British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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Saturday, September 14
25 Years of Storytelling
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

When Wayne Walker hit a brick wall, it was a voice in his head that led him to a special find. “Go see Uncle Ted,” said the voice. He listened and flew to Halifax. From there, he and his father drove three hours to the old family home to see Uncle Ted. “Go look in the writing desk,” said the voice. Uncle Ted had cleaned it out. “Look in the box,” said the voice. Wayne found the box, but it was empty. “Lift the tray,” said the voice. There he found a piece of paper that had been tucked away since 1884. We will tell you what was written on the paper when we share some of our members' most memorable stories that we found in the Anglo-Celtic Roots (ACR) archive. BIFHSGO has been publishing its quarterly journal since 1995.

About the speakers

Emily Rahme is BIFHSGO's newsletter editor and a proof reader with Anglo-Celtic Roots, when she is not digging through the ACR archives. Her dream job is to be a book publisher in Toronto. Maybe BIFHSGO and her Welsh ancestors will help her achieve this dream.

Susan Davis is BIFHSO’s communications director, when she is not digging through the ACR archives. Her day job is leading a team of internal communicators for Environment and Climate Change Canada. Maybe she’ll publish stories about her Irish, Scottish and British ancestors one day. 

Open to the public



Saturday, October 12
Quakers in the Family: My Dickinson Ancestors of England and Jamaica
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, November 9
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: In Perpetuity
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