Welcome to the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society


Members Strong

Researching Family Histories All Over the World

From our Beautiful Island in Puget Sound

Next Monthly Meeting

Liz Gomoll

Friday, February 17 @ 10AM

Zoom Virtual Event

Elizabeith Williams Gomoll

will present

Documents + DNA + Methods + Luck

Combining Tools to Find Biological Family

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President's Message

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In looking back on 2022, I realized that your Board, working along with a number of enthusiastic volunteers, has accomplished quite a lot in a year’s time! Some highlights include: We finished updating our Bylaws, and established our new Membership Committee. We practiced and held our first hybrid meeting at the library. We secured a necessary street address for our organization as well as a meeting space when we became tenants at the Marge Williams Center on Winslow Way. We donated books on genetic genealogy to the Bainbridge Library, and provided recommendations for other books to expand their genealogy selection. We held our first in-person holiday party since 2019, and had the chance to see and hear from friends, old and new. All this in addition to our monthly presentations and special interest groups.

As we head into 2023, our focus will be on exploring ways to connect with other societies, the library and the history museum and others, in our efforts to serve our members, adapt to changes in the field, and continue to provide opportunities for learning and sharing among those curious about their family history.

Andy Hoskins, President

More New Genealogy Books!

If you had a chance to read the recent item about the books that BIGS acquired for the Bainbridge Island Public Library, you might recall that the Kitsap Regional Library was planning to add another seven new titles. Well, they have arrived and are on the genealogy shelf!
  • DNA Guide for Adoptees, by Brianne Kirkpatrick and Shannon Combs-Bennett
  • Creating Family Archives, by Margaret Note
  • Professional Genealogy, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • Genealogy and the Law, by Kay and William Freilich
  • Now Pocket Guide for Irish Genealogy, by Brian Mitchell
  • Tracing Your Irish Ancestors through Land Records, by Chris Paton
  • A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists, by Barbara Jean Evans

So, stop by the library, or better yet go online to KRL.org, search the catalog, and put a hold on the title of your choice. You will be informed when the book is available and you can pick it up quickly at your convenience at the Bainbridge Library.

And, again, please consider writing a brief review of any of these books that you read, so we can post it on Members’ Corner right here on bigenealogy.org.

Online Q&A

Date & Time: To be determined

Place: On Zoom

Content: It’s up to you!

Whether new to genealogy or experienced, if you would like some help with what to do next, contact us to set up a personal Zoom session with a few of our knowledgable members.

Everyone Welcome… No membership necessary

You Just Never Know!

A surprise in the family history...

BIGS is looking for more volunteers to help with all aspects of the organization. Benefits of volunteering include learning new skills from other members, sharing your genealogy experiences with others genuinely interested in what you have learned, and knowing that you have helped vitalize our organization.

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