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Saturday, June 13
2020 Annual General Meeting (postponed)  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Please note the AGM will take place at a later date.


Saturday, June 13
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Zoom webinar - link to register below
Open to the public.  Please register HERE.
 
The Elmer-Leonard James Brickwall: Were they related?
 
Brian Glenn spent his formative years growing up in Mechanicsville with two sets of James “cousins”. One family was definitely related through marriage to Brian’s father’s sister but the relationship of the other James family was not so clear. A Christmas conversation in 2018 with his cousin Susan James started his quest to solve the relationship between the two James families.
 
About the Speaker
Brian had the honour of becoming a BIFHSGO Hall of Fame member in 2016. He has been involved in many aspects of the Society including Education, Research, web support and Conference online registration. He continues his family research with recent explorations of ancestors that migrated from Pontiac County, Quebec to western Canada and South Dakota, USA.
 
What is small, antique and eventually only belongs to just one person?    
 
A postcard! Sally Doherty will share stories she unearthed through a collection of postcards her maternal grandfather, Alexander Yuill Laing, sent to his children while on the high seas (1903-1920).  It is her hope that this presentation will make people dream of far-away places which we cannot visit right now.
 
About the Speaker:
Sally (Carlisle) Doherty... is unlike her grandfather in that she has been afraid of large bodies of water since childhood.  However, sharing his passion for international travel, she enjoyed a wonderful 36-year career in the airline industry, in three countries and on three continents. Early retired, she volunteers with a bereavement support group for survivors of victims of homicide after her mother fell victim. Sally has tutored French, was a family counsellor for a funeral director, volunteered at the Info desk at YOW Airport, dabbles in genealogy and is an international cat-sitter. Her interest in postcards began when she found one postmarked Buenos Aires, written by her grandfather to his infant daughter Esther, Sally’s mother, living in Montreal; baby Esther was only 7 months old at the time.
 
A Battle of Wills
 
In 2008, Marianne Rasmus received from an extended family member a 1951 newspaper clipping about the death of her paternal grandfather.  Marianne will share how receiving that tiny piece of paper opened a door of possibilities: unearthing a passion and leading to discoveries about a family line she knew little about, including one particularly noteworthy conflict.
 
About the Speaker:
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne 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 mid-life 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 began to uncover long forgotten stories in both her, 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 co-facilitator for the British Colonial America Special Interest Group.


Wednesday, June 17
British Colonial America  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - registration details to follow
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Theme: The role of the church in the lives of our BCA ancestors
 
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



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
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
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
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, 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.
 
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
Room 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
  • Hugh Reekie
  • Liz McKenzie

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.