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...

Lancashire Diaries 1772-1910

Our 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.

Meeting & Conference Videos for Members

Now available for members to watch online is a video of Irene Ip's presentation, First in, Last out: But What Came between 1914 and 1919?, delivered at our November monthly meeting. Aslo available are our December meeting presentations and video recordings of 13 presentations delivered at our 2016 Conference along with 12 handouts — all in the Members Only section.
Learn about other member benefits and how to join us in Membership.


Online Donations

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

DNA Special Interest Group
04 Mar 2017
  Errol Collins will deliver a presentation on "The Big Y,"  a Y-chromosome direct paternal lineage test designed to explore deep ancestral links on ...
Searching Findmypast's Newspaper Archives
11 Mar 2017
Newspapers can be a treasure trove of details about families and events that aren't often found in the usual birth, marriage, death, and census ...
From Famine to Prosperity to the Longue Pointe Asylum: the Varied Life of John Patrick Cuddy
11 Mar 2017
  Gillian Leitch will talk about John Patrick Cuddy’s life in Swinford, his migration, the network of family and friends in Montreal, his business, his wife ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
11 Mar 2017
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
18 Mar 2017
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made up ...
Canadians on Vimy Ridge, 1927: A Short Guide to Resources and Research
08 Apr 2017
Did you have an ancestor in the Canadian Expeditionary Force who participated in the battle for Vimy Ridge in April 1917? Glenn Wright's presentation will ...
Four Soldiers of Vimy Ridge and Glass Plate Photographs
08 Apr 2017
In June 2016, Brian Glenn gave us a Great Moments talk on the Stories Behind Glass Plate Photographs of The Great War. This month, he ...

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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.