British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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. Join us at our monthly meetings at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.                  Learn more...

2016 Conference - Ireland and DNA

Our conference program and online registration are now available for our 22nd Annual Family History Conference, September 9 - 11, 2016, at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa. We look forward to seeing you there!


Our member benefits include four issues of our award-winning quarterly journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots, presentation handouts in our Members Only section, and 50% off a Findmypast subscription. Learn about other benefits and find our online membership form here.

WWI Casualty Clearing Station Database

Search our No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station database for soldiers who were treated by the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WWI. If you would like to volunteer to write soldiers' biographies, please contact our research team at


Online Donations

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

DNA Special Interest Group
30 Apr 2016
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.   At this meeting, ...
Skimming the Surface of British Merchant Marine Records: Ships, Masters, Mates and Crew Agreements
14 May 2016
Barbara Tose will speak about the more than 35 types of records pertaining to merchant shipping and mariners that were produced by British government ...
Archive CD Books Canada
14 May 2016
Archive CD Books Canada will bring a relevant selection of their CD products for you to review. They will also demonstrate any of their products ...
Merchant Marine Records
14 May 2016
Barbara Tose will show some of the Marine Merchant Records she has used in her research.   For the first time these records will be ...
No Irish Country Doctor
14 May 2016
Roy Thomas’ great-uncle Michael Laffan was no Irish country doctor. Unlike his father, a well-known Cashel doctor, Roy Thomas’ great-uncle, spent his medical career ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 May 2016
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings with ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
28 May 2016
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.