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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.


Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29
25th Annual Family History Conference  (Conference)
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Family history: past, present and future is the theme of this year's conference.
 
Featuring these great speakers:
  • Blaine Bettinger (The Genetic Genealogist)
  • Audrey Collins (The National Archives, UK)
  • Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi's List)
  • Nancy Loe (Sassy Jane Genealogy)
Join us for seminars, a research room, a family history marketplace and more expert lecturers.
 
If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring the conference or setting up a booth in the marketplace, please contact us
 
Registration information now available. 



Saturday, October 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
 
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


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 12
Hidden lives revealed: mental health and the children looked after by the Waifs and Strays Society  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten will provide an overview of practices and conditions of children cared for by the Waifs and Strays Society in the UK from its inception in 1881 till 1920, as well as providing examples of children who were sent to Canada during this time. Wendy will specifically focus on correspondence, interventions and practices with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, and support this with examples from the relevant case files. Wendy will also give tips and advice on how to access the records.

About the speaker

Dr. Wendy Sims-Schouten is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Childhood Studies and Associate Head Research in the School of Education & Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Wendy has researched (and published) in the areas of mental wellbeing of vulnerable children, such as children in care and care leavers; she has also researched issues around bullying and childhood obesity. Currently, she is working with local partners in Portsmouth (UK), as well as academics internationally, on research around child protection, safeguarding and the history of mental health support in childhood. Wendy is the coordinator of the Mental Health in Childhood & Education (MICE) Hub (www.micehub.port.ac.uk) at the University of Portsmouth and co-editor for the international and interdisciplinary journal Children & Society. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychological Therapies.

Open to the public


Saturday, October 12
Quakers in the Family: My Dickinson Ancestors of England and Jamaica  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
A pivotal moment in Sandra Adams’ family history research came when she discovered that one branch of her family tree joined  the Quaker movement in England at the time of its inception. As the fervent evangelical Quaker faith of the 1650’s evolved into a quieter but uncompromising Quaker faith over the next 100 years, three generations of Sandra’s Dickinson family were shaped by Quakerism.  Because Quaker records are so informative, and because one of Sandra’s Dickinson ancestors had a brother who kept every piece of paper that ever crossed his desk, Sandra has been able to compile the stories of these Dickinson ancestors in more detail than any other of her ancestral lines. She will illustrate her talk with images of some of the family documents from the “Dickinson Collection” – a treasure trove held by the Somerset Archives.
 
About the speaker
 
Sandra Adams was born and raised in Montreal and earned a B.Sc in Mathematics and a M.Sc in Physics. She had a busy and satisfying career with IBM in Ottawa before retiring about 10 years ago. Her time now is devoted to family history, embroidery, travel, and grandchildren. She volunteers with BIFHSGO and the Ottawa Family History Centre, and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that this stage of life brings.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, October 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.


Wednesday, October 23
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, October 26
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 2
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:30 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 the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public


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 9
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: In Perpetuity  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

The Commission’s duties are to mark and maintain the graves of Commonwealth soldiers who died in the two world wars, to build and maintain memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown, and to keep records and registers. Dominique Boulais will talk about the Commission’s history, fundamental principles, mandate and worldwide responsibilities. He will outline the Commission's Canadian Agency’s responsibilities within the Americas with an emphasis on its work in genealogy.

About the speaker

Born and raised in Ottawa, Dominique Boulais graduated from the University of Ottawa with History and Education degrees. From 1996 to 2003, he was the Education Officer at the Canadian War Museum. He is the Deputy Secretary-General for the Commission’s Canadian agency and became the agency's Commemorations and External Relations Manager in February 2016. He is responsible for promoting the Commission’s mandate throughout the Americas through education initiatives and outreach programmes.

Open to the public


Saturday, November 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, November 23
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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, December 4
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, ​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, 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


Saturday, December 14
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Open to the public



Saturday, December 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, January 11, 2020
Using family lore, with a grain of salt  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Speaker: Lynda Gibson

Open to the public



Saturday, January 11, 2020
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, January 22, 2020
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, ​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, February 8, 2020
Captain Power MBE, Halifax Harbour Pilot 1906-1954  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Speaker: Cathy Enright

Open to the public



Saturday, February 8, 2020
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, March 14, 2020
Emma Maud Lampman: First Woman to work in Parliament  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Speaker: Dianne Brydon

Open to the public



Saturday, March 14, 2020
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, 2020
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, ​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



Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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, ​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
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 13, 2020
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Open to the public



Saturday, June 13, 2020
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.