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


Next Feature Talk (Saturday, 10 October)
Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald 
Saturday, October 10  | 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Jane Simpson will tell the story of her ancestor Charles MacDonald, an officer in the British Army, on his journey of chance, spanning three continents and experiencing a number of precarious circumstances.  Jane one day stunned her grandmother by asking an inconvenient question and the answer was not altogether convincing.  Fifty years later, she had her answer, finding many surprises and shocks for her MacDonald relatives. Go to events for details or click here to register.

Congratulations to our new Board member – Ann Burns (Membership). Ongoing appreciation to our continuing Board members – Duncan Monkhouse, Barbara Tose, Gillian Leitch, Marianne Rasmus, Dianne Brydon, Susan Davis and John McConkey. There are still opportunities to serve – we are looking for help with Education and Outreach/Publicity. All members are shown on the Contact Us page.

Congratulations to our new award winners! 
The winners of BIFHSGO’s member awards were announced at our Annual General Meeting:
  • Hall of Fame: Christine Jackson
  • Best Anglo-Celtic Roots Article: Carol Annett
  • Best Feature Talk: Dianne Brydon
  • Best Education Talk: Ken McKinlay and Glenn Wright
  • Best Great Moment Talk: Marianne Rasmus
More outstanding contributions to our society! Details at Member Recognition.

September Feature Talk video now available
The video of the September 2020 Feature Talk webinar is now available in the Members Only videos section – There's no Business like Show Business: Using DNA and Traditional Docs to find a Maternal Grandfather (Brian Laurie-Beaumont)     

September meeting announcements
 Announcements.from BIFHSGO's September Feature Talk webinar are available.

Anglo-Celtic Roots Fall 2020 issue online for members
The Fall 2020 issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots is available online for our members by logging in to the Members Only section and clicking on Anglo-Celtic Roots.
This issue presents The Leathems: From County Cavan,Ireland To Huntley Township, Carleton County (Heather Ashe) ** A Matter of Faith (Wendy Croome) ** From There to Here—My Journey (Kathy McConkey) ** We Shall Remember Them Private Stanley Theodore Hunter (Lynda Gibson).
For those who are not members, about 25 years of Anglo-Celtic Roots are available in the Publications section on our website, including the Fall 2019 issue.

BIFHSGO Socials for members
BIFHSGO members are invited to the second BIFHSGO Socials. There are two sessions for small groups to meet on Zoom—Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, 2 October 2020 at 2:00 p.m. If you are a BIFHSGO member, you will receive an email with the details for joining. If you do not, contact us.

The Isle of Wight Family History Society journal
The August issue of the Isle of Wight Family History Society journal is now available in the Members Only section. Articles include: Mabel Dora BALL of Cowes (1886-1976)–Part 1 (Fran REES) ** Do not Barter with CARTER (Tony BEVIS) ** Charles Escott LONG Private (PO/18461) Royal Marine Light Infantry (Anthony EWEN) ** From Wroxall to Fleet Street (Russell HINDLE) ** Kite Hill House–Part 1 (Lesley ABRAHAM) ** Arthur William BROWN (1880-1924) (Alan BROWN) ** Grandpa HAYES, CLIP and His Seagoing Career (Alan DINNIS) *Call the Havenstreet Midwife–Part 1 (Tony BEVIS)
The last article is about a midwife from Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, who assisted at a birth in Prince Arthur Landing, Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1872. 

Can you help with BIFHSGO’s home child research?                                                                                        
If you are interested in participating in the RG76 Project—extracting home children names from films held at Library and Archives Canada, please contact John Sayers. All the work can be done from home by using Heritage Canadiana and Excel spreadsheets.