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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Barnardo's Children
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 22:30:29 +0000
In message <00ac01c06873$2c5883a0$>, Joyce Stevens
>With all the injustices, surely it is incumbent upon the British government
>to provide the needed employees to help provide the requested information
>and try to heal some wounds. Otherwise, it appears the government after 130
>years still doesn't care.
It is not a government or public organisation, but a charity, concerned
with the care of orhpan and disadvantaged children. The historical
aspect is a plus.
>> Barnardos themselves have a massive archive, very carefully documented,
>> including photos of most of the children and their destinations. The
>> only problem is that, since a couple of TV programmes, they have an
>> enormous backlog of enquiries about the children.
>> They try to give priotity to actual 'children' now mostly very
>> elderly, where the time factor is pressing, and enquiries from their
>> descendants have to join a very long queue. Some of the enquirers get
>> very angry at the wait (as if they were the only ones involved). This
>> has caused unpleasant attacks on the small staff at Barnardos, who
>> fortunately have no, so far, retaliated by closing the service.
>> It is well worth waiting for the information, assembled from various
>> sources, from Barnardos at Goodmayes Rd, Dagenham, Essex. (can I see the
>> post code?? No - but if you try Barnardos in a search engine, the full
>> address will be revealed. The post offive will manage with this one)
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society