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. 

Vote for Best 'Great Moment'

Now is the time for BIFHSGO members to vote for the Best Great Moment.
In December 2018 and June 2019, our members presented their Great Moments in Genealogy. To refresh your memory, see the ballot form for a list of the talks with short descriptions.
Submit your vote by September 20. Send an email with pick to BIFHSGO secretary, Gillian Leitch:


25th Annual Conference

Online registration has been closed early due to the high number of registrants.  Registrations for seminars and half-day registrations for Saturday and Sunday will be available at the conference but half-day registrations will exclude plenary sessions.  The Friday evening Whiteside seminar is limited to registrants. If you would like to cancel your registration please contact        


  • New Members Only feature - journals from the Isle of Wight Family History Society
  • Our "new look" Research & Projects menu is now online. Check it out by clicking "Research & Projects" in the sidebar at left
  • Summer edition of Anglo-Celtic Roots now available in members only area. 
  • June Great Moments video now available for members here (log in first)
  • View all news

Research & Projects

Explore our Home Children, Military and Migration databases and other resources.  Research & Projects


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


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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Scottish Genealogy Group
21 Sep 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 ...
25th Annual Family History Conference
27 Sep 2019
  Family history: past, present and future is the theme of this year's conference.   Featuring these great speakers: Blaine Bettinger (The Genetic Genealogist) ...
DNA Special Interest Group
05 Oct 2019
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Monthly Board Meeting
07 Oct 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
Hidden lives revealed: mental health and the children looked after by the Waifs and Strays Society
12 Oct 2019
Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten will provide an overview of practices and conditions of children cared for by the Waifs and Strays Society in the UK ...
Quakers in the Family: My Dickinson Ancestors of England and Jamaica
12 Oct 2019
  A pivotal moment in Sandra Adams’ family history research came when she discovered that one branch of her family tree joined  the Quaker ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
12 Oct 2019
  Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. ...

20+ years available online
Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly journal.