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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Genealogy and Local History Fair
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Genealogy and Local History Fair
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ottawa Public Library, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepoint Drive, Ottawa
 
Discover Your Roots: Genealogy & Local History Fair — with four lectures delivered by BIFHSGO members.
 
Drop in to the free all-day fair, sponsored by BIFHSGO and the Ottawa Public Library, featuring:
 
• Genealogy and local history presentations
• Displays by community organizations
• Genealogy specialists to answer your questions
 
Discover your Roots: Getting Started – Barbara Tose and Glenn Wright, BIFHSGO
Finding Your Roots with DNA – John Reid, BIFHSGO 
Building and Sharing Your Family Tree – Leanne Cooper, BIFHSGO
“I have my DNA results. What do I do now?” – Susan Courage, BIFHSGO 
Lost Ottawa – David McGee
 


Saturday, April 14, 2018
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Identifying the Remains of Canadian Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Dr. Sarah Lockyer, from the Directorate of History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence, will talk about the Casualty Identification Program and its aims to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members. The process involves many disciplines, including archaeology, history, forensic anthropology, genealogy and DNA analysis. She will explain the process, as well as the recent successful identification of Sergeant James Alexander Milne, who was laid to rest on August 25, 2017 alongside his fallen comrades in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Orchard Dump Cemetery near Arleux-en-Gohelle, France.
 
Open to the public.
 
Dr. Lockyer will also discuss a recent case where identification was not possible: remains were buried on August 23, 2017 in CWGC’s Canadian Cemetery No. 2, in Neuville-St. Vaast, France as “A Canadian Soldier of the Great War. Known Unto God.” She will talk about the limits encountered by the Program, as well as its practices for inconclusive cases in the hopes that identification may be possible in the future.
 
About the speaker
Sarah Lockyer has a BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She is the casualty identification coordinator for the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage and the Casualty Identification Program’s forensic anthropologist. 


Saturday, April 14, 2018
No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station was a medical unit of the Canadian Army Medical Corps located a few miles from the Front in World War I. It provided medical services to all soldiers wounded nearby, but the majority were British and Canadian soldiers. The chaplains stationed at No.1 CCCS kept journals of all deaths at the station. BIFHSGO volunteers transcribed the diaries and, as a WWI centenary project, decided to honour these soldiers by writing a short biography for each soldier. Sheila Dohoo Faure will explain how this research, almost exclusively based on public records, is done, how the biographies are written, and she will highlight a few interesting examples of soldiers’ lives. The database and the biographies are posted in the Research section on our website.
 
About the speaker
Sheila Dohoo Faure’s ancestry is exclusively English and Scottish. She has been researching a one-name family tree for decades — many of them with her father — trying to find out where the Dohoo name originated. Progress on this quest is very slow. She took on the project of transcribing the records of the chaplains from the No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station three years ago, and then began writing biographies of these soldiers. Since that time, this project has provided more rewarding experiences than her own family research. Her career as an evaluator for public sector organizations, domestically and internationally, fed her passion for research and writing and researching the lives of WWI soldiers has allowed her to hone these skills. 
 
Open to the public.



Saturday, March 17, 2018
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, March 10, 2018
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 10, 2018
Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland will provide a full day of lectures about tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.
 
This is a sold-out event. No walk-in registrations.

Sold Out       


Saturday, March 3, 2018
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
John D. Reid will provide an update on his attendance at the Back to Our Past conference in Belfast this month. We will then watch a video on How to Create a Mirror Tree and discuss the pros and cons of this approach. This topic was selected in response to a member request. With remaining time, we will hold a round table discussion.
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, February 17, 2018
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, February 10, 2018
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.


The Book Creators’ Journey
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The Book Creators’ Journey
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Have you ever wanted to write and publish a book about your ancestors? If so, you’ll want to attend a presentation by Tracey Arial, Barb Angus, and Claire Lindell, three of the nine genealogists/authors who recently released the book, Beads in a Necklace, Family Stories from Genealogy Ensemble.

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


Saturday, February 10, 2018
Bailing Out: Avoiding and Responding to Water Damage and Floods in Archival Collection
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Kyla Ubbink will talk about the steps that can be taken to avoid and minimize the risk of water damage to collections -- from totally water logging and weakening paper, to instigating mould growth, to adhering photographs and pages together, to causing inks and dyes to bleed; whether large or small, floods have a devastating effect on documents, photographs, books, and artifacts. She will talk about where the items are located, the types of enclosures being used, and knowing how to quickly respond and salvage damp and wet items makes the difference between saving or losing your family heirlooms and research during a disaster.
 
About the speaker
Operating a private conservation studio since 2005, Kyla Ubbink began her career through an internship with the Library and Archives Canada’s conservation laboratories in 2000 and subsequent contract positions through to 2005. Her private practice, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, provides professional conservation, restoration and preservation consultation services to institutions, galleries, antiquities dealers, collectors, researchers and genealogists. Kyla obtained professional accreditation through the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators in 2010, and has been a part time professor of Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program since 2007. She has several publications in professional periodicals, and provides workshops and lectures for community groups and heritage professionals. Kyla recently served on a Canadian Standards Review Board to assess and update the standard for “Permanence of Paper for Records, Books and Other Documents.”  Her work has been integral to the collections of the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Bank of Canada Archives, Ontario Office of the Surveyor General, Foreign Affairs Canada, Privy Council, and numerous university, archive, rare book, and art gallery collections. 



Saturday, January 20, 2018
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, January 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
The Kemeys-Tynte Family of Cefn Mably, a South Wales Estate
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
The Kemeys-Tynte family, now largely forgotten, was once one of the most important gentry families of South Wales, living at the imposing Cefn Mably mansion between Cardiff and Newport. Their roots went back to the Norman conquest of Wales and to the crusades, but also by intermarriage to many of the ancient Welsh families. They had royal connections and played leading roles in the Civil War in Wales. The family left Wales in the 1920s and subsequently became extinct in the male line. Cefn Mably became a hospital in 1924. After a disastrous fire in 1994, it has been carefully restored as luxury residences.
 
About the speaker
David Jeanes was born in London but came to Ottawa with his family 60 years ago. His father was born in Cardiff, his grandmother was born on the Cefn Mably estate, and his great great grandmother was the Kemeys-Tynte's nursemaid in the 1850s. David has studied the Kemeys-Tynte history and genealogy through records scattered in archives, libraries and churches in Gwent, Glamorgan, Somerset, Aberystwyth and London. He has had extensive access to private records and photographs, through descendants in the female lines and through others with former connections to the estate. He is a long-time member of BIFHSGO, president of Heritage Ottawa, and a member of the executive of the Ottawa Welsh Society. Since retiring from a career in high-tech and global data communications with Nortel, he has served on the executives of several registered charities and is a frequent speaker and tour guide.
 


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Yorkshire, Northumberland, Durham & Cumbria Counties, England
9:30 am to 10:00 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
At our Discovery Tables, we will feature Yorkshire (North, East & West), Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria in England. If you are researching in any of these counties and you have items you would like to share and display, please bring them to the tables in the Chamber between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Then share your information with other members during the break, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
 
Don’t have anyone in those counties? Come and talk to other members anyway and see who they are researching. You might just find a relative or two – or at least hear a good story!
 
This year, BIFHSGO is trying a new idea for our Discovery Tables during our monthly meeting break. Each month, we will feature a couple of different counties around the British Isles and invite members to share their stories, research names, memories, photos, books, maps, and knowledge about the featured counties.
 


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Searching for Your WWI British Army Officer
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Tara Grant will cover some of the basic sources for locating information on your ancestors who served as officers in the British Army. More than 10 million soldiers fought in the First World War, and locating an ancestor can be difficult. If your ancestor was an officer, however, your chances of finding information on him significantly increase, as you have instantly narrowed your possible choices down to about 250,000 men. Officers are also far more likely to be mentioned by name in documents than an ancestor who served as an O.R. (Other Ranks). Tara will cover service records, battalion war diaries, campaign medals, casualty records, newspapers, websites, and photographs, and where to find them and what information they contain. By combining the information from all these sources it is possible to flesh out what your ancestor was doing and what they experienced during the four long years of the Great War.
 
About the speaker
Tara Grant's ancestry is predominantly British and Scottish with a little Loyalist, German, French Huguenot and East India Company, although there is a half Dutch-Moroccan pirate way back on the tree. Working on her family history taught her more about Canadian and British history than she ever learned in school. Tara works as an archaeological conservator for the Canadian Conservation Institute (another way to learn history you were never taught in school).


Saturday, January 6, 2018
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Genetic Genealogy DNA Guidelines for Analysis of Segments – Re cM size
Shirley Monkhouse will give a short presentation, describing and explaining the confidence levels for different sizes types and sizes of cM values for DNA Analysis.
 
Shirley will give a second presentation,Triangulation for Genetic Genealogy – Who What Where When Why How for Autosomal DNA, an introduction to Autosomal DNA Triangulation, recent news and examples from the all the Companies and third-party sources.
 
There will be a round table discussion with remaining time.
 
Members and guests will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, December 9, 2017
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 9, 2017
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
BIFHSGO members share their great moments in genealogy.
 
In Killin
In October 2016 Brenda Turner traveled to Killin, in Perthshire, firstly, to finally see the highlands, and secondly, to do some family history research for a distant cousin whose family had come to Canada from there. Intending to stay only perhaps just overnight, she stayed for several days, and had great fun and success in her researches. Her cousin was delighted to receive her evidence of her research. But then, back in Canada, several months later, she had new reasons to research what had been going on in Killin in about 1815.
 
About the speaker
Brenda Turner is a retired former public servant with a long history of family history research. She has been visiting the UK for many years pursuing her family’s stories.
 
The Skeleton in my Closet
Dr. Robert George Clements was a cousin of John McConkey’s grandfather. Bertie (as he was known) seemed to be a successful physician, having started his career in Belfast and later moving to England. Bertie had several wives – sadly each of them became severely ill and died before their time. None of these deaths were regarded as unusual – except for that of his 4th (and final) wife who died in May 1947. The events following her death created sensational headlines in British newspapers. John’s talk tells the story – it has a surprising finale!
 
About the speaker
John McConkey was born in the UK - on the Isle of Wight. He earned his B.Sc. at King's College London and worked for International Computers Ltd for 5 years. In 1971 he and his wife immigrated to Canada, with the intention of spending 2 years seeing the country and getting to know relatives - but that 2 year period got extended! They both found computer work in Montreal and then moved the family to Ottawa in 1982 when John received an offer from Nortel. He stayed with Nortel for 17 years and then ran a small network consulting business for 10 years. Now retired, he (and his wife) spend a considerable amount of their time engaged in family history research. John has visited Northern Ireland 3 times and has had significant success with ancestral discoveries there. He organizes reunions for Canadian and British family, transcribes for Ancestry and the North of Ireland Family History Society and is volunteer technical coordinator at BIFHSGO meetings and conferences.
 
A Young Soldier
Follow the lives of the Thomas Moor family and in particular the life of his eldest son, young Tom Moor. Follow their story, as told by Sharon and Jeff Moor, from London, England to Montreal, Canada, and eventually to Toronto, after periods of time in Detroit and Brantford.  At the age 18, young Tom Moor would make a decision in his young life that would have an impact on his parent’s lives and leave his own mark on Canadian History during the North West Rebellion.
  
About the speakers
Sharon Moor is a 14-year member of BIFHSGO and a past membership director. She has researched her family tree and her husband’s family tree across Canada, US, England, and Scotland.
 
Jeff Moor is the son of Sharon Moor. Jeff is a 27-year veteran of the federal public service. His own roots started as a child in Saskatchewan. He has taken an interest in how his family roots link to key Canadian historical events.
 
Einstein, eBay and the Red Cross  How I Found Fame and Fortune Using my Genealogical Superpowers
When Matthew Harding was going through a box of old books one day, he made an unexpected discovery. Learn how years of genealogy Conferences, workshops and courses paid off as he set out researching an unusual inscription, and instead went on a fascinating voyage into history.
 
About the speaker 
Matthew Harding first joined BIFHSGO in 1995, way back before the Internet was even popular, when doing genealogical research meant becoming an expert at threading filmstrips into the !@#@#!@#@! Microfilm reader. Born in Essex, England, he has lived all around the world but is proud to call Ottawa his home. Matthew runs an IT Consulting firm called The KTL Group. He also happens to be married to BIFHSGO’s new Program Director, and was made to promise not to embarrass her during this talk (good luck). Please don’t ask him about his genealogical tattoo.


Saturday, December 9, 2017
Holiday Social & Genealogy Shopping
9:00 am to 10:00 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Join us for Christmas shopping, socializing, coffee, and holiday treats.
 
Global Genealogy and Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation will both be on site. If you have any special requests, contact Global Genealogy ahead of time. Remember to bring some cash for some surprise shopping.
 
We will also have a few surprises for some Christmas fun. 

This is a great meeting to bring a friend to introduce them to BIFHSGO.

 



Saturday, November 25, 2017
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, November 18, 2017
BIFHSGO Writing Group
12:30 pm 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.
 
Note: Because of room avability, this meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., instead of the usual 11:30 a.m.


Saturday, November 18, 2017
Not So Quiet on the Western Front - The Grants of Formby in the Great War
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Tara Grant’s grandfather, Alexander Henry Grant, and his three brothers, George, John Leslie and Douglas, all served with the British army during WWI. Enlisting in the Territorial Army, the brothers served in different regiments and battalions and fought at many of the major battles including Hill 60, Vimy, Carporetto, Canal du Nord and Cambrai. Combining their service records with the Regimental war diaries and newspapers it was possible to follow their military careers through the four years of the Great War. Overcoming her fear of researching the mass of First World War records (what is a brigade?) has added enormously to Tara’s understanding of the harrowing years her grandfather and his brothers experienced.
 
Note: This monthly meeting will be held on November 18, NOT November 11, because Ben Franklin Place is closed on Remembrance Day.
 
About the Speaker
Tara Grant's ancestry is predominantly British and Scottish with a little Loyalist, German, French Huguenot and East India Company (although there is a half Dutch-Moroccan pirate way back on the tree). Working on her family history taught her more about Canadian and British history than she ever learned in school. Tara works as an archaeological conservator for the Canadian Conservation Institute (another way to learn history you were never taught in school).


Saturday, November 18, 2017
Using the Collections of the Military History Research Centre to Aid and Augment Genealogy
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
About the speaker
Carol Reid is the collections manager, Archives, at the Canadian War Museum, one of two archivists in the Military History Research Centre at the Canadian War Museum. She trained as a museum professional and has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of museums and archives in Ottawa. She has been with the Canadian War Museum for the last 29 years and been responsible for the acquisition, cataloguing, and care of the museum’s paper and audio archive collections for 18 years. 



Saturday, October 21, 2017
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, October 14, 2017
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 14, 2017
Untangling a Parish to Find Family
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
In the spring of 1852, the parish of Saint-Sylvestre was home to 3,733 people, including 1,059 Irish-born and 44 British-born immigrants. For the most part, these immigrants and their Canadian-born descendants got along well with each other and their 1,048 French-speaking neighbours. After 30 years of settlement, the parish located 70 kilometres south of Quebec City included two villages, a secret society, a peace-making priest and members of the Dougherty, Gormley, Doran and Shorten families.  
 
About the Speaker
Growing up, Susan Davis learned lots about her Protestant roots while visiting family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. During one trip, she visited the two cemeteries in her father’s home town of East Angus. It turned out that while her great grandfather Edward John Henry Dearden was buried in the Protestant cemetery, her great grandmother Mary Ann Dougherty was buried in the Catholic cemetery. For the past year, Susan has been researching her Irish Catholic roots and recently found out through a DNA test that she is 31% Irish.


Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Drouin Collection – Research Strategies
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
While the Drouin Collection offers an invaluable source of vital records for those searching for ancestors in Quebec and some surrounding areas, it can be quite challenging to decipher what was recorded. From understanding the French terms to collecting signatures, researchers can improve the results of their efforts by using these and other simple research strategies.  
 
About the Speaker
Growing up, Susan Davis learned lots about her Protestant roots while visiting family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. During one trip, she visited the two cemeteries in her father’s home town of East Angus. It turned out that while her great grandfather Edward John Henry Dearden was buried in the Protestant cemetery, her great grandmother Mary Ann Dougherty was buried in the Catholic cemetery. For the past year, Susan has been researching her Irish Catholic roots and recently found out through a DNA test that she is 31% Irish.


Saturday, October 7, 2017
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Adoption Challenges
 
Marianne Rasmus and Mags Gaulden will each share their journeys with adoption challenges. Marianne will present That Empty Branch on the Genetic Family Tree, solving an almost 100-year-old adoption mystery. Mags’ presentation is entitled, Out of the Blue, the story of intense genetic research work over a couple of months’ time, and then out of the blue the answer just appeared.
 
Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017
23rd Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
This year's conference features two main themes — England and Wales Family History and Research Methodology. Visit Conference 2017 for program details and online registration.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
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 9, 2017
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 9, 2017
The Sinking of the SS Portsdown
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
John McConkey will talk about the sinking of the SS Portsdown. Many British ships were sunk by Hitler’s navy during World War II. Most of these sinkings occurred on the high seas far from land. No one thought that an inland ferry might be subject to danger so an explosion on the 20th September 1941 on a paddle steamer sailing from Portsmouth to Ryde was a devastating shock. The event had an overwhelming effect on several Isle of Wight families, but details and, in particular, the names of casualties were kept under wraps by the Government. As a 75th anniversary memorial to victims – in particular two family members – John McConkey recently took on the task of researching the disaster and documenting his findings in an article for the Isle of Wight Family History Society. The article won first prize in the 2016 best article competition. This talk gives details of the event, lists the victims and explains the research process John followed.
 
About the Speaker
John McConkey was born in the UK, on the Isle of Wight. He earned his B.Sc. at King's College London and worked for International Computers Ltd for five years. In 1971 he and his wife immigrated to Canada, with the intention of spending two years seeing the country and getting to know relatives – but that two-year period got extended! They both found computer work in Montreal and then moved the family to Ottawa in 1982 when John received an offer from Nortel. He stayed with Nortel for 17 years and then ran a small network consulting business for 10 years. Now retired, he and his wife spend a considerable amount of their time engaged in family history research. John has visited Northern Ireland three times and has had significant success with ancestral discoveries there. He organizes reunions for Canadian and British family, transcribes for Ancestry and the North of Ireland Family History Society and is volunteer technical coordinator at BIFHSGO meetings and conferences.


Saturday, September 9, 2017
Question & Answer Session
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
Bring your questions and various experts from BIFHSGO will try to answer them during this session.


Saturday, September 2, 2017
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
There will be a group viewing and discussion of The Science of Admixture Percentages, presented by Garrett Hellenthal at the WDYTYA 2017 conference in Birmingham, UK, followed by a round table if time allows.
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, July 29, 2017
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Bill Arthurs will speak about “The High Points of Blaine T. Bettinger’s The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.” Shirley Monkhouse will present on Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne’s companion workbook, Genetic Genealogy in PracticeThere will be a round table discussion with remaining time.
 
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, June 24, 2017
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.


Thursday, June 15, 2017
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference Pub Night
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
BIFHSGO is pleased to sponsor and host Pub Night — an evening reception for registrants at the Ontario Genealogical Society 2017 Conference.
 
This event is sold out! You must have pre-registered on the OGS Conference 2017 website to attend.
 


Saturday, June 10, 2017
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 10, 2017
Great Moments in Genealogy
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
Four BIFHSGO members will share their genealogy discoveries.
 
A Mystery at Boughton Castle
In late June of 2016, Brenda Turner visited Broughton Castle, not far from Banbury in Oxfordshire, and close to where she was living then. Broughton Castle is the home of Fiennes family, which includes the actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes and the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Despite claims in the castle’s guidebook and web site that a disastrous sale had taken place of the family’s property of the Castle’s contents in 1837, she did not believe it, and decided to find out if she could figure out what had really happened… and used her family history research skills to do it.
 
About the Speaker
Brenda Turner is a retired former public servant with a long history of family history research. She has been visiting the UK for many years pursuing her family’s stories.
 
A Big Surprise With YDNA Test Results
YDNA testing is an important vehicle for determining lineages for the relatively recent past. In his Titus family research Bill Arthurs has determined sets of modal YDNA markers for both the English and Dutch Titus lineages dating back to the late 1500s. The remaining German lineage has lacked a volunteer for testing. That is, until last October, when the test of a German volunteer produced unexpected results.
 
About the Speaker 
Bill Arthurs is a long time member of BIFHSGO and is the chairman of the BIFHSGO DNA Special Interest Group.
 
Despite What You Tell Your Children, More Than One Official Record Exists to Prove What Really Happened
Family lore relates that Robert Brydon and Margaret Armstrong married in Scotland before emigrating to Galt, Ontario in 1841 with their infant son Francis. Robert’s sudden death in 1866, without a will, changed the course of his family’s history and Margaret’s subsequent petition for guardianship of her younger children provided evidence to suggest that Robert was not Francis’ father. A subsequent hunt for evidence turned up a variety of documents which proved Robert lived in Canada, as a single man, during the 1830s, before Margaret’s reported arrival. This talk will lay out the evidence compiled to appease the skeptics.
 
About the speaker:
Dianne Brydon and her father James Brydon recently published their family history, The Stalwart Brydons:  From Scotland to Galt to Manitoba, One Hundred Years in Canada. Jim began the research over 30 years ago before the Internet or digitization made hunting down documents easy. When Dianne retired in 2013 from her job overseeing public outreach on Parliament Hill, Jim asked Dianne to put her MA in historical geography to use and help him finish his book. Dianne subsequently found documentary evidence that refuted many of the stories in family lore and fleshed out others that were unknown. 
 
The Elusive George Mason Hales
Ten years ago, all that Gail Roger knew about George Mason Hales was that in 1791, he had an inn in the parish of St Ann’s Soho, Westminster, and that he might be related to her. She eventually found out that he is indeed a relative, and that almost everything she knew about him was wrong — except that inn in Soho. This will be an illustration of how, sometimes, a seemingly dead end can lead to multiple great moments in genealogy.
 
About the Speaker
Gail Roger will tell her family history stories to anyone who will listen. That’s why she joined BIFHSGO.
 


Saturday, June 10, 2017
2017 Annual General Meeting
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will receive and conduct business in accordance with the bylaws.
 
Details about our 2017 AGM are available here.



Saturday, May 27, 2017
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, May 13, 2017
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings. We bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings. Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.


Saturday, May 13, 2017
Was Your Ancestor at Vimy?: Making Sense of the Battle on the Ground
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
 
Dr Jonathan F. Vance will talk about Vimy Ridge and what the genealogist can do to locate an ancestor on that hill in April 1917. The digitization of records has been a great help, but there are still many mysteries to be solved in military records. As Canada's most famous battle, Vimy Ridge has been the subject of more history books than just about any other battle. But that one battle was made up of tens of thousands of individual stories.  
 
About the Speaker
Jonathan F. Vance is Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University, where he teaches Canadian and military history and social memory. A native of Waterdown, Ontario, he holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997), A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), and Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006). His most recent books are Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), A History of Canadian Culture (2009), and Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011).
 


Saturday, May 13, 2017
They Didn't Write Names on These!: Decoding the Postcard
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
The postcard was the most common means of written communication during the First World War, and photo studios regularly printed portraits on postcard paper so they could be mailed. But all too often, photo postcards that we find are unidentified. Using images from Dr Jonathan F. Vance’s own collection of 30,000 postcards, he will go through a few of the 'trade secrets' for getting information out of anonymous photos.
 
About the Speaker
Jonathan F. Vance is Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University, where he teaches Canadian and military history and social memory. A native of Waterdown, Ontario, he holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997), A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), and Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006). His most recent books are Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), A History of Canadian Culture (2009), and Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011).


Saturday, May 6, 2017
DNA Special Interest Group
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
DNA Great Moments and Technical Updates
Three of our group members will talk about their experience with DNA test results.
 
Bill Arthurs — “How YDNA test results have recently revolutionized the Titus One Name Study and opened up new great questions.”
 
Arthur Owen — "Visual Phasing for Grandparents using Cross-over Events."
Arthur will briefly discuss the theory behind the methodology, show the required steps to reconstruct a chromosome, how to use existing 2nd cousin matches to assign segments to the four grandparents, and discuss some of the problems you may encounter.   
 
John Reid — "Living DNA."
British company Living DNA offers a combined SNP test of mitochondrial (Motherline), Y-chromosome (Fatherline) and autosomal (Family Ancestry) DNA for $199. A selling point is 21 sub-regional resolution of autosomal genetic ancestry within the UK and Ireland in recent times (originally 4-5 generations, now 10 generations). How well does the service live up to the promise?
 
There will also be a draw for an AncestryDNA test. 
Proceeds will support sponsorship of a DNA session at the Ontario Genealogical Society's conference in Ottawa.
Tickets are a toonie each or three for $5.
 
Members of our DNA Special Interest Group meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees are required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit DNA Interest Group section for more information and links to online resources.



Saturday, April 22, 2017
Scottish Genealogy Group
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. All of us, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
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.