when you’ll need something. My husband doesn’t like to throw things out for the reason that after you dismiss something or throw it out, you’ll need it.
Several years ago I went to a meeting where Dorothy Shier was talking about British Home Children, specifically, Barnardo children. I went to the meeting knowing that I didn’t have any Home Children in our family.
I had been looking for my great grandmother for months. The family story was that she came from Cornwall with her family when she was 4 years old and was born in 1877, according to her death certificate. I could find nothing about her previous to her children’s births. I had uncovered some stretches in some family stories so I wondered if there was some elastic in this story as well. I thought back to that Uxbridge Genealogy meeting and thought, I wonder…
I decided to look for her on the then Library and Archives Canada site. There was a search for Home Children. When I typed in her first name, middle initial and surname, there she was. The age was 5 years off, but not out of the ordinary for researching genealogy. And yes, I did do more research to prove she was my great grandmother and I had my father send away to Barnardo’s for information (another story perhaps).
If I had not gone to that meeting where I knew the information would not be useful to me (hah), I would never had found the piece to this puzzle.
You never know when you’ll need something.