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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
British Colonial SIG
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, February 20, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online NOTE CHANGE OF TIME
 
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.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.


Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Ragman’s Children: A Story of 19th-Century Economic Migration
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required
 
 
In August 1867, arriving in London’s East End from Amsterdam and making their way to the Dutch Jewish enclave in Whitechapel’s Spitalfields sector, Christine Jackson’s youthful great-grandparents must have wondered why they had left one slum neighbourhood for another. Eighty years later in struggling post-WW II Britain, their descendants described their immigrant ancestors as successful tobacco and diamond merchants living in London in large houses with servants and owning a cigar factory; it all seemed wildly incongruous.
 
In 2003–04, lacking any direct links to the era, Christine and her cousin Rod determined to unravel that family story. They found that the Internet, then about to change genealogy forever, not only helped to reconstruct their family’s place in Victorian and pre-WW I eras, but also revealed its humble origins in The Netherlands. Christine will tell us about their search and its results.
 
About the Speaker
A family historian for more than 40 years and active member of BIFHSGO since 2002, Christine Jackson has made presentations to BIFHSGO and other regional societies on her Sussex County ancestry and on the results of her three-year research project on the history of the Ottawa Valley’s Cowley family. Her articles on these topics have been published both here and in England. One of Christine’s four grandparents however was not born and raised in Sussex, but was part of a family of economic migrants to England from Continental Europe. She researched this family with a cousin when the Internet was a relatively new tool in the genealogical toolbox.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
London Special Interest Group
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online
 
The topic for this meeting will be "Greater London Moments in Genealogy." If you would like to attend, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca / attention John D. Reid


Saturday, February 6, 2021
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online until further notice
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.
 
This month: Jennifer Hill's English father didn’t know who his father was and relatives who knew wouldn't talk, so she decided to look for him using DNA and genetic genealogy. It worked! Jennifer will explain how she did it. General group discussion to follow.
 
For information or to join a meeting, contact Susan Courage. Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, January 30, 2021
Popping Perfect PowerPoint Presentations
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - registration required - link below
 
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Do you have a family story to share, but are hesitant because you aren’t confident using PowerPoint? Or, have you used PowerPoint but interested in making your presentations more engaging?  If so, this free workshop is for you.
 
Duncan and Barbara will offer instruction on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will thrill, enthrall, and entertain your audience. They will detail the key elements of a good story, a good presentation and how to use the features of PowerPoint.
 
The workshop will include: guidelines for what to do (and not do), step-by-step demonstrations, key elements of a good story, and tips to help you present your finished product. Following a break for practice, it will conclude with a question and answer period.This workshop is primarily for beginner to intermediate level users.
 
Duncan Monkhouse is the son of two British nationals who came to Canada at different times, as a result of the Second World War. Born in Toronto, and moving to Ottawa at an early age, Duncan did all his schooling in Ottawa, and spend his working career here, first in private industry and then in the Federal Government. Duncan’s interest in the family history was piqued in 2008 when his wife started researching her family and a colleague went to Shanghai, where Duncan’s maternal family had spent some time. Duncan, a member since 2008, is the current president of BIFHSGO.
 
Barbara Tose started researching her family’s history on her first trip to Britain in 1982. She has found generations of British mariners, their families, and farming families on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the years she has given several presentations for various groups, most notably “He Wore His Buttons Well,” about her grand-uncle Captain Harry Tose, and “Travels with My Aunt: Adventures in Europe 1914,” based on a letter from her great-grand-aunt Nellie Miller. Barbara is the current editor of BIFHSGO’s Anglo Celtic Roots, past-president of the society and hosts the BIFHSGO Socials on Zoom.


Saturday, January 16, 2021
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
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.
 
For more information, contact BIFHSGO, attention Kathy McConkey.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
British Colonial SIG
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
The topic for this meeting is the relationship between the early colonists and the indigenous peoples. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
London SIG
2:00 pm
Online - registration required
 
The next London SIG will be in January 2021. If you are interested in attending, please contact BIFHSGO, attention John D. Reid.
 


Saturday, January 9, 2021
Researching British Home Children
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required
 
Gloria Tubman will offer an overview of British home children and the various resources available to research this topic. She will relate stories of individuals using the information discovered in various resources in Canada and in Britain. You may look at your own family research differently.  
 
About the Speaker
Gloria Tubman, granddaughter of a home child, has researched this topic for over 28 years and authored A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching BRITISH HOME CHILDREN.  The areas of genealogical and historical research include British home children, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley, and has led to research for “Who Do You Think You Are?” She is a co-instructor of a genealogy course at the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre and a volunteer at the Genealogy Drop-In co-hosted by the Ottawa Branch Ontario Ancestors and the Ottawa Public Library. She is a member of Ottawa Branch Council, Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO. 



Wednesday, December 16, 2020
London SIG
2:00 pm
Online - registration required
 
The new London SIG will be having a special guest at this meeting - a Canadian librarian/ genealogist working in London. If you are interested in attending, please contact BIFHSGO, attention John D. Reid.
 


Saturday, December 12, 2020
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required - link below
 
There will be a time for small group socials between the presentations. Bring a favourite holiday tradition or memory to share. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
The Purvis Family of Manitoulin Island – Achievement, Tragedy and the Worst Disaster in Great Lakes Maritime History
 
Jamey Burr will tell the story of his mother’s family, who came from the east coast of Scotland to start a significant family fishing business on Lake Huron. The story includes tales of international travel on the jute trade route, early political activity in Upper Canada, lighthouse keepers, the Klondike, family losses, and a sad role related to the enormous loss of life on the S.S. Eastland in 1915.
 
About the Speaker
 
Jamey Burr was formerly a federal public servant involved in funding programs for affordable housing and infrastructure.  He gave a December Great Moments talk in 2018 about breaking through a brick wall to find his Quaker roots in colonial America and Canada.
 
Ellen Murray and the Lady Sherbrooke
 
Various family accounts tell us that Ellen Murray survived a shipwreck in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on her way to Canada from Ireland sometime between 1830 and 1833, after which she married Michael MacNeil’s great great grandfather, James Tompkins in Margaree, Cape Breton.  A search of shipwreck databases indicates that she was most likely on the Lady Sherbrooke, sailing from Derry, Ireland in June 1831.  It ran aground near Cape Ray, Newfoundland on the night of July 19th, with as many as three hundred persons drowning.  While researching the various accounts of the shipwreck in contemporary and later newspapers, Michael discovered that false news is not a recent phenomenon, but can be enduring.
 
About the speaker
Michael MacNeil is a retired academic, born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Most of his Canadian family roots were in place in Cape Breton by 1830, primarily as a result of Irish and Scottish immigration. In the past few years he has become fascinated with family history, both his own and that of other settlers in the community in which he grew up.  He is always on the lookout for good stories, preferably true, but he also takes pleasure in good yarns.
 
Ballinasloe after the potato famine
 
After the Irish famine, Hugh  Reekie's forebear William Maxwell, a civil engineer and architect, was very involved in designing houses, farms and factories. Hugh will take us on a grand tour of Ballinasloe, telling us the history of the town and area, finishing up with a family gravestone - in a very interesting location!
 
About the Speaker
Hugh Reekie has been expanding his grandfather's family research for many years. He has produced results with presentations (one in Aberystwyth, Wales), web pages with innovative family trees and small paper documents of segments of his tree.  One such document was used as an example when he gave a full-day workshop to BIFHSGO members on "family tree history publication, my way"  a few years ago.

Open to the public.



Saturday, December 5, 2020
Ontario Land Records Made Easy
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - registration required - link below
 
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
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We are aware that the OnLand website will be shut down for maintenance on 5 December. However, it will not prevent participants from exploring the whole process of finding ancestors' land records online, using static screen shots from OnLand and records available live on Family Search. Participants will also have access to the video after the event to allow them to search at their leisure.
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With so many of our European ancestors settling in Ontario and the recent closing to the public of the Ontario Land Registry Offices, many of us have been struggling to find the land records of our ancestors. Focusing primarily on rural lots, which many of our ancestors farmed, Ken McKinlay will explain how to meet the challenges involved in using the online records.
 
The first part of the session will show us how to figure out the lot and concession number using census and other records. The second part will show how to look for the property in the abstract books. The last part of the webinar will show how to search for the details of the transactions.
 
Throughout the webinar, after watching demonstrations of search techniques, participants will have the opportunity to explore the sources on their own, during short breaks, and ask questions on any problems they have encountered.
 
About the Speaker
Ken McKinlay's foray into his family tree 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. 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.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020
British Colonial SIG
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
The topic will be wills. Have you made a significant discovery using wills in your research? If you have a PowerPoint presentation you would like to share, please contact the coordinator.
 
The invite for the meeting will be sent out the Monday before the meeting. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.



Saturday, November 21, 2020
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
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.
 
For more information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Kathy McConkey.


Saturday, November 14, 2020
Going Down of the Sun
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required, details below
 
In churches, schools and public buildings across Canada there are brass plaques bearing the names of people long dead, and generally unremarked by those who pass by.  There are two such plaques on the wall of Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, and every Remembrance Sunday we are reminded that those named on the plaques were part of the congregational family.  At the end of the service, we solemnly declare: “At the Going Down of the Sun, and In the Morning, We Will Remember Them”. But how can we remember those we never knew? Who were these people, mourned by friends, lovers, wives and children?   What were their aspirations and dreams?  A search of school records, memoirs, official histories, church and military records reveals the person; knowing the person helps us to fulfill that solemn declaration.To register, click here.
 
 
About the speaker:
Philip G Winkelaar worked as a family physician for 27 years, then as a geriatrician and physician advisor for another 16. Childhood memories include his father handing in his gas mask at the end of WW2 and the next-door neighbor who had one blind eye, scarred by mustard gas in WW1. Philip served nearly 20 years in the regular and reserve armed forces. He has spoken at the Society for the History of Medicine, many medical conventions and at the Medical History Club of Ottawa, and published several articles. He has attended Knox Presbyterian Church Ottawa for 24 years. The commemorative plaques on the sanctuary wall inspired his research into the people named there and resulted in publication in 2018 of a book titled Going Down of the Sun.


Saturday, November 7, 2020
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
Susan Courage will share a modest family "Great Moment,” obvious through autosomal results, but with some unexpected twists in the Y results.The second part of the meeting we will watch the Legacy Webinar, "Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA" by Roberta Estes of DNA Explained.
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public


Wednesday, November 4, 2020
British Colonial SIG
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
The theme for this meeting is using DNA in your Colonial America research.  Everyone will be given the opportunity to share any discovery or story they may have. For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.



Saturday, October 24, 2020
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
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, October 10, 2020
Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required - link below
 
Jane Simpson will tell the story of her ancestor Charles MacDonald, an officer in the British Army, on his journey of chance, spanning three continents and experiencing a number of precarious circumstances.  Born into a life of relative ease in the North of England, tragedy struck and he found himself in the service of the King during the Napoleonic Wars.  Not always a saint and sometimes very much a sinner, he fathered seventeen children and swept them along in his journey from England to the West Indies and finally to the quiet shores of the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario.  Jane one day stunned her grandmother by asking an inconvenient question and the answer was not altogether convincing.  Fifty years later, she had her answer, finding many surprises and shocks for her MacDonald relatives.  Jane will relate her research leading to her book, Soldier, Settler and Sinner:  The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald. Visit Jane's website at www.turtlepointbooks.com.
 
Click here to register.
 
About the speaker
Jane Simpson attended elementary school in Ottawa.  She completed her baccalaureate at the University of Ottawa and Masters at McGill University.   A retired nurse, she lives in Kanata, researching and writing, in addition to singing in choirs.  Her book about the MacDonalds in Belleville, Soldier, Settler, Sinner:  The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald was selected as staff pick in Chapters/Indigo in Belleville.  Jane enjoys talking with other family historians through attendance at and presenting at workshops.  Archives are some of her favourite places.  She holds memberships in the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada – Quinte Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society – Quinte Branch, Hastings County Historical Society and the 7th Town Historical Society in Prince Edward County.   In Ottawa, she is member in the Ottawa Independent Writers Group and Capital Crime Writers.


Saturday, October 3, 2020
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
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, September 26, 2020
Half-day Webinar with Dr. Penny Walters
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - registration required
 
BIFHSGO is pleased to offer a half-day webinar with Dr. Penny Walters. Two sessions will be offered during this morning session – ethical dilemmas in family history research and the psychology of searching. Registration is required; cost for the half-day is $20.  Registrants will receive a detailed handout for each session.
 
Those who pay the $20 registration fee will have access to videos of the presentations to watch at their leisure for several days following the webinar.  Access will be provided, by email link, to those who register.  
 
Please register by purchasing a "ticket" on Eventbrite. You will be asked to log in or create an Eventbrite account before you purchase your ticket to the event.  There is a “pay by cheque” option, if you do not wish to make an electronic payment via Eventbrite.  Once you have registered, you should receive almost immediately a confirmation email from Eventbrite.  Please contact Kathy Wallace at BIFHSGOmem@gmail.com if you have registration issues.
 
Those who have registered will receive an email reminder two hours before the webinar on September 26 with a link to join it.  Please join by 8:50 a.m. to ensure everyone is admitted promptly. Please contact BIFHSGO Webinars if you need help on the day of the webinar.
 
The Psychology of Searching (beginning at 9 a.m. EDT)
Compiling pedigrees was needed for landed gentry, but genealogy is now a popular hobby. This session will look at psychological explanations as to why we are interested in our family tree and our ancestors’ pasts.  It will cover kinship, the notion of homelands, romanticized heritages, cultural déjà vu, race memory, becoming obsessed with searching, and putting all the pieces in our jigsaw. Why do we research ancestors with whom we share so little DNA?  Does our personality influence our interest in compiling our family tree? Are we searching for who they were, or who we are?
 
Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy (beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT)
‘I’m just compiling our family tree, what can go wrong?’ What do ethics and morality mean, and what do they have to do with genealogy?  Ethical dilemmas in genealogy have come to the forefront since law enforcement utilised information from GEDMatch to apprehend a suspected serial killer. These issues include exposing secrets and lies, and unexpected DNA results. Many people have to struggle through ethical dilemmas on their own.  Have you asked any family members if it’s ok to include them on your tree? Ethical dilemmas unfolding include discovering secrets, lies, bigamy, enslavement, criminality, unexpected DNA relatives, unexpected ethnicities, relatives that aren’t now related, injustices; and a ‘netiquette’ involved with approaching online DNA matches has developed.  Attendees at this session will learn how to consider ethical issues with empathy and sensitivity.
 
Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. She has authored books on both topics offered in this webinar:  The Psychology of Searching and Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy (both available for purchase online).  Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. DNA testing initially revealed 71% Irish heritage, which has been refined now to 94%. Having researched her 2 family trees for 30 years, Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics, including ethical dilemmas, adoption, ethnicity and identity and Irish heritage. www.searchmypast.co.uk


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
British Colonial SIG
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online
 
For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca.


Saturday, September 19, 2020
Scottish SIG
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online
 
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, September 12, 2020
There's No Business Like Show Business: Using DNA and Traditional Docs to Find Maternal Grandfather
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration required
 
Please register here. Once you have registered, you should receive almost immediately a confirmation email from "BIFHSGO Webinars.”  Contact BIFHSGO Webinars if you need help. Note – members who register for the AGM need not register again for the Feature Talk; it will take place following the AGM.
 
After a decade of diligent research, Brian Laurie-Beaumont's significant brick wall was his maternal grandfather - a total unknown. Turning to DNA was the final attempt to break through. A year elapsed before a useful DNA match and a further two years of research to provide the supporting information to verify. And more time to convince the new relations. Brian will lay out the process, the stumbling blocks, and how he utilized DNA, traditional documentation, and deductive reasoning to eventually establish his relationship to a family of vaudevillians, early motion pictures and television entertainers, and one of the most important circus families of 19th century Europe.
 
About the speaker
 
Brian Laurie-Beaumont has an honours degree in history with post-graduate work in international affairs focused on macroeconomics. He worked 38 years in the federal government as the Director of Heritage Services as well as Senior Planning Advisor for heritage facility development, including giving workshops in North America and Europe. Afterwards he consulted on heritage projects across Canada before succumbing to the detective challenges of genealogical research. His own family is traced back to 17th century England and Wales while his wife Deirdre descends from some of the first settlers in Plymouth (1621) and New Amsterdam (1624), the latter leading him to be an early member of the British Colonial America SIG.  He now spends the majority of his time doing genealogy or travelling to dog shows across eastern North America.


Saturday, September 12, 2020
BIFHSGO Annual General Meeting
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Online - registration required
 
The AGM will take place via Zoom. Please register here. Once you have registered, you should receive almost immediately a confirmation email from "BIFHSGO Webinars.”  Contact BIFHSGO Webinars if you need help. To take part in the AGM, members should join the meeting at 8:50. Note – members who register for the AGM need not register again for the Feature Talk; it will take place following the AGM. Background documents for the meeting can be found at Annual General Meeting 2020.



Saturday, August 29, 2020
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Online meeting - information for pre-registration to follow
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Meeting may be held online. 
 
Visit the DNA Research Guide for more information and links to online resources.
 
Open to the public



Wednesday, July 29, 2020
British Colonial America
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - registration details to follow
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. 
 
Open to the public


Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Treasures and The Truth: Vlogging to Record Family Memories
7:30 pm
Online
Registration for this meeting is required. Click HERE to register.
 
Do you have family treasures that have been handed down through the generations and you have them now? Do you like them? Do your children like them? Do you have room for them? Do you want them out of the house as soon as possible but you can't just throw them away because there are too many memories. Do you want to record history of houses or areas the family has lived? Have you written a family history and realized that no one wants to read it? This session will discuss ways to record these items and history so that future generations will know their family history in a way the next generation will enjoy, through pictures and video.
 
About the Speaker
Lianne Kruger began genealogy as a youth on family trips to relatives and graveyards; continued as a teenager at the Family History Library in front of a microfilm with a list of names to look for; and as a young mother researching her paternal line back to the first European land owner of Canada. She volunteers with Alberta Genealogical Society, Ancestry.ca advisory board and mitoYDNA. She has spoken at RootsTech, FamilyRoots, Ontario Genealogical Society conferences; The Genealogy Show (UK); Virtual Genealogical Association; Surname Society; and in Saskatchewan and a variety of locations in Alberta for AGS and other groups. Lianne earned a computer programming degree and has taught computer software courses since 1982. She enjoys combining her love of technology with her love of genealogy by teaching genealogists how to use technology with #NoTears. 
 
Open to the public 
 
NOTE: After registering, you should receive a confirmation email from “BIFHSGO Webinars” containing the link to join the Zoom meeting. Save the link so you have easy access to it on the day of the meeting. If you experience any difficulty send us an EMAIL.



Wednesday, June 17, 2020
British Colonial America
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - to participate contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Theme: The role of the church in the lives of our BCA ancestors
 
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. 
 
Open to the public


Saturday, June 13, 2020
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Zoom webinar - link to register below
Open to the public.  Please register HERE.
 
The Elmer-Leonard James Brickwall: Were they related?
 
Brian Glenn spent his formative years growing up in Mechanicsville with two sets of James “cousins”. One family was definitely related through marriage to Brian’s father’s sister but the relationship of the other James family was not so clear. A Christmas conversation in 2018 with his cousin Susan James started his quest to solve the relationship between the two James families.
 
About the Speaker
Brian had the honour of becoming a BIFHSGO Hall of Fame member in 2016. He has been involved in many aspects of the Society including Education, Research, web support and Conference online registration. He continues his family research with recent explorations of ancestors that migrated from Pontiac County, Quebec to western Canada and South Dakota, USA.
 
What is small, antique and eventually only belongs to just one person?    
 
A postcard! Sally Doherty will share stories she unearthed through a collection of postcards her maternal grandfather, Alexander Yuill Laing, sent to his children while on the high seas (1903-1920).  It is her hope that this presentation will make people dream of far-away places which we cannot visit right now.
 
About the Speaker:
Sally (Carlisle) Doherty... is unlike her grandfather in that she has been afraid of large bodies of water since childhood.  However, sharing his passion for international travel, she enjoyed a wonderful 36-year career in the airline industry, in three countries and on three continents. Early retired, she volunteered with a bereavement support group for survivors of victims of homicide after her mother fell victim. Sally has tutored French, was a family counsellor for a funeral director, volunteered at the Info desk at YOW Airport, dabbles in genealogy and is an international cat-sitter. Her interest in postcards began when she found one postmarked Buenos Aires, written by her grandfather to his infant daughter Esther, Sally’s mother, living in Montreal; baby Esther was only 7 months old at the time.
 
A Battle of Wills
 
In 2008, Marianne Rasmus received from an extended family member a 1951 newspaper clipping about the death of her paternal grandfather.  Marianne will share how receiving that tiny piece of paper opened a door of possibilities: unearthing a passion and leading to discoveries about a family line she knew little about, including one particularly noteworthy conflict.
 
About the Speaker:
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marianne 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 in 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 uncover long forgotten stories in both her, and her husband Bill’s family trees. Since becoming a member of BIFHSGO in 2014, Marianne has been active in the Society.  She has served on the Conference Planning Committee, is currently the Board Treasurer, and is a co-facilitator for the British Colonial America Special Interest Group.


Saturday, June 13, 2020
2020 Annual General Meeting (postponed)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Please note the AGM will take place at a later date.



Saturday, May 9, 2020
Hitch, Hockey's Unsung Hero: The Story of Boston Bruin Lionel Hitchman
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - registration details on Home page.
 
Hitch, Hockey’s Unsung Hero, is a biography by Pam Coburn about her grandfather, Lionel “Hitch” Hitchman, who played hockey in the NHL for 12 seasons (1923-1934).
 
The story follows the Hitchman clan through the hardships of the second industrial revolution in England to “sudden” respectability in Toronto. After WWI, the family relocated to Ottawa where Hitch became the most talked-about newcomer, excelling at every sport he tried. The Ottawa Senators took notice, and he turned pro, helping them win the 1923 Stanley Cup. But Hitch was later sold to the Boston Bruins under cloudy circumstances. He flourished as captain, leading his new team to their first Stanley Cup and to the greatest NHL season of all time.
Pam’s talk will focus on the first three chapters of the book, detailing the research that went into the discovery of the Hitchmans’ life in England, their move to Canada and the raising of a hockey superstar. 
 
About the Author:
Pam Coburn spent two years researching and chronicling this untold story of her grandfather Hitch. In her younger days, Pam was a figure skating coach and also played varsity basketball at the University of Ottawa. Transferring to LaSalle College in Philadelphia, she continued to coach skating while completing a business degree. After returning to Canada, Pam took on progressively complex management positions and spent nearly ten-years at Skate Canada as Executive Director and CEO. She currently specializes in digital communications. In her spare time, Pam enjoys being with her partner, Andre, and the four adult children who grace their lives.



Saturday, April 11, 2020
Maud Lampman: First Woman to Work on Parliament Hill
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online - register in advance to attend (see homepage announcement)
 
As a descendant of one of Toronto’s earliest settlers, Emma Maud (Playter) Lampman came from a privileged background, and she married young.  By the age of 32 she had suffered the loss of a baby and her husband, and she was forced to find employment to support her remaining two children.  The daughter of a prominent doctor, and the widow of a “Confederation Poet”, her story is a textbook example of an educated, genteel woman who entered the Canadian Civil Service around the turn of the 20th century, mirroring the experience of women in Britain and the US. 
 
About the Speaker
 
Maud Lampman was one of the faceless women captured in Dianne Brydon’s M.A. Thesis “Claiming the Rights of Men and the Privileges of Their Sex as Well”: Women in the Canadian Civil Service 1895-1907.  Little did Dianne know that she, herself, would one day work for the Library of Parliament, nor that she would be asked to tell Maud’s story 110 years after her historic appointment.  Dianne’s talk will highlight the rich information that can be found in the Civil Service List, which annually published personal information about Canadian civil servants from 1884 to 1918.



Saturday, March 28, 2020
Scottish Genealogy Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
CANCELLED
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, March 25, 2020
British Colonial America
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa
CANCELLED
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, March 14, 2020
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 14, 2020
Maud Lampman: First Woman to Work on Parliament Hill
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
CANCELLED - to be rescheduled.
 
As a descendant of one of Toronto’s earliest settlers, Emma Maud (Playter) Lampman came from a privileged background, and she married young.  By the age of 32 she had suffered the loss of a baby and her husband, and she was forced to find employment to support her remaining two children.  The daughter of a prominent doctor, and the widow of a “Confederation Poet”, her story is a textbook example of an educated, genteel woman who entered the Canadian Civil Service around the turn of the 20th century, mirroring the experience of women in Britain and the US. 
 
About the Speaker
 
Maud Lampman was one of the faceless women captured in Dianne Brydon’s M.A. Thesis “Claiming the Rights of Men and the Privileges of Their Sex as Well”: Women in the Canadian Civil Service 1895-1907.  Little did Dianne know that she, herself, would one day work for the Library of Parliament, nor that she would be asked to tell Maud’s story 110 years after her historic appointment.  Dianne’s talk will highlight the rich information that can be found in the Civil Service List, which annually published personal information about Canadian civil servants from 1872 to 1918.


Saturday, March 14, 2020
Resources for Family History Research in Wales
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
CANCELLED - to be rescheduled.
 
Pre-Internet it was essential to travel to Wales, which David did many times visiting record offices, libraries, churches and cemeteries throughout South Wales as well as the National Library at Aberystwyth. Welsh birth, marriage and death records were included with the English records in London. Welsh genealogy research has become much easier with so much online information, including a huge searchable collection of Welsh newspapers. Many useful "how to" genealogy books are now available. However, the biggest challenge is still the prevalence of very common first and last names, particularly derived from the patronymic system.
 
About the speaker:
 
David Jeanes, whose father was born in Wales, became interested in genealogy through his grandmother's writings and pictures about her early life (downstairs) at a mansion near Cardiff. David has been a member of BIFHSGO since its inception and has spoken at meetings, Great Moments, and the conferences. He is a retired telecommunications engineer with long-standing interests in historic architecture and railway history, as well as genealogy. He is a member of the executive of the Ottawa Welsh Society, was president of Heritage Ottawa for four years, and before that was president of Transport Action Canada for twelve years.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, March 7, 2020
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
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, February 22, 2020
Scottish Genealogy Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
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, February 8, 2020
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 8, 2020
Captain Power MBE, Halifax Harbour Pilot 1906-1954
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Captain Nicholas Lamont “Mont” Power MBE, his family and their Irish heritage can be traced back to Michael Power (1806-1870) and a small town near Waterford Ireland, called Thomaston. Today 4th, 5th and 6th level direct descendants of Michael Power live in Canada, the majority in and about Halifax. Share with his granddaughter how Captain Power MBE spent his life navigating Halifax harbour as a harbour pilot. Experience fifty years of Canada’s history as seen through his daily captain’s logbook – over 200 pages handwritten from 1906 to 1956 – on how it all played out in Halifax, around and on the harbor. He recorded his observations about two world wars, the Explosion, Pier 21 immigration, the King’s visit and many family and political events. He was one of the pioneers of harbour safety standards that serve today’s mariners and the sea-faring public.
 
About the Speaker:
 
Cathy Enright is Captain Nicholas Lamont “Mont” Power’s MBE, granddaughter. She is a professional Home Economist, Fellow in Board Governance and a retired executive of the Public Service of Canada. Although Cathy has dedicated her retirement to the not for profit sector, she is all about creating a buzz around Mont and his story which she dedicates to her family and the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada.  Of interest her Grandfather afforded her birth, as the first granddaughter in the family, five lines in the log. Even his wedding day was only one line. Including Cathy’s service, Captain Power MBE set off an unbroken chain of public service to Canada through her family that still continues today with her son Brian Enright, totaling 113 years.

Open to the public



Saturday, February 8, 2020
The British Colonial America Special Interest Group
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

After sharing stories about their Puritan ancestors who were involved in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, Marianne Rasmus and Susan Davis heard form other BIFHSGO members who also had deep New England roots. The group first met in November 2018. Members are interested in 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.

For information about the group, visit the Special Interest Groups page.

For information about the Salem presentation given in May 2018 by Marianne Rasmus, Susan Davis, Brian Laurie-Beaumont Darrel Kennedy, and Glenn Wright, visit Were You in Salem in 1692.

About the speakers
 
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 36 years and have two sons and two granddaughters. She is also BIFHSGO's Treasurer. 

Susan Davis recently discovered that Elisha Rexford and Lydia Murch were her first English ancestors to move to Canada by way of the former British Colony of Connecticut. Paternal ancestors, the Rexfords arrived in 1795. This was three years before Susan’s maternal ancestors Rufus Laberee and Olive Farwell moved north from New Hampshire in 1798. Rufus’s father, Peter, had lived in Montreal for two years after being taken captive and carried north in 1754. When not exploring her roots, Susan works full time as a team lead for web and social media communications at Environment and Climate Change Canada. She is also the Communications Director for BIFHSGO.

Open to the public.



Saturday, January 25, 2020
Scottish Genealogy Group
9:30 am to 11:30 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, January 22, 2020
British Colonial America
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, January 11, 2020
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 11, 2020
Using family lore, with a grain of salt
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Were you fortunate to have received family lore from your ancestors? Lynda Gibson will describe the family lore she had to work with including a memo written in 1900 by her great uncle Letham Gibson. Of course, such information, while absolutely invaluable, must also be taken with a grain of salt to discover the true facts. Follow Lynda’s search for her second and third great grandparents from Canada back to the home country. But where will she find them?
 
About the speaker
 
Lynda Gibson has been interested in family history for many years, having been intrigued by her grandparents’ stories which her mother had typed in the 1970s. Lynda is a retired federal government employee, and took up genealogy as her main interest six years ago. She was on the BIFHSGO board for two years as research director. Lynda had been working on her Gibson ancestors, and was honoured to come second in BIFHSGO’s recent writing contest for a story about her Gibson ancestors immigrating to Canada. 

Open to the public



Saturday, January 11, 2020
A review of BIFHSGO databases
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
John McConkey will describe the databases and indexes currently available for public research on the BIFHSGO website. Each of the Home Children, Military and Migration offerings will be covered in a live demo. The newly released RG17 Index will also be highlighted.
 
About the speaker
John McConkey is BIFHSGO's Research & Projects Director. He has been a member of the Board for almost 2 years and a BIFHSGO member for 16 years. John is also Technical Coordinator for monthly meetings and conferences. Throughout his working career he has been involved with technology and computers and spent 17 years with Nortel Networks. Now retired, his main hobby is tracking down ancestors and engaging family with his research by organizing family reunions.
 
Open to the public.


Saturday, January 4, 2020
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am
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