Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Even though it is still a month away, things are starting to happen for the 17th annual BIFHSGO conference! Their website is at

I just got this notice last night from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and it says that there is “Only one month to go for our GRADUATION CEREMONY. Join us in Ottawa to honour our 'Graduates'. Everyone is welcomed......

If you have not yet let us know you are attending, please do so as soon as possible. The instructions are below or you can send an e-mail to: to indicate the number of people. Here was the original announcement:

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies and the Continuing Education unit of the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, invites you to come celebrate with us, with our students and our graduates. The graduation ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm, just prior to the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)'s opening ceremony at Library and Archives Canada. You will hear from a few of our graduates and mingle with our students and instructors. Graduates, remember to invite your family and friends to attend - everyone is welcome!

Friday, 16 September 2011 at 4:00pm
Library and Archives Canada
Room 156, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

To reserve your complimentary tickets:
please go to
click on LOGIN (top right hand corner), type your e-mail address and your password, click OK,
click on SERVICES & TIPS (on the left under Other Products),
click on National Institute for Genealogical Studies,
Click on Graduation Ceremony,
click on ADD TO CART, click on SHOPPING CART,
in Quantity: change the number of tickets you would like, click on UPDATE,
There will no charge. This will simply complete the request.
Or if you prefer, or have any questions, call us at 1-800-580-0165 or if local, to Toronto 416-861-0165.

Hope to see you in Ottawa...”

Bruce & Grey Branch Fall Event

The annual Bruce & Grey Fall Event will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Ayton Centennial Hall, 818 Albert St. Ayton, Ontario.

The speakers will be Kathleen LaBudie-Szakall who has spent over 30 years researching her Polish ancestors, and lectured for over 25 years on various Polish, Michigan and Ontario resources, and along with Jan Zaleski developed an on-line genealogy course & companion textbook, "Finding Your Polish Ancestors", and Steve Fulton as a Network Admin/Compter Tech., is the Chair of the Niagara Penninsula Branch, and the Technical Support and Innovation Committee as well as Webmaster and Tech Support for Niagara.

In addition to the Conference, you are invited to visit the Bruce County Cultural Centre and Archives and Grey Roots to see what they have to offer. There will be two free days of research to Fall Event participants on Thursday, September 23, and Friday, September 24. You must pre-register to take advantage of this offer.

You can send the registration form to Bruce & Grey Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (BGOS), Att: Korleen Halbert, P. O. Box 66, Owen Sound, ON. N4K 5P1

The Registration Fee is $30.00 before Sept.10th or $35.00 at the door (includes a hot lunch of Chicken & Beef with Homemade Pies.-

Their website is at