Research is one of BIFHSGO's main focus areas. Under the leadership of our Director of Research our goal is to preserve, research and disseminate Canadian and British Isles family history.
Our members devote thousands of volunteer hours, researching and transcribing data to provide databases that will help our members and the public explore their family history.
We do not conduct family research on behalf of our members or the public, but if you would like help in finding a new or different direction for solving a specific research puzzle, send us a query.
We encourage you to explore our databases — all researched by our volunteers.
British Home Children
Fegan Home's Index
Database of more than 3,500 children's names, extracted from original papers currently held in private hands
Ups and Downs
Database of 53,000 names of Home Children mentioned in Barnardo’s Ups and Downs
Rideau Canal Soldiers, 1831 Nominal list of non-commissioned officers, privates and buglers of the Companies of Royal Sappers and Miners disbanded at the Rideau Canal in December 1831
Ottawa Sharp Shooters Company List, 1885
In late March 1885, in reaction to the proclamation of a Provisional Government by Louis Riel, thousands of volunteer militia soldiers set off for North West Canada to suppress the rebellion. Fifty-three men served in the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters.
Foreign-Born Canadian Militia, 1907
Index to a list of 1,991 Canadian militia personnel in the permanent or volunteer force in 1907 who were not born in Canada. Most were of British origin.
Database of almost 600 women assisted by the British Women's Emigration Assocation, headed by the Hon. Mrs. Ellen Joyce
Database of 99 individuals, including single, married and widowed women, as well as several children and men, who came to Canada in 1906, assisted by the British Women's Emigration Assocation, headed by the Hon. Mrs. Ellen Joyce
Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910
With more than 1,000 surnames mentioned, these diaries provide insight into local life in Bury/Boston, Preston and Burnley in east-central Lancashire.
Find out which ancestral surnames interest our members, and contact them.
Browse the titles in the collection of books we donated to the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.