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Wednesday, February 27
British Colonial America  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Join us for discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, ​Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. 
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.
 
Open to the public



Monday, March 4
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, March 9
Research Opens Doors  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
During 30 years of genealogical research, many doors have opened for Gloria Tubman. Some of these doors, including genealogical brick walls, a public service career, and different ventures in retirement, will be highlighted to demonstrate how skills learned can transcend careers. 
 
About the speaker 
 
Gloria Tubman grew up in Pontiac County, Quebec, before moving to Ontario for school and work. Her areas of genealogical and historical research include British Home Children, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley and the families of Pontiac County. She has done research for the US television show Who Do You Think Your Are?  In addition, Gloria has published A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching British Home Children, and wrote the “Genealogy Gleanings” column in The Equity, Shawville’s weekly newspaper, for several years. She volunteers as a co-instructor of a genealogy course at the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre and is a consultant with the Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Drop-In Club. 
 
Open to the public


Saturday, March 9
A Trip to Northern Ireland - Research, Sightseeing and Ancestor tracking  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

John McConkey chronicled his first two visits to Northern Ireland (2004 & 2006) in a presentation to a BIFHSGO meeting 3 years ago. This latest talk reprises his journey of ancestral discovery in the area and covers his third visit which took place in May 2016. John highlights his favourite research stops in Belfast: PRONI and the Newspaper Library and provides other tips. He identifies 2 persons of note in his tree and reports on some exciting finds in County Down cemeteries. Side trips to Carrickfergus and the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim are also featured in a display of photos he took. John concludes the talk with details of his latest research project - confirming a long ago suspected relationship using documentary evidence and DNA.

About the speaker

John McConkey was born in the UK - on the Isle of Wight. He earned his B.Sc. at King's College London and worked for International Computers Ltd for 5 years. In 1971 he and his wife, Kathy emigrated to Canada. They both found computer work in Montreal and then moved the family to Ottawa in 1982 where John worked for Nortel Networks for 17 years. Now retired, John and Kathy spend a considerable amount of their time on family history research. John has visited Northern Ireland 3 times and has had significant success with ancestral discoveries there. He organizes reunions for Canadian and British family and is a member of the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Isle of Wight Family History Society. John has served for several years as BIFHSGO's Technical Coordinator for meetings and conferences. He joined the BIFHSGO Board in 2018 as Director at Large.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, March 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.
 
Open to the public



Monday, April 8
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, April 13
What’s in the BIFHSGO/OGS library for you?  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO and Grace Lewis of OGS will describe what the holdings in the BIFHSGO/OGS Ottawa Branch library offer to genealogists.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, April 13
All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Maggie Wheeler will talk about what she discovered about Home Children while researching her latest novel, the newest addition to her popular series of murder mysteries set in the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway, 
 
About the speaker
 
As the Seaway Valley’s “Queen of Crime,” Maggie Wheeler has spent almost two decades showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on the Canadians it affected.
 
She is the author of the best-selling Lost Villages historical murder mystery series, which has garnered a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for the Arts, an Ontario Provincial Hansard, and Seeker’s Awards for Literary Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2018. In January 2017, Maggie was named Ottawa’s Favourite Female Author by FACES Magazine Annual Awards—and was again a finalist for the award in 2018. The Lost Villages series has been used to teach English and history from intermediate to post-secondary levels in Eastern Ontario and Upper New York State.
 
Since 2001, her work with the Seaway history has kept Maggie on the public speaking circuit and in the media at local, regional, national and academic levels. Her most recent contribution is the “Lost Villages” article for Historica Canada’s The Canadian Encyclopedia—the official national online resource for all things Canadiana. Maggie recently launched her fifth Lost Villages novel, All My Worldly Goods, researched and written with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
Open to the public


Wednesday, April 24
British Colonial America  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Join us for discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, ​Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. 
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, April 27
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.
 
Open to the public



Monday, May 6
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, May 11
How to Create a Family Tree, Heritage or Genealogy Photo Book Using Picaboo  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Picaboo is a web-based printing service which allows you to create a variety of beautiful, archival quality, personalized photo products. It's personal. It's customizable. Photo books make family history accessible to all family members. This Before BIFHSGO will illustrate how easy it is to use Picaboo for your projects. It will include tips for an efficient project, while maximizing the final effect. Most of these tips are applicable to other web-based printing services that are available.
 
About the speaker
 
Dena Palamedes has been exploring the joys of genealogy, a passion that draws on her skills acquired as an auditor, for the last six years. She loves to leverage the power of technology at work, in family history and through her photography.  She is currently the BIFHSGO photographer.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, May 11
The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th Century Economic Migration  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Arriving in the East End of London from Amsterdam in August 1867and making their way to the Dutch Jewish enclave in Whitechapel’s Spitalfields sector, Christine Jackson’s youthful great-grandparents must have wondered why they had left one slum neighbourhood for another. Years later, in struggling post-WW II Britain, the prevailing family story, which described successful tobacco and diamond merchants living in large houses with servants and having a cigar factory off London’s Edgware Road, seemed wildly incongruous. In 2003–04, their immediate links to the era having passed, Christine and her cousin Rod determined to unravel that family story. They found that the Internet, then about to change genealogical research forever, not only gave them the means to reconstruct their family’s place in Victorian London, but also revealed its humble early origins in The Netherlands. Christine will tell us about their search and its results.

About the speaker

A family historian for more than 40 years and an active member of BIFHSGO since 2002, Christine Jackson has made presentations to BIFHSGO and other regional societies on her Sussex County family history and on the results of her three-year research project on the history of the Ottawa Valley’s (unrelated) Cowley family. Her articles on these topics have been published both here and in England. One of Christine’s four grandparents was not, however, born and raised in Sussex, but was part of a family of economic migrants to England from Continental Europe. 
 
Open to the public

 



Saturday, May 25
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.
 
Open to the public



Monday, June 3
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, June 8
Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 8
Great Moments  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Four BIFHSGO members will describe the exciting experience of breaking down a brick wall while researching their ancestors.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 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.
 
Open to the public


Wednesday, June 19
British Colonial America  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Join us for discussions on researching ancestors in British Colonial America's 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, ​Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. 
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.
 
Open to the public.



Monday, September 9
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, September 21
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.



Monday, October 7
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, October 19
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.



Monday, November 4
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary


Saturday, November 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.



Monday, December 9
Monthly Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
 
For more information, contact the Board secretary