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Wednesday, April 21
British Colonial America SIG  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
If you are interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, April 24
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.



Saturday, May 8
A Russian Revelation: A Family Shaped by Significant Historical Events  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online – registration required
 
 
When Marianne Rasmus began her family history research journey, she knew little about her maternal grandparents’ ancestry. They were an unlikely match, although both were immigrants; one came from Newcastle, England, the other from Orenburg, Russia. In 1927 her grandfather, who died when she was an infant, left his father and siblings behind in Newcastle and came to Canada—sadly, he never saw his family again. Her grandmother died before Marianne knew the important questions to ask about her grandmother's childhood, immigration from Communist Russia, and adjustment to life in Canada. With conventional resources either unavailable or difficult to access, and starting with only a handful of names, Marianne will reveal the process and sources used to discover a heritage she knew nothing about. She will share how historical events in both Canada and Europe affected her grandmother in a life-altering fashion, and how, despite historical events destined to separate family members, DNA has helped to shed light on long-unanswered questions.
 
About the speaker
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne Rasmus spent most of her life in BC, experiencing life on Vancouver Island, in BC’s north and in the Fraser Valley. But when the opportunity for a midlife adventure came, Marianne and her husband, Bill, took the plunge and moved to Ottawa in 2013.
 
After reluctantly taking Canadian History as a “filler” course in college, Marianne discovered an interest in history she never expected. That interest took on new meaning, and some might say became an obsession, when she began her family history journey in 2008, and started to uncover long-forgotten stories in both hers and her husband Bill’s family trees. Since becoming a member of BIFHSGO in 2014, Marianne has been active in the society; she has served on the Conference Planning Committee, is currently the Board Treasurer, and is a facilitator for the British Colonial America SIG.


Wednesday, May 12
London SIG  (Special Interest Group)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
If you would like to attend, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca / attention John D. Reid


Saturday, May 15
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.


Wednesday, May 19
British Colonial America SIG  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.



Saturday, June 5
DNA SIG  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online until further notice
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
 
This month: Presentation by Bob Butler on "Genetic Affairs." General group discussion to follow.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.


Wednesday, June 9
London SIG  (Special Interest Group)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
If you would like to attend, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca / attention John D. Reid


Saturday, June 12
Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am
Online – registration required NOTE 9 A.M. START TIME
 
Register – only one registration required for the AGM and the Feature Talk. The minutes of last year’s meeting and this year’s agenda are in a document in the AGM archives. As more documents become available, they will be added.
 


Saturday, June 12
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online – registration required
 
Register – only one registration required for the AGM and the Feature Talk
 
Over the Sea to ... "Shetland" (Jill Thompson)
 
Jill Thompson and her husband Alastair Speirs needed to solve two puzzles. Each had discovered one relative born in the Shetland Isles in the 1800s. When and why had they moved away to Scotland (Alastair) and even more puzzling, southern England (Jill)? Inspired by the Ann Cleeves Shetland crime series, they visited the largest of the islands to see what they could find. Jill and Alastair will relate how generous help from the local tourist office and the Family History Center solved mysteries and introduced them to welcoming and friendly local folk.
 
About the speaker
Jill Thompson was delivered into this world in the basement of University College Hospital, London, during WW2. Her mother was born in the same location, during WW I—both surrounded by sandbags! Jill's Gran Sellwood was the first to spark her interest in family history; talking about the railway (a major family employer), the suffragettes, and working at Cross and Blackwells' pickle factory, in central London.
 
Serious research for Jill commenced after visiting Salt Lake City en route from Vancouver to Ottawa with her ex-husband. After moving to Ottawa, she began the search in the LDS Family History Center on Prince of Wales Drive. Generous help was provided by the regular volunteers. The dawn of computers and the gradual availability of archival records made research easier, but Jill learned a lot along the way. Jill met Alastair in 2004 and both their researches are ongoing.
 
The River Ran Red: The Homestead Steel Strike and Sylvester’s Part in It (Lynne Baxter)
 
On 6 July 1892, in Philadelphia, a violent altercation broke out between locked-out steelworkers and 300 heavily armed Pinkerton strikebreakers. In the scrimmage, a Pinkerton man was killed, along with several strikers. Andrew Carnegie had the union leadership all arrested and charged with murder. Lynne Baxter’s great-grandfather, Sylvester Ash Critchlow, was the first one to go on trial. It would be one of the great moments on the maternal side of her family tree.
 
About the speaker
Long, long ago in a town far away, a child was born. Lynne Baxter was born in Coshocton, Ohio but was transplanted to Pointe Claire at the age of 12 when her father started a new job there. Her parents moved back to the U.S. but Lynne stayed on and eventually became a Canadian citizen. Lynne graduated from Carleton University in 1995 with a degree in psychology. Lynne’s interest in genealogy began when she inherited a document written by Nathaniel Mulholland, her paternal great-grandfather.
 
A Gem from the Inverary Archives (Dena Palamedes)
 
This Great Moment will explore the serendipity in Dena Palamedes’ search for the ancestors of Angus McInnis, her fourth great-grandfather. It began with the following email, forwarded through the BIFHSGO queries email: “I am trying to contact Dena Palamedes who I met some years back … I unfortunately lost my email archive and hence her address. My reason for trying to contact her is that when she was here she was trying to find an ancestor called Angus MacInnes who was a piper. While working through some archives today I have actually found a rental in which he appears.” The result was a journey that led to the Inverary Castle, some wonderful discoveries and new friendships. A surprise guest is planning to join Dena in the presentation.
 
About the speaker
Dena Palamedes has been exploring the joys of genealogy, a passion that draws on her skills acquired as an auditor, for almost a decade. She loves to leverage the power of technology at work, in family history and through her photography. She is currently the BIFHSGO photographer. Recently retired from the federal government has offered more opportunities for genealogy travel adventures and new friends.


Wednesday, June 16
British Colonial America SIG  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, June 26
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.



Saturday, August 28
DNA SIG  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online until further notice
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, September 11
The Paulin(e) Family Reunion: Taking Family Research to the Family  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online – registration required, information to follow
 
It all started with this mad idea to recreate a family picture taken in the early 1890s in Victoria, BC. The idea evolved to organizing a family reunion—who do you invite, how do you invite, what do you do besides pose for a picture? Gillian Leitch will discuss organizing the Paulin(e) reunion, held in July 2019, from the event planning, invitations, and publicity, to the actual reunion. Not only was the reunion a fun social gathering of relations (who were mostly strangers), it was the start of a new family community, sharing photos, stories and friendship. It also saw the creation of a Facebook page and a website (paulin.family.blog).
 
About the Speaker
Dr. Gillian Leitch is a Historical Researcher (Senior Researcher and Analyst) at a private research company in Ottawa. Her research includes the way in which British immigrants to Canada identified and celebrated their identity in the nineteenth century and created social and familial networks in the new and old worlds, particularly in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. She is the Secretary for BIFHSGO. She has written extensively on popular culture—specifically on science fiction and time travel.


Saturday, September 18
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.



Saturday, October 2
DNA SIG  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online until further notice
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, October 23
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.



Saturday, November 6
DNA SIG  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online until further notice
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, November 27
Scottish Genealogy SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.