Emigration original correspondence and entry books (1814-1871)
Browse Discovery, our catalogue, in CO 384 and CO 385 for information about settlers or people intending to settle in British North America, Australasia, the West Indies and other places.
Land and Emigration Commission papers (1840-1894)
Browse our catalogue in CO 386 for correspondence, entry books and registers of the Agent General for Emigration, the South Australian Commissioners and the Land and Emigration Commission. The series includes registers of births and deaths of emigrants at sea from 1854 to 1869, lists of ships chartered from 1847 to 1875, and registers of surgeons appointed from 1854 to 1894.
Records of the Children’s Overseas Reception Board (1940-1959)
The Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) was set in June 1940 up to administer offers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA to care for British children in private homes. Evacuation continued until 17 September 1940, when SS City of Benares was torpedoed en route to Canada with the loss of 77 children.
Search our catalogue (DO 131) by name for case histories of all the CORB children evacuated overseas during the Second World War.
Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”
To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).