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Meet Me in Ottawa - BIFHSGO Conference Registration Now Open

I'm thrilled to part of this fall's conference. I hope to see you there. 


Registration Open for BIFHSGO Annual Family History Conference OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 4 May 2018 — The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is pleased to announce that online registration is now open at for its 24th annual family history conference, to be held from September 28 to 30, 2018, at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa.

Full or single-day registrations are available. Speakers from Scotland, Canada, and the U. S. will deliver seminars and presentations on Scottish family history research, genetic genealogy, and much more. More than 250 delegates are expected to attend.

 The speakers at this year’s conference are:

Dr. Bruce Durie, Edinburgh, SCT, is one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He founded the graduate program in genealogical, heraldic and paleographic studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and is a prolific author.

Diahan Southard, Coral Springs, FL, graduated with a degree in microbiology, and worked for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. She lectures worldwide about genetic genealogy and has produced video tutorials on the topic.

Mark Olsen, Salt Lake City, UT, is an expert on Family Tree Maker genealogical software. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

Linda Reid, Toronto, ON, has 35 years of genealogy experience. She teaches courses, facilitates an advanced genetic genealogy special interest group, and administers dozens of family DNA kits.

Lynn Palermo, Simcoe, ON, is a genealogy research and writing coach, and founder of The Armchair Genealogist, an award-winning family history blog.

Sam Allison, Montreal, QC, is a long-time educator. His latest book is “Driv’n by Fortune: The Scots’ March to Modernity in America, 1745–1812.”

Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Ottawa, oversees the operations of the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre, a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She also lectures on research resources and methods.

Leanne Cooper, Ottawa, is a federal public servant, BIFHSGO member, and blogger ( She has spoken about her family history research and methodology at BIFHSGO meetings and conferences.

Sadie De Finney, Ottawa, has a long-standing passion for the Celtic nations, their history and folklore. She has studied cross-cultural communication at the graduate level, and applies that knowledge to genealogy and family history.

BIFHSGO President Barbara Tose said, "People are inspired to research their family’s history for a variety of reasons, but they have resources and techniques in common. BIFHSGO’s annual conference provides wonderful opportunities to advance one’s knowledge and research, and meet a community of like-minded people. This year’s event promises to afford the same high-quality educational sessions for which BIFHSGO is known."


BIFHSGO encourages family history research and its dissemination by people with ancestry in the British Isles. Founded in 1994, the Ottawa volunteer-run society holds monthly public meetings, offers special interest groups, hosts a resource-filled website (, and publishes a quarterly journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots.

For more information, contact: 

Duncan Monkhouse Conference Program Chair

Mary-Lou Simac Publicity Director