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Wednesday, July 15
Treasures and The Truth: Vlogging to Record Family Memories  (Feature Talk)
7:30 pm
Online
Registration for this meeting is required. Click HERE to register.
 
Do you have family treasures that have been handed down through the generations and you have them now? Do you like them? Do your children like them? Do you have room for them? Do you want them out of the house as soon as possible but you can't just throw them away because there are too many memories. Do you want to record history of houses or areas the family has lived? Have you written a family history and realized that no one wants to read it? This session will discuss ways to record these items and history so that future generations will know their family history in a way the next generation will enjoy, through pictures and video.
 
About the Speaker
Lianne Kruger began genealogy as a youth on family trips to relatives and graveyards; continued as a teenager at the Family Hsitory Library in front of a microfilm with a list of names to look for; and as a young mother researching her paternal line back to the first European land owner of Canada. She volunteers with Alberta Genealogical Society, Ancestry.ca advisory board and mitoYDNA. She has spoken at RootsTech, FamilyRoots, Ontario Genealogical Society conferences; The Genealogy Show (UK); Virtual Genealogical Association; Surname Society; and in Saskatchewan and a variety of locations in Alberta for AGS and other groups. Lianne earned a computer programming degree and has taught computer software courses since 1982. She enjoys combining her love of technology with her love of genealogy by teaching genealogists how to use technology with #NoTears. 
 
Open to the public 
 
NOTE: After registering, you should receive a confirmation email from “BIFHSGO Webinars” containing the link to join the Zoom meeting. Save the link so you have easy access to it on the day of the meeting. If you experience any difficulty send us an EMAIL.


Wednesday, July 29
British Colonial America  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - registration details to follow
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Join us for enthusiastic discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, â€‹Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. 
 
Open to the public



Saturday, August 29
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online meeting - information for pre-registration to follow
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Meeting may be held online. 
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Saturday, September 12
BIFHSGO Annual Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Location to be announced
 
Annual reports from the Director and Board members will be sent out shortly.


Saturday, September 12
There's No Business Like Show Business: Using DNA and Traditional Docs to Find Maternal Grandfather  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location to be announced
 
After a decade of diligent research, Brian Laurie-Beaumont's significant brick wall was his maternal grandfather - a total unknown. Turning to DNA was the final attempt to break through. A year elapsed before a useful DNA match and a further two years of research to provide the supporting information to verify. And more time to convince the new relations. Brian will lay out the process, the stumbling blocks, and how he utilized DNA, traditional documentation, and deductive reasoning to eventually establish his relationship to a family of vaudevillians, early motion pictures and television entertainers, and one of the most important circus families of 19th century Europe.
 
About the speaker
 
Brian Laurie-Beaumont has an honours degree in history with post-graduate work in international affairs focused on macroeconomics. He worked 38 years in the federal government as the Director of Heritage Services as well as Senior Planning Advisor for heritage facility development, including giving workshops in North America and Europe. Afterwards he consulted on heritage projects across Canada before succumbing to the detective challenges of genealogical research. His own family is traced back to 17th century England and Wales while his wife Deirdre descends from some of the first settlers in Plymouth (1621) and New Amsterdam (1624), the latter leading him to be an early member of the British Colonial America SIG.  He now spends the majority of his time doing genealogy or travelling to dog shows across eastern North America.


Saturday, September 12
BIFHSGO Writing Group  (Special Interest Group)
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive
 
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.
 
Please note the irregular hours for this meeting: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 19
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Rooms 226 & 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Note the different room and weekend for this month's meeting.
 
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.
 



Saturday, October 3
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, October 10
Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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.  Born into a life of relative ease in the North of England, tragedy struck and he found himself in the service of the King during the Napoleonic Wars.  Not always a saint and sometimes very much a sinner, he fathered seventeen children and swept them along in his journey from England to the West Indies and finally to the quiet shores of the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario.  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.  Jane will relate her research leading to her book, Soldier, Settler and Sinner:  The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald. 
 
About the speaker
Jane Simpson attended elementary school in Ottawa.  She completed her baccalaureate at the University of Ottawa and Masters at McGill University.   A retired nurse, she lives in Kanata, researching and writing, in addition to singing in choirs.  Her book about the MacDonalds in Belleville, Soldier, Settler, Sinner:  The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald was selected as staff pick in Chapters/Indigo in Belleville.  Jane enjoys talking with other family historians through attendance at and presenting at workshops.  Archives are some of her favourite places.  She holds memberships in the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada – Quinte Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society – Quinte Branch, Hastings County Historical Society and the 7th Town Historical Society in Prince Edward County.   In Ottawa, she is member in the Ottawa Independent Writers Group and Capital Crime Writers.


Saturday, October 17
BIFHSGO Writing Group  (Special Interest Group)
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.


Saturday, October 24
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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.
 



Saturday, November 7
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, November 14
Going Down of the Sun  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
In churches, schools and public buildings across Canada there are brass plaques bearing the names of people long dead, and generally unremarked by those who pass by.  There are two such plaques on the wall of Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, and every Remembrance Sunday we are reminded that those named on the plaques were part of the congregational family.  At the end of the service, we solemnly declare: “At the Going Down of the Sun, and In the Morning, We Will Remember Them”. But how can we remember those we never knew? Who were these people, mourned by friends, lovers, wives and children?   What were their aspirations and dreams?  A search of school records, memoirs, official histories, church and military records reveals the person; knowing the person helps us to fulfill that solemn declaration.
 
About the speaker:
Philip G Winkelaar worked as a family physician for 27 years, then as a geriatrician and physician advisor for another 16. Childhood memories include his father handing in his gas mask at the end of WW2 and the next-door neighbor who had one blind eye, scarred by mustard gas in WW1. Philip served nearly 20 years in the regular and reserve armed forces. He has spoken at the Society for the History of Medicine, many medical conventions and at the Medical History Club of Ottawa, and published several articles. He has attended Knox Presbyterian Church Ottawa for 24 years. The commemorative plaques on the sanctuary wall inspired his research into the people named there and resulted in publication in 2018 of a book titled Going Down of the Sun.


Saturday, November 14
BIFHSGO Writing Group  (Special Interest Group)
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.


Saturday, November 28
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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.
 



Saturday, December 12
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jamey Burr
  • Michael MacNeil 
  • Liz McKenzie
  • Hugh Reekie

Open to the public.



Saturday, December 12
BIFHSGO Writing Group  (Special Interest Group)
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.