Column: An International Organisation for British Home Children

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

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: An International Organisation for British Home Children

Snippet: During my first ten years of genealogy research, I had learned about many specific time periods that may have influenced by ancestors’ decision to migrate to Canada. World events such as wars, famines, depressions and booms all played a part and were easy to research.

For example, my McDonald ancestor left Scotland to fight in the American Civil War. When the British lost, he opted to come to Canada with the Loyalists instead of returning to his homeland. Learning about the hardships in Scotland, the Civil War and the Loyalists, I better understood why he felt the wilderness of Eastern Canada in 1783 was a better opportunity than returning to his family.

However, the history of more than four million descendants of one particular group of people who immigrated to Canada between 1869 and 1948 was kept quiet or hidden because of the shame associated with the circumstances.

I learned about British Home Children seven years ago at a seminar. Although I may have heard in passing of these young souls who arrived obligated to be indentured servants until they were 18, my ancestors were not amongst them, so I concentrated on other areas of history.

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

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