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.  About Us

24th Annual Conference - September 2018

Learn and network at our conference where the themes are Scottish family history, genetic genealogy, and more! September 28 – 30, 2018 in Ottawa.                                       


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


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 


Great Moments video now online in the Members Only section
Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
2018 Hall of Fame inductee announced
Best article and presentations, and certificates of recognition
Anglo-Celtic Roots Summer 2018 issue available online

Online Donations

Find out how you can make donations online to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps.

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Introduction to BIFHSGO’s DNA Special Interest Group
08 Sep 2018
Susan Courage will share information on the DNA SIG, noting the history and development of the group in parallel with the evolution of genetic genealogy ...
Ontario and Quebec's Irish Pioneers: Farmers, Labourers and Lumberjacks
08 Sep 2018
  Using wide-ranging sources, Lucille Campey will describe the communities established by the Irish in Ontario and Quebec during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She will reveal the ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
15 Sep 2018
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
24th Annual Family History Conference
28 Sep 2018
  Join us at our 24th Annual Family History Conference. Our main sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday, with seminars on Friday.    This ...
DNA Special Interest Group
06 Oct 2018
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Using Local Family History Societies in Your Genealogical Research
13 Oct 2018
Marianne Rasmus will share tips on why and how to use local family history societies in your family history research. She will share some ...
Establishing Mitochondrial DNA Signatures of Early Immigrant Mothers: Successes and Cautions
13 Oct 2018
  Do you know that group projects are establishing the ancestral mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) signatures of early North American immigrants? Learn from Annette Cormier O'Connor about their ...

Women's Emigration
Our British Women's Emigration Association database contains the names of almost 600 women who came to Canada in the early 20th century.
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 publication.