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...

Monthly Meeting - February 13

9:00 a.m.
Before BIFHSGO Education TalkFamily Tree Maker is NOT Defunct! What do I do now? by Rick Roberts.
9:30 a.m. Discovery Tables — Learn what Global Genealogy and the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch have to offer.
10:00 a.m.
A Scandal in Battersea  — By the time he was 41, Gail Roger's great-grandfather had lost his five siblings to tuberculosis, drowning, laudanum, and cirrhosis of the liver. With a couple of nods to Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper, Gail will share the tale of a scandal that took place in Battersea.
Open to members and visitors. Free admission and parking. The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa. More information about this meeting is available in our Meetings section.

Mapping Workshop for Members - March 5

Almost sold out! Here's a chance for BIFHSGO members to register for our workshop, Maps and Mapping for 21st-Century Genealogists, on Saturday, March 5. In this workshop, you will learn how to create unique maps and plans for your family history projects, using mapping and other tools, plus so much more.
Once sold out, there will be an online waiting list.
This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced-level genealogists with good computer skills and knowledge navigating the internet. Enrolment is limited to the first 50 BIFHSGO members who register. Visit our Meetings section to learn more. If you are a member, log in to the Members Only section. If you would like to become a member, please visit our Membership section.

WWI Casualty Clearing Station Database

Search our No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station database for soldiers who were treated by the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WWI. If you would like to volunteer to write soldiers' biographies, please contact our research team at


Online Donations

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Family Tree Maker is NOT Defunct! What do I do now?
13 Feb 2016
Rick Roberts will share what he has learned since the announcement late last year from about retiring Family Tree Maker and the recent news ...
Global Genealogy
13 Feb 2016
Rick and Sandy Roberts from Global Genealogy will join us again with a selection of their products. If you would like them to bring some ...
Ottawa Branch OGS
13 Feb 2016
The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host a Discovery Table to show us what they offer to genealogists.
A Scandal in Battersea
13 Feb 2016
The fact that any of us are here today is a miracle. Take the sad case of Gail Roger’s great-grandfather, Alexander Roger — the sole ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
13 Feb 2016
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
20 Feb 2016
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Maps and Mapping for 21st-Century Genealogists Workshop
05 Mar 2016
This full-day workshop – for BIFHSGO members only – will explore sophisticated ways in which maps and mapping tools, available online, can contribute to ...

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