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OGS Directors Approve new British Home Child SIG

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 It’s official. 

At Conference 2011 the OGS Directors approved the establishment of the British Home Child Special Interest Group (BHC-SIG). An organization meeting was held on Friday May 13, 2011 and sufficient interest was expressed to proceed. The executive positions are being filled but we do need a volunteer for Secretary/Treasurer.

Over the coming months we will be finalizing our goals, establishing projects and putting together our first newsletter. If you have an interest in British Home Children then join us in making this SIG a success.

The cost to join the SIG is $5.00. If you are already an OGS member just mail in your $5.00 cheque to the OGS provincial office indicating that it is for 2011 membership in the BHC SIG. You may also call the office or email Marsha, our Membership Co-ordinator at  to add this branch.

For those not currently OGS members note that the OGS is launching a partial year membership option for brand new members starting June 1, 2011.  If you choose this option then  you will be given the opportunity to add the BHC-SIG to your membership when you join online or by mail. The cost will still be $5.00 for the SIG.

Phil Ellis
Chair, BHC-SIG

British Home Child SIG – Organization Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

For those who are able to attend the upcoming Conference 2011 in Hamilton, there will be a meeting to discuss the organization of the British Home Child SIG. The objectives of this meeting are to solicit input into the formation of this group, establish an executive and to determine how many people intend to join. I have included a short presentation on finding my British Home Child ancestors.


Subject: British Home Child Special Interest Group – Organization Meeting
Date: Friday May 13, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Location: OGS Conference 2011, Hamilton Convention Centre, located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario (See

Room: Albion ‘A’
Sign in sheet to be sent around room.


1. Introductions (5 min.) – Shirley Sturdevant (Vice President, OGS) 2. Status of the SIG (10 min.) – (current number of potential members / executive positions etc.) – Shirley Sturdevant 3. Presentation (15 min.) – “In Search of My British Home Child Ancestors” – Phil Ellis 4. Open discussion (15 min.) 5. How/when to join – Shirley Sturdevant


If you are unable to attend the meeting and plan to join this special interest group, please send an email to Shirley Sturdevant, OGS Vice-president at prior to the conference.

Hope to see you there.

Phil Ellis

OGS British Home Child SIG

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The OGS has been working on setting up a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on the topic of British Home Children. There has been considerable interest but we don’t quite have enough potential members yet to proceed. This BLOG post is intended to get your input on what you would like to get out of such a group. A few early discussions have produced the following tentative goals:

  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.

Here are a few possible projects which members could contribute to:

1. The newsletter (electronic) would include stories of members BHC ancestors. These could be as simple as a few paragraphs of text or a complete research article  with photos, genealogy trees etc.

2. Once the group has been established and has some resources we could gather together the stories published in the newsletter and issue it in the form of a booklet or book (depending upon the number available and the finances). This has been done before by other groups but this effort would be specific to our SIG members.

3. We would compile and maintain a comprehensive list of resources available for researching BHC and include this on the members only portion of the OGS web site. New books and CD’s are published regularly on BHC and there are older ones which are now out of print but may be available through libraries. Note that the OGS ‘Links’ web page already includes useful web sites on this subject.

Please post your thoughts on this group, suggest interesting projects that could be taken on and state what you would hope to get out of it.

- Phil Ellis