Registration opens for BIFHSGO family history conference in Ottawa

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) announced this morning that online registration is now open 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 US will deliver seminars and presentations on Scottish family history research, genetic genealogy, and other topics. More than 250 delegates are expected to attend.

The society’s 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.”

The speakers at this year’s conference are:
Dr. Bruce Durie, Edinburgh, 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.

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