Saturday, 8 April 2017

The little piece of family evidence that offers up the bigger picture

Now this extract from the Library and Archives Canada will not surprise anyone who has uncovered the story of their own British Home Child.*

And on one level it tells me nothing I do not already know about my great uncle Roger who was migrated by Middlemore on behalf of the Derby Board of Guardian in 1914.

We have a few of his Middlemore records, the report on why he and his siblings were taken into care in 1913 and the passenger list which documents his journey across the Atlantic.

But any document however small is important in providing a link with a relative who is now more than a century away.

In the case of this one having “milked” the information I was drawn as you should do to the other entries which individually and together offer up a bit more information on the process of migration.

So here are the names of the children, and their ages and importantly the names of the charities and the Poor Law Union which was responsible for them.

It is of course just one page covering two years but makes for fascinating reading and offers up possible routes of research.

What makes it all the more remarkable is that I had not gone looking for it.

The search of LAC’s on line records had been for a Canadian soldier born in Britain whose name appeared on a family grave in a cemetery just outside Manchester.

All of which just goes to show you never know what you are going to uncover or where it will take you.

Added to which it is one of those documents which will take some people out of their own persoanl quest into the bigger story.

Location; Canada, and Derby

Picture; extract from,   British Children Emigrated to Canada by authority of Boards of Guardians, 1914-15 from LAC

*Library and Archives Canada,

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