Trace your family history
Start to trace your family history by sending us an enquiry form with details about your relative.
- For an enquiry about a Barnardo’s child cared for in the UK, you will need to pay an initial non refundable search fee of £15 (payment taken online).
- For a Barnardo’s child who emigrated to Canada or Australia, a fee will be required later to gain access to the full history we have available (free initial search).
When you have sent the form and payment (if appropriate), a search of Barnardo’s archives will be undertaken and we will contact you to advise the outcome of the search.
You can either make an enquiry online, and pay with credit card, or see postal details below.
Make a postal enquiry
Make a postal enquiry with a cheque payment (if appropriate) by downloading one of the following forms and sending it back to us.
- Enquiry about your relative who lived in the UK (PDF) (£15 initial search fee)
- Enquiry about your relative who emigrated to Australia or Canada (PDF) (Free initial search)
We take great care to look after yours and your relatives' data. Here are our rules around handling data (PDF).
We believe in children. Funds raised through this service are reinvested in Barnardo's work with children and young people.