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

Friday, September 27 — Pre-Conference Activities
Please Note:

The following seminars are not included with the full conference fee, and must be purchased separately.  There are two concurrent seminars (#s 1 and 2) in the morning and two more concurrent seminars (#s 3 and 4) in the afternoon.
Registration Opens.
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09:00 – 12:00 Seminars 1 & 2 (Two Concurrent Seminars)
1. Putting Your Genealogical House in Order:
Managing Past, Present, and Future Research Records
From the vintage photos in the attic to those old family scrapbooks in the basement – not to mention the overflowing files on your computer – putting your genealogical house in order improves your research.
• Can’t find the records you know you have?
• Lost in a sea of digital files, photographs & paper?
• Need to organize new records you’re finding?
• Searching for a better way to organize your work?
The three sessions in this seminar will provide effective ways to name, file, cite, and retrieve your genealogy records and photographs on demand. Once your genealogical house is in order, you’ll have more time to find new ancestors.

Session 1. Organize Like an Archivist
Organizing genealogy records and research is essential to preserve your past work and streamline future research goals. This session uses principles from professional archivists to help you put your family history research in order. Discover effective step-by-step strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system.
Session 2. Picture This: Cataloging Digital Family Photos
This session will bring order to your family photographs, helping you catalog and manage paper photos, scanned photos and downloaded digital files. Family photographs may seem so complex that they defy organizing. In this session, you’ll discover the best way to scan images and records once and for all; how to add names, dates, and places inside images; and how to store and safeguard your digital family photographs. This step-by-step guide also works for documents, especially those with multiple surnames.
Session 3. Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations
This session will help you to cite your research so you always know where your genealogy facts and information were found. Discover the differences between sources and citations. Create a source once and then cite it as needed, avoiding duplication. Learn how to link the citations in your family tree software to your paper and digital records. Learn formats for different kinds of records, from vital records to DNA. After this session, you can create effective sources and citations that retrieve information quickly while conforming to prevailing citation standards.
2. Exploring Your Past with Findmypast
We are always looking for ways to find additional records for our family history research so that we can tell the story of our past to the present and future generations. Ken's seminar will focus on exploring the UK record collections on Findmypast such as parish records, census enumerations and substitutes, military records, immigration, and newspapers. However, since our ancestors spread out from the UK, we will also be touching upon the other parts of the world that the Findmypast collections cover. Since genealogy websites have unique ways of searching their collections we will be looking at the various search tips and tricks that can be used to dig out those key records on Findmypast for our research.
Note: There is limited seating available for this lecture, so be sure to book early. If the seminar is sold out when you book it, you may ask the registrar to add your name to a wait list. She can be reached at either or 613-234-2520 (voice mail).
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 – 16:30 Seminars 3 & 4 (Two Concurrent Seminars)
3. Crafting Successful Searches
Whether you're using Ancestry, FamilySearch, Google, or any other searchable database online, there is an art to a well-crafted search. We will cover search strategies, tips, and tricks to make your time online more productive for your research.
4. Documenting and Sharing Your Family History Using Legacy Family Tree Software
Legacy Family Tree software is simple enough for the beginner and powerful enough for the experienced. This seminar will focus on beginner through intermediate levels, plus some tips and tricks that will help more advanced users. Topics include: Adding People, Places and life Events; Shared Events; Sources and Citations; Why and How to add Unlinked People; Tools and Options on the Tools tab;  Helpful Tips/tricks; Sharing and Publishing with Reports and charts; Timelines; Backing up; Searching and Tagging, and more. Experienced Legacy users will enjoy the insights into the advanced features (especially the Chronology Comparison Tool!) and little tips and tricks along the way. Beginning Legacy users will not only begin to grasp what is possible in Legacy, but they will learn how to “do it right the first time.”
Note: There is limited seating available for this lecture, so be sure to book early. If the seminar is sold out when you book it, you may ask the registrar to add your name to a wait list. She can be reached at either or 613-234-2520 (voice mail).

17:00 Conference Opens