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. 

February Announcements

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  • January monthly meeting History of BIFHSGO and Cowkeeper's Wish videos now available in the Members Only section
  • Updated Middlemore Index now publicly available in Research section
  • Conference 2018 videos available in the Members Only section
  • Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
  • 2018 Hall of Fame inductee announced


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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British Colonial America
27 Feb 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, ...
Monthly Board Meeting
04 Mar 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
Research Opens Doors
09 Mar 2019
  During 30 years of genealogical research, many doors have opened for Gloria Tubman. Some of these doors, including genealogical brick walls, a public ...
A Trip to Northern Ireland - Research, Sightseeing and Ancestor tracking
09 Mar 2019
John McConkey chronicled his first two visits to Northern Ireland (2004 & 2006) in a presentation to a BIFHSGO meeting 3 years ago. This ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
16 Mar 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 ...
Monthly Board Meeting
08 Apr 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
What’s in the BIFHSGO/OGS library for you?
13 Apr 2019
  Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO and Grace Lewis of OGS will describe what the holdings in the BIFHSGO/OGS Ottawa Branch library offer to genealogists.   Open to ...

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.