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Research: Child Migration from Britain
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This course provides an overview of the history of child migration from Britain and an introduction to the records that can be accessed to research them. Britain has a very long history of exporting children. Child migration from Britain occurred over a period of nearly 350 years through various private and government sponsored emigration schemes. This course is a good starting point for anyone who knows, or even suspects, that they have a British child migrant ancestor in their family tree. Children were sent to the American Colonies, the West Indies, Australia, Canada, Southern Rhodesia, South Africa and New Zealand. The major recipients of children, based upon numbers, were Canada and Australia. The course is structured to address research in each of the receiving countries, in Britain and from the sending agencies themselves. The course concludes with a case study which uses a child who migrated to Canada during a time period when child migration to Canada was near its peak.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction to Child Migration from Britain
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
 
Overview of Child Migration from Britain
• Social Conditions
• Agencies
• Evolution
• Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB)
• The Voyage
 
Research Strategy
Bibliography
 

Module 2
Canadian Research
Websites
Canadian Research Sources
 
Immigration Records
• Pre-1921 Immigration
• 1921-1924: Immigration Form 30A
• 1925-1935 Immigration
 
1892-1932 Soundex Card Index
 
Government Inspection Reports
• Board of Guardians Inspection Register
• Juvenile Inspection Reports
• Provincial Inspection Records
 
Central Registry Files
Closed Files
 
Library and Archives Canada/British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Home Child Database
• Accessing the database
• Searching the Database
 
Other Canadian Sources
• Records of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force
• 1940 National Registration
 
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Home Children Canada
 
Additional Resources
Bibliography
 

Module 3
Australia, New Zealand & Southern Rhodesia Research
Websites
Australian Research Sources
 
Immigration Records
• Passenger Lists
• Citizenship Records
• Migrant Selection Documents
 
Other Records
• Accessing Australian Child Migrant Records
• Child Migrants Trust
• National Archives of Australia - Child Migration Fact Sheet
• Accessing records held by Commonwealth and State Archives
• Former Child Migrants Referral Index (1913-1968)
• PHIND - The Personal History Index
• Births, Deaths and Marriages / Parish Records
• Civil Registration
• Census Records
• Receiving Home Records
 
New Zealand Research Sources
• Passenger Lists
• Births, Deaths and Marriages
• Probate Records
 
Southern Rhodesia Research Sources
• Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
Additional Resources
Bibliography
 

Module 4
British Research
Websites
 
British Research Sources
• British Ships Passenger Lists
• British Poor Law Records
• Civil Registration
• Census Records
• Parish Registers
• Probate Records
• Electoral Registers
• Directories
 
Additional Resources
Bibliography
 

Module 5
Agencies & Agency Records
Websites
Introduction
 
Barnardo’s Homes
• Background
• Emigration Dates
• British Homes
• Records
 
Macpherson Homes
• Background
• Emigration Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
Catholic Emigration
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Australian Homes
• Records
 
Quarriers
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Australian Homes
• Records
 
Liverpool Sheltering Homes
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
Middlemore Homes
• Background
• Emigration Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
Maria Rye
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
National Children’s Home
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Australian Homes
• Records
 
Fegan’s Homes
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
Church of England Waifs and Strays Society
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Records
 
Fairbridge Society
• Background
• Dates
• British Homes
• Canadian Homes
• Australian Homes
• Southern Rhodesia Homes
• Records
 
Contacting an Agency
References
 

Module 6
Case Study
Websites
History of a Child Migrant
 
Case Study of a British Child Migrant to Canada
• Library and Archives Canada Home Children Records
• Library and Archives Canada Ships Passenger Lists
• Library and Archives Canada First World War Records
• Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website
• Ancestry.co.uk 1901 Census of England
• Library and Archives Canada 1911 Census of Canada
• Ancestry.co.uk 1911 Census of England
• Further Research for Duckhouse Family
• Summary
 
Exercise
Bibliography
 
 

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