British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

About Our Society

Founded and incorporated in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is a not-for-profit genealogical organization.
Our mandate is to encourage and facilitate family history research, and its dissemination, by people with ancestry in the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands). This year, we have almost 600 members, approximately 30% of whom live outside the National Capital Region.

Within BIFHSGO, we have three special interest groups:
  • the DNA Interest group meets quarterly;
  • the Scottish Group meets monthly; and
  • the Writing Group, for members who want feedback on their family history stories, meets monthly.
BIFHSGO is a member of The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa / le Conseil des organismes du patrimoine d'Ottawa (CHOO/COPO), an umbrella organization providing networking for the entire local heritage community in the City of Ottawa, and the Historical Society of Ottawa.  In Britain, the Society is an associate member of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations, affiliated with the Federation of Family History Societies, and a member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. In the United States, we are affiliated with the National Genealogical Society, and a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History Societies.
We work in close cooperation with Library and Archives Canada on researching Canada's Home Children, particularly the indexing of Home Children's names found in ships' passenger lists and in the records of the Middlemore Homes. BIFHSGO's role in Canada's Home Children story is to establish databases of information about Home Children who came to Canada and to ensure that the information compiled is freely available to all. Our publication, British Home Children: Their Stories, is available from
Learn how you can make online donations to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps
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Operating Year: January - December 2016

Email Directory
President: Ms. Barbara Tose
Past President: Mr. Glenn Wright
Communications: Anne Moralejo
Education: Andrea Harding
Membership: Ms. Kathy Wallace
Programs: Ms. Jane Down
Publicity: Mary-Lou Simac
Research: Dave Cross
Secretary: Dr. Gillian Leitch
Treasurer: Marianne Rasmus
Director at Large: Ms. Karin Keyes Endemann
ACR Editor: Ms. Jean Kitchen
Newsletter: Lisa-Dawn Crawley
Queries: Sheila Dohoo Faure
Conference 2016: Mr. Willis Burwell
Web Content Manager: Gail Dever
BIFHSGO Founders: Gary Bagley, Bob Campbell, Ken Collins, Jim Heal, Jack Moody, Gerry Neville, Brian O'Regan, Alan Rayburn, and Fern Small.