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. 

November Meeting Announcements

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Monthly Meeting: November 9

The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
9:00 to 9:30 am
Live Q & A: Tips for finding military records in the UK National Archives 

Several participants at our recent BIFHSGO conference mentioned they were having difficulty finding military records on the UK National Archives site. Bring your queries - Ken McKinlay and Glenn Wright will offer tips on navigating the site, and perhaps find that missing record!

10:00 to 11:30 am 
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: In Perpetuity
The Commission’s duties are to mark and maintain the graves of Commonwealth soldiers who died in the two world wars, to build and maintain memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown, and to keep records and registers. Dominique Boulais will talk about the Commission’s history, fundamental principles, mandate and worldwide responsibilities. He will outline the Commission's Canadian Agency’s responsibilities within the Americas with an emphasis on its work in genealogy.
For more information, visit our meetings and activities page. 
Open to the public

Always left meetings feeling greatly inspired

Happy 25th Anniversary BIFHSGO!  I am delighted to congratulate the Society on reaching this important anniversary.
Well done for the high standards you set and the many achievements that you have had.
Thank you for being such a good friend to me. Most of the books that I have written on British Isles immigration to Canada have had an airing at one of your meetings or conferences. The first talk that I gave at BIFHSGO was in 2005 when I introduced my book on Upper Canada's Scottish pioneers. Believe it or not that was 14 years ago! With your kind support I have been speaking to BIFHSGO members since then as I continued to write about Scottish, English and Irish immigration to Canada.
I always left BIFHSGO meetings feeling greatly inspired by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the members.
BIFHSGO has many successful years ahead. I offer you my very best wishes for the future.
Lucille Campey, Scots to Canada


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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
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British Colonial America
04 Dec 2019
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!   Join us for enthusiastic discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, ...
Monthly Board Meeting
09 Dec 2019
  For more information, contact the Board secretary. 
Great Moments in Genealogy
14 Dec 2019
I Was There:  Growing up in Northeast England during the Depression Wilf Tarbet’s Great Moment is a firsthand account of life in Jarrow, North East ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 Dec 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. ...
DNA Special Interest Group
04 Jan 2020
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be ...
Using family lore, with a grain of salt
11 Jan 2020
Were you fortunate to have received family lore from your ancestors? Lynda will describe the family lore she had to work with including a memo ...

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