British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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Saturday, September 13
Tracking Your Scottish Immigrant Ancestors   (Before BIFHSGO Education Talks)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Christine Woodcock will talk about how the Scots began their emigration to the new world — the colonies of North America — in the 1600s. Initially, this emigration entailed the New England states and the maritime provinces of Canada. Descendants of these early immigrants gradually moved west and settled other parts of both Canada and the US. In this session, you will learn about: the difference between emigration, immigration and migration; reasons for leaving Scotland; online emigration databases including covenanter indices, Jacobite rebellion ships lists, and Selkirk Settler ships lists; accessing trade directories; and resources available on GoogleBooks.
 
Visitors are invited to join us. Free admission.
 
 

Saturday, September 13
Preparing for a Research Trip to Scotland  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
 
You will get to a point in your Scottish research when you can no longer find the information you seek online. You will either be looking for records that are too new to be published online or too old to be readily found online. This is when it becomes necessary to either travel to Scotland to spend time in the archives or to hire a genealogist in Scotland to do the work for you. In this talk, Christine Woodcock will look in-depth at the records in the major repositories that are only available in Scotland, and that will help to move you along in your research. These include: Scotland’s People Centre; National & Local Archives; National & Local Libraries; and Scottish Genealogy Society & Local Family History Societies. She will also discuss where to stay, planning an itinerary and discovering your own Scottish Heritage.
 
About the Speaker
Scottish born, Canadian raised, Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author, and blogger. She is the director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland (www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca) and enjoys taking fellow Scots home to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.
 
Visitors are invited to join us. Free admission.
 

Saturday, September 13 through Saturday, September 13
Planning your Genealogy Trip  (Discovery Tables)
9:30 am to 10:00 am
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Christine Woodcock will be available to answer questions and provide information about Genealogy tours in Scotland

Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21
20th Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference  (Conferences)
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Learn about English family history, immigration, best resources for your research, Home Children, and genetic genealogy. Visit our Marketplace. More about our program, registration, and sponsorship in our Conference section...
 



Saturday, October 11
Assisted Emigration to Escape the Great Famine of Ireland  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
By Ann Burns
Three Terrible Choices were open to tenants on the Fitzwilliam Estate, during the Great Famine in Ireland: stay on your rented land and hope not to be evicted, go to the workhouse, or accept the landlord’s offer of assisted emigration to Canada. Not all Irish tenant farmers had these options. This is the story of the Coollattin Estate, which occupied 90,000 acres, 20% of County Wicklow. The Fitzwilliams were arguably the best of a bad lot and representative of only a few of the landlords across Ireland at that time. They were more benevolent than many. Almost all Irish families suffered untold losses from the famine even when they survived. Separation from family was often permanent. This presentation will include a review of the conditions faced either by staying or by leaving and a short film re-enacting the scenes in Ireland in the late 1840s when families chose whether to stay or to leave in search of a better life in Canada. 
 
About the Speaker
Ann Burns has been actively working on her family history since retiring about 10 years ago. The inclination had been there for several years before that. The final impetus to move genealogy research up the ‘todo’ list was finding the names of her three times great grandparents on the death certificate of their son Edward. With a stroke of luck following a query on a rootsweb mailing list, she located the townland where they lived and some records of the family in Coolross. Since then Ann has been to Ireland 6 times, mostly spent visiting with newly-discovered Byrne relatives and listening to a lot of family stories. The most moving story was found last year at the Canada Come Home Gathering at Coollattin. That is the story she is going to share during this talk.
 



Saturday, November 8
A Century Ago: War Comes to Canada  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talks)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Dr. Jonathan Vance will endeavour to take us back to the Canada of August 1914 by discussing what their country would have looked like to them and how they might have reacted to news reports as the world lurched towards war that summer. We have certain ideas when we think of the atmosphere of August 1914 – how realistic are those ideas, and are they borne out in a careful look at the evidence? What do personal accounts, newspaper reports, and images tell us about how Canadians reacted to the coming of war?
 

Saturday, November 8
Who was the Canadian Soldier and War comes to Canada - Artifacts and the History of Military Mapping  (Discovery Tables)
9:30 am to 10:00 am
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Dr. Jonathan Vance will show several artifacts relating to his presentations at both our monthly meeting and the Before BIFHSGO events. As well, Harold McClemons will share with us some of the maps and research he has uncovered about the history of military mapping.
 

Saturday, November 8
Who Was the Canadian Soldier?  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Dr Jonathan Vance will describe this conventional wisdom and discuss how a return to the records of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (the attestation papers filled out upon enlistment) is giving us a dramatically different picture of the nation at war. In doing so, Dr Vance will outline some of the hazards facing the researcher who uses these records. Since 1919, historians have given us a clear picture of Canada’s participation in the First World War – we know which provinces contributed the most men and women and had the highest casualty rates, and the relative participation from urban and rural areas. Or do we?
 
About the Speaker
Jonathan F. Vance is Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University, where he teaches Canadian and military history and social memory. A native of Waterdown, Ontario, he holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997), A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), and Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006). His most recent books are Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), A History of Canadian Culture (2009), and Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011).
 

Saturday, November 22
DNA Interest Group  (Special Interests Groups)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
 
Members meet quarterly to share experiences, information and ideas 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.