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.
 
Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding meetings online until further notice.



Irish Lines and Female Finds:
 
Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy
 
Register now for our 26th annual conference!
 
There will be 15 sessions online, over eight days between 19 and 26 September,
with 14 international speakers, experts in their own fields.
Enjoy presentations for all levels of genealogical experience.
 
For more information and to register, see the conference website
             or visit the conference webpage.
 



Ever-popular Great Moments in Genealogy

Coming up on Saturday, 12 June, 10 a.m. great moments from three BIFHSGO members:
  • Over the Sea to ... "Shetland" (Jill Thompson) – The story of two ancestors who moved from the Shetland Isles to Scotland and then to southern England.
  • The River Ran Red: The Homestead Steel Strike and Sylvester’s Part in It (Lynne Baxter) – The story of a steelworker and union leader who was tried for his role in a scrimmage that resulted in several deaths in Philadelphia in 1892.  
  • A Gem from the Inverary Archives (Dena Palamedes) – The story of discoveries and new friendships that grew from an email to BIFHSGO from somebody who come across information about her ancestor.
For more information, see Meetings & Activities.
 
Online, but registration required. The presentation is free, but donations are gratefully accepted through Canada Helps here.


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COVID Corner

Library Resources
 
Once again we are in lockdown, but there are still many useful options for improving your genealogy research. The Ottawa Public Library offers a great selection of genealogy books and digital magazines.  OPL has added many new books over the last few months:
  • The Psychology of Family History: Exploring Our Genealogy by Susan Moore
  • Sharing your Family History Online: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton
  • Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: Techniques for Solving Genealogy Problems by Kirsty F. Wilkinson
  • Tracing Your Family History: Using the Census a Guide for Family Historians by Emma Jolly
  • Tracing your Female Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Adèle Emm
There are many more genealogy and family history books to explore at the OPL, including more than 20 titles of the popular Pen and Sword series.
 
Watch next month for information on reading popular genealogy magazines on your own device for free.


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Upcoming
Scottish Genealogy SIG
15 May 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 America SIG
19 May 2021
  For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca. ...
DNA SIG
05 Jun 2021
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.   Bob Butler ...
London SIG
09 Jun 2021
  If you would like to attend, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca / attention John D. Reid
Annual General Meeting
12 Jun 2021
  Register – only one registration required for the AGM and the Feature Talk. The agenda, minutes of last year’s meeting and the financial report are ...
Great Moments in Genealogy
12 Jun 2021
  Register – only one registration required for the AGM and the Feature Talk. The presentations are free, but donations are gratefully accepted through Canada Helps ...
British Colonial America SIG
16 Jun 2021
  For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca. ...

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