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


Going Down of the Sun
Video of Feature Talk from 14 November is available to members online.
Philip G. Winkelaar presented the story of the life and death of James Arthur Menzies whose sacrifice in World War I is remembered on the brass plaque in Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa.

Rolling screen available online 
 The rolling screen announcements are available online.

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, 25 November 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, 27 November 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.

Great Moments in Genealogy
Saturday, 12 December 10 a.m.
  • The Purvis Family of Manitoulin Island – Achievement, Tragedy and the Worst Disaster in Great Lakes Maritime History (Jamey Burr)  
  • Ellen Murray and the Lady Sherbrooke (Michael MacNeil)
  • Ballinasloe after the potato famine (Hugh Reekie)
There will be a time for small group socials between the presentations. Bring a favourite holiday tradition or memory to share. Registration required – details on the events page.

Two Education Workshops Coming in December and January!
Both will be online and registration is required—information to follow. Details on the events page.
Ontario Land Records Made Easy (Saturday, 5 December 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 noon)
Ken McKinlay will explain how to meet the challenges involved in using the online Ontario Land records. Firstly, he will show how to identify the lot and concession numbers and, secondly, how to search for transaction details. After the demonstration, participants will have an opportunity to explore some sources on their own, during short breaks, and ask questions on any problems they have encountered.
Popping Perfect PowerPoint Presentations (Saturday, 30 January 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 noon)
Barbara Tose and Duncan Monkhouse will discuss how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will thrill, enthrall, and entertain your audience. The session will consist of a presentation, the live creation of a PowerPoint presentation, a break for practice and then a time for questions and answers.

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.