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.

January 15, 2021
Sara Scribner, CG 
Genealogy and the Law

A founding member of BIGS, Sara now owns Salt Lake-based Scribner Genealogy and will speak to us about Court records. 
She has lectured widely, most recently coordinating and teaching the Virtual Intermediate Foundations Course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). 
She divides her own research activities between her mother’s side, Quakers and Deep South Confederates, and her father’s long time New Brunswick descendants of Loyalists.

Meeting ID: 871 8959 8580
Passcode: 162236

Phone one-tap:
US: +12532158782,,87189598580#,,,,*162236# or +13462487799,,87189598580#,,,,*162236#

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 meetings
Zoom link information will be sent to all members by email.
What does 2021 hold for me? Is Plan a 4-letter word? 
Friday, January 8, 2021  10:00 – 12:00 
Facilitator: Betty Wiese 

What does 2021 hold for your genealogy budget (energy, time, money)? 
What would you like to say at year end in addition to “I chased squirrels and bright shiny objects” or “I spent a lot of time in rabbit holes”.  How about being excited about new “how to” skills you learned or breakthroughs in your research? This meeting and pre-work options can stimulate your imagination, help you assess your needs, and support you to be more successful in your genealogy.
Details were sent via email to BIGS membership on 12/28/20.
Zoom link to follow.

Internet Search Engine Tips and Tricks – For PC and Mac 
Friday, February 12, 2021 10:00 – 12:00 
Co-facilitators:  Joleen Aitchison and Claire Smith

Learn how to make the most of Google and other search engines.  After Claire and Joleen share with all, we can break into smaller groups to focus on Mac and PC specific topics. 

Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, January 28, 2021 1:00

Facilitator: Andy Hoskins

The “Writers’ Workshop” Special Interest Group will be starting up our monthly meetings again on Thursday, January 28th at 1:00 via Zoom. Currently a group of 9 members, we are exploring ways to write up our family history – blogs, memoirs, narratives of all sorts. We have been encouraging each other, sharing ideas and providing feedback when asked. Interested? Now is a good time to join the workshop. Just let me know you’d like to be added to the mailing list, and you’ll get a Zoom invitation to the next meeting. Email: Andy Hoskins


Zooming Around the Sound

The Anabaptists and Finding My Roots in Alsace
German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society 
Paul Braillier Friday, January 8th 12:30 PM
Register by January 6th.

From Church Archives to KGB Archives
Monthly meeting of Seattle Genealogical Society
Carolyn Schott Saturday, January 9th 1 PM
Meeting ID: 896 9870 4112 Passcode: 111807

A Post – Holocaust Genealogical and Family History Journey: From the USA Back to Ukraine
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
Esther Safran Foer Monday, January 11th 6 PM
Please register to receive Zoom link.

Researching Your Ancestor’s House
Midori Okazaki Thursday, January 14th 7 PM
Check their website a few days before the meeting for Zoom link.