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Emigration of the Poor

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mollie Tue 10-Nov-15 15:42:54

During the late Victorian period thousands of the poor were helped by local charities to emigrate to the colonies to relieve local burden. I'd like to know more - has anyone experience or knowledge of this bit of our social history please? I know some of my family headed off to Canada but would like to know about the application process generally.

Alima Tue 10-Nov-15 20:46:44

Do you use your local family history archive? I found the people who work in them are really knowledgable and have so much information. I phoned the Lewisham LH library on several occasions and they were really helpful. Not about emigration though. Where would people leave from to go to Canada, somewhere like Southampton or Liverpool? Might be a start.

mollie Tue 10-Nov-15 21:05:51

I emailed our county archive a year or two back and got a vague and unhelpful reply. I know where they sailed from etc but not which charity helped them. Perhaps I asked the wrong questions confused

Juliette Tue 10-Nov-15 21:20:09

mollie my great grandmother and her youngest son were sponsored (if that's the right expression) by the Salvation Army. This was 1915 so later than where you are searching. They might be more helpful with archives etc.

mollie Tue 10-Nov-15 22:09:18

That's a thought, thank you. I suspect it was a religious charity as it would explain a baptism at age 16...something to pursue...

rosequartz Tue 10-Nov-15 23:04:02

I didn't know they could be sponsored. Some of our ancestors went to Canada as missionaries in the early 1900s. We found ship's records online on Ancestry and also found a photograph of some of the family who went later which had been published in the local newspaper in 1925.

M0nica Wed 11-Nov-15 05:56:37

Many immigrants went under their own steam or to join relatives already in the country.

During the Irish famine most of my great grandmother's family emigrated directly to the USA, but her father, the eldest, was married with children and couldn't afford fares for all his family and came to the UK instead, as his children grew up many of them saved the money to emigrate to join the family in the US. My grandmother gathered the money for her fare, but then fell in love in the UK so married and stayed here.

We traced family through the Ancestry passenger list sources and Census returns in the USA.