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

Special Interest Groups

Join us for enthusiastic discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, ​Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. 

Open to BIFHSGO members and non-members. Meetings will be held online until further notice. Meeting are held Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm to 9:00 on the following dates:​​
  • 28 July 2021
  • 8 September 2021
  • 20 October 2021
  • 1 December 2021
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact
The DNA Special Interest Group meets to share experiences, information, and ideas about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
Meetings are open to BIFHSGO members and non-members. They are held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.on the following Saturdays:​​
  • 28 August 2021
  • 2 October 2021
  • 6 November 2021
Meetings are being held online until further notice.
Open to BIFHSGO members and non-members.For information or to join a meeting, contact Susan Courage. Visit our DNA Research Guide for more information and links.
This Special Interest Group focuses on researching ancestors in London, England.
Online meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month from 2 - 3.30 p.m. Upcoming dates are:
  • 11 August 2021
If you are interested in participating, please contact, attention John D. Reid
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings, we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
Meetings are held on Saturdays. ​​​​
  • 18 September 2021,10 to 11:30 am - online
Normally, meetings are held at the City of Ottawa Archives, Room 226, unless otherwise noted. This is at 100 Tallwood Drive (southwest corner of the intersection of Meadowlands Drive and Woodroffe Avenue). However, our meetings have moved online until further notice.
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.
For more information, contact, attention Kathy McConkey.
This group is open to BIFHSGO members who would like feedback from fellow writers. Writing Group members may be working on family history stories, articles related to family history research, and memoirs; or they may be preparing a BIFHSGO presentation. Potential members can attend their first meeting without bringing a piece of work.
Virtual writing group meetings are being held monthly between September and June. Meetings will be virtual until further notice. For more information, contact, attention Carol Annett.

This is a group run by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and BIFHSGO members are welcome.
For more information, visit the Ottawa OGS Special Interest Groups page.
View the BIFHSGO research aid for Northern Ireland for a list of books and other resources available in our library.

This is a self-help group for users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) that meets monthly. The agenda for each meeting includes speakers on pre-announced TMG topics, time to ask your questions, and time for socializing, with refreshments. They also circulate notes on TMG issues and demonstrate TMG at the two local genealogy conferences each year. There are no member fees, and visitors are most welcome.
For more information, visit the Ottawa TMG Users Group website.