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. 
 


Monthly Meeting: Saturday, December 14

Great Moments in Genealogy  
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
I Was There:  Growing up in Northeast England during the Depression
Wilf Tarbet’s Great Moment is a firsthand account of life in Jarrow, North East England, growing up during the Depression in a town where there was very little work.  He will share details of his grandparents’ appalling living conditions.
 
New member Wilf Tarbet has researched his family history over the years, and after several years away he has picked it up again.  He hopes his reminiscences will put flesh on the bones of the census data.
 
Treasures in The Attic
Gil Croome took a family story from his childhood, used the internet to confirm it … and then a came a great moment.
 
Gil Croome has been interested in genealogy since he wore short pants and asked his Grandfather Croome about where the family came from. His unpaid career of trying to connect all the Croomes has now lasted longer that his paid career with the end being a one name study is not yet in sight. By training a forester but by occupation an editor, tidying up trees has come naturally.
 
The Sail-Maker's Palm
A tool, owned by a former merchant seaman, started as merely an object of a child’s curiosity, but subsequently connected to a distant ancestor's work, and an understanding of how it was adversely affected by the end of the Napoleonic wars.
 
Maureen Amey grew up in London, England and immigrated to Canada in 1977. She has been researching and writing about her family history since the 1970s. This year, she rejoined BIFHSGO after being away for a few years.  Maureen is a member of the Writing Group.
 
Far From Home: Mission Accomplished
Twelve years ago, Diana Beaupre and Adrian Watkinson of Canterbury, England, launched Far From Home, a project to locate, record, research and visit all 3902 gravesites of Canadian Great War casualties who died and are commemorated in Great Britain. The project concluded in September 2019 with one last road trip to visit several gravesites and to place a memorial to all these Canadians in Scotland.
Glenn Wright is past-president of BIFHSGO and author of Canadians at War, 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records. It was a privilege for him to be involved with the Far From Home project over the years, even more so to take part in the final journey, to visit several cemeteries and be present at a very special service of remembrance to honour all those who rest "far from home".

Open to the public



Always left meetings feeling greatly inspired

Happy 25th Anniversary BIFHSGO!  I am delighted to congratulate the Society on reaching this important anniversary.
 
Well done for the high standards you set and the many achievements that you have had.
 
Thank you for being such a good friend to me. Most of the books that I have written on British Isles immigration to Canada have had an airing at one of your meetings or conferences. The first talk that I gave at BIFHSGO was in 2005 when I introduced my book on Upper Canada's Scottish pioneers. Believe it or not that was 14 years ago! With your kind support I have been speaking to BIFHSGO members since then as I continued to write about Scottish, English and Irish immigration to Canada.
 
I always left BIFHSGO meetings feeling greatly inspired by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the members.
 
BIFHSGO has many successful years ahead. I offer you my very best wishes for the future.
 
Lucille Campey, Scots to Canada


News

  • November monthly meeting video now available for members here (log in first).
  • November Isle of Wight Family History Society. journal now available in Members Only section
  • Summer edition of Anglo-Celtic Roots now available in members only area. 
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Research & Projects

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


Education

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


Membership

 
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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Upcoming
Monthly Board Meeting
09 Dec 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
Christmas Social
14 Dec 2019
The December Before BIFHSGO will be a pot luck social, with samples of your best Christmas baking welcome. Tea, Coffee and some baked goods by ...
Great Moments in Genealogy
14 Dec 2019
I Was There:  Growing up in Northeast England during the Depression Wilf Tarbet’s Great Moment is a firsthand account of life in Jarrow, North East ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 Dec 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. ...
DNA Special Interest Group
04 Jan 2020
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Using family lore, with a grain of salt
11 Jan 2020
Were you fortunate to have received family lore from your ancestors? Lynda will describe the family lore she had to work with including a memo ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11 Jan 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. ...

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