This talk explores the history of emigration from the Fenlands of England which helped to populate the Canadian Provinces during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The focus being the operations of the Canadian Emigration Service, its Offices and Agents, around the East of England. The talk uncovers some of the ways and means used to encourage people to emigrate, insight into the different agencies and influential individuals concerned and reveals some surprising conspiracies of the time. The talk also draws upon the speaker's own experience on identifying lesser-known sources of records and documents available, both British and Canadian, which bring to life hidden gems. These sources reveal key people and events lost through the generations and facts are discovered about those who emigrated and why they left English shores.
Carolyn Perkins QG is a genealogist and local historian, with over 25 years’ experience of researching her own family history and undertaking research for other local community history projects. In addition to family and house history, she has undertaken special projects covering churches and their parishes, memorials, and community history, as well as military history especially war memorials. Carolyn has Postgraduate Degree in Family and Local History, from the University of Dundee and aims to return and complete her delayed master’s degree dissertation on the role of the Canadian Emigration Service and its Agents in Peterborough. In 2018, Carolyn was pleased to be accepted as a full member of the 'Register of Qualified Genealogists'. Having now retired from a long and varied career latterly as a business and transformation consultant in the public sector, and over 25 years as a 'Fellow of the Institute of Directors’, Carolyn is hoping to spend more time on her genealogy and local history activities.