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British Home Children

For those researching family members who were known as British Home Children who were shipped to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Feel free to discuss your experiences about trying to trace these children.

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Latest Activity: Dec 27, 2022

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children sent by YMCA

Started by Gerald Randall Clayton Dec 17, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on September 28, 2021 at 12:59pm

British Home Child Day on September 28th in Canada. Remembering the 100,000 British Children sent out to find a better life than what they were leaving behind. 

British Home Child Day – September 28th

Home Children – Canadian Postage Stamp

BHC Research:
LAC – Home Children, 1869-1932

Canada Home Children British Sources (National Institute) – FamilySearch Wiki

Canada Home Children Bibliography and Suggested Reading (National Institute) – FamilySearch

Canada Home Children – FamilySearch Wiki

Research course: Child Migration from Britain (Check course calendar: Next course starts October 4th)

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on September 28, 2020 at 11:20am

Remembering over 100,000 British Children sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
British Home Child Day is on September 28th in Canada.
Home Children, 1869-1932 (LAC)
Home Children Project (BIFHSGO)
British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association
British Home Children in Canada (BHCARA)

Comment by Gerald Randall Clayton on December 17, 2012 at 7:05pm

i realized i posted incorrectly the 3 Clayton brothers; George, Walter and Edwin were sent over by Middlmore homes not Barnardo

Comment by Gerald Randall Clayton on December 6, 2012 at 12:44am

It appears that Walter and Edwin traveled together to Canada aboard the Lake Winnipeg arriving 18 Jun 1885.

Comment by Gerald Randall Clayton on December 3, 2012 at 9:23pm

My Grandfather John Alfred Clayton was first placed at the United Church YMCA hostel in Norval Ontario. i got this from the ships record but when I contacted YMCA Archives they said that they never kept any records of the children

very disheartening to find but have still gotten other records of him in England as my grandmother had a few old letters


Comment by Gerald Randall Clayton on December 3, 2012 at 9:09pm

George Walter and Edwin Clayton sent over with Barnardo boys. george to caradoc ontario in June 1884; Walter to Keswick New Brunswick in June of 1885 and Edwin to Nashwaak new brunswick but don't have the year

also my Granfather was sent by the YMCA in march of 1930

Comment by Gerald Randall Clayton on December 3, 2012 at 9:07pm

I have at least 4 home children in my family tree and possibly a couple more but yet confirmed



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