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

Conference Interviews 2013

Philip Donnelly: These Old Walls of Ireland
These Old Walls of Ireland is the title of the 2013 Don Whiteside Lecure at the official opening of the BIFHSGO annual conference on the evening of Friday, 20 September. In a conversation with John D Reid, lecturer Phil Donnelly reflects on a childhood in rural County Cavan and how he came to write his memoires "The Eyes that Shone."
Jane McGaughey and Irish Family Ghosts
Concordia University's School of Canadian Irish Studies faculty member Jane McGaughey recounts the story of exploring her Irish origin ancestor's involvement, and death, at the 1838 Battle of the Windmill at Prescott.
It doesn't just happen
BIFHGO President Glenn Wright on some of the volunteers behind making the conference happen.
Lisa Louise Cooke Interviews on WDYTYA
Conference speaker Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Allie Orton, a producer with the US version of the TLC program Who Do You Think You Are? That Gem is in epidsode 158 of her Genealogy Gems podcasts starting around 30 minutes in and takes you behind the scenes in putting the popular program together.
Success through One Name Studies
Sandra Adams, Bill Arthurs and Elizabeth Kipp along with John D Reid talk about the successes they have had by pursuing their one-name studies and what you can expect to learn if you attend the Saturday afternoon session "Success through One Name Studies."
Lesley Anderson Previews her Pre-conference Seminar
Interviewed on a cold day at Westboro Beach, Lesley Anderson chats on her pre-conference session on and how it can help you with your Irish family history research.
Interview with Linda Reid
Returning for her third time speaking at a BIFHSGO conference, Toronto genealogist Linda Reid will be presenting "Around the Brick Wall: Tracing Back an Irish Family through Collateral Lines" and "Are They Really My Ancestors? Using Autosomal DNA Tests to Confirm (or Deny) Relationships and Ancestors."
The Ulster Detective: Interview with Sher Leetooze
Northern Irish research isn't as challenging as some say is the message of Sher Leetooze's presentation at the conference on Sunday 22 September. Want to research in Ireland without breaking the budget? Sher has tips and also talks about her latest book.
Interview with Rick Roberts
Having attended every BIFHSGO annual conference Rick Roberts of Global Genealogy is no stranger to Ottawa genealogists. In this interview he talks with John D. Reid about Family Tree Maker, the subject of his pre-conference seminar and upcoming changes with the company.
Interview with Speaker Shirley Ann Pyefinch
Director of the Ottawa Family History Centre, Shirley Ann Pyefinch speaks with John D. Reid about her presentation in September and some of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make available the genealogical resources provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Lisa Louise Cooke
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A bundle of energy, Lisa is best known for her long-standing series of Genealogy Gems podcasts, books and presentations.We caught up with Lisa in London at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference where this interview was recorded and again at RootsTech in Salt Lake City.
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Eileen O'Duill, CG
A resident of Dublin where she is an heir searcher and forensic genealogist, Eileen is the only Ireland-based researcher certified by the U.S. Board for Certification of Genealogists. BIFHSGO President Glenn Wright met with Eileen at the February 2013 Who Do You Think You Are? event where this interview was conducted.