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Friday, November 28, 2008

Child emigration schemes to Canada

From The National Archives (UK): "Child emigration schemes to Canada - 9 December, 14:00-15:00. British child emigration schemes operated from 1618 to 1967. It has been estimated that during this period some 150,000 children were sent to the British Colonies and Dominions, most notably America, Australia and Canada, but also Rhodesia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean. This talk examines the records and the reasons behind those schemes that operated in North America, where child emigration peaked from the 1870s until 1914, when some 80,000 children were sent to Canada. Roger Kershaw joined The National Archives, formerly the Public Record Office, in 1986 and is now the Head of Records Knowledge for the Advice and Records Knowledge Department. He has published four books, Immigrants and Aliens - a guide to sources on UK immigration and citizenship, Emigrants and Expats - a guide to sources on UK emigration and residents overseas, Family History on the Move, and New Lives for Old - the story of Britain's child migrants. This is a free event. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis on the day and cannot be booked in advance"

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