Hi Friends, Did you know that more than ten percent of those living in Canada today have a relative who came to that country as a British Home Child? That’s more than 3,700,000 descendants! Some of the British Home Children and their descendants stayed in Canada and others moved to the United States, and a few returned to Britain.
In my latest novel, No Ocean Too Wide, the three youngest McAlister children are taken to Canada as British Home Children in 1909. Their story and all they endured has touched many readers. It has received some amazing reviews on GoodReads and Amazon. Take a look at those and order a copy if you haven’t yet. The word is spreading, and many readers are curious to know if one of their ancestors might have been a British Home Child.
One reason you might not be aware of this part of your family’s history is that, most Home Children faced deep prejudice in Canada. They were made to feel worthless and told they were nobodies. Sixty percent of these children suffered neglect or abuse. When they grew up many never even told their close family members they came to Canada as a Home Child because they didn’t want to face their shameful past, and they wanted to avoiding speaking of painful experiences they may have endured.
If you’d like to find out if your ancestors were British Home Children there were many records kept on the individual children. The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association has a very informative website and a page with some of the leading sources of information to help families seeking their histories. Visit their Research page and follow the links there to search for your family member.
They also have a Facebook group with many helpful posts and great connections with others who are looking for information about their British Home Child ancestors. The group is welcoming and eager to share information and help in your search.
I hope you’ll join us for the online Book Club video discussion on Thursday July 18, 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET. You can find out more info and sign up at the Facebook event page.
I’d love to hear your story about your British Home Child ancestor! Please share it in the comments.
Until Next Time – Happy Reading,