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. 

March Announcements

Missed the March 9 meeting? View the slideshow of this month's announcements. 

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Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline: April 30

Now is the time to nominate a person (or persons) or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to BIFHSGO. 
Visit our Hall of Fame for more information. 


  • March 20, 2019 update of the Middlemore Index (various corrections) now available in Research section 
  • Updated Women's Emigration database now available in Research section
  • March monthly meeting Research Opens Doors and Trip to Northern Ireland videos now available in the Members Only section
  • Missed the March meeting? Watch a slideshow of the month's announcements
  • View all news


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 

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Monthly Board Meeting
08 Apr 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
What’s in the OBOGS library for you?
13 Apr 2019
  Grace Lewis, the OBOGS Librarian, and Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO will provide an update on developments at the Ottawa Branch OGS library, and what the library offers to ...
All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children
13 Apr 2019
  Maggie Wheeler will talk about what she discovered about Home Children while researching her latest novel, the newest addition to her popular series ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
13 Apr 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. ...
British Colonial America
24 Apr 2019
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!   Join us for discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
27 Apr 2019
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
DNA Special Interest Group
04 May 2019
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...

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 journal.