From 1869 through to 1939 (1948 to British Columbia) it has been estimated over 100,000 children were emigrated from the United Kingdom to Canada to be used as indentured farm workers and domestic servants. Believed by Canadians to be orphans, only two percent truly were. These children were sent to Canada by over 50 organizations including the well-known and still working charities such as Barnardo's and Quarrier's.
The British Home Children Registry was started by Perry Snow in 2000 in memory of his father BHC Frederick George Snow (1909 - 1994). In November 2013 Perry transferred his rough spreadsheet data of some 58,500 immigrant children to the BHCARA (Lori Oschefski) in order to carry on his work and make this information publicly available. Since 2013 BHCARA and its volunteers added approximately another 2,200 BHCs to Perry's list. Norah Dennis had begun a similar project and in 2014 Norah also transferred her data of 21,400 children to the BHCARA.
The aforementioned data was given to BHCARA volunteer LeeAnn Beer who merged, culled and reformatted it, resulting in a list of approximtely 61,000 British Home Children. This is the foundation upon which she continues to build our BHCARA British Home Children Registry.
Only surnames beginning with AA to PAY are presently online.
Work is ongoing daily to enter missing children, emigration information, and perform logic and error checks.
This work being done alphabetically and we plan to update this site at least weekly during the process.