British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Founded in 1994, BIFHSGO is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. Learn more in About Us or see Tracing and Sharing British Isles Family History.
 
Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding meetings online until further notice.



Irish Lines and Female Finds:
 
Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy
 
Register now for our 26th annual conference!
 
There will be 15 sessions online, over eight days between 19 and 26 September,
with 14 international speakers, experts in their own fields.
Enjoy presentations for all levels of genealogical experience.
 
For more information and to register, see the conference website
             or visit the conference webpage.
 



An interesting research journey coming in May!

 
A Russian Revelation: A Family Shaped by Significant Historical Events 
Saturday, 8 May 2021 10:00 a.m.
Online, but registration required
 
Marianne Rasmus will share how historical events in both Canada and Europe affected her grandmother in a life-altering fashion, and how, despite historical events destined to separate family members, DNA has helped to shed light on long-unanswered questions.
 
For more information, see Meetings & Activities.


See what's new on our website...

Go to News for the latest updates from BIFHSGO.


COVID Corner

BIFHSGO is all about war brides this month...
 
We have information on a new research webpage and in the spring issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots (for members). Our April Feature Talk, open to the public, will be presented by Melynda Jarratt, a historian, author and founder of the Canadian War Brides website.
 
This is the 75th anniversary of the arrival of most WW II war brides and there are many sites with information to help your research:
Of course, we think of war brides coming to Canada after WW II, but there were also WW I war brides. The LAC and The Canadian Encyclopedia websites provide some information on these earlier war brides and there is blog devoted to WW I war brides.


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Upcoming
British Colonial America SIG
21 Apr 2021
  If you are interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca. ...
Scottish Genealogy SIG
24 Apr 2021
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
A Russian Revelation: A Family Shaped by Significant Historical Events
08 May 2021
  Register   When Marianne Rasmus began her family history research journey, she knew little about her maternal grandparents’ ancestry. They were an unlikely match, ...
London SIG
12 May 2021
  If you would like to attend, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca / attention John D. Reid
Scottish Genealogy SIG
15 May 2021
  Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
British Colonial America SIG
19 May 2021
  For those interested in being added to the BCA mailing list and receiving invitations to the online meetings, please contact treasurer@bifhsgo.ca. ...
DNA SIG
05 Jun 2021
  Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history.   This month: ...

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Donations welcome!
BIFHSGO is a registered charity and you can donate online through Canada Helps.