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, November 19, 2021 10:00 AM via Zoom 
The Orphan Train Movement
Jill Morelli, CG
Join Zoom Meeting
One tap mobile:
US: +12532158782,,82219403092#,,,,*822155# or +13462487799,,82219403092#,,,,*822155#

Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 822 1940 3092 Passcode: 822155

Friday, December 17, 2021 10:00 AM via Zoom
Sharing stories of our ancestors. 
Think about what you would like to share.
Sylvia Nelson will contact members this month to sign up.

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.

Great Britain
Friday, November 5, 2021  10:00 AM via Zoom
Facilitators: David Cosman and Betty Wiese
Everyone with Welsh, Scottish or English ancestral interests is invited to join us, and any other BIGS members are welcome too. We will share our discoveries, brick walls and other topics of interest.

The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes
Friday, November 12, 2021   10:00 AM via Zoom
Presenter: Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist
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?”

Exploring My Heritage’s DNA Tools
Friday, December 10, 2021   10:00 AM  via Zoom 
Co-Facilitators: Joleen Aitchison, David Cosman, Susan Hassenmiller, Betty Wiese
Hear from others and share your questions and insights about using DNA tools from There will be time for questions and to hear what DNA topics you would like to include in 2022 meetings.  

Zooming Around the Sound and Beyond

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society
Learning about my Oswald and Rendtorff Ancestors
Janice Leitzke Friday, Nov. 5, 2021             12:30 PM
Use the contact information on website at least two days before meeting to request Zoom link.  
German Interest Group 

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (IL)
German Genealogy and Meyer’s Gazeteer
Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021  
Register 7:00 AM for meeting; 8 AM for presentation

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors  
Ann Lawthers, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 12:30 PM
Genealogist with NEHGS
The Zoom link will be posted the day before the meeting.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State 
Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies
Roger Lustig Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 6:00 PM
Register for the Zoom meeting. 

Eastside Genealogical Society (WA)
Uncovering Immigrant Origins Through Cluster Research
Dana Palmer Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 7:00 PM
Check website several days before for Zoom link.

Seattle Genealogical Society
Indirectly Evident: Finding William’s Parents  
Debbie Wilson Smyth Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 1:00 PM 
Check online for Zoom link.

Whidbey Island Genealogical Seekers
The Immigrant Experience Through Castle Garden and Ellis Island
Paula Seeger Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 1:00 PM
Send email to two days in advance for Zoom details. 

King County Library System Foundation and Seattle Public Library Foundation
Emergency Digital Access: Creating a Transition Plan for Your Digital Information
Bridget Agabra of Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 2:00 PM

Online indexing party – Help Index Oregon Marriage Records.    
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021    9:00 to 3:00.  Join for an hour or all day. 
Sign up with the Genealogical Forum of Oregon