British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
25th anniversary logo 1994-2019 British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
 
Founded in 1994, BIFHSGO is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. 
 


Monthly Meeting: February 9

 
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
9:00 to 9:30 am
An Exciting Future for BIFHSGO: the next 25 years
BIFHSGO President Duncan Monkhouse will present the Board's plans for the coming years
 
10:00 to 11:30 am
Lord Bathurst’s Settlers to Murray Township 1815-1817
Many people are aware of the military settlements in Perth and Richmond established by Lord Bathurst, but a smaller settlement that also took place on the Bay of Quinte at the same time is largley forgotten. Brian Tackaberry will talk about this settlement, which was focused on the Canal Reserve lands set aside by Simcoe in 1796. Disbanded soldiers from several regiments, including the Glengarry Fencibles and the 41st Regiment, were given lands for their service. A small group of  loyal "Emigrants" and their families, mostly from London, England, were also settled on the land, to secure this important transportation site in case of future hostilities with the Americans.
 
Brian Tackaberry, a retired teacher, has served as a director with the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte since 1984 and is a member and researcher for the North Lanark Historical Society. He has done extensive research on the Bay of Quinte region, doing several local cemetery and census transcriptions. His first book, entitled James McMasters and Family: to Quinte and Beyond, described his researches on the McMasters family. He has done extensive research in the military history of the Almonte area and was co-author of the publication The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills: WWI Casualties to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW 1.  His second book, Forgotten Heroes, dealt with Valour Award recipients from the war. He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, and the Ontario Genealogical Society.
 
For more information, visit our meetings and activities page. 
 
Open to the public


News

  • Updated Middlemore Index now publicly available in Research section
  • December monthly meeting Great Moments video now available in the Members Only section
  • Conference videos now available in the Members Only section
  • Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
  • 2018 Hall of Fame inductee announced


Research

 
Explore our British Home Children, Military, and Emigration databases, links to online resources, and family surnames that interest our members.  Research


Education

 
Take advantage of learning opportunities for every skill level to improve your research skills and produce well-documented family histories.  Education


Membership

 
Join us at our monthly meetings, annual conferences, all-day workshops, and special interest groups where we share, learn, and network.  Membership 


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Upcoming
Scottish Genealogy Group
19 Jan 2019
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Monthly Board Meeting
04 Feb 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
An Exciting Future for BIFHSGO: the next 25 years
09 Feb 2019
  BIFHSGO President Duncan Monkhouse will present the Board's plans for the coming years.   Open to the public
Lord Bathurst’s Settlers to Murray Township 1815-1817
09 Feb 2019
  Many people are aware of the military settlements in Perth and Richmond established by Lord Bathurst, but a smaller settlement that also took place on ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
16 Feb 2019
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
British Colonial America
27 Feb 2019
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!   Join us for discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, ...
Monthly Board Meeting
04 Mar 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 

Featuring
2019 Writing Competition
To celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019, BIFHSGO is holding a family history writing competition. To enter, members must write a story about their British Isles family, and submit it by May 31, 2019. Click on the above photo to learn more.
20+ years available online
Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly journal.