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 - Saturday, November 12

9:00 a.m.
Before BIFHSGO Education Talk10 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Genealogy by Anne Moralejo and Lisa-Dawn Crawley.
9:30 a.m.
Discovery Tables — Global Genealogy will provide a selection of products, including Patricia Roberts-Pichette's new book on the Middlemore Home Children.
10:00 a.m.
First in, Last out: But What Came Between 1914 and 1919? — Irene Ip's father served in the Royal Field Artillery, which left no written account. She will explain how she was finally able to trace where her father had been for four-and-a-half years and how he became  one of the few suriving Old Contemptibles.
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.

2016 Conference Videos and Handouts

As an additional benefit to our members, video recordings of 13 presentations delivered at our 2016 Conference and 12 handouts are available in the Members Only section.
Learn about other member benefits and how to join us in Membership.

Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910

Our new 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.

10 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Genealogy
12 Nov 2016
  Anne Moralejo and Lisa-Dawn Crawley will talk about how social media can bring a wealth of genealogy-related information to your desktop at the flick ...
Global Genealogy
12 Nov 2016
Global Genealogy will once again be joining us with a selection of their products.  As well they plan to bring copies of Patricia Roberts-Pichette's newly ...
First in, Last out: But What Came between 1914 and 1919?
12 Nov 2016
Irene Ip’s father told her many stories about his life in the army, before and during the war, but she was too young to understand ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
12 Nov 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 with ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
19 Nov 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 ...
Copyright for Family History
10 Dec 2016
  Marnie McCall’s talk will cover the basics of copyright, the meaning of “public domain,” copyright in your own work, using copyright material of others ...
Great Moments in Genealogy
10 Dec 2016
  Four BIFHSGO members share their great moment in genealogy.   Mary Ann Flannery — From Ireland You Say By Duncan Monkhouse This Great ...

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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.
More than 20 years available online
Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly publication.