On Mon Dec 7 Parliament approved 2010 The Year of the British Home Child.
During the Child Emigration Scheme (British Home Children), between 1869 and 1939 (some up to 1948), over 100,000 children ages 1 - 18 were sent to Canada from Great Britain to work as farm labourers and domestics by over 50 Agents - Barnardo, Middlemore, Macpherson, Fegans, to name a few..
Events that have already taken place:
* New Brunswick Provincial Gov't passed 2009 Year of the British Home Child
* Nova Scotia the month of October 2009 was declared
* October 2010 issue of a stamp for the Home Child
* Australia Apologized to 10,000 Home Children immigrated there up to 1967
* Britain to apologize next year
Descendants make up 12%, over 4 million of the Canadian population.
2010 should be a year filled with special events, special displays in libraries and museums across Canada to honour them. If you are a descendant I hope you will get involved in planning some events.
The Welland Museum currently has a display for the Home Children until December 31st.
Maria Rye Home Children Database
Gail Collins 1869-1879 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Sanham 1880-1896 email@example.com
You can search theBritish Home Children ships passenger lists from 1865 to 1935 on Library & Archives Canada website.
If you find a name of interest, and if the child was a part of the Dr. Barnardo's homes, you can contact Barnardo's for the records. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband has a British Home Child in his ancestry and sending to Barnardo's for his records provided a wealth of informative genealogical detail plus photographs of the child when he was admitted to Barnardo's Homes in 1897.
Marj Kholi's Young Immigrants to Canada website is another must for those seeking a British Home Child ancestor. Descendants can also check the British Home Children Registry for a name of interest.
Another website of interest will be the British Home Children Descendants site.