Column: So Young and So Far Away from Home

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: So Young and So Far Away from Home


The world a hundred and fifty years ago was a very different place. Today we couldn’t imagine shipping boat loads of children to a new world without specific safeguards to protect them, monitor them and reunite them with family as quickly as possible. For several decades though, separating children from their family and sending them far away was not only common practise, but in many associations and societies, it was acceptable and encouraged.

The more than 100,000 children and young women who arrived in Canada in the 1800s and early 1900s may have come under difficult circumstances, but many endured to leave a lasting legacy for their descendants. Researching these individuals who had little say in where they were sent and what their roles in society would be used to be difficult. Increased interest in the young immigrants in the past dozen years, however, has brought their history to the forefront. Countless databases, records, websites and organisations have sprung up to answer the call for information, making it easier for researchers to locate their ancestors and to learn their incredible stories.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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