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.

Friday, September 17, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
via Zoom

Pam Vestal
Topic: Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret
Voting records are often-overlooked gems which are packed with genealogical information such as naturalization, home type, and even our ancestors’ political outlook. Pam spoke to us in March 2021 and we look forward to another informative presentation.
Meeting ID: 897 9950 9923 Passcode: 173854

Friday, October 15, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
via Zoom

Nicka Smith
Topic: Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy
You’ve identified a group shared DNA matches, but your stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, consultant, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She is a past board member of the California Genealogical Society and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California. 

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.

Friday, September 10, 2021 10:00 AM
Thomas MacEntee
In a live on-line session, Mr. MacEntee will answer members’ questions about technology. 
Submit your questions to Betty Wiese by September 8th. 
(See August 23rd email to BIGS members from Betty for details.)

(Tentative Topic – pending member interest)
Friday, October 8, 2021   10:00 AM 
Ask questions and share your experience via Zoom with other members 
about using DNA results in your genealogy research.
Respond to August 25th email from Betty Wiese to identify your specific areas of interest.

PROVING YOUR FINDINGS: The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes
Friday, November 12, 2021   10:00 AM
Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist (Live via Zoom)
Can you trust your research findings?  Is what you think you know actually true?
Get a fun introduction  with Jill Morelli on using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) for assessment of your work. Let’s learn about how to use it in a fun way–“The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes.” Who knew Sherlock followed the GPS?”


Zooming Around the Sound and Beyond

Create an Effective Genealogy Research Plan
Eastside Genealogical Society
Lisa Lisson 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 7 – 9 PM via Zoom 
Check the EGS website during the week of the meeting for Zoom link. 

Find Your Germanic Ancestor’s Village on Maps
Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group
Dorothy Pretare
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:30-2:30pm via Zoom 
Visit website at to request Zoom link no later than 2 days prior to the meeting.

Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist
Annette Burke Lyttle
Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00-12:00
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting.

Genealogy and Social History: Know your Ancestors
A free Zoom conference from the U.K.; Bainbridge time is 2 AM! Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 
From the Register of Qualified Genealogists 
 Topics include researching your criminal ancestors and “Lying Bastards”: the impact of illegitimacy on the records that our ancestors leave behind. I contacted this society and was told they are “recording some sessions or providing video content on other talks. These will be made available to anyone on our YouTube channel for about a month after the conference.

Seattle Genealogical Society 2021 Fall Seminar 
Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Details soon.
Speaker Ari Wilkins specializes in African American genealogy and research,
with a focus on North Carolina and Louisiana.