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

Education

 
 
Education is one of BIFHSGO's main focus areas. Under the leadership of our Director of Education, we provide educational opportunities for every skill level to help our members learn new information, improve their research skills, and produce well-documented genealogies. We also encourage and inspire our members to share their own family stories.
 
We offer Before BIFHSGO Education Sessions at our monthly meetings on a variety of subjects. These sessions start at 9:00 a.m. Visit our Activities page for a list of upcoming education sessions
 
Each month, we invite a guest speaker or member to deliver a presentation related to genealogy, primarily – but not exclusively – in the British Isles. Visit our Meetings and Activities page for a list of upcoming presentations. These presentations are preceded by our Before BIFHSGO Education Sessions and our Discovery Tables during the break.
 
Year after year, our annual fall conference attracts some of the best Canadian and international speakers who talk on a variety of topics, with a special focus on the British Isles.
 
Special interest groups
For members who would like to learn about a specific area of genealogical research and share their knowledge with others, we hold special interest group meetings throughout the year.
 
More than 20 years of our journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots, are available to read online in our archives. 
 
Each guide provides a list of books and other resources to help with your research.
In our Members Only section, we offer many handouts and videos from presentations delivered at our recent conferences and monthly meetings.
 
BIFHSGO's YouTube Channel provides lectures and tutorials that are available to the public.
 

 
Resources and handouts from past BIFHSGO events
 
Ancestor's Checklist Excel spreadsheets to keep your records organized
Beginners Handout Beginners Genealogy Class - GeneORama
Digital images - Part 1 Adjusting exposure, colour balance & cropping by Brian Glenn April 2012 (Powerpoint v2003)
Digital Images - Part 2 Basic restoration with Spot Healing & Clone Stamp tools by Brian Glenn May 2012 (Powerpoint v2003)
Internet Reseach Lesley Anderson's 2010 Fall Conference handout
Irish Research and the Internet Nuala Farrell-Griffin's 2010 Fall Conference handout
John Grenham's handout from his Irish Talks presentation 
LDS Family History Center Brochure
Maps & Poor Laws Nuala Farrell-Griffin's 2010 Fall Conference handout
Mount Hermon Cemetery References from Gordon Morley's talk "Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, Tombstone Inscriptions" 
Online Books 101 PDF 196kb Glenn Wright's Before BIFHSGO Talk November 2011
Tracing Your House History Bruce Elliott's Before BIFHSGO Talk March 2013