Sunday, 12 April 2015

BIFHSGO April 2015 Meeting

Saturday morning saw another good crowd, for the regular monthly meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, not record breaking as last month, but then the theme - Sussex ancestry - is not as well represented in the Society membership as is Ireland.
Jane Down, John Sayers and Christine Jackson who all have Sussex ancestry displayed three tables of their personal family history publications and other resources in the lobby.

Christine, who was the speaker for the main presentation My Ancestors Were All “Ag Labs” – or Were They? displayed items from the Sussex Family History Group including having a copy of the Sussex Marriage Index CD available for trial which has over 300,000 county marriages and licences.
Christine's presentation took her back, via molecatchers and a death in India, to researching her ancestral roots in the iron industry in the Weald of Sussex and Kent, mainly with the help of probate records and information from the Wealden Iron Research Group. She mentioned advice from Helen Osborn's book Genealogy: Essential Research Methods.

The educational presentation Genealogy 101 prior to the main meeting saw Bill Arthurs sharing basic knowledge of cell structure, the Y Chromosome and the X Chromosome.

Thanks to Barbara Tose for the first photograph.

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