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

BIFHSGO Conference 2020 – Postponed

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertain situation over the coming months, BIFHSGO’s Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee regret to announce the postponement of our annual family history conference which was scheduled to be held 25–27 September 2020.
Our sincere thanks to all those involved with planning the conference, particularly the dedicated volunteers who have already put significant efforts into planning this year’s event. To our speakers, regular exhibitors and partners, thank you for your understanding and continued support. We would especially like to thank the staff of Ben Franklin Place for their appreciation of our situation and generosity in minimizing our losses.
Although this is disappointing, it is only a postponement. The conference will be scheduled for the fall of 2021 with the same themes and, hopefully, the same speakers. 
Duncan Monkhouse, President BIFHSGO and Conference Co-Chair (Program), and Jane Down, Conference Co-Chair (Administrative)

Monthly Meetings: COVID-19 Update

The Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Organized gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited until at least March 31. Given current circumstances, it seems likely that the province will extend the state of emergency.
As our monthly meetings usually attract about 150 people to The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa, we will not be holding in-person monthly meetings until it is safe to do so.
The April 11 meeting, and likely the May 9 meeting, will be affected. 
The good news is that our techno-wizards are hard at work!  We are examining online options to enable some of the scheduled speakers to give their presentations, so please stay tuned for further updates.  

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. Not a member? Join today.

March Announcements

View the announcements from the cancelled March meeting.


  • Research projects planned for 2020: Click here
  • Videos of February 2020 talks are 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
  • 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
28 Mar 2020
CANCELLED Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Details to follow
11 Apr 2020
The "in-person" meeting is cancelled. Details to follow regarding an alternate format for this meeting. 
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11 Apr 2020
CANCELLED Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
25 Apr 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 ...
DNA Special Interest Group
02 May 2020
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Creating Presentations Using PowerPoint
09 May 2020
  Would you like to create a presentation for family, friends or BIFHSGO but don’t know where to start? Barbara Tose and Duncan Monkhouse will ...
Hitch, Hockey's Unsung Hero: The Story of Boston Bruin Lionel Hitchman
09 May 2020
  Hitch, Hockey’s Unsung Hero, is a biography by Pam Coburn about her grandfather, Lionel “Hitch” Hitchman, who played hockey in the NHL for ...

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