Founded and incorporated in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is a not-for-profit genealogical organization.
Our mandate is to encourage and facilitate family history research, and its dissemination, by people with ancestry in the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands). We have more than 500 members, and about 30 percent of them live outside the National Capital Region.
- the DNA Interest group meets quarterly;
- the Scottish Group meets monthly; and
- the Writing Group, for members who want feedback on their family history stories, meets monthly.
We work in close cooperation with Library and Archives Canada
on researching Canada's Home Children, particularly the indexing of Home Children's names found in ships' passenger lists and in the records of the Middlemore Homes
. BIFHSGO's role in Canada's Home Children story is to establish databases of information about Home Children who came to Canada and to ensure that the information compiled is freely available to all. Our publication, British Home Children: Their Stories
, is available from GlobalGenealogy.com
Learn how you can make online donations to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps