Barnardo's Ups and Downs
This page provides an index of more than 58,000 names of Home Children and other identifying information mentioned in Barnardo’s Ups and Downs
magazine published between August 1895 and December 1949. Dr. Barnardo’s organization brought more Home Children to Canada than any other group.
British Home Children: Their Stories
This is a collection of stories and images by Home Children descendants. BIFHSGO launched this commemorative book in December 2010 to celebrate Ontario’s Year of the British Home Child.
Fegan Homes Index
Between 1885 and 1939, Fegan Homes brought more than 3,200 boys to Canada. This page provides an index of 3,530 Home Children's names, extracted from 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.
Guide to the Middlemore Index and Sources
This document is integral to understanding the Middlemore Index. As none of the Middlemore source files are available on-line, the Middlemore Index contains and cross-references all references to about 5,200 children brought to Canada by the Middlemore Children’s Emigration Homes. The Guide describes what the source documents contain, how the information is laid out, and how to interpret the information.
Home Children Deaths
This page provides an index recording information on the deaths of more than 4,500 Home Children. It will help researchers see where these children lived and is intended to complement memorials such as the Barnardo Girl’s Memorial in Peterborough, Ontario.
Middlemore Index *NEW*
As we commence this 25th
anniversary year of BIFHSGO, we are pleased to present a revised and extended version of the Middlemore Index. The Index is temporarily in a format similar to that of an Excel spreadsheet pending a major revision of our website. The Index includes not only the surnames of all children the Middlemore agency brought to Canada, but also all legible references to them found in the microfilmed Middlemore records deposited at Library and Archives Canada. Be sure to read the Guide to the Middlemore Index and Sources
Foreign-Born Canadian Militia, 1907
This page contains an index of almost 2,000 Canadian militia personnel in the permanent or volunteer force in 1907 who were not born in Canada. Most were of British origin.
Ottawa Sharp Shooters Company List, 1885
In late March 1885, in reaction to the proclamation of a Provisional Government by Louis Riel, thousands of volunteer militia soldiers set off for North West Canada to suppress the rebellion. This page includes the names of fifty-three men who served in the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters.
Rideau Canal Soldiers, 1831
This is a nominal list of non-commissioned officers, privates and buglers of the Companies of Royal Sappers and Miners disbanded at the Rideau Canal in December 1831.
Women's Emigration *NEW*
This is an index 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.
WWII Child Evacs *NEW*
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.
Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910
With more than 1,000 surnames mentioned, these diaries provide insight into local life in Bury/Boston, Preston and Burnley in east-central Lancashire.
Browse the titles in the collection of books BIFHSGO donated to the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. These are ordered by topic.
This page links to an index which allows you to interact with BIFHSGO members who may share your ancestral surnames. You must be a BIFHSGO member to add names to the index, but anyone can use the index.