Saturday, August 22, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News 22 August 2015

Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

The Ontario East British Home Child Family 

The Ontario East British Home Child Family (OEBHCF) have set-up and are ready to open their museum at the Aultsville Train Station near Upper Canada Village in Ontario. 

The station will be open and manned by members of the OEBHCF group for the next four weekends. The hours of operation will be 11:00 am - 4:00 pm each Saturday and Sunday. They will also be open for these hours on Labour Day Monday. 

Everyone is welcome! Free Admission!

The website of the organization is at

William Quarrier Children: Orphan Homes of Scotland to Fairknowe, Brockville, Ontario 

There will be a talk about the Home Children on Saturday at 3:15 on the 19th of September at the annual conference of the British British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). Gloria Tubman will give the talk. 

The title will be William Quarrier Children: Orphan Homes of Scotland to Fairknowe, Brockville, Ontario and she will talk about William Quarrier and his Orphan Homes of Scotland at Bridge of Weir, provided a home and refuge for thousands of orphans and/or underprivileged children from all parts of the country. 

The Orphan Homes of Scotland was a complete community for these children, with cottages, a school, a hospital and training facilities. More than 5,000 thousand of these children came to Canada under the British Home Child immigration initiative. 

The majority were placed through Fairknowe, the Quarrier-owned facility in Brockville, Ontario. The discussion will include: the life of a child at the Orphan Homes of Scotland; the Canadian receiving homes used by Quarrier — Marchmont in Belleville and Fairknowe in Brockville; and the available records for the British Home Children who came to Canada through the Quarrier organization. 

A new Home Children resource at BIFHSGO

Further to this, the volunteers of the BIFHSGO has a new resource - the British Home Children Deaths Database

Each of the more than 2,000 records in this database provides the name of the deceased Home Child. The records may also contain age at death, cause of death, location of death, burial location, and the year the child arrived in Canada. 

You can learn about this and other databases at

Meanwhile, happy researching!

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