British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
While the society has remained true to its mandate "to encourage and facilitate family history research, and its dissemination, by people with ancestry in the British Isles" how it's done that has changed.
Then, in the first issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots, potential authors were asked to submit typewritten, double-spaced copy on standard 8.5 by 11 inches paper to the society post box address.
Today we're requested to submit in electronic format using MSWord-compatible software via email.
Then the first issue of ACR contained none of the terms internet, www or http.
Today every major article published has web references.
Then monthly meetings were held at a facility associated with the Ottawa Family History Centre and attracted an attendance of a few dozen.
Today monthly meetings are held at Library and Archives Canada (about to change) rarely attracting fewer than 150 and sometimes more than 200 attendees.
Then out of nine society directors one was a woman.
Today out of eleven directors eight are women including the president.
Then the society was just finding its feet.
Today it is an important part of and partner for Ottawa's heritage community, Canada's genealogical community and contributing world wide through social media, most recently through a major lecture on its YouTube Channel.
What hasn't changed is that its all been possible thanks to volunteers contributing their skills and enjoying the friendship that comes with it.
BIFHSGO has come a long way.