British Home Children Genealogy Keffer-Diceman

I’m back!

Posting Member: Jenn & Rory Pumpkin
Topic: My AMAZING trip!
Family Name Associations: Stone, Carr
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Mood: Starving!

A little love for Gleeks everywhere ♥
Those are some shots of Rory Pumpkin during a research session the other night, he deems genealogy sleep worthy! Or maybe sleep-on worthy.
Well, I had an amazing mini-vacation… Not only was the company a laughing riot, and the shopping a grand success on all fronts, BUT I also got some research done. Imagine!

There was a small stop at an old, sweet white church that I managed a couple of clicks at, and then as well there was the vast accomplishment of visiting Niagara on the Lake and speaking to people there about the British Home Children and Our Western Home.

First off, the ladies in the old court house who work with providing public information were so good to us! They explained that the building we were actually in used to the the old court house (But perhaps not the second court house where the actual ‘Western Home’ was located), and then provided us with detailed information on where to find the Museum.

The people at the Museum just bent over backwards for us… It was an amazing experience! I cannot say enough for the kindness and open hospitality of these people at Niagara on the Lake. I can’t wait to go back there to learn more and absorb more of the amazing atmosphere. First off, there was a chest much like our own at the museum. There was also a small write-up about Maria Rye and a few images in the display. We were given a card for the curator and a list of all the ‘Our Western Home’ articles in the Museum’s possession with an invitation to make an appointment the next time we’re there to view anything within the collection. But something we’re really excited about was finding the book ‘The Little Immigrants’ by Kenneth Bagnell (The new edition with a preface by Hon. Roy MacLaren) and I really think we might find some new leads just by reading into all this additional research.

As well, the museum staff gave me a copy of this picture of the original Our Western Home building.

There’s definitely vast differences between this building and the present courthouse which serves as an Information center as well. Which would make sense in our having heard that the ‘orphanage’ had been destroyed previously. I definitely will need to bring all my notes the next time we’re headed in that direction, silly me thinking I’d just be off shopping!

I’m going to sign off on this post now and head to bed, as today was crazy busy with so little actually accomplished (Beyond the discussing of renovations for my office, it might be time to actually re-arrange some space in here, Eeeeee! 😀 I’m so excited about paint an organization!). But before I go, I have to mention we stopped by the Angel Pub for lunch on Sunday, and it did not disappoint! Mum was SO right about the food and the atmosphere. Nothing like eating fish and chips in a place build in 1814 to start off some amazing research! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was perfect and even the ghost story and historical news print with background for the pub was memorizing. I can’t wait to go back and highly recommend it to anyone going to eat in the area. After all, it can’t all just be wine tours… Not that they should ever be discounted! I’ll be back for further updates soon I’m sure, wishing you all well!

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Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.


  • 25 Jul 2013 - 3:14 am | Permalink

    For a lot more information on British Home Children


  • 09 Aug 2013 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Just found this comment today and joined the group Wayne, thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

  • Tammy
    09 May 2018 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Just came across this tonight- a few years after the fact. Did the museum tell you what year the picture of the original ” Our Western Home” that they gave you was taken? If so – what year? Please let me know. Thanks –

    • Tammy
      09 May 2018 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

      You can just email me your response.

    • 18 Jun 2018 - 3:20 am | Permalink

      The Museum did not give me a date for the photograph.
      I know only that the building was purchased in 1869 by Maria Rye and the other media I’ve seen represents a very well kept building, which makes me wonder if this image in particular was taken well after the program ended with time for the trees to over grow and the porch to sag considerably.

      Additional information about Our Western Home can be found on Lori’s website:

      And if you’re looking for additional help on locating your BHC relative or speaking with other descendants, BHCARA is an amazing group:

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