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Saturday, March 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, March 14
Resources for Family History Research in Wales  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Pre-Internet it was essential to travel to Wales, which David did many times visiting record offices, libraries, churches and cemeteries throughout South Wales as well as the National Library at Aberystwyth. Welsh birth, marriage and death records were included with the English records in London. Welsh genealogy research has become much easier with so much online information, including a huge searchable collection of Welsh newspapers. Many useful "how to" genealogy books are now available. However, the biggest challenge is still the prevalence of very common first and last names, particularly derived from the patronymic system.
 
About the speaker:
 
David Jeanes, whose father was born in Wales, became interested in genealogy through his grandmother's writings and pictures about her early life (downstairs) at a mansion near Cardiff. David has been a member of BIFHSGO since its inception and has spoken at meetings, Great Moments, and the conferences. He is a retired telecommunications engineer with long-standing interests in historic architecture and railway history, as well as genealogy. He is a member of the executive of the Ottawa Welsh Society, was president of Heritage Ottawa for four years, and before that was president of Transport Action Canada for twelve years.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, March 14
Maud Lampman: First Woman to Work on Parliament Hill  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
As a descendant of one of Toronto’s earliest settlers, Emma Maud (Playter) Lampman came from a privileged background, and she married young.  By the age of 32 she had suffered the loss of a baby and her husband, and she was forced to find employment to support her remaining two children.  The daughter of a prominent doctor, and the widow of a “Confederation Poet”, her story is a textbook example of an educated, genteel woman who entered the Canadian Civil Service around the turn of the 20th century, mirroring the experience of women in Britain and the US. 
 
About the Speaker
 
Maud Lampman was one of the faceless women captured in Dianne Brydon’s M.A. Thesis “Claiming the Rights of Men and the Privileges of Their Sex as Well”: Women in the Canadian Civil Service 1895-1907.  Little did Dianne know that she, herself, would one day work for the Library of Parliament, nor that she would be asked to tell Maud’s story 110 years after her historic appointment.  Dianne’s talk will highlight the rich information that can be found in the Civil Service List, which annually published personal information about Canadian civil servants from 1872 to 1918.


Saturday, March 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.


Wednesday, March 25
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 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. 
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, March 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, April 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

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

Christine Jackson, a family historian for more than 40 years, has been an active member of BIFHSGO since 2002. She 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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, April 11
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, April 25
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, May 2
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, May 9
Creating Presentations Using PowerPoint  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Would you like to create a presentation for family, friends or BIFHSGO but don’t know where to start? Barbara Tose and Duncan Monkhouse will demonstrate the creation of a presentation using PowerPoint, discussing along the way how to focus your storyline, create slides that support your story and how to get and keep people’s attention.
 
About the speakers:
 
Barbara Tose learned performance skills as a singer in a folk trio throughout the 1990s. She has applied the skills she learned on stage, as well as her photographer’s eye, to the presentations she has given for BIFHSGO and other groups around the province. She is currently the editor of BIFHSGO’s quarterly journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots and the society’s back up photographer.
 
Duncan Monkhouse learned the skills required to get and keep people’s attention while training law enforcement officers from around the world and computer security professionals across Canada. His work as an electronic evidence officer and as part of the RCMP’s Security Evaluation and Inspection Team gave him ample opportunities to hone his presentation skills. He has used his technical knowledge and artistic eye to create several presentations for BIFHSGO. His is currently the society’s president.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, May 9
Hitch, Hockey's Unsung Hero: The Story of Boston Bruin Lionel Hitchman  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Hitch, Hockey’s Unsung Hero, is a biography by Pam Coburn about her grandfather, Lionel “Hitch” Hitchman, who played hockey in the NHL for 12 seasons (1923-1934).
 
The story follows the Hitchman clan through the hardships of the second industrial revolution in England to “sudden” respectability in Toronto. After WWI, the family relocated to Ottawa where Hitch became the most talked-about newcomer, excelling at every sport he tried. The Ottawa Senators took notice, and he turned pro, helping them win the 1923 Stanley Cup. But Hitch was later sold to the Boston Bruins under cloudy circumstances. He flourished as captain, leading his new team to their first Stanley Cup and to the greatest NHL season of all time.
Pam’s talk will focus on the first three chapters of the book, detailing the research that went into the discovery of the Hitchmans’ life in England, their move to Canada and the raising of a hockey superstar. 
 
About the Author:
Pam Coburn spent two years researching and chronicling this untold story of her grandfather Hitch. In her younger days, Pam was a figure skating coach and also played varsity basketball at the University of Ottawa. Transferring to LaSalle College in Philadelphia, she continued to coach skating while completing a business degree. After returning to Canada, Pam took on progressively complex management positions and spent nearly ten-years at Skate Canada as Executive Director and CEO. She currently specializes in digital communications. In her spare time, Pam enjoys being with her partner, Andre, and the four adult children who grace their lives.


Saturday, May 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, May 23
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.
 



Wednesday, June 3
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 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. 
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 13
2020 Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
The 26th Annual General Meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will receive and conduct business in accordance with the bylaws.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, June 13
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Marianne Rasmus
  • Jill Thompson - Over the Sea to Shetland
  • Sally Doherty - Alexander Laing's Travels
  • Brian Glenn

Open to the public



Saturday, June 13
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 27
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, August 29
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, September 12
Irish emigration to Canada  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Speaker: Lucille Campey


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.
 


Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27
26th Annual Family History Conference  (Conference)
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Ireland and Female Ancestors is the theme of this year's conference.
 
We will be offering seminars, a research room, a family history marketplace and expert lecturers.
 
If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring the conference or setting up a booth in the marketplace, contact us



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 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
Stories of men of Knox Presbyterian who lost their lives in the Great War  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Speaker: Phil Winkelaar


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
Christmas Social  (Monthly Meeting)
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Tea, coffee and an array of baked goods will be provided by the Board. Join the fun and bring samples of your Christimas goodies to share. Come early and catch up with fellow members while enjoying some Christmas cheer.


Saturday, December 12
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
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.