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 Videos and Handouts

As an additional benefit to our members, video recordings of 11 presentations delivered at our 2016 Conference and 13 handouts are available in the Members Only section.
Learn about other member benefits and how to join us in Membership.

Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910

Our new database, Lancashire Diaries, lists more than 1,000 surnames, and it may help genealogists who are researching their Lancashire, England roots, from 1772 to 1910.
The diaries, kept for more than 50 years by Lancashire grocer and overseer Samuel Scowcroft, paint a picture of Lancashire farm life and the cotton industry during the 19th century as well as during part of the 18th and 20th centuries.

Home Child Database Almost Doubled

Thanks to our volunteers, we have almost doubled the number of entries in our British Home Children Deaths database. Now, you can now search more than 4,200 names in this free database that is open to the public. We have also added three new areas of information: age at death, union, and reference/source. Visit the database here.


Online Donations

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

DNA Special Interest Group
01 Oct 2016
Guest speaker Marc Snelling will deliver a presentation on utilities for genetic DNA analysis, featuring GEDMATCH and Genome Mate Pro.   BIFHSGO members meet ...
Online Family Trees
08 Oct 2016
  Haven’t got your tree online yet? Do you want to have a research assistant help find historical records and matches in other member trees? If ...
Did Lucy and Isaac Actually Marry? And the Importance of Dying in the Right Sequence
08 Oct 2016
  Brian Laurie-Beaumont will tell the story of Henry Wimburn Sudell Sweetapple Horlock's fascinating collection of family portraits and how they were identified.   After ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
08 Oct 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
22 Oct 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 ...
10 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Genealogy
12 Nov 2016
  Anne Moralejo and Lisa-Dawn Crawley will talk about how social media can bring a wealth of genealogy-related information to your desktop at the flick ...
First in, Last out: But What Came between 1914 and 1919?
12 Nov 2016
Irene Ip’s father told her many stories about his life in the army, before and during the war, but she was too young to understand ...

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More than 20 years available online
Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly publication.