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If you be­lieve your an­ces­tor was looked af­ter by Barnardo’s in the UK, or sent to Aus­tralia or Canada as a Home Child then the char­ity may hold in­for­ma­tion about them. Al­lan struck gold here, as Barnardo’s held records of in­spec­tors’ vis­its to the farms on which Thomas and Oliver had been placed, plus a photo of the two boys upon their ar­rival at the char­ity. To find out if Barnardo’s holds records on your an­ces­tors, go to­dosFHS.


Scans of First World War ser­vice records for sol­diers in the Cana­dian forces can be ac­cessed on Li­brary and Ar­chives Canada free of charge at (­canada). Al­lan was able to ac­cess Thomas and Oliver’s dig­i­tal files, which in­cluded Thomas’s at­tes­ta­tion pa­pers, med­i­cal re­ports, pay records and dis­charge cer­tifi­cate.


Trace the move­ments of your Cana­dian an­ces­tors us­ing the coun­try’s cen­suses avail­able to search for free on the Li­brary and Ar­chives Canada web­site (­canada­data). Those search­able on the web­site date from 1825 to 1916 (from 1851 to 1901, the cen­sus was taken every 10 years) with the 1921 avail­able on An­ces­ Early Cana­dian cen­suses were lit­tle more than a list of names but later ones in­clude more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion such as year of birth and whether an in­di­vid­ual could read and write.


Fo­rums are a great way to tap into the huge pool of knowl­edge. Al­lan put a mes­sage on a fo­rum ask­ing for help track­ing the Arnolds in Canada and re­ceived help that al­lowed him to take their story fur­ther. Be­sides WDYTYA? Mag­a­zine’s ( whodoyou thinky­ fo­rum), use­ful fo­rums for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans in­clude Ge­nes­re­united (­nes­re­ boards) and Rootsweb ( home.­ces­

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