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Saturday, May 28
Scottish Genealogy Group   (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.



Saturday, June 11
2016 Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
The following documents for our AGM have been be sent to our members and can also be downloaded from here.
  • Notice of Meeting
  • Minutes of 2015 Annual General Meeting
  • 2015 Financial Statements
  • 2016 Annual Directors' Reports


Saturday, June 11
Stake Family History Centre  (Discovery Table)
9:30 am to 10:00 am
The Atrium, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
Jean Brown and Shirley Ann Pyefinch from the Stake Family History Centre in Ottawa will host a discovery table.


Saturday, June 11
Great Moments in Genealogy  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Four BIFHSGO members will share great moments in their research.
 
Stories Behind Glass Plate Photographs of The Great War
In August 2014, Brian Glenn assisted the Archivist of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and created a photographic record of the memorials, stained glass windows and other liturgical elements of All Saints Sandy Hill as it was being closed as an Anglican place of worship. One of the items they came across was a small wooden box holding 60 glass plate photographs taken during the First World War, each about 3”x4”. Brian set about making a digitized copy of the glass plate images for the Archives and in doing so became interested in the stories behind some of the photographs in the box – most of which were taken in April and May 1917 during and after the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
 
About the Speaker
In addition to his many years as a member of BIFHSGO, serving on the Board and presenting a number of Before BIFHSGO sessions, Brian Glenn has been volunteering his photography skills to the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives. With his wife, Lynn, he has created a 5,000+ photographic inventory of over 140 churches in the Diocese, in both print and digital format. The collection of photographs of stained glass windows and the transcriptions of their respective dedications is rich genealogical resource to the Archives. He also photographs rare maps, pictures and documents found in the local Anglican churches or which are on short term loan to the Archives.
 
 
Preachers and Politicians
Growing up in Prince Edward Island, Leanne Cooper knew about her Prowse ancestors, who had been prominent Island politicians. But when she started researching her great-grandparents, she discovered that her great-grandmother Minnie (Kirkland) Prowse had just as many interesting people and stories on her side of the family.
 
About the Speaker
Leanne Cooper is a public servant with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Her roots are mostly in New Brunswick and PEI, with English (and a few Scottish) ancestors. She has been researching her family history for about 5 years. This is her first time doing a presentation on her family.
 
 
Who's Your Great-Great Granddaddy?
When Ian McKelvie’s father, Nelson McKelvie, passed away in 2007 he left Ian stacks of genealogical paperwork and a mystery he thought would never be solved. His Grandfather, John McKelvie was born illegitimate at Girvan, Ayrshire in ?? John's Mother, Elizabeth, returned home with her newborn baby to live with her parents. To add to the mystery even more, the 1881 Census indicated she was now blind. By combining traditional research with DNA results Ian believes he knows who his Great-Great Grandfather is.
 
About the Speaker
Ian McKelvie has worked in magazine publishing for over 30 years with stints at Saturday Night, CBC Radio Guide, Canadian Geographic, Canada's History and New Internationalist. Ian currently splits his working hours between New Internationalist magazine and the Dundas County Food Bank. He has been researching his family history since 2007 and now knows why, for most people, genealogy is a retirement project.
 
 
Blame It on My Husband
Janet Dowdall will speak on how she came to research her husband's family history.  Janet’s husband knew very little about his family history and much of what he was told wasn't accurate so Janet had an interesting time.  She will be focusing on the resources she used to flesh out his family tree and how she came to discover his War of 1812 ancestor. Janet has also had a couple of new developments that give more information on this ancestor.
 
About the Speaker
Janet Dowdall has been married for 36 years and has two sons and one daughter. She was born in Oxford Township near Oxford Mills and has lived within 50 miles of Ottawa all her life. She is a graduate of Kemptville College of Agriculture and Technology with a diploma in Home Economics.  After college, Janet continued her education by reading anything and everything that interested her on history, science, biology, archeology and religion. She has a life-long interest in history with genealogy making history a bit more personal. Janet comes from a family of pack-rats and shutter-bugs. Her family had a couple of family trees prepared, most probably in conjunction with the Centennial Celebrations. It was somewhat of a shock for her to marry a man who didn’t know much beyond his grandparents. It wasn’t long before Janet attempted to correct that imbalance for her children’s heritage. Janet has been working intermittently on her husband’s Dowdall Family Tree for over 25 years.
 


Saturday, June 11
BIFHSGO Writing Group  (Special Interest Group)
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 bring extra copies of our writing to share with members. Most of us also bring a lunch to eat before we begin our readings Our meetings usually end before 4:00 pm. For information, contact queries@bifhsgo.ca, attention Carol Annett.


Saturday, June 18
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.



Saturday, July 2
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit the DNA Information, DNA Database Sites, and Special Interest Groups page for more information.



Saturday, August 6
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit the DNA Information, DNA Database Sites, and Special Interest Groups page for more information.



Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11
22nd Annual Family History Conference  (Conference)
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
Learn about Irish family history, DNA genealogy and more at our conference. Visit our Marketplace that is open to the public. More information is available in our Conference section...


Saturday, September 24
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.



Saturday, October 1
DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Members meet to share experiences, information and ideas and learn about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. Attendees will be required to sign in and out at the reception desk on the ground floor.
 
Visit the DNA Information, DNA Database Sites, and Special Interest Groups page for more information.


Saturday, October 8
Did Lucy and Isaac Actually Marry? And the Importance of Dying in the Right Sequence  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
After Henry Wimburn Sudell Sweetapple Horlock died in 2010, his widow turned to their executors to find a relative to inherit family portraits spanning 350 years. Most of the paintings were of the Webb family of Gloucestershire. The story was Wimburn and his sister were the last of their Horlock line, which had married into the Webbs generations ago. Problem was there was no evidence their Horlocks had married those Webbs. Plus half the portraits were not named or dated, so were they all really related. The search was on to prove the family relationships both among the portraits and to find third, fourth or even more distant cousins related to the portraits and alive today. In steps the genealogist. Oh, this also involves the loss of a wife’s fortune and a vicar suspected of double homicide.
 
About the Speaker
Brian Laurie-Beaumont became involved in genealogy only in 2011, inspired by the need to preserve family connections across “the pond” after the passing of his wife’s grandmother and mother. Since then, he spends an average of 25 hours a week studying and researching. He is also a member of the NEGHS and the NYBGS with research accounts at Ancestry, Family Search, Findmypast, and Scotland’s People. Research trips include Normandy, England, Wales, New England plus visits to the Society of Genealogists Library in London, The Family History Center in Salt Lake City, and the NEGHS library in Boston. He has also attended Who Do You Think You Are? in London and RootsTech/FGS in Salt Lake City. Brian is now studying with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to acquire his post-nominal in genealogy. And he spends far too much on genealogy books.
 


Saturday, October 22
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.



Saturday, November 12
First in, Last out: But What Came between 1914 and 1919?  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe DRive

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 their context, and he died before she was ready to question him. When she decided to try to fill in the gap, she thought that she would have to rely on imagination, as the family had preserved so few letters and papers. As he had served in the Royal Field Artillery, which left no written account, she could not benefit from the many regimental histories that are now available. At first she searched through numerous histories for mentions of his brigade and battery but these were rare. Then, about five years ago, she realized that she also knew the division his brigade had been in. She Googled “The Fifth Division” and struck gold.  She was finally able to trace where her father had been for four and a half years. In her presentation, Irene will explain how she was able to fit the stories and few pieces of hard information into the broad context of the Division’s activity, as she tells the story of how her father came to be one of the few surviving “Old Contemptibles.” 

About the Speaker

Irene Kellow Ip spent many years writing books, research papers and articles as a professional economist but did not find the transition to writing family history an easy one, despite spending three years as Editor of Anglo-Celtic Roots. As a regular participant of the BIFHSGO Writing Group, she receives constructive criticism, encouragement and motivation to turn her family history into interesting stories she can share with her children, grandchildren and extended family.  She also contributes to Anglo-Celtic Roots and made a previous presentation to BIFHSGO.



Saturday, November 19
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
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 of people who share these interests. At our informal meetings we share information and resources and discuss our successes and our brick walls. We all, beginners and experts alike, learn from and encourage each other.
 
Visit the links page to find information about Scottish research.