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Wednesday, December 2
British Colonial SIG  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
The topic will be wills. Have you made a significant discovery using wills in your research? If you have a PowerPoint presentation you would like to share, please contact the coordinator.
 
The invite for the meeting will be sent out the Monday before the meeting. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, December 5
Ontario Land Records Made Easy  (Workshop)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - registration required - link below
 
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
With so many of our European ancestors settling in Ontario and the recent closing to the public of the Ontario Land Registry Offices, many of us have been struggling to find the land records of our ancestors. Focusing primarily on rural lots, which many of our ancestors farmed, Ken McKinlay will explain how to meet the challenges involved in using the online records.
 
The first part of the session will show us how to figure out the lot and concession number using census and other records. The second part will show how to look for the property in the abstract books. The last part of the webinar will show how to search for the details of the transactions.
 
Throughout the webinar, after watching demonstrations of search techniques, participants will have the opportunity to explore some sources on their own, during short breaks, and ask questions on any problems they have encountered.
 
About the Speaker
Ken McKinlay's foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 18 years. He has given talks for several branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. His talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems.


Saturday, December 12
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required - link below
 
There will be a time for small group socials between the presentations. Bring a favourite holiday tradition or memory to share. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
The Purvis Family of Manitoulin Island – Achievement, Tragedy and the Worst Disaster in Great Lakes Maritime History
 
Jamey Burr will tell the story of his mother’s family, who came from the east coast of Scotland to start a significant family fishing business on Lake Huron. The story includes tales of international travel on the jute trade route, early political activity in Upper Canada, lighthouse keepers, the Klondike, family losses, and a sad role related to the enormous loss of life on the S.S. Eastland in 1915.
 
About the Speaker
 
Jamey Burr was formerly a federal public servant involved in funding programs for affordable housing and infrastructure.  He gave a December Great Moments talk in 2018 about breaking through a brick wall to find his Quaker roots in colonial America and Canada.
 
Ellen Murray and the Lady Sherbrooke
 
Various family accounts tell us that Ellen Murray survived a shipwreck in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on her way to Canada from Ireland sometime between 1830 and 1833, after which she married Michael MacNeil’s great great grandfather, James Tompkins in Margaree, Cape Breton.  A search of shipwreck databases indicates that she was most likely on the Lady Sherbrooke, sailing from Derry, Ireland in June 1831.  It ran aground near Cape Ray, Newfoundland on the night of July 19th, with as many as three hundred persons drowning.  While researching the various accounts of the shipwreck in contemporary and later newspapers, Michael discovered that false news is not a recent phenomenon, but can be enduring.
 
About the speaker
Michael MacNeil is a retired academic, born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Most of his Canadian family roots were in place in Cape Breton by 1830, primarily as a result of Irish and Scottish immigration. In the past few years he has become fascinated with family history, both his own and that of other settlers in the community in which he grew up.  He is always on the lookout for good stories, preferably true, but he also takes pleasure in good yarns.
 
Ballinasloe after the potato famine
 
After the Irish famine, Hugh  Reekie's forebear William Maxwell, a civil engineer and architect, was very involved in designing houses, farms and factories. Hugh will take us on a grand tour of Ballinasloe, telling us the history of the town and area, finishing up with a family gravestone - in a very interesting location!
 
About the Speaker
Hugh Reekie has been expanding his grandfather's family research for many years. He has produced results with presentations (one in Aberystwyth, Wales), web pages with innovative family trees and small paper documents of segments of his tree.  One such document was used as an example when he gave a full-day workshop to BIFHSGO members on "family tree history publication, my way"  a few years ago.

Open to the public.




Saturday, January 9, 2021
Researching British Home Children  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
Gloria Tubman will offer an overview of British home children and the various resources available to research this topic.  She will relate stories of individuals using the information discovered in various resources in Canada and in Britain.  You may look at your own family research differently.  
 
About the Speaker
Gloria Tubman, granddaughter of a home child, has researched this topic for over 28 years and authored A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching BRITISH HOME CHILDREN.  The areas of genealogical and historical research include British home children, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley, and has led to research for “Who Do You Think You Are?”  She is a co-instructor of a genealogy course at the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre and a volunteer at the Genealogy Drop-In co-hosted by the Ottawa Branch Ontario Ancestors and the Ottawa Public Library.  She is a member of Ottawa Branch Council, Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO. 


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
British Colonial SIG  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
The topic for this meeting is DNA. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, January 16, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, January 30, 2021
Popping Perfect PowerPoint Presentations  (Workshop)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - registration required - link below
 
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Barbara and Duncan will discuss how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will thrill, enthrall, and entertain your audience. They will detail the key elements of a good story, a good presentation and how to use the features of PowerPoint. The session will consist of a presentation, the live creation of a PowerPoint presentation, a break for practice and then a Question and Answer period.
 
Duncan Monkhouse is the son of two British nationals who came to Canada at different times, as a result of the Second World War. Born in Toronto, and moving to Ottawa at an early age, Duncan did all his schooling in Ottawa, and spend his working career here, first in private industry and then in the Federal Government. Duncan’s interest in the family history was piqued in 2008 when his wife started researching her family and a colleague went to Shanghai, where Duncan’s maternal family had spent some time. Duncan, a member since 2008, is the current president of BIFHSGO.
 
Barbara Tose started researching her family’s history on her first trip to Britain in 1982. She has found generations of British mariners, their families, and farming families on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the years she has given several presentations for various groups, most notably “He Wore His Buttons Well,” about her grand-uncle Captain Harry Tose, and “Travels with My Aunt: Adventures in Europe 1914,” based on a letter from her great-grand-aunt Nellie Miller. Barbara is the current editor of BIFHSGO’s Anglo Celtic Roots, past-president of the society and hosts the BIFHSGO Socials on Zoom.



Saturday, February 6, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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, February 13, 2021
The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th-Century Economic Migration  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
In August 1867, arriving in London’s East End from Amsterdam and 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. Eighty years later in struggling post-WW II Britain, their descendants described their immigrant ancestors as successful tobacco and diamond merchants living in London in large houses with servants and owning a cigar factory; it all seemed wildly incongruous.
 
In 2003–04, lacking any direct links to the era, Christine and her cousin Rod determined to unravel that family story. They found that the Internet, then about to change genealogy forever, not only helped to reconstruct their family’s place in Victorian and pre-WW I eras, but also revealed its humble 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 active member of BIFHSGO since 2002, Christine Jackson has made presentations to BIFHSGO and other regional societies on her Sussex County ancestry and on the results of her three-year research project on the history of the Ottawa Valley’s Cowley family. Her articles on these topics have been published both here and in England. One of Christine’s four grandparents however was not born and raised in Sussex, but was part of a family of economic migrants to England from Continental Europe. She researched this family with a cousin when the Internet was a relatively new tool in the genealogical toolbox.


Saturday, February 20, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online NOTE CHANGE OF TIME
 
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, February 24, 2021
British Colonial 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, March 13, 2021
Numbers not Names: Using British Government Publications to locate Ancestors  (Education Talk)
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
Although census returns, customs records and the British Parliamentary Papers may seem like unlikely sources to use in tracking down a British ancestor who immigrated to Canada, they do hold nuggets of data that can provide vital clues. Lucille Campey will demonstrate how such sources can sometimes reveal the geographical origins of immigrants and/or their places of settlement in Canada. This can be achieved by analyzing numeric data rather than hunting down a particular surname. 
 
Note – participants who register for this talk need not register again for the Feature Talk. It will take place at 10.30 a.m.


Saturday, March 13, 2021
Canada's Irish Pioneers: Their Story  (Feature Talk)
10:30 am to 11:45 am
 
As pioneers, the Irish bestrode Canada. They were the largest immigrant group during Canada's formative years. They dug its canals, built its roads, chopped down its trees and established many of its early farming communities. They were ambitious, self-funded people with big dreams who were desperate to escape from the poverty in their homeland. And yet, despite their great pioneering successes, some politically-motivated people continue to depict them as sad and helpless exiles. Lucille Campey will debunk this negative imagery by revealing the facts underlying their immigration saga. She will demonstrate how the Irish were able to fund their own sea crossings, find out about the availability of prime locations and make tremendous strides as pioneers. She will conclude that Canada's Irish pioneers deserve our admiration and gratitude - not our pity.
  
About the speaker
Lucille Helen Campey was born in Ottawa and moved to England following her marriage to Geoff. Having trained as a scientist, she later entered the world of politics, when she became an adviser to a cabinet minister during the John Major years. An ongoing love of history led her into another world around twenty years ago. Having obtained a PhD on Scottish immigration to Canada from the University of Aberdeen, she went on to write fourteen books on British Isle immigration to Canada. Her latest book, "Canada's Irish Pioneers," was published in September, 2020.
 
Note – This Feature Talk starts at 10.30 a.m. - later than normal. Participants who register for the earlier Education Talk need not register again for this Feature Talk.


Saturday, March 20, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, March 24, 2021
British Colonial 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, April 3, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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, April 10, 2021
How to Tell a Compelling Family History Story  (Education Talk)
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
A timeline of dates, neatly matched to events and or achievements, encompasses most of the elements in a person’s life, but have no linking theme, no cause and effect nor climax and resolution. Ruth Stewart Verger will show us how to transform our family history timelines into compelling, engaging stories. 
 
About the Speaker
Ruth Stewart Verger grew up in a storytelling household. She was immersed in the tales of her grandparents' childhood memories and in stories gleaned from traveling tellers who dined at her family’s table. Ruth has traveled across Canada telling stories, and finding new ones! She weaves her tales from family histories, and from hours, days, years spent in Archives, local, provincial, national, and in university libraries researching Canadian historical figures. Ruth facilitates workshops, conducts seminars and presents at symposiums and conferences on storytelling and the applications of storytelling. Ruth recorded two CDs, "She Pushed From Behind: Emily Murphy in Story and Song" commissioned by Library and Archives Canada, and  “From God Knows Where: Marie-Anne Lagimodiére in Story and Song”; and two full-length videos of Canadian history “The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919: the Conflicting Views of Grandma Coulter and Helen Armstrong” and “The Almonte Train Wreck” both commissioned by the Workers’ History Museum in Ottawa.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
British Colonial 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, April 24, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, 2021
Organizing a family reunion: Kickstarting family history research  (Education Talk)
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
Gillian Leitch will discuss the organization/planning of the Paulin(e) family reunion held in Victoria, BC, in July 2019. Not only was the event a fun social gathering of relations (who were mostly strangers), it was an opening for a more collaborative effort in family research. How do you harness the enthusiasm, narratives, and new sources/resources uncovered during the reunion to dig deeper? The Paulin(e) reunion brought about many discoveries, surprises, stories, 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, May 8, 2021
A Family Shaped by Significant Historical Events  (Feature Talk)
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Online - registration required, details below
 
When Marianne Rasmus began her family history research journey, she knew little about her maternal grandparents’ ancestry. An unlikely match, both were immigrants, one from Newcastle, England, the other from Orenburg, Russia. Her grandfather, who died when Marianne was an infant, left his father and siblings behind in Newcastle in 1927 and came to Canada – sadly, he never saw his family again. Marianne’s grandmother died when Marianne was 21 and before she knew the important questions to ask her grandmother about her childhood and immigration from Communist Russia to Canada in 1926. Starting with only a handful of names, Marianne discovered a surprising maternal heritage she knew very little about. She will share how a photo reconnected her to her grandfather’s family; how historical events, both in Canada and Europe, affected her grandmother in life-altering fashion; and finally, how, despite historical events destined to separate, DNA has helped 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 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 and has served on the Conference Planning Committee, is currently the Board Treasurer, and is a facilitator for the British Colonial America SIG.


Saturday, May 15, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, 2021
British Colonial 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, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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, June 12, 2021
Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am
Online - registration required, information to follow


Saturday, June 12, 2021
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Feature Talk)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required, information to follow
 
Over the Sea to Shetland (Jill Thompson)
 
The Pittsburgh Strike (Lynne Baxter)
 
A Gem from the Inverary Archives (Dena Palamedes)


Wednesday, June 16, 2021
British Colonial 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, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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 18, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group  (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, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group  (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.