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:​​
  • 4 November 2020
  • 2 December 2020
  • 13 January 2021
  • 24 February 2021 
  • 24 March 2021
  • 21 April 2021 
  • 19 May 2021
  • 16 June 2021
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.
 
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:​​
  • 7 November 2020
  • 6 February 2021
  • 3 April 2021
  • 5 June 2021
  • 28 August 2021
  • 2 October 2021
  • 6 November 2021
Meetings are being held online until further notice.
 
Open to BIFHSGO members and non-members. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
For information, contact Susan Courage. Visit our DNA Research Guide for more information and links.
 
 
A new Special Interest Group has been established with a focus on researching ancestors in London, England.
 
Next meeting is Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 2 p.m. Meeting will be online until further notice.
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, 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 expe rts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Meetings are held on Saturdays.
  • 21 November 2020,10 to 11:30 a.m. - online
  • 16 January 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 am - online
  • 20 February 2021, 2:00 to 3:30 pm - online.   Note time change.  
  • 20 March 2021, 10:00-11:30 am - online
  • 24 April 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 am - online
  • 15 May 2021, 10:00-11:30 am - online
  • 26 June 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 am - online
  • 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 queries@bifhsgo.ca, 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.
 
The Writing Group meets on the same Saturdays as the monthly BIFHSGO meetings. However, due to the pandemic, meetings are cancelled until further notice.​

For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, 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.