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

Sunday, September 29 — Sessions 5 through 8
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 – 15:30 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 5 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
Someone tells you that they’ve proven their connection to a genealogical ancestor using DNA, but have they really proven it? Did they avoid the known pitfalls? Together we will discuss the most common pitfalls when using DNA evidence, and propose the minimum requirements for a genealogical proof comprising DNA.
Ten Skills Every Genalogist Needs
This lecture will help you master essential elements of genealogy research and information management. Enhance your research skills searching the “Deep Web”. Pinpoint geographic locations past and present with mapping resources. Find resources for reading old handwriting and translating records.
Manage the information you find effectively using your family tree software as a hub. Learn how to insert information inside digital images. Discover ways to enter data consistently for better search results. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced researcher, these ten skills can improve your research results.
10:15 – 10:45
Break and Browse the Marketplace

10:45 – 12:00 Session 6 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
Off the Shelf: The Unexplored Potential of eBooks in Genealogy
There is a treasure trove of untapped research sources online: the electronic book or ebook. repositories are digitizing publications and putting them online for us to use without having to leave the comfort of our homes. We will explore all the options that are out there to move your research forward.
Behind the Scenes: Records of the General Records Office (UK)
The General Register Office (GRO) is part of Her Majesty's Passport Office and oversees civil registration in England and Wales. The GRO maintains the national archive of all births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1837. This register can be an amazing source of information for genealogical researchers. This talk takes a look why the register was started, what has been collected and how to get the most out of the information it contains. Some interesting finds will be highlighted to show the scope of the information.
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break (Boxed lunches are available for pre-purchase with registration)

13:30 – 14:45 Session 7 (Two Concurrent Lectures)
DNA and the Aftermath of Uncovered Family Secrets
Does a truth uncovered by DNA always trump secrecy, or can/should the truth have boundaries? If so, what are those boundaries? Together we’ll dissect the roles of secrecy and openness as we examine real-life examples of both the joy and the fallout from family secrets uncovered by DNA.
Timelines: The Straight Line Between You and Your Ancestor
Using online tools and software we will learn how important a timeline can be to breaking through a research problem.
14:45 – 15:15
Break and Browse the Marketplace

15:15 – 16:30 Session 8 (Plenary)
A Farmer's Ride Through England, 1802:
Mr. Blaikie's Diary and His Remarkable Descendants
It began with a chance find in a second-hand bookshop, a small soft-covered booklet of 64 pages, purchased for £3. A Scottish Farmer’s Ride Through England: 100 years ago was printed in 1906, and the journey in question took place in April and May 1802.
As a travel diary it makes interesting reading in itself, in the form of Andrew Blaikie’s observations as he travelled from his home in Bowdon, Roxburghshire to London and back. This talk will relive the ride exploring the places along the route.
16:30 – 16:45 Conference Closing and Door Prizes