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

25th Annual BIFHSGO
Family History Conference
September 27–29, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
In partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and City of Ottawa Archives
Family History: Past, Present & Future

Saturday, September 28 — Sessions 1 through 4
Single day or full two-day conference registration is available.
You can also register for a half day at the conference Welcome Desk.
08:15 Registration Opens.
08:30 – 17:00 Marketplace Open.
09:00 – 16:00
Genealogy Research Room Open.
Click on the Speaker's name to view a brief biography.

09:00 – 10:15 Session 1 (Plenary)
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections of commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.
10:15 – 10:45 Break and Browse the Marketplace

10:45 – 12:00 Session 2 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
Are You Doing Everything to Identify your DNA Matches?
In this lecture, we will examine numerous ways you can use a match’s profile to identify who they might be. We will also examine ways to use the In Common With tool and the Shared Matches tool to estimate how that elusive match is related to you.
The National Archives (TNA) Catalogue (UK)
The TNA Catalogue called Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download. Use Discovery to access records relating to Britain and British history held at: The National Archives, archives and institutions across the UK and some archives and institutions abroad. Discovery provides contact details for these archives and institutions. This talk will discuss the scope of the collection (not just England), finding records in the collection, and some interesting finds.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break (Boxed lunches are available for pre-purchase with registration)

13:30 – 14:45 Session 3 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
Back to Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online
You've been researching for years, but you find yourself repeating searches and looking at the same things over and over again online. You're either spinning your wheels or reinventing the wheel, but either way you go round and round. We will discuss some strategies for planning your research and executing it efficiently, while keeping track of what you are currently doing and plan to do in the future.
Think Like an Archivist: Librairies and Archives for Genealogy
Find (often hidden) genealogy resources held in libraries and archives worldwide, using online archival portals and finding aids.
Learn how to:
  • Find archival portals and gateways,
  • Use effective search terms and strategies for primary sources,
  • Prepare for research trips or request materials.
14:45 – 15:15 Break and Browse the Marketplace

15:15 – 16:30 Session 4 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
Chromosome Mapping
Chromosome mapping is a technique used to identify which segments of DNA you received from your ancestors. The technique assigns pieces of DNA you share with a known cousin to the ancestor or ancestral couple you share with that cousin. During this session you will learn more about chromosome mapping and a third-party tool for chromosome mapping called “DNA Painter.”
Behind the Scenes: Census Records (UK)
The census has been described as a ‘snapshot in time’, recording the nation as it stands at midnight on one Sunday every ten years. But the preparation for each census started years before each census date, and the collating and publishing of the results continued long after. This talk takes a look at the army of civil servants, temporary clerks, registrars, enumerators and others, and the part they played in this astonishing feat of organisation once a decade. Of course, there were incidents and accidents along the way, some of which are revealed in the talk, including the only time advertising was allowed on census material: it didn’t end well!

Saturday Informal Dinner
Sign up at the Conference to join other attendees at an informal pay-as-you-go dinner at nearby Summerhays Grill, 1971 Baseline Road, Nepean.