British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
Founded in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is located in Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles.  About Us

Next Monthly Meeting November 10, 2018

Visit our meetings page for more information about all of our activities. 


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 


Videos from the October 13 Monthly Meeting now online in the Members Only section
Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
2018 Hall of Fame inductee announced
Best article and presentations, and certificates of recognition
Anglo-Celtic Roots Summer 2018 issue available online

Online Donations

Find out how you can make donations online to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps.

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DNA Special Interest Group
03 Nov 2018
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Introduction to the Scottish Special Interest Group
10 Nov 2018
  Several members of the Scottish SIG will discuss its aims and activities. Open to the public  
Beechwood National Cemetery: Its History, Stories and Records
10 Nov 2018
Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services was founded in 1873, on a 160-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Ottawa. It became a ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
17 Nov 2018
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Kick off celebrations for BIFHSO's 25th anniversary
08 Dec 2018
  Join your fellow members to socialize with light refreshments to celebrate the launch of BIFHSGO in 1994.  
Great Moments
08 Dec 2018
  Quakers in the Attic Jamey Burr will describe a difficult family circumstance that took decades to understand, followed by a breakthrough that revealed a ...
A Brief History of BIFHSGO: celebrating 25 years
12 Jan 2019
Open to the public

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.