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...

2017 Conference Program Now Available

Join us at our 23rd Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference. It takes place September 29 to October 1, 2017 at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.
Learn about English and Welsh family history and genealogy research methodology. Our Marketplace will be open to visitors. Read about our speakers, seminars, lectures, and activities...

Thank you to our volunteers!

National Volunteer Week — April 23 – 29
A big thank you to all our volunteers who help us discover and learn about our ancestors and make our society a better one, day after day, year after year. Interested in joining our team of volunteers? Visit our Volunteer Opportunities section and see Our Volunteers in Action.

Vote for Best Talk by a Member

This year, our members have delivered terrific presentations. Now is the time for BIFHSGO members to vote for the 2016-2017 Best Talk and Best 'Before' Talk Presented by a Member.
The ballot can be downloaded in the Members Only section here.
Please hand in your completed ballot at our meeting on Saturday, May 15, or email it by that date.



Online Donations

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

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DNA Special Interest Group
06 May 2017
  DNA Great Moments and Technical Updates Three of our group members will talk about their experience with DNA test results.   Bill Arthurs — “How YDNA test ...
They Didn't Write Names on These!: Decoding the Postcard
13 May 2017
The postcard was the most common means of written communication during the First World War, and photo studios regularly printed portraits on postcard paper so ...
Was Your Ancestor at Vimy?: Making Sense of the Battle on the Ground
13 May 2017
  Dr Jonathan F. Vance will talk about Vimy Ridge and what the genealogist can do to locate an ancestor on that hill in April ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
13 May 2017
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
27 May 2017
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up ...
2017 Annual General Meeting
10 Jun 2017
The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will receive and conduct business in accordance with the bylaws. ...
Great Moments in Genealogy with the following Four Speakers
10 Jun 2017
Four BIFHSGO members will share their genealogy discoveries.   A Mystery at Boughton Castle In late June of 2016, Brenda Turner visited Broughton Castle, not ...

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.