British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
Founded in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is located in Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. Join us at our monthly meetings at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.                  Learn more...

2017 Conference - Onsite registration

Walk in and join us at our 23rd Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference, September 29 to October 1, 2017, at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa. Simply drop by at Ben Franklin Place to pay and register. Program details and rates are available in our conference brochure
Learn about English and Welsh family history and genealogy research methodology. Read about our speakers, seminars, lectures, and activities.
Browse, shop, and chat with vendors in our Marketplace that is open to the public. Free admission.

Canadian Militia Database

Explore our latest database of almost 2,000 names of Canadian Militia personnel who served in 1907 and were born outside of Canada. Learn more and start your search here...

Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910

Our database, Lancashire Diaries, lists more than 1,000 surnames, and it may help genealogists who are researching their Lancashire, England roots, from 1772 to 1910.
The diaries, kept for more than 50 years by Lancashire grocer and overseer Samuel Scowcroft, paint a picture of Lancashire farm life and the cotton industry during the 19th century as well as during part of the 18th and 20th centuries.


Online Donations

Learn how you can make donations online to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps.

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23rd Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference
29 Sep 2017
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. ...
DNA Special Interest Group
07 Oct 2017
Great Moments and Great Challenges. A few members will deliver mini-presentations about a great moment or great challenge they experienced with doing their DNA research. ...
The Drouin Collection – Research Strategies
14 Oct 2017
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 ...
Untangling a Parish to Find Family
14 Oct 2017
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, ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 Oct 2017
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 ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
21 Oct 2017
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 ...
Not So Quiet on the Western Front - The Grants of Formby in the Great War
18 Nov 2017
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 ...

Women's Emigration
The British Women's Emigration Association database contains the names of almost 600 women who came to Canada in the early 20th century.
Join and renew your membership online. Click on the above box, Join BIFHSGO, to learn more.