Niagara Peninsula Branch – Home Children Immigration through Niagara and Their Lives

Date(s) - 16/04/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Speaker: David Hemmings
In late 2018 David published a single spreadsheet of 4,500 Maria Rye’s British Home Children, mostly girls, on the NOTL Museum website. In January 2021 he published a sequel spreadsheet of 384 married and 94 unmarried BHCs for the period 1868 to 1874 on the same website. This extensive work has included researching and compiling Miss Rye’s records, reports to Government Departments, ships’ manifests and correspondence; and using Ancestry to identify the lives of about 20% of these BHCs. Many of these children were placed with families and on farms in Eastern Canada and the USA. David will be discussing the findings of this recent research.
David is the President of the Niagara Historical Society, a social historian who has published a dozen books and a volunteer researcher of lost local history.
He has received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary, the 10-year Volunteer Service Award from the province, and several other volunteer appreciation awards from local cultural and governmental organizations. Prior to the pandemic he ran monthly family genealogy & DNA testing workshops for 5 years in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library. He has found the birth families of about 20 adoptees in the Niagara area. David also assists the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in historical and Municipal Heritage Committee projects.
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