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 about Us


  • Videos of Jan 2020 talks available for members on our Meeting Videos and Handouts page (log in first)
  • NEW Isle of Wight Family History Society journal now available in Members Only section
  • Winter 2019 Anglo-Celtic Roots is now available in the members only area
  • *NEW* Home Children database available - go to RG17 Index
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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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DNA Special Interest Group
07 Mar 2020
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Resources for Family History Research in Wales
14 Mar 2020
Pre-Internet it was essential to travel to Wales, which David did many times visiting record offices, libraries, churches and cemeteries throughout South Wales as ...
Maud Lampman: First Woman to Work on Parliament Hill
14 Mar 2020
  As a descendant of one of Toronto’s earliest settlers, Emma Maud (Playter) Lampman came from a privileged background, and she married young.  By the ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 Mar 2020
  Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. ...
British Colonial America
25 Mar 2020
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!   Join us for enthusiastic discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
28 Mar 2020
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 ...
The Ragman's Children: A Story of 19th Century Economic Migration
11 Apr 2020
In August 1867, arriving in London’s East End from Amsterdam and making their way to the Dutch Jewish enclave in Whitechapel’s Spitalfields sector, Christine ...

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