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Home Children at the library

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Canadian government has designated 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child in Canada. Many Canadians researching their family history will find that they are descended from one of the British orphans sent to the colonies.

 You can find information about Home Children at our library!

 When searching our Library Catalogue , here are some good words to use in our SUBJECT field:

  •  Home children
  • Foster children – England 
  • Immigrant children – England
  • Orphans – England
  • Indentured servants

Here are some books to start with:

 Nation Builders: Barnardo Children in Canada by Gail H. Corbett
This book uses archival materials and records of first hand accounts to tell the stories of the thousands of children who emigrated from Britain to become Canada’s Home Children

 The Golden Bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli
Considered to be a comprehensive resource for Home Child research, this book not only tells the stories of the children themselves but also offers background information on the many people and agencies involved in bringing the Home Children to Canada.

 Fegan index of Home Children Database by Catherine Gollinger-Lorente from Fegan records provided by Doug Fry.
JWC Fegan opened a series of homes and camps for young boys in England in the latter half of the 19th century. In 1884 he started sending many of these boys and young men to Canada where a Fegan Home was opened in Toronto. This is an index of the records of this home. It contains information about more than 3000 boys.

 On the Web:
Some websites to visit for more information were mentioned on the June 18th, blog post

Here are a few more:

 The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa  is working with Library and Archives Canada to index the Home children found on Passenger Lists as well as other groups of Home Children. You can find more information about this project on their website.

 Library and Archives Canada also has a site dedicated to the Home Children The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Trunks and Travel page exhibits some examples of the types of luggage that would have been used by Home Children on their journey to Canada. It is at the bottom of the page.