How to look for records of... Emigrants
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Large-scale emigration has taken place from Britain to the USA, the West Indies, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Around 25 million people are believed to have emigrated from Britain and Ireland between 1600 and 2000.
In June 1940 the Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) was set up to administer offers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA to care for British children in private homes.
Evacuation stopped on 17 September 1940 when SS City of Benares was torpedoed with the loss of 77 children bound for Canada.