08 September 2011

BIFHSGO September meeting

The first monthly meeting of the British Isles family History Society of Greater Ottawa, 2011-2012 season, is on Saturday 10 September at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., starting at 10am.

The topic is:

Fancy Railway Stations in Westmorland
By Anne Rimmer and Tom Rimmer

Tom Rimmer's great-grandfather was absent from his Lancashire home as shown in the 1871 Census of Rainford, Lancashire. When Tom eventually found his great-grandfather, he was building railway stations in the Lake District. Tom's granddaughter, Anne Rimmer, will present the talk.

About the Speakers
Anne Rimmer is Tom Rimmer’s Granddaughter. Anne was educated at Merivale High School and graduated from Oxford University in England and is now employed as a Policy Analyst at Industry Canada. One of her theses concerned Home Children emigration from the British Isles from the British Government point of view. As a teenager Anne made presentations to BIFHSGO.

Tom Rimmer was born in Bootle and grew up in Great Crosby, a suburb of Liverpool not withstanding that Crosby was mentioned in the Domesday book and Liverpool was not. He obtained his education at Waterloo with Seaforth Grammar school. In January 1948, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Royal Navy as a trainee radio/radar mechanic and was discharged in 1960 for medical reasons. From then on he was employed as a computer hardware engineer until 1967 when he and his family immigrated to Canada. Tom worked for Computing Devices of Canada (now General Dynamics) until his retirement in 1995. He began researching his family history in 1989 and has located his ancestors to the 17th Century. He is a past Treasurer of BIFHSGO.

Members pick up your copy of the latest Anglo-Celtic Roots. Come early and browse our Discovery Tables on England, Ireland & Scotland. Meet with family history experts. Free parking in the lot west of the building.

1 comment:

DWP said...

Parking: perhaps under the new management there has been a change, but note the following:
This post:
"Free parking in the lot WEST of the building."

BIFHSGO conference a week later:

"Friday after 18:00 and all day Saturday and Sunday: Free parking in lots EAST of the LAC building"