Next Monthly Meeting

Friday, October 20 @ 10AM

In Person at the Bainbridge Public Library

Michael Lee Stills

will present

Myths, Legends and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research

Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Genealogy Roadshow,” and “Finding Your Roots.” But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover?

In this presentation we will work with Michael opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora’s Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they’re hiding from you.

Michael is owner of Missing Roots Genealogy. He has been a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, past president of the Colorado Mountain Genealogists Society and holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Online Program. Since 2003, He has been on a never-ending quest to answer his daughter’s question about their family tree.

So, please join us on October 20 at 10AM at the Bainbridge Public Library

1270 Madison Avenue North, for this informative presentation. 

Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

Great Britain

Friday, October 6 @ 10AM

In-person at the Marge Williams Center

As always, all BIGs members interested in Welsh, Scottish, English research/ancestors please join for sharing and conversation. (We often stray into all kinds of other topics, so feel free to check it out!)

An informal genealogy coaching session held every fourth Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Bainbridge Public Library

Want help getting started on your family tree? Need some ideas to build on what you already know? Stop by and meet with some of our members who will help you build out that tree.

Everyone Welcome

No Membership/Registration Necessary

Next Session: October 23 @ 7PM

If you’d prefer to meet on Zoom, click the button below to request a Q&A meeting.

Friday Forum

(Formerly Skill SIG)

Friday, October 27 @ 10AM

In-person at the Bainbridge Library and on Zoom

Topic: Filling the...........Gaps

A Facilitated Member Discussion


Share and learn about where to look for details about your ancestor once you have used the basic sources like vital records, census records, and others. Get ideas about how to “Fill the Gaps” in your ancestor’s life.

Examples include newspapers, court records, school records, church membership lists, fraternal organization directories, local histories, tax records, voter records, city or town directories, personal letters, diaries and more.

Please let Betty Wiese know if you have an example to share with the group – the “more off beat” the source is the better! Get ideas about ways to learn more about your particular ancestor of interest.

Also, as time permits, bring your questions or thoughts from October 20th presentation by Michael Lee Stills, Myths, Legends and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research.

In person at the Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North) and via Zoom (link will be sent by email to BIGS members).

Coming Attractions

Monthly Meetings


Michelle Leonard  presents Top Tips for Researching Your Scottish & English Ancestors.


BIGS Holiday Party

Jan 19 2023  ON ZOOM

Annette Burke Lyttle presents Get Organized to Write Your Family Stories