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A log house in Orillia Township (Simcoe County),

 Ontario painted in 1844 by Titus Hibbert Ware.

Courtesy Toronto Reference Library

Welcome to the English to Canada web-site - the web-site for people whose ancestors emigrated from England to Canada. By following the links you might discover:

  • the reasons why your ancestors left England,

  • why your ancestors emigrated when they did,

  • where in England your ancestors may have come from, and

  • the factors which caused them to settle in a particular part of Canada,

  • and, possibly, which ship they sailed in.

The information on this site is provided by Dr. Lucille H. Campey - a recognised authority on emigration from Britain to Canada. While writing her eight books on Scottish emigration to Canada, Lucille became aware that English immigrants had not had the attention they deserve. She has now taken up the challenge of writing their story. In doing so she is undertaking the first-ever detailed study of English emigration to Canada. Lucille has now written two out of three books on The English in Canada. The first book, Planters, Paupers and Pioneers - English settlers in Atlantic Canada, was published in 2010. The second book, Seeking a Better Future: The English settlers of Ontario and Quebec was published in 2012. The third book, covering English emigration to the prairie provinces and British Columbia, will be published in 2014.

Said Lucille: "The English were numerically the largest ethnic group to come to Canada, arriving in much greater numbers than the Irish or Scots. In spite of this they have been widely ignored by historians. My three books represent the first ever comprehensive study of emigration from England to Canada. But because this is is such a neglected topic I am very much aware that there are many family histories and emigrant stories still waiting to be told. Although there is a wealth of previously untapped material in Canadian Archives and English County Record Offices there must also be a many documents in private hands. If you would like to send me any material that you might have on people who emigrated from England to Canada I would be delighted to receive it. At the same time, I am always happy to offer my own ideas and suggestions - so please write to me if you think I can help you with your family tree research. My e-mail address is: lucille@englishtocanada.com. "

 If you want to explore this web-site please follow the links at the top of this page. They will take you to pages dealing with the English immigrants of each province. You can also find information about each of Lucille's books and how to order them.

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