John D. Reid

John D. Reid

A native of Norfolk, John D Reid moved to Canada in 1966 pursuing a career as a PhD research scientist, Director, Policy and International Affairs for Canada’s Meteorological Service and serving as President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
He stepped up his interest in family and local history on retirement joining the board of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) in 2000, serving as President from 2004 to 2006. For the Society he compiled a monthly email newsletter, which spawned a blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, which has over 9000 postings since March 2006.
He is author of Researching Canada`s Home Children, editor of The Ottawa Sharpshooters, author of articles in several newsstand and society magazines, and writes a regular column for BIFHSGO’s quarterly chronicle. He has been a frequent speaker on topics in family history including in Canada, the UK and Portugal.
He was a member of the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Services Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009, currently serves on the Board for the LAC Documentary Heritage Communities Program and is on the advisory panel for
He is a member of BIFHSGO, The Guild of One Name Studies, Ontario Genealogical Society and the UK Society of Genealogists.

Silver Spoon and Short Straw Migrants to Canada


The presentation provides case studies of two types of migrants to Canada. Some from well to do families were no longer welcome at home. Remittance men existed on monthly cheques sent while they remained overseas. Others, unsuccessful in Britain, made a fresh start finding jobs including in the military and red serge of Canadian police […]

Case Study Children Migration