British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
Filter by Category:  
Timeframe:

Search:   For:    Search  Clear Search
Listings Per Page: 

Records: 1 to 6 of 6


Saturday, April 13
All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children
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



Saturday, May 11
Expanding that Empty Branch on the Genetic Family Tree
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Isobel (Ella) Moreland was born in July 1920 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After her birth, her mother placed her in the home of a childless couple to raise as their own. Then, in 1945, Ella came to Canada, the bride of a Canadian soldier. While Ella was always curious about her birth family, she never found the answers she sought.  In this presentation, Marianne will share Ella’s story as an adoptee and a war bride, and how her family came together to search for her birth family. Marianne will share how DNA, a little luck and old-fashioned research, helped solve, at least part of, an almost 100-year-old mystery, and how the family has expanded beyond their wildest expectations.
 
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 and passion for 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 unearth long forgotten stories in both hers and her husband’s family trees. Marianne and her husband, Bill, have been married for almost 35 years and have two sons and two granddaughters.
 
Open to the public



Saturday, June 8
Great Moments
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

A Dark Chapter in a Successful Life
My Great Great Grandfather, Edward Lloyd, was one of the 19th Century’s most successful publishers and newspaper proprietors. His paper, Lloyds Weekly News, became the only newspaper in Britain to have a circulation of more than a million copies in the nineteenth century. This talk focuses on his private life: He had nineteen children by three different women. While sorting out these relationships, a dark chapter is revealed.

Nigel Lloyd was born and educated in England. He came to Canada in 1974 to do a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Queens University, met his wife there and stayed! He worked for 28 years with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), where he enjoyed interacting with Canada’s scientists, engineers and graduate students. His interest in family history started with a hand-drawn tree drawn by his father and a brief typed history written by his grandfather, but took off after he retired in 2009.


A Poor Racine
The Times newspaper in 1854 published an article about poverty in Bethnal Green, London, and made mention of “a poor Racine”.  Research to try to identify this Racine and determine whether he was a relative resulted in an unexpected discovery.

Mike Jaques Mike was born in England.  After graduation from university in 1967 he came to Canada. He has lived in Lanark County for over 50 years.  In 2002, after a career in hi-tech, Mike took early retirement and very quickly became immersed in family history.  Until recently he was the research coordinator for Archives Lanark and also served on their board for several years.  Mike has been a member of BIFHSGO since 2006.


Finding Frances
Wife of Jean Victor Baron and then John Inigo Wright, mother to Richard John Baron and John William Wright, daughter of Richard Guise and Elizabeth Windham, younger sister of Sarah Elizabeth Cutler: these have been the only ways of knowing Frances.  She has been an enigma.  Through a lot of research, spots of good luck and great help her identity and her life in late 18th and early 19th century London has become a “Great Moment” in research.

Gillian Leitch After completing her PhD in history at the Universite de Montreal, Gillian I Leitch started working at CDCI Research Inc, as a historical research.  She has published extensively on 19th Century Montreal, genealogy and Doctor Who.  She is the Historian/Archivist for the St Andrew’s Society of Montreal, and the Secretary for BIFHSGO.  

Open to the public




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