The Day After

Thoughts following Ottawan Saturday’s mega-doubleheader.

Irish Family History Research Day, organized by BIFHSGO, saw about 100 people in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place in what, by all accounts, was a successful event. Even before the first presentation, people lined up to buy the books for sale when I snuck in to take the photo even though not registered. Many were taking advantage of one-on-one consultations with the speakers, and obviously enjoying the opportunity to get reacquainted with friends pre-pandemic.

I did register for the OGS Ottawa Branch Gene-o-Rama on the basis of the availablty of recorded presentations and handouts post-event. I’m told Ken McKinlay gave an excellent presentation on Ontario land records which was not so crammed with content that one was overwhelmed. A contact also mention the newspaper site, a one-stop site to search Trove (Australia), Chronicling America (USA) and abot 30 other sites.

Locally we now have Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Day to look forward to on 1 May – more soon – and the annual BIFHSGO conference, online, 28-29 October with theme Scotland.



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