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    Do you know what his date of birth was or when he was sent to Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan Roberts View Post
    Do you know what his date of birth was or when he was sent to Canada?
    Thank you for your reply! I found a Canadian census record with his name as Freeman. His wife and children at the time also listed. I will try to find it and see if there's a way to figure out when he was born. I just have to find it again on my computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelsid View Post
    I too am from Canada. I am looking for my great-grandfather's English family. Would you know of any records of men sent to Canada as Remittance Men? My great-grandfather was adopted by a Canadian family at the age of 18 and changed his surname to Freeman. His former surname was Knight (allegedly), first name George. He settled in Stratford, Ontario.
    The other way young people made their way to Canada (or NZ, SA, or AU) was that they were sent as "Home Children". The opposite of the Remittance Man, they were sent to become children of families who were lacking same. I'm sure a some were treated as natural children of the couples who got them, but most were used as free labor and left their "families" as soon as they could due to abuse.

    The Home Children were kids who were orphans, abandoned by their families, or children of those living in the Work Houses. This practice started in 1869 and continued after the war, with the last known child being shipped off in 1967. (However, children were being shipped off to the far reaches of the empire starting in the colonial period.)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/th...d-1484622.html

    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.c...rant-children/

    https://www.thestar.com/news/insight...-programs.html

    http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/m...chive/sheet/10

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    I would sooo love to answer you with something positive, as I'm in the same boat. If I see a list of remittance men or women, on-line, I'll find my way back here and tell you about it. I've always wondered how the remittance folk actually received their money before the days of cheques, wire-taps, telegraphs, paypal ....

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    Mollybloom,
    A warm welcome to Britgen

    https://www.britishnewspapersarchive...earch/advanced

    Pop "remittance men" or "remittance man"in search field(The exact phrase). Just browsing the snippets gives some idea. Access to the article in full is by credit/subscription, or you can find them on FindMyPast.

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