British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
This year marks our 20th anniversary. Founded in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is located in Ontario, Canada. We encourage family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. Learn more...


Conference 2014

Join us at our 20th Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference. It takes place September 19 - 21 at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Learn about English family history, immigration, best resources for your research, Home Children, and genetic genealogy. Our Marketplace will be open to visitors. Register onsite and read more about our speakers, seminars, and presentations...



Research and learn

Our library — books, journals, research aids
Home children — database, stories, origins
Women's emigration database — early 19th century

Links to online resources — from beginner resources to dna, military records, and newspapers
Speaker interviews — podcast series
Handouts — monthly meeting presentations and conferences


Online Donations

Learn how you can make donations online to BIFHSGO using CanadaHelps.

The Importance of the Chaplain to the Catholic Soldiery
11 Oct 2014
Dr. Niall Keogh will give a overview of the Chaplains of all the Irish battalions and concentrate on some of the Jesuit ones.  For many ...
Irish Research
11 Oct 2014
James Lynn will host a table for Irish research and Ann Burns will be playing Sean O'Duill's presentation of Irish Marriage or Death Customs in the ...
Assisted Emigration to Escape the Great Famine of Ireland
11 Oct 2014
Presented by Ann Burns, Three Terrible Choices were open to tenants on the Fitzwilliam Estate, during the Great Famine in Ireland: stay on your ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
18 Oct 2014
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Kirsty Gray in Ottawa
02 Nov 2014
UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will deliver two lectures: Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous and Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction. ...
A Century Ago: War Comes to Canada
08 Nov 2014
Dr. Jonathan Vance will endeavour to take us back to the Canada of August 1914 by discussing what their country would have looked like ...
Who was the Canadian Soldier and War comes to Canada - Artifacts and the History of Military Mapping
08 Nov 2014
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 ...

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20 years available online

Read about family histories, techniques, and resources in past issues of our quarterly publication.

Women's Emigration

The British Women's Emigration Association database contains the names of almost 600 women who came to Canada in the early 20th century.