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Saturday, February 10
Bailing Out: Avoiding and Responding to Water Damage and Floods in Archival Collection
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Kyla Ubbink will talk about the steps that can be taken to avoid and minimize the risk of water damage to collections -- from totally water logging and weakening paper, to instigating mould growth, to adhering photographs and pages together, to causing inks and dyes to bleed; whether large or small, floods have a devastating effect on documents, photographs, books, and artifacts. She will talk about where the items are located, the types of enclosures being used, and knowing how to quickly respond and salvage damp and wet items makes the difference between saving or losing your family heirlooms and research during a disaster.
 
About the speaker
Operating a private conservation studio since 2005, Kyla Ubbink began her career through an internship with the Library and Archives Canada’s conservation laboratories in 2000 and subsequent contract positions through to 2005. Her private practice, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, provides professional conservation, restoration and preservation consultation services to institutions, galleries, antiquities dealers, collectors, researchers and genealogists. Kyla obtained professional accreditation through the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators in 2010, and has been a part time professor of Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program since 2007. She has several publications in professional periodicals, and provides workshops and lectures for community groups and heritage professionals. Kyla recently served on a Canadian Standards Review Board to assess and update the standard for “Permanence of Paper for Records, Books and Other Documents.”  Her work has been integral to the collections of the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Bank of Canada Archives, Ontario Office of the Surveyor General, Foreign Affairs Canada, Privy Council, and numerous university, archive, rare book, and art gallery collections. 


The Book Creators’ Journey
Saturday, February 10
The Book Creators’ Journey
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Have you ever wanted to write and publish a book about your ancestors? If so, you’ll want to attend a presentation by Tracey Arial, Barb Angus, and Claire Lindell, three of the nine genealogists/authors who recently released the book, Beads in a Necklace, Family Stories from Genealogy Ensemble.

In this presentation, Tracey, Barb, and Claire will outline the book creators’ journey, using readings from their recent compilation. They’ll give tips about turning genealogy research into compelling narratives without crossing the line into fiction. They’ll describe how they made decisions about sources, technology, properly presenting two languages, photo captions and layout. They’ll also detail their launch party plans, and how they handle distribution, publicity and sales. 
 
You’ll leave with a four-step process to writing a short story, a list of questions that will inspire you to write up your genealogical research, and lots of ideas about how you can get your own book underway. 
 
About the speakers
Barb Angus' career as an educator centered on reading and writing instruction, but it was only in retirement that she discovered her own special writing joy, that of researching and writing about the lives of her ancestors. 
 
Notable non-fiction expert Tracey Arial investigates the lives of her ancestors using tools from journalism, creative non-fiction and communications. She is now working on a book that details how World War II changed Canada.
 
Claire Lindell became fascinated in researching and writing about her ancestors after she retired. The first spark began when a 1919 picture of her family reunion appeared on her monitor while she was surfing the internet. 


Saturday, February 10
BIFHSGO Writing 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, February 17
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, March 3
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
DNA SIG members share their Great Moments — or Great Challenges — in genetic genealogy.
 
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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, March 10
Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland will provide a full day of lectures about tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members; optional box lunch [price to be set].
 
More details and registration will be announced soon.         


Saturday, March 10
BIFHSGO Writing 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 17
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, April 14
No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station was a medical unit of the Canadian Army Medical Corps located a few miles from the Front in World War I. It provided medical services to all soldiers wounded nearby, but the majority were British and Canadian soldiers. The chaplains stationed at No.1 CCCS kept journals of all deaths at the station. BIFHSGO volunteers transcribed the diaries and, as a WWI centenary project, decided to honour these soldiers by writing a short biography for each soldier. Sheila Dohoo Faure will explain how this research, almost exclusively based on public records, is done, how the biographies are written, and she will highlight a few interesting examples of soldiers’ lives. The database and the biographies are posted in the Research & Databases section on our website.
 
About the speaker
Sheila Dohoo Faure’s ancestry is exclusively English and Scottish. She has been researching a one-name family tree for decades — many of them with her father — trying to find out where the Dohoo name originated. Progress on this quest is very slow. She took on the project of transcribing the records of the chaplains from the No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station three years ago, and then began writing biographies of these soldiers. Since that time, this project has provided more rewarding experiences than her own family research. Her career as an evaluator for public sector organizations, domestically and internationally, fed her passion for research and writing and researching the lives of WWI soldiers has allowed her to hone these skills. 


Saturday, April 14
Identifying the Remains of Canadian Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Dr. Sarah Lockyer, from the Directorate of History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence, will talk about the Casualty Identification Program and its aims to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members. The process involves many disciplines, including archaeology, history, forensic anthropology, genealogy and DNA analysis. She will explain the process, as well as the recent successful identification of Sergeant James Alexander Milne, who was laid to rest on August 25, 2017 alongside his fallen comrades in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Orchard Dump Cemetery near Arleux-en-Gohelle, France.
 
Dr. Lockyer will also discuss a recent case where identification was not possible: remains were buried on August 23, 2017 in CWGC’s Canadian Cemetery No. 2, in Neuville-St. Vaast, France as “A Canadian Soldier of the Great War. Known Unto God.” She will talk about the limits encountered by the Program, as well as its practices for inconclusive cases in the hopes that identification may be possible in the future.
 
About the speaker
Sarah Lockyer has a BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She is the casualty identification coordinator for the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage and the Casualty Identification Program’s forensic anthropologist. 


Saturday, April 14
BIFHSGO Writing 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 21
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, May 5
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
George Chapman will share the triumphs of his family-finding journey.
 
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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, May 12
Were You in Salem in 1692?
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
In 1692, 24 people died in the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. On September 22, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardell were among eight people hanged after being found guilty of witchcraft. Ann Putnam and her family played a leading role as accusers in these tragic events. Three of their descendants — Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, and Marianne Rasmus — will share their stories and examine the life and times of their Puritan ancestors in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony. 
 
About the speakers
In the 1980s, Susan Davis visited Salem but didn’t realize the role her Putnam ancestors played in the events. In a recent internet search, Susan discovered that her 7x great aunt Ann Putnam Jr was one of the afflicted girls. Ann accused and testified against 62 people, 17 of whom were executed.  
 
A victim of the Salem witch trials, Samuel Wardwell/Wardell is the 9th great-uncle of Darrel Kennedy. In the next century, members of his family would move to Ontario as Loyalists.
 
In 2009, when Marianne Rasmus began researching her husband’s maternal grandfather’s mother, Maud Scott, she reached out to a distant Scott relative for information on the family. Imagine the surprise when it was learned that her husband’s nine times great grandmother, Margaret Scott, an elderly widow, had been hanged as a witch. 


Saturday, May 12
BIFHSGO Writing 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 26
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, June 9
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
BIFHSGO members share their great moments in genealogy.
 
Was my Great-great Uncle David Jeanes a Murderer? by David Jeanes.
 
Who’s Crazy? by Dianne Brydon.
 
A Great Little Great War Story by John D. Reid.


Saturday, June 9
BIFHSGO Writing 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 16
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, August 25
DNA 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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, September 15
Scottish Genealogy 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 28 through Sunday, September 30
24th Annual Family History Conference
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Our main conference sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday, with workshops or seminars on Friday.
 
This year's conference will focus on two main themes, plus other areas of interest:
• Scottish family history
• Genetic genealogy
• Family history-related topics, such as military, immigration, 
  technology, photographs



Saturday, October 6
DNA 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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, October 20
Scottish Genealogy 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.



Saturday, November 3
DNA 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 DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.


Saturday, November 17
Scottish Genealogy 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.