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...

On November 16, 1994 Industry Canada issued Letters Patent for the the
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

YouTube channel launched

We are excited to announce the launch of our YouTube channel with one of the most popular lectures at our 2014 Conference. Watch and listen to historian and author Lucille Campey deliver her lecture, Ignored But Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants.

Conference 2015 - Call for Speakers

BIFHSGO is seeking proposals for presentations at our 21st Annual Conference, September 18 - 20, 2015, to be held at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
For more information about submitting proposals, please read our submission details. Deadline is January 31, 2015.
The conference will focus on three main topics:
• Scotland
• Photographs in Genealogy
• Technology 


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.

Kick Start #3 for PowerPoint Presentations
13 Dec 2014
In this third Before BIFHSGO on PowerPoint, Brian Glenn will review the key dos and don’ts for a good presentation and demonstrate a couple ...
Guns and Powerpoint
13 Dec 2014
Brenda Turner will be bringing two rifles which have been verified by the staff of the Canadian War Museum as being manufactured in England and ...
Great Moments in Genealogy with the Following Four Speakers
13 Dec 2014
Henry Shelverton: A Life in Hiding Because Shelverton is a very rare name, Sandra Adams expected it would be simple to find her ancestor Henry Shelverton ...
Using Dropbox for Genealogy
10 Jan 2015
There are some occasions when sending genealogy files and pictures by e-mail just doesn't work. This is where a cloud-based service like comes in ...
OGS Ottawa
10 Jan 2015
OGS Ottawa will be hosting a table to describe thier capabilities.
The Queen's Photographer, the Abyssinian Prince and my Great Granduncle Charlie
10 Jan 2015
Patricia Roberts-Pichette grew up listening to stories of her great grand uncle and his adventures in India, Malaysia, New Zealand and North Africa. A ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
17 Jan 2015
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...

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20 years available online

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