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...

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.


Research and learn

Our library — books, journals, research aids
Home children — database, stories, origins
Women's emigration database — early 19th century
Links to online resources — from beginner resources to dna, military records, and newspapers
Speaker interviews — podcast series
Handouts — monthly meeting presentations and conferences

Online Donations

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

DNA 101
11 Apr 2015
  Had your DNA done and still don't quite understand the results? Bill Arthurs will offer an understandable explanation of DNA for Genealogy, starting ...
Sussex County, England
11 Apr 2015
  Christine Jackson, John Sayers and Jane Down will jointly host a Discovery Table on Sussex County. They will all bring in items of interest, ...
My Ancestors Were All “Ag Labs” — or Were They?
11 Apr 2015
  When Christine Jackson started researching her maternal grandmother’s family in West Sussex nearly 40 years ago, she had to use conventional tools on-site ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11 Apr 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
18 Apr 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 ...
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 ...

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20 years available online

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