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


Videos and handouts from the June Great Moments...
... are available for members in the Members Only section.

New Board members!
At last Saturday’s Annual General Board meeting, the society elected a number of Board members:
  • Lynne Baxter, Sue Dawes, Jennifer Hill and Ken McKinlay were elected as new Board members
  • Dianne Brydon and Gillian Leitch were re-elected for another two-year term.  
Congratulations to you all! And thanks for volunteering to serve our society in this capacity.

Congratulations to our award-winning members!
At the Annual General Meeting, Andrea Harding was appointed to the Hall of Fame for her innovative contributions to BIFHSGO’s education program and communication activities, which her ideas, enthusiasm and communication skills have done so much to promote. Presentation and writing awards were given to:
  • Marianne Rasmus for Best Talk by a Member
  • Bette White for Best ACR Article by a Member                                                
Special recognition was given to the members—Sheila Dohoo Faure (team leader), Heather Carmody, Marcia Clement, Lynda Gibson, Jean Kitchen (editor), Nigel Lloyd and Lynne Willoughby—who are writing biographies of the soldiers who died at No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in WWI. This is a contribution to BIFHSGO's research results available online.

June monthly meeting announcements
Announcements from the June 2021 monthly meeting are available online.

Upcoming online conferences that may be of interest:
24 June – 9 July 2021 Ancestor Network presents expert workshops on Irish Genealogy. Topics to be covered are:  'Irish Catholic Church Records', ‘Irish Rentals as a Family History Source', 'Understanding Irish Placenames', and 'Planning a Genealogy Research Visit to Ireland'
10 July 2021 - 11th Scottish Indexes Conference featuring “‘Merchant and Trades House Records” by Dr. Irene O’Brien; “Tracing Scottish Women”’ by Kirsty Wilkinson; “‘Tracing Scottish Ancestors before 1855:”by Alison Spring; “Overcoming Brickwalls: Case Studies” by Emma Maxwell
Saturday, 31 July 2021 - 4th annual A Summer of DNA virtual conference on . Speakers include Diahan Southard, Alec Ferretti, Shannon Christmas and Maurice Gleeson.
New information
Scottish Indexes just added over 100,000 prison register records to its website, including High Court, Sheriff Court and prison records.
Interested in Irish ancestors? On the blog My Genealogy Life, Patricia Greber outlines information available at the National Archives Ireland about Irish immigrants to Canada.  

A new way to join BIFHSGO as a returning member or for the first time... you can do it using an e-transfer
For the last 25 years, BIFHSGO has provided a place for members with a British heritage to connect, learn, share and be inspired to new research avenues. Joining now means that we can continue to provide the best program and learning opportunities available, in these challenging times. We have many excellent talks lined up for the next year, as well as an exciting online conference in the works. Please consider joining today for 2021.