11 March 2010

March 13 BIFHSGO and QFHS meetings

BIFHSGO and QFHS both have meetings next Saturday, 13 March 2010

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)

Those of us in Ottawa meet at 10:00 a.m., at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Speaker: Gibson Glavin

Topic: Constable George Johnston's Road to Recognition

This talk will describe the journey of oral and documentary research taken by the great grand nephew of Constable George Johnston (NorthWest Mounted Police) to see the tragic death of Constable Johnston, in 1882 at Fort Walsh, officially recognized by the RCMP.
Constable George Johnston was born near Billings Bridge, Ontario in 1860. He was one of the Johnston(es) clan who had immigrated to Ontario from Northern Ireland a few years earlier. He joined the NorthWest Mounted Police in 1879 and was posted to Fort McLeod, NWT. He lost his life after the accidental discharge of a rifle in the hands of another Constable. His death went unrecognized by the Mounted Police until 2009.

Quebec Family History Society (QFHS)

For those in Montreal the QFHS meeting is at 10:30 a.m at St Andrew's United Church, Lachine

Speaker: Sharon Callaghan
Topic: Paths of Opportunity

Sharon will talk about her book Paths of Opportunity, which evolved from a desire to discover more about the Irish Montreal experience of her great-great-grandparents.

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