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Organizations Who Will Help Search (Canada | Britain | Australia)


As of January 1, 2002, all requests for assistance in tracing a home child should be sent to:

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
c/o John Sayers
2157 Fillmore Cres
Gloucester, Ottawa, ON, K1J 6A1
email: sayersji@sympatico

Home Children Canada
107 Erindale Ave.
Renfrew, ON
Canada K7V 4G3
Phone: 613-432-2486

Mr. Lorente started his work in this area by tracing his father, who was brought to Canada by one of the Catholic Church organizations. He has collected a great deal of information and has a database containing the names of immigrants he comes across in his work. (Requests for assistance should be directed to the British Isles Family History Society above.)

Home Children: Builders of Canada
PO Box 3128
Richmond, Quebec J0B 2H0
Phone: 819-826-3478

Sarge & Pauline Bampton have been doing work in the area of Sherbrooke and Knowlton Quebec.

Douglas Fry
503 King George Street
Brantford, ON N3T 5L8

Mr Douglas Fry has copies of Fegan's booklets dated 1885-1932, records of 3,600 Fegan boys emigrated to to Canada and a list of 4500 Roman Catholic boys sent to Canada from South London.

Great Britain

The following organizations in England specialize in tracing. This information was provided by Barnardo Homes and other sources.

Salvation Army
The Director, Family Tracing Services
101 Newington Causeway
London, SE1 6BN
Phone: 020 7367 4747
Email: at present only by mail

This organization will not trace adopted relatives.

International Red Cross
Welfare Section
9 Grosvenor Crescent
London, SW1

International Social Services (UK)
Cranmer House
39 Brixton Road
London, SW9 6DD
0171-735-8941 Fax: 0171 582 0696

 Department of Health and Social Security
Liaison Officer
Records Branch
Room 101B
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE98 1YU

Child Migrants Trust
28A Musters Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham, NG2 7PL
Phone: 0115 9822811
Donations are accepted but there is no charge for the service. This organization has a new book out called Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys. Although mostly about the children in Australia, there is a chapter on Canada. It deals with the stories of the children.

Family Policy Co-ordinator
Room 123 Wellington House
Department of Health
133235 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG
Phone: (020) 7972-4086
Fax: (020) 7972-4257

Organisations caring for children will only have information on their own children:


(For Catholic children try here first):
The Nugent Care Society
99 Edge Lane
Liverpool, L7 2PE
Phone: 0151 261 2000
Fax: 0151 261 2001

The Catholic Children's Society (Westminister)
Crusade of Rescue
73 St. Charles Square
London W10 6EJ England
Phone: (0181) 969-5305

Rev. Mother-General
Poor Sisters of Nazareth
Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith W6 8DB London, England

Ms Siobham Clemons
Senior Social Worker
Adoption and Fostering Dept.
Father Hudson's Homes
Coventry Road
Coleshill Birmingham B46 3ED
Phone: (0167) 5462816
Fax: (0167) 546-7335

The Catholic Rescue Society
St. Vincent House
13 Westbourne Crescent
Whitechurch Cardiff CF4 2XN Wales

Catholic Child Welfare Council, St. Joseph's
Watford Way, Hendon,
London, NW4 4TY
Phone: 020 8203 6323

Catholic Children's Society (Southwark)
49 Russell Hill Road
Purley, Surrey CR8 2XB England

The Catholic Family History Society
c/o Mrs B.M. Murray, General Secretary
2 Winscombe Crescent
Ealing, London W5 1AZ England

Father Hudson's Homes
The Director, Social Work Department
Coventry Road
Coleshill, Birmingham, England, B46 3EB
Phone: 01675 463187
Fax: 01675 467335


Barnardo Homes (they hold Macpherson - Marchmont, Stratford - and Birt - Knowlton - records as well)
Head of After Care
Barnardo's, Tanners Lane
Barkingside, Ilford, Essex 1G6 1QG
Phone (020) 8550-8822

British Boys Movement (Formerly Big Brother Movement)
The Secretary, British Boys Movement
Canberra House 10-16 Maltravers Street
London, WC2 England

Boys and Girls Welfare Society
Central Offices, Schools Hill
Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1JE
Phone: (061)428-5256

Church Army Headquarters
Independents Road
London, SE3 9GL
Fax: 0208 318 5258

Church of England Children's Society
(1881 - formerly Waifs and Strays)
Edward Rudolf House, Margery Street
London, WC1X 0J1
but send inquries to:
The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre
Block A, Floor 2
Tower Bridge Business Complex
100 Clements Road
Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG
Phone: 011-44-207-232-2966
Fax: 011-44-207-252-3902

The Administrator, Fairbridge
207 Waterloo Road,
London SE1 8XD England
Phone: (020) 7928-1704
Fax: (020) 7928-6016

Mr. Fegan's Homes Inc.
160 St. James Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN1 2HE
(01899) 538288

John Grooms (1866)
10 Gloucester Drive
Finsbury Park
London, N4 2LP

Invalid Children's Aid Society (1881)
126 Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1W 9SB

Jewish Welfare Board of Guardians
315 Ballards Lane
London, N12 8LP

Middlemore Homes
55 Stevens Avenue
Bartley Green
Birmingham, England, B32 3SD
Phone: 0121 427 9791 (plus the county access code)

Mill Grove (Children's Home and Mission, 1899)
10 Crescent Road
South Woodford
London, E18

National Children's Home (Founded 1869 by Dr. Stephenson Bowman) now:
NCH Central Office
Operations Department
85 Highbury Park
London, N5 1UD, England
Phone: (020)7704-7000
Web Page:

15 Belgrave Road
Dublin 6, Eire
(PACT holds the records for the Church of Ireland Social Services, the Bethany Homes, the Nursery Rescue Society and the Protestant Adoption Society. They also have access to most of the records involving the Protestant Community in Ireland.)

Presbyterian Orphan Society
45 Howard Street
Northern Ireland, BT1 6NE

Quarrier Homes
Quarrier's Children's Village
Bridge of Weir
Renfrewshire, Scotland PA11 3SA

Manager, Ragged School Museum
4650 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR England
Phone: (020) 8980-6450
Fax: (020) 8983-3481

Salvation Army International Headquarters
101 Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4
Phone: 0171-236-5222

Shaftesbury Homes and 'Arethusa' (founded 1843 and ragged schools)
The Chapel
Royal Victoria Patriot Building
Trinity Road
London, England, SW18 3SX
Phone: 0208 875 1555
Fax: 0208 875 1954

Smyly Homes
The Secretary
15 Rock Hill
Black Rock
Dublin, Eire

Spurgeons's Homes (1867 including Stockwell Orphanage, London)
Stockwell Orphanage
Birchington, Kent

Thomas Coram Foundation
40 Brunswick Square
London, WC1N 1AZ


The Fairbridge Drake Society (Note: some Fairbridge children were brought to Canada)
202 Lambeth Road
London, SE1 7JW

British Boys' Movement (formerly Big Brothers)
Canberra House
10-16 Maltravers Street
London, WC2

Catholic Child Welfare Council (all enquiries by Catholic agencies or religious orders to this address)
Mr. Mike Lyons
C/O Catholic Children's Society (Southwark)
49 Russell Hill Road, Purley
Surrey, CR8 2XB

Barnardo Homes Head of After Care, Barnardo's
Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, 1G6 1QG, England
(020) 85508822
Fax: (020) 85516870

Australian Emigration (N.S.W. Offices)

To visit:
"Big Brother" Movement Ltd.
Suite 5 Level 9
AAP Centre
259 George Street
NSW 2000 Australia
Tel: 02 9251 9757
Fax: 02 9251 9767

To write:
"Big Brother" Movement Ltd.
PO Box N 874
Grosvenor Place
NSW 1220 Australia

Canon Harold Rawson
"Dreadnought" Scheme Custodian
Claremont Lane
NSW 2756

The "Fairbridge" Foundation
Trust Building
155 King Street
NSW 2000

If any one has additional information please contact me.

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