Canada Immigration, Home children, 1869-1930

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This is a free database of Canad immigration records for Home Children from 1869-1930 published by Library and Archives Canada. This database continues to be added to and more records are coming soon. “Between 1869 and the late 1930s, over 100,000 juvenile migrants were sent to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. Motivated by social and economic forces, churches and philanthropic organizations sent orphaned, abandoned and pauper children to Canada. Many believed that these children would have a better chance for a healthy, moral life in rural Canada, where families welcomed them as a source of cheap farm labour and domestic help. After arriving by ship, the children were sent to distributing homes, such as Fairknowe in Brockville, and then sent on to farmers in the area. Although many of the children were poorly treated and abused, others experienced a better life here than if they had remained in the urban slums of England. Many served with the Canadian and British Forces during both World Wars.”

“Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records about British Home Children, such as passenger lists, correspondence files, inspection reports. Please note that most documents have been created in English. Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) are indexing the names of juvenile migrants found in these records.”

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