22 September 2014

BIFHSGO 20th Anniversary Conference Photos

It's been a busy weekend with official attendance of 268 at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference, this year featuring English family history research, Immigration from Great Britain, including Home Children and Genetic Genealogy.

Two of the Friday pre-conference seminar sessions included one with Paul Milner, left, on British military records to 1919, another with Sylvie Tremblay and Paul Marsden from Library and Archives Canada speaking on new and lesser known LAC resources.

In conjunction with the LAC pre-conference seminar there was a tour of the facility at 395 Wellington Street. Here conference co-chair Gloria Tubman is explaining some of the items in display from the collection of interest for the Canadian genealogist with British ancestry.

Debbie Kennett, Britain and the Commonwealth's premier Rockstar genetic genealogist gave several presentations and was busy throughout the conference with one-on-one consultations.

Friday evening's Don Whiteside Memorial Lecture featured Jennine Hurl-Eamon from Trent University speaking on "The Girl I Left Behind" -- the 18th century British soldier in love, here seen (left) speaking with BIFHSGO president Barbara Tose.

The DNA panel session with local speakers (l-r) Bob Mallett, Dave Cross, Bill Arthurs and Arthur Owen attracted a keenly interested audience.

The conference was an opportunity for intense discussion on British Home Children by (l-r) Gloria Tubman, John Dickenson and Marjorie Kohli.

There are many more photos by BIFHSGO photographer Dena Palamedes on the Society Facebook page.

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