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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Scottish Genealogy 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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 8, 2019
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 8, 2019
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 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.
 
After completing her PhD in history at the Universite de Montreal, Gillian 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.
 
Family Fiction, Facts Found
Family stories often suffer the fate of the "telephone game".  There is usually some truth in the family legends, but they morph and take on a life of their own over the generations until it is sometimes difficult to discern the real truth of the matter.  Unraveling the stories about the Swinn family of Lincolnshire produced just such twisted stories, interesting facts and delightful details.       
 
Born in Cyprus, Roberta (Bobby) Kay reached Canada after an early childhood in England, pursuing her interest in travel, photography, and history, as a backdrop to her immense passion for genealogy. As a lifelong learner, she recently graduated with her PLCGS from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in both Canadian and Irish records. She has presented her discoveries here at BIFHSGO and also over in Donegal, Ireland.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 8, 2019
Annual General Meeting
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to the public


Monday, June 3, 2019
Monthly 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, May 25, 2019
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, May 11, 2019
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 11, 2019
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, May 11, 2019
How to Create a Family Tree, Heritage or Genealogy Photo Book Using Picaboo
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Picaboo is a web-based printing service which allows you to create a variety of beautiful, archival quality, personalized photo products. It's personal. It's customizable. Photo books make family history accessible to all family members. This Before BIFHSGO will illustrate how easy it is to use Picaboo for your projects. It will include tips for an efficient project, while maximizing the final effect. Most of these tips are applicable to other web-based printing services that are available.
 
About the speaker
 
Dena Palamedes has been exploring the joys of genealogy, a passion that draws on her skills acquired as an auditor, for the last six years. She loves to leverage the power of technology at work, in family history and through her photography.  She is currently the BIFHSGO photographer.
 
Open to the public


Monday, May 6, 2019
Monthly 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, May 4, 2019
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 the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Saturday, April 27, 2019
Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepoint Dr., Ottawa, Ontario
  • Attend genealogy and local history presentations
  • Browse displays by local historical and genealogy societies
  • Consult one-on-one with genealogy specialists
FREE. No registration required.
Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
British Colonial America
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, April 13, 2019
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 13, 2019
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, April 13, 2019
What’s in the OBOGS library for you?
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Grace Lewis, the OBOGS Librarian, and Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO will provide an update on developments at the Ottawa Branch OGS library, and what the library offers to genealogists.
 
Open to the public


Monday, April 8, 2019
Monthly 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, March 16, 2019
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, March 9, 2019
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 9, 2019
A Trip to Northern Ireland - Research, Sightseeing and Ancestor tracking
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

John McConkey chronicled his first two visits to Northern Ireland (2004 & 2006) in a presentation to a BIFHSGO meeting 3 years ago. This latest talk reprises his journey of ancestral discovery in the area and covers his third visit which took place in May 2016. John highlights his favourite research stops in Belfast: PRONI and the Newspaper Library and provides other tips. He identifies 2 persons of note in his tree and reports on some exciting finds in County Down cemeteries. Side trips to Carrickfergus and the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim are also featured in a display of photos he took. John concludes the talk with details of his latest research project - confirming a long ago suspected relationship using documentary evidence and DNA.

About the speaker

John McConkey was born in the UK - on the Isle of Wight. He earned his B.Sc. at King's College London and worked for International Computers Ltd for 5 years. In 1971 he and his wife, Kathy emigrated to Canada. They both found computer work in Montreal and then moved the family to Ottawa in 1982 where John worked for Nortel Networks for 17 years. Now retired, John and Kathy spend a considerable amount of their time on family history research. John has visited Northern Ireland 3 times and has had significant success with ancestral discoveries there. He organizes reunions for Canadian and British family and is a member of the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Isle of Wight Family History Society. John has served for several years as BIFHSGO's Technical Coordinator for meetings and conferences. He joined the BIFHSGO Board in 2018 as Director at Large.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, March 9, 2019
Research Opens Doors
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
During 30 years of genealogical research, many doors have opened for Gloria Tubman. Some of these doors, including genealogical brick walls, a public service career, and different ventures in retirement, will be highlighted to demonstrate how skills learned can transcend careers. 
 
About the speaker 
 
Gloria Tubman grew up in Pontiac County, Quebec, before moving to Ontario for school and work. Her areas of genealogical and historical research include British Home Children, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley and the families of Pontiac County. She has done research for the US television show Who Do You Think Your Are?  In addition, Gloria has published A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching British Home Children, and wrote the “Genealogy Gleanings” column in The Equity, Shawville’s weekly newspaper, for several years. She volunteers as a co-instructor of a genealogy course at the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre and is a consultant with the Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Drop-In Club. 
 
Open to the public


Monday, March 4, 2019
Monthly 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, March 2, 2019
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 the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Wednesday, February 27, 2019
British Colonial America
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, February 16, 2019
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, February 9, 2019
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 9, 2019
Lord Bathurst’s Settlers to Murray Township 1815-1817
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Many people are aware of the military settlements in Perth and Richmond established by Lord Bathurst, but a smaller settlement that also took place on the Bay of Quinte at the same time is largley forgotten. Brian Tackaberry will talk about this settlement, which was focused on the Canal Reserve lands set aside by Simcoe in 1796. Disbanded soldiers from several regiments, including the Glengarry Fencibles and the 41st Regiment, were given lands for their service. A small group of  loyal "Emigrants" and their families, mostly from London, England, were also settled on the land, to secure this important transportation site in case of future hostilities with the Americans.

 
About the speaker
 
Brian Tackaberry, a retired teacher, has served as a director with the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte since 1984 and is a member and researcher for the North Lanark Historical Society. He has done extensive research on the Bay of Quinte region, doing several local cemetery and census transcriptions. His first book, entitled James McMasters and Family: to Quinte and Beyond, described his researches on the McMasters family. He has done extensive research in the military history of the Almonte area and was co-author of the publication The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills: WWI Casualties to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW 1.  His second book, Forgotten Heroes, dealt with Valour Award recipients from the war.
 
He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, and the Ontario Genealogical Society.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, February 9, 2019
An Exciting Future for BIFHSGO: the next 25 years
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
BIFHSGO President Duncan Monkhouse will present the Board's plans for the coming years.
 
Open to the public


Monday, February 4, 2019
Monthly 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, January 19, 2019
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, January 12, 2019
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, January 12, 2019
The Cowkeeper’s Wish: Transforming Family History into a Great Story
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Gathering names and dates of ancestors is an addictive, exhausting task, and while it’s satisfying to put the facts in order and fill in a tree’s branches, what’s more fascinating is exploring who these people were as individuals and how they fit into the times and places they occupied. Anyone who’s snooped in their own tree knows that even the most ordinary family contains great stories. Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski discuss how to create a rich and wonderful story from a family archive, drawing on official documents as well as personal treasures like photographs, letters, and passed-down memories, and weaving them with events of the times. The sisters’ latest book, The Cowkeeper’s Wish, spans nearly a century, and is set in both England and Canada. They’ll talk about finding the thread of their story and putting several generations in context.
 
About the speakers
 
Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski are sisters and co-authors of two family memoirs. The Occupied Garden: A Family History of War-Torn Holland was published to rave reviews in 2008 by McClelland & Stewart, and chronicles the lives of their father’s family in the Netherlands in WW II. Their most recent collaboration, The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey, delves into their maternal British roots, beginning in the 1840s, when their 3-times great-grandfather walked from Wales to London with his cows, in search of a better life. A working-class chronicle stitched into history, the tale follows the family line for nearly a century, through poverty, war, and love, and ends with the authors’ grandparents in London, Ontario, in the 1930s. The sisters blog about eclectic offshoots from their genealogical journey at thecowkeeperswish.com.

Open to the public


Saturday, January 12, 2019
A Brief History of BIFHSGO: celebrating 25 years
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Presented by Sheila Dohoo Faure

Open to the public


Monday, January 7, 2019
Monthly 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 8, 2018
Great Moments
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Quakers in the Attic
Jamey Burr will describe a difficult family circumstance that took decades to understand, followed by a breakthrough that revealed a past that could not have been imagined, taking family historians at the same time into some of North America’s most glorious and detestable histories.
 
About the speaker 
Jamey Burr is a retired federal public servant who devoted most of his career to increasing the supply of affordable housing and support services to Canada’s most vulnerable populations.
 
A McKinlay in New Zealand
It started as a simple yet, at the time, inexplicable hint on Ancestry. Follow Ken McKinlay's journey of discovery as he unveils his New Zealand connection and why his second cousin twice removed died "in Panama en route to New Zealand" in 1918.
 
About the speaker
Ken McKinlay's foray into his family history research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 18 years and discoveries are still being made. He has given talks for several branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. His talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems.
 
And her name was . . .
Bobby Kay’s great-grandmother was Margaret Susan Gee (her married name), thought to be a Huguenot, and she came from Co. Longford. Of this Bobby's Great-Uncle Roy was sure, but the name of her mother—that he could not say. Perhaps LeBlanc or was it Beauchamp?  And she may have been a widow. He couldn't recall. Well, it turned out she was of neither name and she wasn’t born in Co. Longford. It turned out that even her descendants were not sure how to spell her name on American death certificates. It wasn’t until a chance follow-up with someone on a remote DNA match with a possible name variation that the doors of discovery opened, leading to marriages, and births, and eventually other cousins and countries. Follow along on this journey of discovery and learn a little about these Irish Huguenots.
 
About the speaker
Born in Cyprus, Roberta (Bobby) Kay reached Canada after an early childhood in England, pursuing her interest in travel, photography, and history, as a backdrop to her immense passion for genealogy. Bobby holds an MA in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Waterloo. As a lifelong learner, she recently graduated with her PLCGS from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in both Canadian and Irish records. For almost three decades, she has researched her Scots–Irish and Irish–Huguenot roots. She has presented her discoveries here at BIFHSGO and also over in Donegal, Ireland this past June. Earlier this year, her DNA research confirmed her Huguenot 2x great-grandmother’s name and her point of origin. This has led to a number of additional discoveries about her family’s unique history, as well as her possible 3x great-grandparents.  It is this great moment she plans to share with us.
 
Where were YOUR ancestors on December 2, 1854?
Duncan Monkhouse’s third great-grandfather, Richard Leighton, was a sea captain during the middle of the 1800s. His travels took him all over the world. In this talk, Duncan will discuss Leighton’s life, some of the places he visited and a surprising find.
 
About the speaker
Duncan is a retired federal civil servant, and a current stained glass window constructor. He has been involved with family history since 2008 when his wife got an Ancestry subscription and he found out how easy it was to obtain records. Fortunately for his family history research, he was given a head start on the work by his mother. He is currently the BIFHSGO President and Conference Co-Chair (Program).
 
 Open to the public


Saturday, December 8, 2018
Kick off the celebrations for BIFHSGO's 25th anniversary
9:00 am to 10:00 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Join your fellow members to socialize with light refreshments to celebrate the launch of BIFHSGO in 1994.


Monday, December 3, 2018
Monthly Board Meeting
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa



Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Colonial New England
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Join us for the first meeting of BIFHSGO's newest special interest group. We will be focussing on our Colonial New England ancestors.
 
Free parking available at City Hall. Please enter the church at the office entrance on Lisgar Street.


Saturday, November 17, 2018
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, November 10, 2018
Beechwood National Cemetery: Its History, Stories and Records
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services was founded in 1873, on a 160-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Ottawa. It became a prime example of the type of rural cemetery that emerged in the U.S. and Canada in the nineteenth century, characterized by winding roads, picturesque vistas, wooded groves, and unique landscaping, as well as monuments and markers of considerable architectural and historical interest. Originally Ottawa's Anglo-Protestant cemetery, today Beechwood is a reflection of Canada’s identity as a multicultural, multi-faith society. Since the creation of its Foundation in 2000, it has grown in national significance: home of the National Military Cemetery (2001), recognized as a National Historic Site (2001), home of the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery (2004), given honorary recognition as the national cemetery of Canada (2009), and home of the Ottawa Police Service Memorial Cemetery (2011). With almost 400 famous burials, and over 75,000 total burials of people from all walks of life, Beechwood serves as a place of national tribute and remembrance for all Canadians.

About the speaker

Dr. André M. Levesque is a leading expert in history, heritage, commemoration and recognition. He served with the CAF Army Reserves for 35 years and retired in 2008 at the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In his civilian career, he worked in the area of planning and economic development with the City of Ottawa. In 2001, he became a public servant with DND and in 2006 was appointed Director Honours and Recognition for the CAF. From 2013 to 2016, he was DG Commemoration at Veterans Affairs and is currently a visiting scholar with the Royal Military College of Canada. André holds a B.A. and M.A. in geography from Carleton University and in 2013, he completed a Ph.D. in history from the National University of Ireland, Cork. Since 2016 he has been Chief Historian (volunteer) with Beechwood Cemetery. He was admitted in the Canadian Who’s Who, and is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

 


Saturday, November 10, 2018
Introduction to the Scottish Special Interest Group
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
A short introduction to the Ottawa Scottish Special Interest Group:  who we are, how the group works, and some examples of what we do.  
 
About the speakers
 
Marilyn Lindsay was born in Montreal and moved to Ottawa in 1982. Her four grandparents emigrated from the Edinburgh, Midlothian area between 1864 and 1905.  She became interested in her family's history when going through papers left to her by her family. She is a member of BIFHSGO, OGS, and several other family history societies, and is a member of the planning group for the Scottish SIG. She is interested in continuing to expand her family's story.
 
Pam Cooper has been actively working on her family history for about four years.  She had three Scottish-born grandparents who emigrated to Canada between 1907 and 1913, and her Ontario-born grandmother in turn had three Scottish-born grandparents who emigrated to Canada West in the 1840s. She is applying the skills honed during a career in the public service to researching her family history and is working towards her next research trip to Scotland in 2019.  

Open to the public
 


Monday, November 5, 2018
Monthly Board Meeting
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa


Saturday, November 3, 2018
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 the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Saturday, October 20, 2018
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.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Establishing Mitochondrial DNA Signatures of Early Immigrant Mothers: Successes and Cautions
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Your family tree may trace back to several Immigrant Mothers, but only one of them passed on her mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), virtually unchanged, to you. You use her mtDNA each time you need energy to move or think, because mitochondria are your energy factories. In this presentation, you will learn about:
  • How to trace the source of your mtDNA in a matriline to your Immigrant Mother.
  • How to convey the story of your matriline ancestors to your descendants.
  • mtDNA tests and triangulation methods that Group Projects use to establish ancestral mtDNA signatures of early North American Immigrant Mothers.
  • Successes and cautions in using mtDNA to find our Immigrant Mothers.
About the speaker
 
Annette Cormier O’Connor MScN (Nursing) PhD (Medical Science) is a retired professor and passionate genealogist. Her passion was ignited 10 years ago, during Lesley Anderson’s “Rattle Them Bones” course and subsequent courses at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. During a quest to find the Immigrant Mother who passed on her mtDNA to her, she completed NIGS courses in genetic genealogy and joined several of Family Tree DNA’s mtDNA Immigrant projects, whose lead experts shared their knowledge generously. She was so moved by this experience that she now serves as a volunteer educator at Cornwall’s Genealogy Centre to help members learn how to use mtDNA to find their Immigrant Mothers.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Using Local Historical Societies in Your Genealogical Research
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Marianne Rasmus will share tips on why and how to use local historical societies in your family history research. She will share some of the resources available and concrete examples of how this often-over-looked tool can be used to flesh out ancestor’s stories and break down brick walls.

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 started unearthing long-forgotten stories in both her and her husband’s family trees. Marianne and Bill have been married for almost 35 years and have two sons and two granddaughters.

Open to the public

Bio: Marianne Rasmus

Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne spent most of her life in BC, experiencin

g 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.

Th

at

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.

Using Local Family History Societies in Your Genealogical

Research

Marianne will share tips on why and how to use local family history societi

es in your family history

research. She will share some of the resources available and concrete examples of how t

his often-over-

looked tool can be used to flesh out ancestor

s stories and break down brick walls

Bio: Marianne Rasmus

Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne spent most of her life in BC, experiencin

g 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.

Th

at

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.

Using Local Family History Societies in Your Genealogical

Research

Marianne will share tips on why and how to use local family history societi

es in your family history

research. She will share some of the resources available and concrete examples of how t

his often-over-

looked tool can be used to flesh out ancestor

s stories and break down brick walls

Bio: Marianne Rasmus

Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne spent most of her life in BC, experiencin

g 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.

Th

at

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.

Using Local Family History Societies in Your Genealogical

Research

Marianne will share tips on why and how to use local family history societi

es in your family history

research. She will share some of the resources available and concrete examples of how t

his often-over-

looked tool can be used to flesh out ancestor

s stories and break down brick walls



Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Monthly Board Meeting
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa


Saturday, October 6, 2018
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 the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Friday, September 28, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018
24th Annual Family History Conference
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Genetic genealogy and Scottish family history are this year's focus. There are other areas of interest and workshops on Friday. Conference details
 
The marketplace is open to the public.
 


Saturday, September 15, 2018
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.
 
Open to the public