Saturday, 11 February 2017

OPL Lecture: Researching British Home Children

Saturday, 18 February at 10 am Gloria Tubman will give a two hour presentation on British Home Children at Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe.Room 1B
The British Child Emigration Movement brought some 100,000 children to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Considered “waifs and strays”, these children were sent overseas to escape the harsh realities of Industrial-era Britain. When they arrived in Canada, they were placed in foster homes, usually farms, where it was thought that fresh air, education, and hard work in the Canadian countryside would lead to healthier and better lives for them.  In some cases this was true; in others it most definitely was not.  While some home children were welcomed into their new Canadian homes with love, others were considered no more than free labour or domestic servants.
Today, a million Canadians can trace their ancestry to a Home Child, whether they realize it or not.  Since 2010, the Year of the British Home Child in Canada, resources for genealogical and historical research on home children have steadily increased.  
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