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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Using Dropbox for Genealogy  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talks)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
There are some occasions when sending genealogy files and pictures by e-mail just doesn't work. This is where a cloud-based service like Dropbox.com comes in handy. Ken McKinlay will show you the basics of using Dropbox and how this service can be used for your genealogy and family history research.   
 
About the speaker
Ken McKinlay,a genealogy researcher with more than 15 years experience, is a frequent speaker at Ottawa area events. Ken, popular for his practically oriented talks on genealogy resources and research techniques, blogs at Family Tree Knots.



Saturday, January 10, 2015 through Saturday, January 10, 2015
Meet the OGS Ottawa Branch  (Discovery Tables)
9:30 am to 10:00 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean
The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host a table to describe their capabilities.


Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Queen's Photographer, the Abyssinian Prince and my Great Granduncle Charlie  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
Patricia Roberts-Pichette grew up listening to stories of her great grand uncle and his adventures in India, Malaysia, New Zealand and North Africa. A photograph of an Abyssinian prince and her great-grand-uncle Charlie taken by Queen Victoria's photographer is among the collection at the National Gallery of Canada. As an adult she has, with other cousins, done research on his activities and actions. He was the son of a military family, both parents being offspring of soldiers. He has been a soldier, a British Consul, a British Resident, a big game hunter, a military advisor and translator. Patricia will tell the story of how he became involved with the prince, how and when the photograph was taken, its significance in the National Gallery's collection and what happened subsequently to the two subjects.
 
About the Speaker
Patricia Roberts-Pichette, a retired public servant, has since a child been interested in her family's history and the exciting stories told about its more prominent members. A member of BIFHSGO since 1993, she is a member of the Hall of Fame and coordinator of the BIFHSGO Middlemore Indexing Project. She has served on the Board, helped organize a Conference, written articles for ACR, and been a member of the Writing Group. She has given presentations on aspects of Middlemore and his Children's Emigration Homes, but apart from a Great Moment on her naval great grandfather Roberts, has not given any talks about her family although she has written about them. When she found that the National Gallery possessed a photograph of her great granduncle, a super hero of her childhood, time seemed opportune to tell part of his history, and the reason his photograph with the prince is in the Canadian national collection. 
 


Saturday, January 17, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, February 14, 2015
Finding Census Records in Ancestry  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talks)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
Dave Cross will show us tips and tools for finding census records. His presentation will focus on Ancestry but will also include Find My Past. To help Dave prepare the presentation, if anyone has a person they cannot locate in the census records please send the family information to Dave in advance of the Before BIFHSGO meeting. He will try to find them, perhaps to include as an example in the presentation. Information should include the date being sought after, and information on the individuals family. Please send to Dave at (my BIFHSGO email address).
 
About the Speaker
Dave Cross has been collecting family information probably for close to 40 years, but only became engaged in actively researching his family history after early computer programs provided tools to organize and present the information. Because of his interest various branches of the family continue to leave him with their records resulting in an accumulation of material which he is still working through two years after retirement. Retired, living in Kemptville, Dave is the Director of Research for BIFHSGO and can trace his descent from many UEL families as well as parts of England and Scotland.
 


Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ed's Story  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
Brenda Turner's husband, Ed Cooke, was born in Lancashire, England, in 1936 as Edwin Bancroft. His parents divorced early during the war, and he arrived in Canada in March of 1947 with his mother, Ida, who had fallen in love with a Canadian bomber pilot based in Yorkshire. Ed lost all contact with his birth father, William Victor James Bancroft, and all of his father's family, as a result of that emigration. In 1997, after his mother's death and his own retirement, Ed began in earnest to search for information about his father and his father's family in Lancashire. What a wild ride that turned out to be! And it resulted in Brenda's own fascination with family history. She blames Ed for that! Find out why!
 
About the Speaker
Brenda Turner is a retired federal government HR manager who has been researching her family history more than enthusiastically for about 15 years, and full time for the last eight. Many of the skills Brenda used in her work in interviewing, researching, investigating, writing reports and explaining decisions, has helped her enormously in her family history research. Her knowledge of the machinery of government has also helped her to locate and utilize UK based resources such as Cabinet documents at TNA, to prove, or more often debunk family oral history. Brenda's first article on Canadian genealogy was sold to a British magazine in 2002, and her enthusiasm for her family's history, and that of others, takes her to the UK annually.
 
 


Saturday, February 21, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, February 28, 2015
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



Saturday, March 14, 2015
Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Day (Special Event)  (Monthly Meeting)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
 
BIFHSGO is please to present the following lecture day by the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF). The morning is free and is presented as part of our March BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting. The afternoon is offered for a fee of $10 per head. Tickets will be sold at the January and February Monthly Meetings and will also be for sale at the door on the day for as long as they last. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early. The two speakers from UHF that will be presenting the lectures are Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan. Here is the schedule for the day (information on the speakers and UHF follows the schedule):
 
MORNING SESSION – Free as part of the March Monthly Meeting
 
9:00-9:30 am
Unique Challenges of Irish Genealogy: Pitfalls and Tricks of the Trade
Speaker: Gillian Hunt
This short presentation will focus on the particular and practical difficulties encountered when carrying out research into Irish ancestors as well as suggesting ways – key tips and tricks of the trade – to overcome these obstacles. We will also use this to highlight Irish record collections which have most recently become available online or through other media.
 
9:30-10:00 am
Discovery Tables with Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan
The speakers will have books for sale and various items on display.
 
10:00-10:15 am
President’s Welcome and Announcements by Barbara Tose
 
10:15-11:30 am
Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland
Speaker: Gillian Hunt
This presentation will look at the different Church denominations in Ireland and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist for each one. We will then examine the main categories of Church records available for genealogical research, including the lesser known but no less useful sources such as vestry minute books. Finally we will focus on where these Church records are held and how to access them.
 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch on your own (local eateries or bring a lunch. No lunch is provided)
 
AFTERNOON SESSION - $10 per head
(tickets available for purchase at January and February BIFHSGO Monthly Meetings)
 
1:00-2:00 pm 
Census Substitutes and Other Sources for the Early Nineteenth and Eighteenth Century
Speaker: Fintan Mullan
Researchers can be left wondering what to do next when they have exhausted the possibilities of tithe applotment books, census fragments and church records for the early nineteenth century. This presentation provides some answers by drawing attention to census substitutes and other lesser known sources for the early nineteenth and eighteenth century, including: school records, 1796 flaxgrowers’ list, 1775 dissenter petitions, 1766 religious census, 1740 ‘Protestant Householders’ List and the Registry of Deeds, a significant, yet often overlooked, archive dating from 1708, which can provide invaluable information on Irish families of Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic backgrounds.
 
2:00–3:00 pm            
Tracing Farming Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century: Using Landed Estate Records.
Speaker: Gillian Hunt
Estate papers are an important though hugely under-used source for Irish genealogical research. In many cases there are estate papers which survive from the 1700s and even the 1600s. In this presentation we will look at the different types of estate papers: leases, lease books, estate correspondence, even maps, and how they can help our research, and document rural Irish families in specific localities, even in the exact townland of our Irish ancestor. 
 
3:00-3:20 pm 
Afternoon Break
 
3:20-4:00 pm   
Understanding Irish Townlands: The Importance of Place, Identity and Administrative Divisions in Irish Research. Speaker: Fintan Mullan
The vastness of the North American continent can make it difficult to comprehend the very local and tightly-knit nature of Irish society. The sense of place in rural Ireland (irrespective of where) is massive, and understanding it can be crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: eg townland, barony, parish, Poor Law Union, etc, where they originated, how they relate to each other, and their importance in the historical records. Understanding Irish administrative divisions is not merely of value as a study in its own right, but can be fundamental in being really successful in our research. 
 
4.00-5.00 pm 
Solving Your Brick Walls: Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Problems
Facilitators: Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan
The speakers use online resources and their local knowledge to offer participants practical tips about Irish and Scots-Irish research. The session combines straight forward Q&A interspersed with searches in real time using a range of large and important online databases, for specific research queries submitted by the participants. These sessions will help the beginner and the seasoned genealogist alike. The presenters try to cover as much ground as they can to provide specific advice for the individual family historian on their research query.
 
About the speakers
Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. With IT partners BRS Systems he pioneered the online births, deaths and marriages online record system for Antrim and Down, which led to www.rootsireland.ie, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records, making it the most useful online resource for Irish research. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy. Fintan’s publishing experience is extensive, since 2001 he has managed the production of over 100 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favourite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; sits on the board of, and is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit; having presented Irish and Scot-Irish programmes in most of the lower 48 states, and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. He has also spoken in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a bachelor’s degree in Irish Politics and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Organisation and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.
 
Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation's work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, GA) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland's 'Discover Northern Ireland' in Grand Central Terminal, NYC in 2010. For the past five years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen's University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian also speaks each year at the Pudsey Family History Fair in Leeds, England. Gillian has carried out the research for a number of television programmes, appearing in one which aired on BBCNI in 2010 and another which aired in autumn 2013. She has been with the Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
 
About The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com)
Ulster Historical Foundation helps people to discover their Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. They reconnect people with their family’s past in Ireland, and encourage them to participate in their Irish heritage and culture, both in the USA and Canada and by visiting and connecting with people in Ireland. They achieve this by providing a comprehensive, professional research service offering in-depth archival research; making available a huge range of online resources, including rich historical content and online birth/marriage/death databases; communicating with a worldwide membership organisation (our Guild); publishing interesting educational and genealogical books; and staging conferences, seminars and workshops at home and undertaking annual lecture tours in North America to promote Ireland’s history and heritage and encourage visitors to Ireland to enjoy roots-based tourism activities.
 
The Foundation is an educational non-profit organisation established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. They are a leading historical research agency and publishing house in Ireland. Since 2004 the Foundation has devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad. In addition to their research expertise: knowing how to mine the archives and use the historical sources, they have always focused on connecting people to their ancestors and their ancestral homeland, as a real, living, enjoyable, rewarding and transformative experience.


Saturday, March 21, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, April 11, 2015
My Ancestors were all “Ag Labs” — or were they?  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
When Christine Jackson started researching her maternal grandmother’s family in West Sussex nearly 40 years ago, she had to use conventional tools on-site in England and printouts from the International Genealogical Index compiled by the Church of Latter-day Saints. Her efforts revealed a long but unexceptional line of agricultural labourers, reaching back to a brick wall in 1675. Many years later, Christine tackled that brick wall using a variety of online resources. Lacking key parish records, she accumulated what she calls ‘circumstantial evidence’ which also led her to a fascinating discovery. She learned about the skilled blast furnace workers, at least one of whom bore her family name, who migrated from Northern France in Tudor times to develop a new iron industry in the Weald of Sussex and Kent. In this presentation, Christine will recount her search for early genealogical evidence in a variety of lesser-known sources and for a possible link between that 16th-century immigrant French ironworker and her known 17th-century ancestors.
 
About the Speaker
Christine Jackson is a retired federal public servant (Elections Canada) and former freelance editor and writer. She has served on the BIFHSGO Board as publicity director and is a long-serving member of the conference planning committee. A keen family historian, she has made presentations, written articles for ACR, and has recently organized the 2014 BIFHSGO writing competitions. Born and raised in Brighton, in the English county of Sussex, Christine began researching her family history shortly after arriving in Canada in 1968. Three of her four grandparents spent their whole lives in different parts of Sussex. A long-term dream is to eventually find a common ancestral link between the families of two of them—one paternal and one maternal—who shared the same family name.
 


Saturday, April 18, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, May 9, 2015 through Saturday, May 9, 2015
Member Access to the BIFHSGO website  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talks)
9:00 am to 9:30 am
Room 226, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Brian Glenn and Kathy Wallace will demonstrate a variety of functions of the BIFHSGO web site including: logging on to the Members Only part of the website; changing your password; reviewing your personal contact information; renewing your membership online (if available) and registering for the annual conference online.
Afterward, during the break, Brian will be available in the foyer to assist anyone with Members Only Login issues or questions about the online registration system.
 
About the Speakers:
Kathy joined BIFHSGO in 2005 and is currently Membership Director.  She was Editor of the BIFHSGO ENews for a few years and has been part of the Conference Planning Committee handling the roles of Welcome Desk Coordinator, Registrar and Secretary over the years.Brian has been a BIFHSGO member for many years serving on the Board in the Education and Research portfolios and has made numerous presentations to the membership over the years. 
 
Brian has been involved with the BIFHSGO web site for several years introducing a number of features such as the podcasts, CanadaHelps donation link, the Store function for Publications and has been responsible for the online conference registration since 2008. This year he has been working with the web site developer to initiate a new and more inclusive online registration system for the fall conference.


Saturday, May 9, 2015
Invisible but Audible: Postwar English Immigrants in Canada  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario
Marilyn Barber and Murray Watson will talk about the findings in their new book about English-born immigrants who settled in Canada in the thirty years after the end of World War II. Surprisingly the English as an immigrant group has largely failed to attract the attention of scholars. The talk will explore some of the book's themes which include an exploration of why people chose to emigrate and why come to Canada, an examination of the complex process of settling in, creating a home, coping with family separation, finding work and building a career. How too did these new migrants reconstruct their sense of personal and national identities in a Canada that was shedding its notions of British heritage to become the multicultural Canada of today?
 
About the Speakers
Marilyn Barber lives in Ottawa and is an adjunct research professor in the department of history at Carleton University. She recently retired from a position as associate professor in the department but continues to supervise graduate students and teach some courses in the fields of Canadian history, women’s and gender history. Her research interests focus on immigration to Canada from the late nineteenth century. She is researching and writing about female domestic servants who migrated to Canada from Britain and continental Europe, and about an Anglican organization, The Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, that sent British teachers, doctors and nurses, and women church workers to the Canadian prairies and the northern Peace River district in the interwar period. Barber’s ancestors emigrated to Canada from England in the 1830s. 
 
Murray Watson is an honorary research fellow at the University of Dundee where he gained his PhD in 2003 for his work The Invisible Diaspora: The English in Scotland 1945 to 2000. This was revised and published by Edinburgh University Press in the same year under the title Being English in Scotland. Watson currently lives in his native Scotland but makes annual trips to Canada to work on research into English migration to Canada as well as fulfilling temporary teaching assignments at Carleton University. Prior to gaining his PhD Watson owned and ran a successful advertising agency advising multinational IT companies. Watson is happily married with three children and three grand children. His mother became a landed immigrant in her 70th year settling in British Columbia. 
 


Saturday, May 23, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, May 30, 2015
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
 



Saturday, September 19, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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 17, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, November 21, 2015
Scottish Genealogy Group  (Special Interests Groups)
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, November 28, 2015
DNA Interest  (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