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.


Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 12 September 2020  9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Location to be confirmed.
 
Documents for the 26th Annual General Meeting are available now. Watch the “News” for confirmation of the location. Please take time to review the reports. At this meeting, we will also be electing the 2020/21 Board of Directors.


There's No Business Like Show Business

Saturday, September 12
There's No Business Like Show Business: Using DNA and Traditional Docs to Find Maternal Grandfather  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location to be announced
 
After a decade of diligent research, Brian Laurie-Beaumont's significant brick wall was his maternal grandfather - a total unknown. Turning to DNA was the final attempt to break through. A year elapsed before a useful DNA match and a further two years of research to provide the supporting information to verify. And more time to convince the new relations. Brian will lay out the process, the stumbling blocks, and how he utilized DNA, traditional documentation, and deductive reasoning to eventually establish his relationship to a family of vaudevillians, early motion pictures and television entertainers, and one of the most important circus families of 19th century Europe.
 
About the speaker
 
Brian Laurie-Beaumont has an honours degree in history with post-graduate work in international affairs focused on macroeconomics. He worked 38 years in the federal government as the Director of Heritage Services as well as Senior Planning Advisor for heritage facility development, including giving workshops in North America and Europe. Afterwards he consulted on heritage projects across Canada before succumbing to the detective challenges of genealogical research. His own family is traced back to 17th century England and Wales while his wife Deirdre descends from some of the first settlers in Plymouth (1621) and New Amsterdam (1624), the latter leading him to be an early member of the British Colonial America SIG.  He now spends the majority of his time doing genealogy or travelling to dog shows across eastern North America.


BIFHSGO Conference 2020 – Postponed

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIFHSGO’s Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee have postponed our annual family history conference which was scheduled to be held 25–27 September 2020. The same conference will be held in September 2021. SAVE THE DATE!


Monthly Meetings: We've Gone Virtual

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will not be holding in-person monthly meetings until it is safe to do so. 
 
Did you know that our Members Only area contains many previous monthly meeting presentations, conference presentations and handouts from 2011 – present? Now is your chance to get caught up, or get acquainted with the wonderful resources in the Members Only area.
 
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Upcoming
DNA Special Interest Group
29 Aug 2020
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Meeting may be ...
BIFHSGO Annual Meeting
12 Sep 2020
  Documents for the 26th Annual General Meeting are available now. Watch the “News” for confirmation of the location. Please take time to review the reports. ...
There's No Business Like Show Business: Using DNA and Traditional Docs to Find Maternal Grandfather
12 Sep 2020
  After a decade of diligent research, Brian Laurie-Beaumont's significant brick wall was his maternal grandfather - a total unknown. Turning to DNA was ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
19 Sep 2020
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British Colonial SIG
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DNA Special Interest Group
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Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald
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Featuring
25+ years available online
Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly journal.