1. To bring together genealogy researchers who have like interests in British Home Children (BHC) to share their research experiences.
  2. To encourage possible descendants of BHC to investigate their ancestry.
  3. To raise awareness of the history and contribution of the BHC in Canada.
  4. To identify resources for research on individual BHC.
  5. To identify resources for research into the social conditions in the UK and Canada which influenced the lives of the BHC.



Welcome to 2015

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*** It has been a great learning experience to do this website and I thank Phil who walked me through many of my issues. With that I am stepping down from this position and wish my sucessor the very best. Happy New Year and wishing everyone peace, health, and happiness in 2016. ***



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.

Welcome to 2015 - Watch for new articles.

Kingston Branch, second Home Children publication. 

Here is the title and a brief synopsis.

Home Children Records of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Kingston 1888-1899
ISBN: 978-0-7779-4728-9, 54 pp., price $9.00.
This publication includes the arrival and orphanage records for approximately 350 home children from the Catholic Children's Protection Society of Liverpool.  They came in eight groups between 1888 and 1891.  Some children subsequently returned to the Sisters of Providence Orphanage up until 1899.

If you do not want to write a story the Members Only section can post your information, just scan the data, send it in and it can be posted. Check out the interesting items displayed.

Remember, it is only as good as you make it.







2015 Membership  * Keep It Growing *
Minutes from the first annual meeting can be found in the Members Only

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