British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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. Join us at our monthly meetings at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.                  Learn more...

Monthly Meeting - Saturday, May 14

9:00 a.m.
Before BIFHSGO Education TalkSkimming the Surface of British Merchant Marine Records  by Barbara Tose.
9:30 a.m. Discovery Table — Merchant Marine Records with Barbara Tose and Archive CD Books Canada.
10:00 a.m.
No Irish Country Doctor Roy Thomas’ great-uncle Michael Laffan was no Irish country doctor. He spent his medical career, from 1902 to 1926, in the Royal Navy. Consulting the Navy List, Roy discovered that Surgeon Laffan served far beyond the Irish Seas in the Chinese, Australian, and South African stations, as well as the Med and waters closer to home.
Open to members and visitors. Free admission and parking. The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa. More information about this meeting is available in our Meetings section.

2016 Conference - Ireland and DNA

Our conference program and online registration are now available for our 22nd Annual Family History Conference, September 9 - 11, 2016, at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa. We look forward to seeing you there!

WWI Casualty Clearing Station Database

Search our No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station database for soldiers who were treated by the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WWI. If you would like to volunteer to write soldiers' biographies, please contact our research team at


Online Donations

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

Skimming the Surface of British Merchant Marine Records: Ships, Masters, Mates and Crew Agreements
14 May 2016
Barbara Tose will speak about the more than 35 types of records pertaining to merchant shipping and mariners that were produced by British government ...
Archive CD Books Canada
14 May 2016
Archive CD Books Canada will bring a relevant selection of their CD products for you to review. They will also demonstrate any of their products ...
Merchant Marine Records
14 May 2016
Barbara Tose will show some of the Marine Merchant Records she has used in her research.   For the first time these records will be ...
No Irish Country Doctor
14 May 2016
Roy Thomas’ great-uncle Michael Laffan was no Irish country doctor. Unlike his father, a well-known Cashel doctor, Roy Thomas’ great-uncle, spent his medical career ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
14 May 2016
Open to BIFHSGO members who want feedback on writing their family history or memoirs, the Writing Group meets after the monthly BIFHSGO Saturday meetings with ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
28 May 2016
Are you interested in your Scottish roots? In discovering who your Scottish ancestors were and how they lived? The Scottish Genealogy Group is made ...
Stake Family History Centre
11 Jun 2016
Jean Brown and Shirley Ann Pyefinch from the Stake Family History Centre in Ottawa will host a discovery table.

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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.