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Barnardo’s Family History Service can help you

Barnardo’s has a vast archive of records about the children in its care. The oldest records available date from the 1870’s. If you had a relative you believe was in the care of Barnardo’s during their childhood, we may have records and images that will help you in researching your family history.

black and white photo of four Barnardo's babies

We offer a range of services to assist you in your research.

A basic search of our records costs a non-refundable £15. This will establish if your relative was a ‘Barnardo’s boy or girl’ and if we have a record of their time with us.

To initiate this search please complete our enquiry form. If we are successful in finding your deceased relative, as their closest decendant, you can purchase any of the following:

  • Admission Package - £70
  • Full History Package - £85
  • Photograph Package - £20

Full details of packages available (PDF)

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.