Children's homes

This guide was last updated in 2009

Looking through children's home archives can often prove to be another good source of information.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Liverpool holds the archives of the National Children’s Homes (now NCH Action for Children), and Barnardo’s.

You can also contact Barnado's staff at Making Connections, who have access to the records, to find information about your Barnado's ancestors. Further details are available here.

The Library & Archives Canada holds records of the Middlemore Homes organisation. Between 1873 and 1936 more than 5,000 young child migrants, aged between two and 18, mainly from Birmingham, arrived in Canada under a programme originated by John Throgmorton Middlemore (1844-1925). Volunteers with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) are currently in the process of compiling an index for those records.

If you are searching for Catholic migrants, records are held at the Catholic Children’s Society Archives, 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ. Other transferring agencies records may be held at local record offices. In most cases archives are subject to access restrictions and records of individuals are normally closed for 100 years.

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