19 September 2011

Another successful BIFHSGO conference

It's with joy, and relief (as one of the organizers) that I can report the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa 17th annual conference was another success. From pre-conference sessions on the 16th, to the closing plenary on the 18th, local Ottawa, and more than a few out of town family historians took advantage of 16 presentations given by eight speakers. That's not counting the four pre-conference opportunities, and resources in the computer room and marketplace. Everyone appreciated the facilities of Library and Archives Canada whose staff went out of their way to help.

Thanks to about 50 volunteers, including 20 on the conference committee everything went as smoothly as can be expected. The few glitches mainly passed unnoticed by most participants.

Elizabeth Kipp has a summary of the sessions she attended on Day 3 posted on her blog at http://kippeeb.blogspot.com/2011/09/bifhsgo-family-history-conference-day-3.html
At the closing session the four speakers present from outside the local area , (l-r) Linda Reid, Helen Osborn, Sherry Irvine, and Audrey Collins, were presented with copies of BIFHSGO's latest publication St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Ottawa Baptism Marriage and Death Records 1829 - 1949 for their own use or presentation to a local library or archives near their home.
Acknowledgements to Christine Jackson for the photograph.

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