About Us

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

Everyone is welcome to visit or join, so come to a meeting and check us out!

BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, registered in the state of Washington. Our mission is to bring people together to discover, experience and teach the various aspects of genealogical research. Our goals include:

  • To educate individuals in accepted genealogical methods and genetic genealogy (DNA)
  • To aid individuals in conducting their research
  • To provide a community for collaboration between people with a shared interest in genealogy, including DNA
  • To adapt to changes in the field of genealogy and remain relevant and useful
  • To maintain a varied and engaged membership to lead the organization and to carry out its activities

Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Betty Wiese, President
Sylvia Nelson, Vice President/Program Chair
Rebecca Pratt, Secretary
Sue Hassenmiller, Treasurer
Betsy Hettich, Ways & Means
Larry Noedel, Publicity & PR Chair
Don Scott, Ombudsperson/Director at Large

To learn more, read the “All in the Family” story from the Fall 2019 issue of the Bainbridge Island Magazine Click Here.

Find out more about us by reading our Bylaws (PDF). Click Here.

Click Here to contact us for more information.