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BRITISH HOME CHILD
A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP of THE ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Welcome to the OGS British Home Child - Special Interest Group
From 1869 to 1939 various workhouses, sheltering homes, orphanages and child care organizations in Great Britain immigrated over 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, pauper children ages 1 to 18 to Canada. Known as the British Home Children (BHC), life for these children coming alone to Canada to work as domestics and farm labourers forging ahead in a new land was not always easy.
Of the over 50 sending agencies, some of the more well known names are Rye, Macpherson, Fegan, Quarriers, Barnardo, Middlemore, Catholic Emigration Society, Salvation Army, Church of England Waif & Strays.
It is estimated that 12%, over 4 million, of the Canadian population is a descendant of a Home Child. Home Children Descendants now live worldwide.
you have a report on a Home Child and would like to share? Let us know.
Email BHC-SIG BHC@ogs.on.ca
Web Master: Norma Hughson