Wellington Branch & Guelph Public Library – Researching Your British Home Child Ancestor


Date(s) - Saturday, March 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Join members of the Wellington County Branch, Ontario Ancestors as they partner with the Guelph Public Library’s Archivist to deliver a series of workshops to help you discover your family’s story. Register for one or for all the sessions at https://www.guelphpl.ca/en/services/events-and-programs.aspx. Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to each session.

Note: Workshops are in-person at the Guelph Public Library – Main Library (100 Norfolk Street, Guelph).


Beginning in 1869, over 100,000 children were sent from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to Canada as part of a child migration program. It is now estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians are descended from a British Home Child although many are not aware of this heritage.

Are you interested in learning more about British Home Children?  Perhaps you recently learned that an ancestor was a British Home Child.  Join this workshop to learn what led to the development of the child migration program, how children became involved and the major organizations involved in sending children to Canada. What happened once the children arrived in Canada and the resources available for researching British Home Child ancestors will also be discussed.

Registration is now open at https://guelphpl.libnet.info/event/7874048.