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. Learn more...

Conference 2015

Mark your calendar for the 21st Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference, September 18 – 20, 2015, at Ben Franklink Place in Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario. Join us to learn about Scottish family history research, photographs in genealogy, and technology. Learn more...

Join our team of volunteers

Thanks to our volunteers, BIFHSGO has helped genealogists research their British and Canadian ancestry for more than 20 years. Please consider joining our team. Visit our volunteer opportunities and look at some of our volunteers in action.

Visit the BIFHSGO YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel contains one of the most popular lectures at our 2014 Conference. Watch and listen to historian and author Lucille Campey deliver her lecture, Ignored But Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants.



Our library is open five days a week
Tuesday Friday: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
For details, please visit our Library section.

Online Donations

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

Member Access to the BIFHSGO website
09 May 2015
  Brian Glenn and Kathy Wallace will demonstrate a variety of functions of the BIFHSGO website, including logging on to the Members Only section; changing ...
Devon County England
09 May 2015
Jane Down and Dave Cross will jointly host a Discovery Table on Devon County. They will  bring in items of interest, and here is your chance ...
Invisible but Audible: Postwar English Immigrants in Canada
09 May 2015
  Marilyn Barber and Murray Watson will talk about the findings in their new book about English-born immigrants who settled in Canada in the ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
09 May 2015
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings with ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
23 May 2015
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
DNA Interest Group
30 May 2015
Members meet quarterly to share experiences, information and ideas about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign ...
Genealogy at the Ottawa Public Library
13 Jun 2015
Patricia Barlosky, Genealogy Librarian at the Neapean Centrepoint Branch of the Ottawa Public Library will share information about the print and microfilm resources available at ...

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20 years available online

Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly publication.

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.