VGA 2022 Conference: “On the Backs of Babes: Researching British Home Children” by Christine Woodcock

This presentation will be on Friday, November 11th at 7:00pm Eastern. Click here to view the full conference schedule:

Program Description:
Between 1869 and the Great Depression, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain.

The idea behind this scheme was to alleviate the number of poor and destitute children who were living in overpopulated cities. These youngsters were as young as 6 and were sent to Canada to work on farms as indentured servants. Boys worked as farm labourers and girls as domestic servants. The children were indentured until the age of 18.

In this talk, we will cover the history behind the scheme as well as the resources in both Great Britain and Canada for finding more about your British Home Child.

Speaker Bio:
Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors and to preserve their family legacy. Being a Scottish Emigrant, she is fascinated by the stories of others who left their Scottish homeland for opportunities in other lands. Her interest is in helping their descendants understand more about their Scottish ancestors and the lives they lived.

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