Mistresses, music, England, and a fur jacket to be discussed at BIFHSGO meeting

Illegitimate births, mistresses, musicians, a fur jacket, and England are some of the topics that will be raised during the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa’s meeting on Saturday, January 14 — and I expect these issues will not be discussed during the annual general meeting that opens the society’s monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., following the annual general meeting, members and visitors will be encouraged to visit the Discovery Tables to learn about Ancestry.com and other research tools.

At 10:00 a.m., the main part of the monthly meeting begins with four members delivering presentations about their Great Moments in Genealogy:

Grandma Ruth’s New Fur Jacket by Susan Davis

In her 1956 diary, Ruth Robinson records the fact that she received her lovely fur jacket October 31st. In a later entry, she records feeling somewhat uncomfortable wearing it to the church for the first time. Today, the mink jacket lives on in the form of two furry teddy bears and Ruth’s life lives on in the words she wrote in her diaries from 1944 to 1964. After receiving three of her diaries in 2012, Susan Davis happily became the caretaker of the collection in 2013.

A Tale of Illegitimacy, Music, Mistresses and the Windham-Guises by Gillian Leitch

In search for her Cutler ancestors, Gillian Leitch stumbled upon a fascinating group of people.  The deeper she dug into the family tree, the more interesting they became. Gillian found clerics, musicians and mistresses, all leading to the amazing story of Elizabeth Windham Guise.

John Armstrong Fielder – Is This All There Is to Him? by Judy Thamas

This WOW moment is a result of following inspiration after Judy Thamas thought that she had gathered all the facts that she could from public sources. The inspiration was that she should Google her grandfather’s brother’s name. A website that she had not particularly noted came up with a piece of unexpected information. This lead to a letter to Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, and back to the website to correspond with the webmasters until contact was made with the person who posted the information and a surprising result.

Finding My Great Great Grandmother in London, England by Brian Chamberlain

Brian Chamberlain will speak about his great-great-grandmother, Maria Matilda Snooks. The talk will look at research done to find her here in Canada and where she came from in England, using various techniques, sources, and Ancestry.com.

The meeting takes place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Visitors are invited to attend. Free admission.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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