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Saturday, May 5
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
George Chapman will share the triumphs of his family-finding journey in his presentation, Unexpected Journey.
 
Susan Courage will give an update on the April 6-7 Ontario Genealogical Society Toronto Branch's all-day workshops with Blaine Bettinger, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and The Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation.
 
There will be a round table discussion with remaining time.
 
Our 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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, May 12
Question & Answer Session  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Do you have a question about a type of record or where to find it? Need a little help understanding something in your DNA test results? Want to know where you can learn? Not sure which DNA test to take? Are you struggling with a brick wall in your research? Think you would benefit from hearing someone with experience chat about a certain topic? Looking for direction to help you get started in a new British Isles location or time period?

Bring your most pressing genealogy and family history research questions to this month’s Before BIFHSGO session. We’ll have a variety of experts on hand to offer guidance in solving your queries — and we'll be asking the audience for input too! 
 
Open to the public.
 


Saturday, May 12
Were You in Salem in 1692?  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
In 1692, 24 people died in the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. On September 22, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardell were among eight people hanged after being found guilty of witchcraft. Ann Putnam and her family played a leading role as accusers in these tragic events. Three of their descendants — Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, and Marianne Rasmus — will share their stories and examine the life and times of their Puritan ancestors in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony. 
 
About the speakers
In the 1980s, Susan Davis visited Salem but didn’t realize the role her Putnam ancestors played in the events. In a recent internet search, Susan discovered that her 7x great aunt Ann Putnam Jr was one of the afflicted girls. Ann accused and testified against 62 people, 17 of whom were executed.  
 
A victim of the Salem witch trials, Samuel Wardwell/Wardell is the 9th great-uncle of Darrel Kennedy. In the next century, members of his family would move to Ontario as Loyalists.
 
In 2009, when Marianne Rasmus began researching her husband’s maternal grandfather’s mother, Maud Scott, she reached out to a distant Scott relative for information on the family. Imagine the surprise when it was learned that her husband’s nine times great grandmother, Margaret Scott, an elderly widow, had been hanged as a witch. 
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, May 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.


Saturday, May 26
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, 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, June 9
2018 Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
The 24rd Annual General Meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will receive and conduct business in accordance with the bylaws.
 
Details about our 2018 AGM will be available here.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, June 9
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Four BIFHSGO members share their great moments in genealogy.
 
Was my Great-great Uncle David Jeanes a Murderer?
David Jeanes' great great uncle, David Jeanes, a coachbuilder in Cathays, Cardiff, left Britain mysteriously and suddenly in the 1880s. The family never spoke of him, and David only heard sketchy mentions of him by his grandfather and a cousin of his father. Searching ship passenger lists, South African church records, and finally the wonderful new resource, Welsh Newspapers Online, revealed a sensational story.
 
About the speaker
David Jeanes is a BIFHSGO member, president of Heritage Ottawa, and member of the executive of the Ottawa Welsh Society.
 
Who’s Crazy?
What happened in the 19th century when your husband died leaving you with three small children to support?  When those children proposed moving away in search of a better life?  Mary Oliver Brydon emigrated to Ontario from Scotland as a child around 1830. Dianne Brydon will tell the tragic story of Mary's life, a case study in women's limited options and how 19th-century society dealt with mental illness.  A great moment happened when two 4th cousins found each other and compared documents they had each unearthed.
 
About the speaker
This is Dianne Brydon's second Great Moment presentation. In June 2017 she talked about research with her father for their book, The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage La Prairie. The book also includes the story of Mary Brydon's early life. During a book tour through southern Manitoba, Dianne met Carol Bray, Mary's descendant, and co-president of the Beautiful Plains branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society. Carol had discovered the details of Mary's later life, which had been elusive for many years. Together, they crafted the story which Dianne will present.
 
A Great Little Great War Story
A lonely Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone standing at Czar, Alberta marks the resting place of the first CEF soldier to die in the First World War. Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, like many volunteers he was a recent immigrant; unlike most he had an unusual amount of military background. John D. Reid will share his family history story.
 
About the speaker
John D. Reid, a proud son of Norfolk, is a Society past president and member of the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame. Best known of his blog, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, he writes a regular column in BIFHSGO's Anglo-Celtic Roots.
 
Finding the Fennells, with a Bonus Surprise
One of Ann Burns' most frustrating brick walls had been her great-great-grandfather Patrick Fitzpatrick and his wife Annie Fennell. All Ann knew were their names and the counties in Ireland they came from. While Patrick remains elusive, a combination of detective work at home, release of the Irish parish records, expanded searchable databases, some friendly help in Ireland, and a bit of Irish luck, allowed Ann to go back two more generations, not only to the Fennell ancestors, but the very place they came from.
 
About the speaker
Ann Burns started researching her family history in 2003 and joined BIFHSGO in 2004. Inspiration for this pursuit had a long build-up, but retirement made it much easier. A trip to Ireland in 2008, where a connection was made with living relatives, has been followed by nine more trips. During these sojourns, of two weeks to three months duration, other than visiting relatives, Ann spends as much time as possible following paper trails and winding roads, tracking down clues about her Irish ancestors. 
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, June 9
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, June 16
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, 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, August 25
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public.



Saturday, September 15
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, 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.


Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30
24th Annual Family History Conference  (Conference)
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Our main conference sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday, with seminars on Friday. 
 
This year's conference focuses on two main themes, Scottish family history and genetic genealogy, plus other areas of interest. Learn more here...



Saturday, October 6
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, October 20
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, 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 3
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, November 17
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, 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.