The encouragement and dissemination of family history research by people with ancestry in the British Isles is a key component of BIFHSGO's mission. Our goal is to facilitate, preserve and share British Isles and Canadian family history research.
Our members have devoted thousands of volunteer hours researching and transcribing data to create data sources that provide invaluable help to researchers, specifically with respect to home children. We continue to work in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada on a number of research projects.
When you search our Name Index, you will see a link to every record with that name from any of our data sources. Please read the Information to learn about the data sources; this will help you efficiently focus your search efforts.
We do not provide a family history research service, but if you have a specific question, please send us a Query.
Home Child Sources
Our home children records include indexes of materials related to children brought to Canada by various agencies—Barnardo’s, Children's Emigration Homes (Middlemore), Fegan Homes and Father Hudson.
|Learn more about the home child initiative in this background document prepared by Patricia Roberts-Pichette for BIFHSGO’s work on documenting the lives of home children in all these indexes.|
The Ups and Downs magazine was published in Toronto, Ontario by the Canadian branch of Dr. Barnardo’s organization from August 1895 until December 1949 and provided information about many home children brought to Canada by Dr. Barnardo and, after 1924, by Annie Macpherson’s (Marchmont) homes. Learn more
BIFHSGO has developed an index of Children’s (Middlemore) Emigration Homes. Although none of the Middlemore source documents are available online, researchers can request access to or obtain copies of documents from microfilm reels held at Library and Archives Canada, the Library of Birmingham or the National Archives of Australia. Learn more about the Children’s (Middlemore) Emigration Homes initiative.
Learn more about instructions on how to order or access copies or records, and a description of the records themselves, in the Research Guide to the Name and Reference Index of the Children’s (Middlemore) Emigration Homes and its Sources [pending].
In addition, there are two subject indexes:
- Contents and Notes [pending] for the CEH (Middlemore) Annual Reports (1872/3–1939)
- Index to the Gerow, F. A. Report for 1905 on the Middlemore Home, Fairview Station, Nova Scotia
Children’s Emigration Homes (Middlemore) Indexing Project and Acknowledgements
Fegan Homes brought more than 3,200 boys to Canada. This index provides a list of 3,530 home children's names, extracted from the original papers of Fegan Homes, currently held in private hands. This is a subset of the home children index maintained by Library and Archives Canada. Learn more ...
This is the result of a research project to digitize an album of photos compiled by Father George Vincent Hudson, a Catholic priest who founded St George's Home for homeless children on Wellington Street in Ottawa.
The photos are indexed; many subjects are named and can be found through a search of the database. An album of all photos is available for browsing. The photo index in the album provides more information about the people in group photos. Learn more...
This database contains over 14,000 entries, being the names of children that various agencies brought to Canada from the UK during the years 1869-1892. It was transcribed by BIFHSGO volunteers from Canadian Department of Agriculture records (RG17), which have not been microfilmed and are only available by special request and only in hard copy form. Learn more...
This database gives information on the deaths of more than 5,000 home children. Learn more...
Note: The information has been submitted by many different people and there is inadequate sourcing for the information. There is also duplication of names in the list.
The military records include information about WW I soldiers who died at No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Foreign-Born Canadian Militia, Ottawa Sharp-Shooters and Rideau Canal Soldiers.
This database is an alphabetical index to a list of 1,991 Canadian militia personnel in the permanent or volunteer force in 1907 who were not born in Canada. Most were of British origin.
The index contains surname and forenames or initials, rank, age, country of origin, military division, page on which the name is found, and a link to the image of the original table.
Additional information in the original publication is the nature of appointment or employment, date of appointment, rank before appointment or employment, rank after appointment or employment, yearly remuneration for service, and remarks. Learn more..
This database includes members of the Companies of Royal Sappers and Miners engaged in the building of the Rideau Canal. Learn more…
This is a database of the names (and a growing collection of biographies) of 879 WW I soldiers who died at No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in select periods between February 1916 and January 1919. It is taken from journals kept by the chaplains who served there. Most records include the soldier’s name, rank, service number, unit, date of death, and the name of the chaplain who wrote the information. Some include also the date of admission to the CCCS, the date of burial, a description of the soldier's wounds and the next of kin, with an address. Learn more…
In late March 1885, in reaction to Louis Riel's proclamation of a provisional government, thousands of volunteer militia soldiers set off for North West Canada to suppress the rebellion. This database includes the names of 53 men who served in the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters. Learn more in the Sharpshooters Field Diary and find contextual information about The Ottawa Sharpshooters.
Migration records include stories about Canadian war brides of World War II, British Women's Emigration Association immigrants and World War II unaccompanied child evacuees.
1946 was the year that most war brides arrived in Canada and so BIFHSGO began a project in 2021—75 years later—to highlight this period. Learn more about the history of the Canadian war brides' initiative and the ships known to have brought war brides to Canada.
This is a list of 687 women assisted by the British Women's Emigration Association (BWEA), headed by the Hon. Mrs. Ellen Joyce from 1901 to 1919. The BWEA’s aim was to encourage middle-class women to emigrate to the colonies because of a perceived surplus of women in England and Wales. Learn more...
In 1940, with the threat of a Nazi invasion looming, certain more affluent parents in Britain decided to evacuate their children to Canada. This database lists the names of 1,834 of these children and where they were accommodated. Learn more...
This includes a transcription of the Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910.
The diaries record life in east-central Lancashire throughout the period from 1772 to 1910. The main region of geographic coverage is triangulated by Bury/Bolton, Preston and Burnley.
Samuel Scowcroft (1838–1914) kept his detailed diary for almost 50 years from February 14, 1861 to June 28, 1910. He was a well-known figure around the districts of Harwood and Bradshaw. Being from a large, well-known local family, a local grocer, the Overseer for Harwood (from March 24 1882) and generally involved in local politics and the running of the district, he was ideally placed to know a lot of people and a lot of local facts that otherwise might not now be known. The collection includes:
- Chronology, Surname and Place Indexes
- Letter from James Bolton, New York, 1833
- Scowcroft Tree Name Index
- List of books available through the Turton (Lancashire) Local History Society.
You can also access the full document. The names in these documents are not included in the index of names—only in these attached files.