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.

A new way to join BIFHSGO as a returning member or for the first time... you can do it using an e-transfer
For the last 25 years, BIFHSGO has provided a place for members with a British heritage to connect, learn, share and be inspired to new research avenues. Joining now means that we can continue to provide the best program and learning opportunities available, in these challenging times. We have many excellent talks lined up for the next year, as well as an exciting online conference in the works. Please consider joining today for 2021.

See what's new on our website...

  • An education workshop on 30 January on preparing PowerPoint presentations
  • Winter 2020 issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots now available to members
  • Feature Talk "The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th-Century Economic Migration" (Christine Jackson) on 13 February
  • COVID Corner for January - genealogy suggestions for a pandemic
Go to News for the latest updates from BIFHSGO.

COVID Corner

Welcome 2021!
Happy New Year to all our members and followers!
As Ontario and other regions of the country head into a second lockdown, now might be a great time to think about writing your family story. Even if you are is not in lockdown, the new year brings a great opportunity to try something you have been thinking about.  Here are a few suggestion to help get you started:
Talking about challenges… how about “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”? These are weekly prompts to get you thinking about an ancestor and sharing something. No need to write a story—you could share a photo, make a video, record yourself talking—just do something.
Finally, see what the Ottawa Public Library has in mind for “Genealogy in Isolation.”

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Popping Perfect PowerPoint Presentations
30 Jan 2021
  Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Do you have a family story ...
DNA Special Interest Group
06 Feb 2021
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.   This month: ...
The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th-Century Economic Migration
13 Feb 2021
  Register   In August 1867, arriving in London’s East End from Amsterdam and making their way to the Dutch Jewish enclave in Whitechapel’s ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
20 Feb 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 ...
British Colonial SIG
24 Feb 2021
  For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact ...
Numbers not Names: Using British Government Publications to locate Ancestors
13 Mar 2021
  Register   Although census returns, customs records and the British Parliamentary Papers may seem like unlikely sources to use in tracking down a ...
Canada's Irish Pioneers: Their Story
13 Mar 2021
  Register   As pioneers, the Irish bestrode Canada. They were the largest immigrant group during Canada's formative years. They dug its canals, built its ...

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