Wednesday, 8 February 2017

BIFHSGO February Meeting

The main event at 10 am this Saturday, 11 January, is a presentation The Queen’s Coachman — Our Only Claim to Fame, by Christine Jackson

Coming as she did from generations of agricultural labourers, Christine Jackson was happy to find that her Sussex-born great-grandmother’s brother provided her working class family with its only known claim to fame. For, so the story went, a certain Edwin Miller had been Queen Victoria's coachman! This nugget of information, backed up by some fading and undated photocopies of newspaper clippings, was all she had to begin illuminating the life of a man whose retirement was significant enough to be reported in newspapers around the world. Christine will relate how she used newspaper reports, census returns, parish and civil registrations, probate records, the royal archives and the Internet to piece together the story of a man whose life parallels the reign of Queen Victoria and proudly reflects the transportation business from a long-gone era.

The 9 am Education Talk will be Introduction to WikiTree presented by Leanne Cooper who will discuss how and why she uses WikiTree to document her genealogy research and give tips on its use.

It's all happening at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Further information at www.bifhsgo.ca, and don't forget about Global Genealogy's huge used book sale happening in the atrium.

These are free events. All welcome. Free parking.

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