in Britain, and of the sending agencies.

The book is an update, desperately needed, of my own book Researching Canada's Home Children. The same basic structure is retained with minor reorganization and an additional chapter on Australia, New Zealand and Southern Rhodesia Research.  There's a new section on the Children's Oversea's Reception Board (CORB) which evacuated children from June to September 1940 for the duration of the war. Although not migrants many did eventually settle in the host country.

There have been many changes in the decade since the previous publication which have been incorporated in the new book. There are new websites and changes of address. Inevitably other new resources, such as those from Ireland and the newly available GRO birth indexes including mother's maiden name, have appeared since publication. While some resources are missing, such as the Canadian census which now includes 1921, Canadian voter's lists and clues from the ever increasing availability of compiled family trees online, the strength of the book remains in the coverage of home child specific resources.

Find the book at http://genealogystore.com/after you select the shipping destination, under

Heritage Books, in the English Series
By Country/Groups: Canada: General: Books
By country/Groups: England: Books.

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