British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
This year marks our 20th anniversary. Founded in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is located in Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. Learn more...
 




Next Monthly Meeting - October 11

9:00 a.m. Before BIFHSGO The Importance of the Chaplain to the Catholic Soldiery, a presentation by Dr. Niall Keogh.
9:30 a.m. Discovery Tables — James Lynn will host a table for Irish research and Ann Burns will play Sean O'Duill's presentation about Irish Marriage or Death Customs in the 19th century.
10:00 a.m.
Assisted Emigration to Escape the Great Famine of Ireland — Ann Burns will talk about the Three Terrible Choices that were available to tenants on the Fitzwilliam Estate during the Great Famine: stay on your rented land; go to the workhouse; or accept the landlord's offer of assisted emigration to Canada.
For a list of suggested books, take a look at our librarian's Reading List.
 
The meeting takes place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Free parking is available in the lots east of the building only on Saturday and Sunday. Do not use the lot west of the building.
 
Open to members and visitors. Free admission. More information about each of these presentations is available in our Meetings section.


Conference 2014 handouts for members

 
Handouts from our 20th Annual Conference, held in September 2014, are now available for our members in the Members Only section.

News


Research and learn

Our library — books, journals, research aids
 
Home children — database, stories, origins
 
Women's emigration database — early 19th century
 
Links to online resources — from beginner resources to dna, military records, and newspapers
 
Speaker interviews — podcast series
 
Handouts — monthly meeting presentations and conferences


Online Donations

Learn how you can make donations online to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps.


Upcoming
The Importance of the Chaplain to the Catholic Soldiery
11 Oct 2014
Dr. Niall Keogh will give a overview of the Chaplains of all the Irish battalions and concentrate on some of the Jesuit ones.  For many ...
Irish Research
11 Oct 2014
James Lynn will host a table for Irish research and Ann Burns will be playing Sean O'Duill's presentation of Irish Marriage or Death Customs in the ...
Assisted Emigration to Escape the Great Famine of Ireland
11 Oct 2014
Ann Burns will talk about the Three Terrible Choices open to tenants on the Fitzwilliam Estate, during the Great Famine in Ireland: stay on ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
18 Oct 2014
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Kirsty Gray in Ottawa
02 Nov 2014
UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will deliver two lectures: Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous and Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction.   ...
A Century Ago: War Comes to Canada
08 Nov 2014
Dr. Jonathan Vance will endeavour to take us back to the Canada of August 1914 by discussing what their country would have looked like ...
Who was the Canadian Soldier and War comes to Canada - Artifacts and the History of Military Mapping
08 Nov 2014
Dr. Jonathan Vance will show several artifacts relating to his presentations at both our monthly meeting and the Before BIFHSGO events. As well, Harold McClemons ...

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Featuring
20 years available online

Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly publication.

Women's Emigration

The British Women's Emigration Association database contains the names of almost 600 women who came to Canada in the early 20th century.