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 in About Us or see Tracing and Sharing British Isles Family History.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding meetings online until further notice.



An Education Online Workshop – Ontario Land Record

Saturday, 5 December 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
 
Ken McKinlay will explain how to meet the challenges involved in using the online Ontario Land records. Then there will be an opportunity to explore some sources and ask questions on any problems they have encountered. Registration is required—details on the events page.


Great Moments in Genealogy

Saturday, 12 December 10 a.m. - the ever popular Great Moments!
  • The Purvis Family of Manitoulin Island – Achievement, Tragedy and the Worst Disaster in Great Lakes Maritime History (Jamey Burr)  
  • Ellen Murray and the Lady Sherbrooke (Michael MacNeil)
  • Ballinasloe after the potato famine (Hugh Reekie)
There will be a time for small group socials between the presentations. Bring a favourite holiday tradition or memory to share. Registration required – details on the events page.


See what's new on our website...

  • Great Moments in Genealogy: Saturday, 12 December 10 a.m. with Christmas social time
  • COVID Corner - genealogy suggestions for a pandemic
  • Two Education Workshops in December and January
  • Information on joining or renewing BIFHSGO membership. If you are a renewing member and you renew by 30 November, your name will be entered into a draw for a free membership.
Go to News for the latest updates from BIFHSGO.


COVID Corner

During these challenging times, there are lots of ways to improve your genealogy skills or just have fun! At the beginning of each month, we will make a few suggestions.
 
Some upcoming online presentations and conferences:
 
Have you ever read a genealogy mystery novel? There are lots of options, but two authors who have written a series of books are Steve Robinson (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries) and Nathan Dylan Goodwin (Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist) – both take place essentially in England. 
 
If you have suggestions to share, please pass them on to the webmanager.


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Upcoming
British Colonial SIG
02 Dec 2020
  The topic will be wills. Have you made a significant discovery using wills in your research? If you have a PowerPoint presentation you would like to ...
Ontario Land Records Made Easy
05 Dec 2020
  Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   With so many of our European ancestors ...
Great Moments in Genealogy
12 Dec 2020
  There will be a time for small group socials between the presentations. Bring a favourite holiday tradition or memory to share. Register here. ...
Researching British Home Children
09 Jan 2021
  Gloria Tubman will offer an overview of British home children and the various resources available to research this topic.  She will relate stories ...
British Colonial SIG
13 Jan 2021
  The topic for this meeting is DNA. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
16 Jan 2021
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Popping Perfect PowerPoint Presentations
30 Jan 2021
  Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Barbara and Duncan will discuss how ...

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Donations welcome!
BIFHSGO is a registered charity and you can donate online through Canada Helps.