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


December news
*NEW* Home Children database available - go to RG17 Index
November monthly meeting video now available for members here (log in first).
November Isle of Wight Family History Society. journal now available in Members Only section
Anglo-Celtic Roots Winter 2019 issue online for members
The Winter 2019 issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots has been published and is available online for our members by logging in to the Members Only section and clicking on Anglo-Celtic Roots.
This 100th issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots, presents the winning article of BIFHSGO’s 25th Anniversary Writing Competition. Claire Callender’s story of her Logan family’s travels around England and Scotland highlights the life of farm labourers, who could find themselves moving every six months. Irene Kellow Ip’s article, which received an honourable mention, tells of her grandfather who changed his name when he emigrated from Ireland to England and her search for him in both countries. Nigel Lloyd shares the story of Private Archibald McIlquham Hendry, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who arrived at the No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station following an offensive against the German lines near Bethune, France.
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 Summer 2018 issue.
March announcements
Announcements from the cancelled March meeting. View announcements.
Women's Emigration database update
Now available in Research section.

Middlemore Index updates 
The Middlemore Index with various corrections is now available in Research section.
March meeting presentations now available
March monthly meeting Research Opens Doors and Trip to Northern Ireland videos now available in the Members Only section
Call for Hall of Fame nominations
Nominate a person (or persons) or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to BIFHSGO. Visit our Hall of Fame for more information, including criteria, forms and deadline.
February meeting videos now available in Members Only Section
This month's topics: Future of BIFHSGO and Settlers of Murray Township
Updated Middlemore Index and research guide now available in research section
BIFHSGO is pleased to present an updated version of the Middlemore Index and its companion Guide to Middlemore Index and Sources.
Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
Meet our new Board of Directors, appointed at our annual general meeting on June 9, 2018.
Left to right: Mary-Lou Simac, director, Publicity; John McConkey, director at large; Barbara Tose, past-president; Kathy Wallace, director, Membership; Marianne Rasmus, treasurer; Andrea Harding, director, Education; Susan Davis, director, Communications; Duncan Monkhouse, president. Absent: Gillian Leitch, recording secretary, and Lynda Gibson, director.
2018 Hall of Fame inductee announced
Congratulations to BIFHSGO's latest Hall of Fame inductee, Jane Down, who was recognized at our annual general meeting June 9, 2018 for working tirelessly for the betterment of the society and for genealogy in general.

Jane has volunteered in many capacities, serving eight years as BIFHSGO Program Director and several years on the Program committee for our annual conference. Her most recent contribution has been to take on the duties of Administration chair for the 2018 conference.
Jane has also been an active member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and served as the Program chair for the OGS 2017 conference in Ottawa.

Read more about Jane and previous inductees in our Hall of Fame section.
BIFHSGO announces best article and presentations, and certificates of recognition
At BIFHSGO's annual general meeting on June 9, 2018, president Barbara Tose announced the winners of the Best Anglo-Celtic Roots Article by a Member, Best Before BIFHSGO Talk by a Member, and Best Talk by Member awards. The award for Best Before BIFHSGO Talk a member goes to Sheila Dohoo Faure for her presentation on the No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Previous award winners are listed here.
Barbara (second from left) smiled with the winners of the Best BIFHSGO talk by a member – or members – (left to right) Susan Davis, Marianne Rasmus, Glenn Wright, Darrel Kennedy, and Brian Laurie-Beaumont – for their talk on Salem, Where were you in 1692?
Barbara Tose presented Best Anglo-Celtic Roots Article to Christine Jackson (pictured on the right next to Barbara) for her article, The Queen’s Coachman: Our Only Claim to Fame!

Barbara also presented certificates of recognition to Cliff Adams and Father Edward J.R. Jackman.
Cliff (pictured on the left next to Barbara) was recognized for his ongoing and significant contributions to our society as conference treasurer, and his invaluable assistance to the treasurer of the society. 

We also recognized Father Jackman’s life-long interest in and encouragement of family history and genealogy, and with special appreciation of his generous sponsorship and support of our society and its activities.
Were You in Salem in 1692?
In 1692, 24 people died in the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. On September 22, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardell were among eight people hanged after being found guilty of witchcraft. Ann Putnam and her family played a leading role as accusers in these tragic events. Four of their descendants — Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, Brian Laurie-Beaumont, and Marianne Rasmus — shared their stories and examined the life and times of their Puritan ancestors in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony at our May 12 meeting. The presentations were recorded and are now available online for members on the Handouts/Video page in the Members Only section
New military-themed presentations online for members
The two presentations delivered at our April 14 meeting are now available online for members. BIFHSGO member Sheila Dohoo Faure talked about our No. 1 Canadian Casulaty Clearing Station database and Dr. Sarah Lockyer from the Directorate of History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence talked about the Casualty Identification Program and its aims to identify newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members. Links to these videos and the handout Sheila prepared are available on the Handouts/Video page in the Members Only section
New member benefit — 40% off Forces War Records subscription
Starting now, BIFHSGO members can take advantage of a new member benefit — a 40 percent discount on a one-year or one-month subscription to Forces War Records. Learn more about this new member benefit in Discounts in the Members Only section.
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 that 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.