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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



Saturday, December 14, 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, December 14, 2019
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
I Was There:  Growing up in Northeast England during the Depression
Wilf Tarbet’s Great Moment is a firsthand account of life in Jarrow, North East England, growing up during the Depression in a town where there was very little work.  He will share details of his grandparents’ appalling living conditions.
 
New member Wilf Tarbet has researched his family history over the years, and after several years away he has picked it up again.  He hopes his reminiscences will put flesh on the bones of the census data.
 
Treasures in The Attic
Gil Croome took a family story from his childhood, used the internet to confirm it … and then a came a great moment.
 
Gil Croome has been interested in genealogy since he wore short pants and asked his Grandfather Croome about where the family came from. His unpaid career of trying to connect all the Croomes has now lasted longer that his paid career with the end being a one name study is not yet in sight. By training a forester but by occupation an editor, tidying up trees has come naturally.
 
The Sail-Maker's Palm
A tool, owned by a former merchant seaman, started as merely an object of a child’s curiosity, but subsequently connected to a distant ancestor's work, and an understanding of how it was adversely affected by the end of the Napoleonic wars.
 
Maureen Amey grew up in London, England and immigrated to Canada in 1977. She has been researching and writing about her family history since the 1970s. This year, she rejoined BIFHSGO after being away for a few years.  Maureen is a member of the Writing Group.
 
Far From Home: Mission Accomplished
Twelve years ago, Diana Beaupre and Adrian Watkinson of Canterbury, England, launched Far From Home, a project to locate, record, research and visit all 3902 gravesites of Canadian Great War casualties who died and are commemorated in Great Britain. The project concluded in September 2019 with one last road trip to visit several gravesites and to place a memorial to all these Canadians in Scotland.
Glenn Wright is past-president of BIFHSGO and author of Canadians at War, 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records. It was a privilege for him to be involved with the Far From Home project over the years, even more so to take part in the final journey, to visit several cemeteries and be present at a very special service of remembrance to honour all those who rest "far from home".

Open to the public



Saturday, December 14, 2019
Christmas Social
9:00 am
Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
The December Before BIFHSGO will be a pot luck social, with samples of your best Christmas baking welcome. Tea, Coffee and some baked goods by the Board will be provided.Come early and catch up with fellow members while enjoying some Christmas cheer.


Monday, December 9, 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


Wednesday, December 4, 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 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, November 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, November 9, 2019
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: In Perpetuity
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

The Commission’s duties are to mark and maintain the graves of Commonwealth soldiers who died in the two world wars, to build and maintain memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown, and to keep records and registers. Dominique Boulais will talk about the Commission’s history, fundamental principles, mandate and worldwide responsibilities. He will outline the Commission's Canadian Agency’s responsibilities within the Americas with an emphasis on its work in genealogy.

About the speaker

Born and raised in Ottawa, Dominique Boulais is a University of Ottawa graduate with History and Education degrees. From 1996 to 2003, he was the Education Officer at the Canadian War Museum.  In July 2003, Mr Boulais joined the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  He first worked as a Special Projects Manager at the Commission's Head Office in the UK, from where he traveled to Commission cemeteries throughout Europe.  Mr Boulais worked as Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission's Canadian Agency from 2005 to 2016. Since then, he has worked as the Canadian Agency's Commemorations and External Relations Manager. He works closely with Canada’s National Defence Directorate of History and Heritage concerning the numerous cases of commemoration and non-commemoration of casualties from both world wars and also discovery of human remains cases in Canada and Europe.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, November 9, 2019
Live Q & A: Tips for finding military records in the UK National Archives
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Several participants at our recent BIFHSGO conference mentioned they were having difficulty finding military records on the UK National Archives site. Bring your queries - Ken McKinlay and Glenn Wright will offer tips on navigating the site, and perhaps find that missing record!
 
About the speakers
 
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 serveral 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.
 
Glenn Wright is past-president of BIFHSGO and author of Canadians at War, 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records.
 

Open to the public



Monday, November 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, November 2, 2019
DNA Special Interest Group
1:00 pm to 3:30 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 26, 2019
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, October 23, 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, October 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, October 12, 2019
Quakers in the Family: My Dickinson Ancestors of England and Jamaica
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
A pivotal moment in Sandra Adams’ family history research came when she discovered that one branch of her family tree joined  the Quaker movement in England at the time of its inception. As the fervent evangelical Quaker faith of the 1650’s evolved into a quieter but uncompromising Quaker faith over the next 100 years, three generations of Sandra’s Dickinson family were shaped by Quakerism.  Because Quaker records are so informative, and because one of Sandra’s Dickinson ancestors had a brother who kept every piece of paper that ever crossed his desk, Sandra has been able to compile the stories of these Dickinson ancestors in more detail than any other of her ancestral lines. She will illustrate her talk with images of some of the family documents from the “Dickinson Collection” – a treasure trove held by the Somerset Archives.
 
About the speaker
 
Sandra Adams was born and raised in Montreal and earned a B.Sc in Mathematics and a M.Sc in Physics. She had a busy and satisfying career with IBM in Ottawa before retiring about 10 years ago. Her time now is devoted to family history, embroidery, travel, and grandchildren. She volunteers with BIFHSGO and the Ottawa Family History Centre, and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that this stage of life brings.
 
Open to the public


Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hidden lives revealed: mental health and the children looked after by the Waifs and Strays Society
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten will provide an overview of practices and conditions of children cared for by the Waifs and Strays Society in the UK from its inception in 1881 till 1920, as well as providing examples of children who were sent to Canada during this time. Wendy will specifically focus on correspondence, interventions and practices with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, and support this with examples from the relevant case files. Wendy will also give tips and advice on how to access the records.

About the speaker

Dr. Wendy Sims-Schouten is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Childhood Studies and Associate Head Research in the School of Education & Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Wendy has researched (and published) in the areas of mental wellbeing of vulnerable children, such as children in care and care leavers; she has also researched issues around bullying and childhood obesity. Currently, she is working with local partners in Portsmouth (UK), as well as academics internationally, on research around child protection, safeguarding and the history of mental health support in childhood. Wendy is the coordinator of the Mental Health in Childhood & Education (MICE) Hub (www.micehub.port.ac.uk) at the University of Portsmouth and co-editor for the international and interdisciplinary journal Children & Society. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychological Therapies.

Open to the public


Monday, October 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, October 5, 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



Friday, September 27, 2019 through Sunday, September 29, 2019
25th Annual Family History Conference
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Family history: past, present and future is the theme of this year's conference.
 
Featuring these great speakers:
  • Blaine Bettinger (The Genetic Genealogist)
  • Audrey Collins (The National Archives, UK)
  • Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi's List)
  • Nancy Loe (Sassy Jane Genealogy)
Join us for seminars, a research room, a family history marketplace and more expert lecturers.
 
If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring the conference or setting up a booth in the marketplace, please contact us
 
Registration information now available. 


Saturday, September 21, 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.


Saturday, September 14, 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, September 14, 2019
25 Years of Storytelling
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

When Wayne Walker hit a brick wall, it was a voice in his head that led him to a special find. “Go see Uncle Ted,” said the voice. He listened and flew to Halifax. From there, he and his father drove three hours to the old family home to see Uncle Ted. “Go look in the writing desk,” said the voice. Uncle Ted had cleaned it out. “Look in the box,” said the voice. Wayne found the box, but it was empty. “Lift the tray,” said the voice. There he found a piece of paper that had been tucked away since 1884.

During her talk, Susan Davis will reveal what Wayne found written on the paper. She will also share some other memorable stories written by our members over the past 25 years; stories that can be found in our Anglo-Celtic Roots (ACR) archive.

About the speaker

Susan Davis is BIFHSO’s communications director, when she is not digging through the ACR archives. Her day job is leading a team of web and social media advisors for Environment and Climate Change Canada. Some day she might even get around to submitting stories to the ACR about her Irish, Scottish and British ancestors. 

Open to the public


Saturday, September 14, 2019
Early Immigrants, Co-Lab and Collection Search: New and Updated Tools at Library and Archives Canada
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Emily Potter, a Genealogy Consultant at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Sara Chatfield, a Project Manager, will discuss recent improvements to the help page of the Immigrants Before 1865 database, and discuss other upcoming changes to the immigration section of LAC’s website. As well, she will offer a brief introduction to the new Collections Search and Co-Lab tools.

About the speakers
 
Emily Potter has been a Genealogy Consultant at LAC for over four years and enjoys helping clients uncover family mysteries. Emily’s genealogy includes Scottish, Romanian, Acadian and Indigenous ancestry. She holds a bachelor of arts in Art history and History from Mount Allison University, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Museum Studies from Algonquin College.
 
Sara Chatfield is a project manager for the LAC blog and Co-lab crowdsourcing tool.  She also spent many years with LAC’s Genealogy team presenting at conferences, recording podcasts, wading through family folklore and giving advice at the Genealogy and Family History desk.
 
Open to the public. 


Monday, September 9, 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



Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 24, 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


Thursday, August 8, 2019
DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
International speaker Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage.com will be joined by two local speakers in a FREE event sponsored by the Ottawa Public Library, the Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society and BIFHSGO.
 
Details to follow.



Wednesday, June 19, 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, 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