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52 Weeks of Ancestors

BHC Charlotte Madden by great-great-granddaughter Sharilynne St. Louis

My name is Sharilynne St.Louis, I am the great great granddaughter of Charlotte Madden, a BHC child and this is my story or should I say Charlotte's story.  My family search began in 2008 in search of my 2 half brothers that I did not know. I did find them! However, my interest did not stop when I found my brothers. I also discovered on a marriage certificate that one of my great great grandmo...
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BHC James Phillips by granddaughter Loretta Worden

James Phillips was my British Home Child grandfather who came to Canada in May of 1913 on the SS Mongolian with his sister Florence May 1901 - 1995 and his brother Henry James, 1898- unknown . James was born in # 11 Dolday, Worcester, Worchestershire, England on 21 March, 1904, to Harriett Hughes and James Phillips . Dolday was a very poor area in that city at that time. James's f...
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BHC Walter Dance by granddaughter-in-law Marlene Dance

We never knew anything about my husband’s grandfather Walter Dance, and the only answer to any question was “he was an English Orphan who abandoned the family years ago”. No one in the family ever talked about him it was like he had never existed. In 1999 when my husband’s father died, we thought that any opportunity to know something had probably died with him. But later on, going through old ...
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52 Weeks Ancestor Challenge – Week 26 – BHC John McVittie by granddaughter Mary Lynn McVittie

This was shared at a recent Women's Institute meeting in Norval.  It was part of a school project in 1984. It is written by the 12 year old granddaughter of British Home Child, John McVittie. "This is a story about the little immigrants, the orphans, who came to Canada between 1870 and the Great Depression of the 1930s, and in particular, about one of these home children, my grandfather, John M...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors Challenge – Week 25: Grace Ruth Sillett, by granddaughter Susan Brazeau

A Granddaughter's Search for the Hidden Years In 1986, I read a one page excerpt from a book that led to a change in my life.  I became a family researcher.  The book was called "The Little Immigrants", the author, Kenneth Bagnell.  I immediately purchased my own copy of the book and began to write on the inside covers and in the many spare spaces on various pages. I wrote down everything I remem...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors Challenge, Week 24: Nellie Rose Daniels, by BHC Descendant Gerald Southam

Nellie Rose Daniels was born on March 7, 1891 in Birmingham to Rose Ann (Southam) and Walter Wallace Daniels.  Walter was listed as a Brick Layer, jobber.  (Walter Wallace Daniels b 1851 in Paddington, d June 22, 1927 in Shoreditch)  The birth was registered on April 14, 1891 at All Saints, Birmingham. Nellie was baptized on May 6, 1891 in the parish of Ladywood, St John, Warwickshire.  Her par...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors – Week 23 | Robert and Thomas Joyce by BHC Daughter and Niece Sandra Joyce

My dad, Robert Joyce and I. (Sandra Joyce)
Growing up, we always thought that our family was small. Even though we had aunts and uncles and a grandmother on our mother’s side, they lived in far-off England . All we knew of them was that every year on our birthdays and at Christmas, small presents from overseas would arrive. We knew very little about our Dad’s family: his brother was ‘out west’ and his mother had died. His father had...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors Challenge, Week 22, Charles Brown & Percy Brown, by BHC granddaughter and great niece Shalon Hoyle

A writer I am not, but every time I tell or write my grandfather's story, it flows a little easier, almost like it's become a part of my own life, like I was there. I often wonder how my grandfather would feel about me telling his story, a story he worked his whole life to bury. I hope he would be proud. I hope he would feel a sense of relief that he no longer has to feel ashamed of his past. I ho...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors Challenge, Week 21, BHC Edwin Matthew Baker, by son Ron Baker

For decades, I and my brothers and sister believed that our father Edwin was an American born in Boston, USA, in fact in 1970 I actually wrote letters to the city of Boston archives and to the Boston State House seeking information on my father. They replied that they had no records of him or his mother, Rebecca. I chalked it up to possibly poor record keeping back in 1913. That all changed o...
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52 Weeks of Ancestors Challenge – Week 20 | BHC Thomas Eveleigh, by granddaughter Cathy Smith

I didn't know much about my maternal grandfather, Thomas Eveleigh, and had a lot of trouble getting information from family. No one seemed to know anything. He had always told the family that he had come to Canada from Australia. As a youngster it never occurred to me to ask questions about my family heritage and as a result it wasn't until after my grandfather's death that I began to wonder. F...
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