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...

New! Canadian Militia Database

Explore our new database of almost 2,000 names of Canadian Militia personnel who served in 1907 and were born outside of Canada. Learn more and start your search here...

Hall of Fame Nominations

Hall of Fame nominations for 2017 are now being accepted by our Board of Directors.
Awards will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in June.
The nomination criteria and form are available on our website.
Deadline is April 15, 2017.


Join Our Team of Volunteers

Thanks to our volunteers, BIFHSGO has helped genealogists research their British and Canadian ancestry for more than 20 years. Please consider joining our team. Visit our volunteer opportunities and look at some of our volunteers in action.


Online Donations

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

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Canadians on Vimy Ridge, 1917: A Short Guide to Resources and Research
08 Apr 2017
Did you have an ancestor in the Canadian Expeditionary Force who participated in the battle for Vimy Ridge in April 1917? Glenn Wright's presentation will ...
Four Soldiers of Vimy Ridge and Glass Plate Photographs
08 Apr 2017
In June 2016, Brian Glenn gave us a Great Moments talk on the Stories Behind Glass Plate Photographs of The Great War. This month, he ...
Irish Research Success
08 Apr 2017
Anne Renwick has been helping a friend do some research of her Irish roots. While doing this detective work, she has so far gleaned some interesting ...
Global Genealogy
08 Apr 2017
Rick and Sandy Roberts from Global Genealogy will bring some of their genealogy books and products to sell.
Mostly at Sea: Captain Harry Grattidge
08 Apr 2017
  Gail Roger’s mild obsession with the Titanic led her to the discovery of the closest thing to a celebrity in her family tree: Harry ...
BIFHSGO Writing Group
08 Apr 2017
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 ...
Scottish Genealogy Group
22 Apr 2017
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 ...

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.
Join and renew your membership online. Click on the above box, Join BIFHSGO, to learn more.