The Hidden Lives website might not supply any names for your family history, but it does give a glimpse into the lives of the children who came under the care of The Waifs & Strays’ Society now know as The Children’s Society. The site focuses on the time period 1881 – 1918 and is made up of documents from the society’s archives. There is background information about children’s homes, fully searchable editions of the various publications of the society, photographs of the children and also examples of case files.
The society cared for children both in their residential homes and also in the community. None of the children are identified by name, but if you find one of your ancestors who were taken care of by The Children’s Society or a similar organisation this website will give you an understanding of the work undertaken to alleviate the suffering of the children and the lives of the children themselves.