For seventy years (1869-1939) over 100,000 destitute children were sent from British streets and orphanages to Canada to become domestic help and farm hands. With over fifty sending agencies, these children were primarily placed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, among other locations. One in ten Canadian's are now descendants of Home Children. This program is an unknown piece of relatively recent history in Canada. We will learn about the program itself, and how to go about locating records and identifying if an ancestor was British Home Child sent to Canada.
Mike Quackenbush is an experienced genealogist with over 13 years of research in mixed mediums of both online and offline archives and repositories. With first-hand experience, Mike is knowledgeable in using numerous record collections in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as England, Wales, and Scotland. Mike is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISB), as well as the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) – where he is currently on the Executive of the Hamilton Branch, British Home Child Special Interest Group, Scottish Special Interest Group, and host of the OGS Webinar Series. Encouraging young people to develop an interest in family and social history is important to Mike. It's without question that Mike is a Founding Member and volunteers to be a champion of the NextGen Genealogy Network, an organization which fosters networking opportunities between young genealogists.