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


Anglo-Celtic Roots
The Society's quarterly journal features articles on Canadian and British Isles family and social history, as well as genealogical research techniques and practices.
Past issues of ACR are available in our Archives, and the past year of issues is available in the Members Only section. Join BIFHSGO to receive a new issue every quarter.
You can read some of our best articles in our 25 Years of Storytelling column.
If you have material you think may make an interesting article for Anglo-Celtic Roots, but are not sure how to get started or how to organize it, please contact the Editor for assistance and consult the Anglo-Celtic Roots Guide to Authors. It covers the editorial policies, standards, and writing style precepts used in the journal.
British Home Children: Their Stories
“I do not celebrate my birthday. I celebrate the day I came to Canada,” said former Home Boy Joe Brown at a meeting of Heritage Renfrew. Such sentiments are reflected in many of the stories that have been assembled for BIFHSGO’s book of British Home Children stories.
On 7 December 2009, the Canadian Parliament unanimously passed a Private Member’s bill from Member of Parliament for Brant County, Phil McColeman, to declare 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child.
In keeping with the Society’s long established history as a leading researcher and cataloguer of British Home Children, BIFHSGO volunteers assembled stories from first and second-generation descendants of some British Home Children  for this publication to celebrate the occasion.
The book is available from
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Ottawa
Baptism Marriage and Death Records 1829 - 1949
St. Andrew’s is the oldest Protestant church in Ottawa (known earlier as Bytown). Generations of Ottawans have been baptized, married and buried from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The vast majority of these, particularly in the early years, were migrants to the area who had roots in the British Isles. The names of many of the founding families of Bytown, Hull and Ottawa who originated in the British Isles, such as Billings, Booth, Sparks and Lyon, can be found in the Church’s records of Baptisms (1829-1924), Marriages (1830-1949) and Deaths (1836-1892).
Donald McKenzie, a retired United Church minister, spent many hundreds of hours transcribing these records of the original entries from microfilm reels at Library and Archives Canada. 
The book of transcripts has been augmented with full-page colour photographs of images from St. Andrew’s stained glass windows, taken with the kind permission of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Memorial Committee. 
BIFHSGO is grateful to Mr. McKenzie for offering the Society the opportunity to publish these transcripts to celebrate the opening of the new City of Ottawa Central Archives and the Ottawa Public Library Materials Distribution Centre.
The book is available from