Monthly Programs

Monthly programs are open to the public and will be held
virtually until further notice on the third Friday of the month from 10 AM – noon.

Zoom links will be posted here the day before the meeting.

PERSI: Free to use and great for genealogy!
April 15, 2022 10:00 via Zoom
Presenter: Joleen Aitchison 
So many records are available on the big genealogy sites, that we sometimes overlook the tried and true but more obscure. PERSI (Periodical Resource Index) is one of those resources. We will discuss when you might turn to PERSI, explore where to find and how to search it, and review the results.
It’s always good to have more places to go, especially when you feel stuck!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 0215 0805
Passcode: 507189

How’d You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records
May 20, 2022   10:00 via Zoom
Presenter: Cari Taplan, CG
Obscure and hidden records are “out there” that can solve tough problems. How do you find them? Hear tips and methods for finding these records.
Areas we’ll explore range from miscellaneous loose papers to university archives, plus the many digital book collections now available.

The Emotional Roller Coaster of
DNA Testing
June 17, 2022 10 AM Zoom and 
hopefully in person too
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.
 DNA testing sounds like fun but what happens when the returning results are unexpected and cause emotional ups and downs? 
How do you handle previously unknown relatives? 
What about unexpected parentage, including donor conception? 

Online Genealogy Q&A

Open to the Public

Now, any member of the public can request an online session to get answers to their genealogy questions. One of our Q&A team members will respond to that request by setting up an online chat session to discuss your situation and get you on a path to the answers you seek.
So, if you are new to genealogy, now is the perfect time and this is the perfect way to begin researching your family history. We can show you the easiest and fastest ways to get started. And, if you have some genealogy experience, we can provide the help you need to get your research to the next level.
All you need to do is register.
So, click on this link On-line Request Form and request an Online Genealogy Q&A meeting. We think you will enjoy the process, meet some fellow family history researchers, and learn some worthwhile new things to boot.
No membership necessary. All levels of experience welcome.
Request a meeting today!

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month.
Zoom link information will be sent to all members by email.

Practice: Getting Ready to Unlock Secrets of the 1950 US Census
Friday, April 8, 2022 10:00 AM via Zoom
Group Conversation facilitated by Education Chair Betty Wiese
Members share and help each other learn how to access the 1950 Census released April 1st
(mostly UN-INDEXED). Review tips and tools suggested by
Thomas MacEntee’s February presentation. 

Stories from the 1950 Census/Imagining the Future of the Skill SIG
Friday, May 13, 2022 10:00 AM via Zoom
A two-part group conversation facilitated by Larry Noedel, pinch-hitting for Betty who will be enjoying a bit of time away in Europe. In Part 1, members will share stories about their finds or their indexing experiences with the 1950 census. Part 2 will be devoted to a discussion of thoughts about the future of the Skill SIG and reactions to some possibilities.

Zooming Around the Sound and Beyond


See an expanded list of Zoom seminars in our
current Newsletter under the Resources tab.

Clallam County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  
Researching Eastern European Ancestors, Immigrant Cluster Communities, and Murder, Mayhem, and Town Tragedy – via Zoom
Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
$50 for non-members. Registration closes 4/5/22.

Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
DNA: Today’s Matchmaker – via Zoom
Diahan Southard
Saturday, April 9, 2022 8:30 am – 3:30 pm PST 
$50 for non-members.  Register by 4/7/22.
A recording of the seminar will be available for all registered participants through 4/17/22.

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
The Genealogy Guys: George G. Morgan & Drew Smith – via Zoom
Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:30 PST
$ 35 for non-members. Information and registration.

Seattle Genealogical Society – 2022 Spring Seminar – via Zoom
Lands and Maps and Deed, Oh My!
Friday-Sunday June 3-5
Cindi Ingle, Angela Packer McGhie, I Rebecca Whitman Koford,
Melinda Kashuba, and Kimberly Powell.

Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree – VIRTUAL
Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conference
August 19-27, 2022
Registration begins on March 7, 2022.