British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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. Learn more in About Us or see Tracing and Sharing British Isles Family History.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding meetings online until further notice.

A new way to join BIFHSGO as a returning member or for the first time... you can do it using an e-transfer
For the last 25 years, BIFHSGO has provided a place for members with a British heritage to connect, learn, share and be inspired to new research avenues. Joining now means that we can continue to provide the best program and learning opportunities available, in these challenging times. We have many excellent talks lined up for the next year, as well as an exciting online conference in the works. Please consider joining today for 2021.

A double-header coming in March!

Saturday, 13 March 2021
Online - registration required
Register for the Education Talk / Register for the Feature Talk (If you register for the Education Talk, you need not register again for this Feature Talk.)
A popular BIFHSGO speaker, Lucille Helen Campey, returns with two topics:
  • Numbers not Names: Using British Government Publications to Locate Ancestors (9 a.m.) - exploring how census returns, customs records and the British Parliamentary Papers may help find clues for immigrants to Canada
  • Canada's Irish Pioneers: Their Story (10.30 a.m.) – Even though Irish immigrants successfully settled in Canada, some politically-motivated people depicted them as sad and helpless exiles. Our speaker will demonstrate how the Irish are more deserving of our admiration and gratitude, than pity.
For more information, see Meetings & Activities.

See what's new on our website...

  • Next Education and Feature Talks on Saturday, 13 March - "Numbers not Names: Using British Government Publications to Locate Ancestors" and "Canada's Irish Pioneers: Their Story" (Lucille Helen Campey)
  • Handout and video of Christine Jackson's talk " “The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th-Century Economic Migration” are now available on the Members Only page.
  • COVID Corner for February - options for indexing genealogy records and four Scottish webinars
Go to News for the latest updates from BIFHSGO.

COVID Corner

Tired of your own family? Another month of lockdown for many of us… if you’d like to try something different, instead of researching your own family, consider these indexing opportunities (with thanks to Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte for the inspiration and information):
Two ongoing opportunities for indexing Canadian records at FamilySearch:
  • Canada, Nova Scotia—Church Records, 1864 -1877
  • Canada, Ontario—Tax Assessment Records, 1834 -1899
If you're interested in other Canadian projects, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Nova Scotia Archives have several:
  • LAC’s CoLab is looking for volunteer to index records of the Canadian National Land Settlement Association, Women lightkeepers and correspondence regarding First Nations veterans returning after the First World War, among others
  • Nova Scotia Archives' Transcribe needs volunteers to transcribe pages in the Archibald MacMechan –Halifax Disaster Record Office Materials collection
There are also UK projects available through FamilySearch:
  • Church of England marriage records from Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Surrey
  • Parish registers from Middlesex
  • Nonconformist records from Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Lancashire and Northumberland
As the LAC site says, "The more work we collaborate on in Co-Lab, the more accessible and usable our digital collection, becomes for all Canadians."
One additional tidbit: Family Tree is also celebrating their Scottish Family History Month with 4 webinars between 3 and 24 February 2021

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London SIG
10 Mar 2021
  The topic for this meeting will be "Greater London Moments in Genealogy." If you would like to attend, contact / attention John ...
Numbers not Names: Using British Government Publications to Locate Ancestors
13 Mar 2021
  Register   Although census returns, customs records and the British Parliamentary Papers may seem like unlikely sources to use in tracking down a ...
Canada's Irish Pioneers: Their Story
13 Mar 2021
  Register   As pioneers, the Irish bestrode Canada. They were the largest immigrant group during Canada's formative years. They dug its canals, built its ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
20 Mar 2021
  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 SIG
24 Mar 2021
  For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact ...
DNA Special Interest Group
03 Apr 2021
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.   This month: ...
How to Tell a Compelling Family History Story
10 Apr 2021
  Register- only one registration required for both Saturday morning events   A timeline of dates, neatly matched to events and or achievements, encompasses ...

Donations welcome!
BIFHSGO is a registered charity and you can donate online through Canada Helps.