British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa


Anglo-Celtic Roots Spring 2017 issue now online for members
The Spring 2017 issue Anglo-Celtic Roots has been published, and it is also available online for our members. BIFHSGO members may access the digital version by logging in to the Members Only section and clicking on Anglo-Celtic Roots. Topics in this issue include: A Not So Merry Christmas; First In, Last Out: But What Came in Between?; The Quarriers Children: From Scotland to Canada; We Shall Remember Them about Captain Richard James Tipton of the Royal Flying Corps.
For our friends who are not members, more than 20 years of Anglo-Celtic Roots are available in the Publications section on our website, including the Winter 2015 issue.
British Home Children book launched at BIFHSGO
BIFHSGO was proud to host an event Saturday, November 12, 2016, to launch Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette’s book, Great Canadian Expectations: The Middlemore Experience, about the almost 5,000 British Home Children who came to Canada between 1873 and 1936.
In all, more than 100,000 British Home Children came to Canada between 1869 and 1948, brought here by more than 50 British emigration agencies, including homes sponsored by John Throgmorton Middlemore, a medical doctor from Birmingham, England.
It is estimated four million Canadians — 12 percent of the country’s population — are descendants of a British Home Child.
BIFHSGO president Barbara Tose said, “We are very pleased to announce the publication of this wonderful book by Dr. Roberts-Pichette, which is an important addition to the study of Home Children. Since joining BIFHSGO in 1995 Patricia has been a significant contributor to our website’s searchable online databases about Home Children who came to Canada. Her efforts on behalf of BIFHSGO prompted her induction into our Hall of Fame in 2007.”
Copies of the book are available from Global Genealogy.
Anglo-Celtic Roots Winter issue now online for members
The Winter 2016 issue Anglo-Celtic Roots has been mailed, and it is also available online for our members. BIFHSGO members may access the digital version by logging in to the Members Only section and clicking on Anglo-Celtic Roots. Topics in this issue include: The Sash Our Irish Ancestors Wore; DNA for Family History Research; The Cutler with a Social Conscience; and We Shall Remember Them.
For our friends who are not members, more than 20 years of Anglo-Celtic Roots are available in the Publications section on our website, including the Winter 2015 issue.
Meet our 2016-2017 board of directors
Meet our new Board of directors, elected and appointed at our annual general meeting on June 11, 2016.
Left to right: Mary-Lou Simac, director, Publicity; Marianne Rasmus, treasurer; Anne Moralejo, director, Communications; Barbara Tose, president; Glenn Wright, past president; Karin Keyes Endemann, director at large; Kathy Wallace, director, Membership; Andrea Harding, director, Education. Absent: Gillian Leitch, recording secretary; Dave Cross, director, Research; and Jane Down, director, Programs.
Hall of Fame 2016 inductees
Congratulations to BIFHSGO's 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, Lesley Anderson and Brian Glenn, who were recognized for their contributions to our society at our annual general meeting on June 22, 2016. President Barbara Tose presented them with certificates.
Lesley was recognized for her contributions to the society, and beyond, in genealogy education and facilitating a wide range of Canadian records becoming available online.
Brian was recognized for contributions to the society as a board member active in research and projects, in making presentations, and in developing the society's online facilities.
Every year, our members nominate BIFHSGO members who have made great contributions to family history research. Criteria include the advancement of BIFHSGO objectives, projects or activities, outstanding service to the society over a period of time, and the advancement of genealogy and family history in general.
Visit our Hall of Fame page to read about previous inductees.
BIFHSGO launches Lancashire Diaries collection, 1772-1910
BIFHSGO president Barbara Tose announced today that we have launched the Lancashire Diaries, 1772-1910, an online collection of diaries from Lancashire, England that contain more than 1,000 surnames.
The database, also known as the Scowcroft Diaries, indexes the original transcriptions by Arthur W. Critchley of a diary kept for more than 50 years by Lancashire grocer and overseer Samuel Scowcroft. The diaries paint a picture of Lancashire farm life and the cotton industry during the 19th century as well as during part of the 18th and 20th centuries.
Barbara said, "Thanks to member Bryan Cook, who compiled and edited the information, these first-hand accounts are now available to family historians worldwide. We hope this online collection will help those with Lancashire roots break through a genealogy brick wall."
Researchers will also find in the Lancashire Diaries collection a list of all the names in the Scowcroft family tree, along with a catalogue of unusual history books at the Turton Local History Society.    
DNA special interest group to offer mentoring and more meetings in 2016
Due to the growing interest in genetic genealogy as a tool in genealogical research, our DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) will make four important changes this year to allow more of our members to learn and benefit from the knowledge of fellow members.
  1. A mentoring program will be set up to pair knowledgeable members with those who would like help understanding the ins and outs of DNA.
  2. The frequency of meetings will be increased from three to five meetings to be held February 6, April 2, July 2, August 6, and October 1.
  3. Great Moments in DNA Research sessions, based on the popular seesions held at some of BIFHSGO's monthly meetings, will be introduced.
  4. Meetings will be held in the larger Room 115 at 100 Tallwood Drive, City of Ottawa Archives.
Details about the DNA SIG meetings are available in the Meetings section. Learn about genetic genealogy on the DNA SIG section.
Members and non-members can now book a table at our meetings
We invite BIFHSGO members and non-members to book a table at our monthly meetings. If you are interested in reserving a table at one of our meetings, please contact our research director, Dave Cross.
The tables are used for BIFHSGO business and topics pertaining to genealogy. Members are encouraged to share items of interest with their fellow members. There is no charge, but the number of available tables is limited, so contact Dave in advance.
50% off Findmypast subscription for BIFHSGO members
BIFHSGO members may now receive 50 percent off a 12-month subscription to Findmypast. Details about how to receive the discount are available in the Members Only section.
New tutorial on our YouTube channel created to help members access Members Only section
To help our members access the Members Only section of our website, we have created a short tutorial. Learn more about this video and others on our YouTube Channel page.
New lecture added to our YouTube channel about WWI research
Watch BIFHSGO member Ken McKinlay's lecture, A Soldier of the Great War, about resources he used to learn about two soldiers who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War One. To see this lecture and other videos, visit our YouTube Channel page.
Twenty years of BIFHSGO volunteers – A Video
BIFHSGO's Twenty Years of Faces: 1994 to 2014 is a short video montage of photos of some of the people who helped build our society throughout the years. It was first shown at our conference in September 2014. To see this video, visit our YouTube Channel page.