About Us


Our Goals

The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society is an enthusiastic, all-volunteer, non-profit society of amateur genealogists exploring family roots all over the world in a fun, supportive, learning environment. BIGS was founded in 2005 and run by members for members.

Join in a Monthly Meeting and check us out! Everyone is welcome to visit and become a member.

BIGS is a 503(c) non-profit organization, registered in the state of Washington. Our mission is to bring people together to experience and teach the various aspects of genealogical research.

Special Interest Groups

These are focused discussion groups open to all members which are facilitated by members. Some meet monthly, some quarterly, others are as scheduled. The topics are subject to change over time depending on members’ interests and volunteers to facilitate. Meeting schedules are updated monthly in the events section of this website.

As of October 2022, BIGS offers the following Special Interest Groups:

DNA Workshop

Skill Building

Great Britain

Writer's Workshop

Online Q&A

As part of our outreach efforts BIGS offers online coaching sessions for members of the public who request them. These are staffed by members of all experience levels who are interested in sharing their knowledge with others.

2021-2022 Board of Directors

  • Andrea (Andy) Hoskins, President
  • Larry Noedel, Vice President
  • Joyce Oswald, Treasurer
  • Holly Ardinger, Secretary
  • Betty Wiese, Director
  • Sue Hassenmiller, Director
  • Sylvia Nelson, Director
  • Susan Palmer, Director

To learn more about us, read the “All in the Family” story from the fall 2019 issue of the Bainbridge Island Magazine here