British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

September 09, 2010 09:28 ET

Media Advisory: Celebrate Anglo-Celtic Roots!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - The Media is cordially invited to attend the 16th Annual Conference, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), 10 to 12 September, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa.

Genealogy is a popular topic these days and people with Anglo-Celtic roots take their heritage seriously. 

Ireland (north and south) is the main focus this year, followed by some presentations marking "2010 Year of the British Home Child," or featuring ancestry research techniques and sources.

 Something for everyone:

  • Attend pre-conference workshops on writing family history and using related software

  • Hear lectures by international, national and local experts.

  • Access experienced genealogy researchers, and Internet and CD data bases

  • Browse a marketplace of genealogy related products and services.

Opening Night lecture"In Search of the Famine's Forgotten: Social History and the Making of Death or Canada," by Mark McGowan, History Professor at University of Toronto, Principal of St. Michael's College, author, and partner in a recent Ireland—Canada docudrama. 

Special guests at the opening ceremonies include the newly appointed Irish Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Ray Bassett, and Political Officer Kevin Farrell from the British High Commission.

Four of the 16 conference lectures are by Dr. William Roulston, Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation. He also is an author, and has worked with BBC radio and television family history programs.

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