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, April 16, 2021

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom

BIGS annual meeting and election of officers for 2021-2022 

Panel of BIGS mentors answering YOUR questions

All members will receive an email soon explaining how this will work.
Start thinking of your general questions or needed help with a specific ancestor.
Zoom link information will be emailed to all members.

Meeting URL:
Meeting ID:828 1171 7104

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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.

How do I share my family stories?
Friday, April 9, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators:  Andrea Hoskins and Betty Wiese
Members of BIGS Writers group will share ideas, experiences, and options for sharing our research and stories of our ancestors.
Details will be shared by email with BIGS membership.

Reclaiming Your Ancestor’s Citizenship
Friday, May 14, 2021   10:00 – 12:00
Facilitator: Joyce Oswald
Member Joyce Oswald will share her experience and strategies. 
Part I: How 15 cousins reclaimed their great-grandfather’s Luxembourgish citizenship
Part II: How you might be able to reclaim your ancestor’s citizenship

Case Study: Building a Family Tree: Tools, Tips, Tricks
Friday, June 11, 2021   10:00 -12:00
Facilitator: David Cosman
 As a relatively new genealogist, David will share his journey from getting a DNA test to building a well documented family tree.  David will review a variety of research databases and DNA tools. This presentation will target beginning to intermediate genealogists; it will also be helpful for experienced researchers who have not yet explored the power of DNA. 
Lots of opportunities for Q&A for all interested members.

Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:00

Facilitator: Andy Hoskins
Explore ways to write up your family history – blogs, memoirs, narratives of all sorts. Share ideas and provide feedback while encouraging each other. Write to Andy Hoskins for a Zoom invitation.

Great Britain
April 2, 2021  10:00 – 12:00
Co-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 briefly discuss criminal records from the Old Bailey,
 followed by other topics of interest to members.
Zoom link information will be emailed to all members. 

Evening Discussion Group  (EDG)
Monday, April 19, 2021   7:00 PM
Facilitator: Sue Hassenmiller
An open format for discussing research problems, reporting on new findings, 
show and tell on documents, new sources of information, 
and really, anything and everything genealogy.
Zoom link information will be emailed to all members.


Zooming Around the Sound

German Interest Group of Eastside Genealogical Society
The Immigrant Experience Through Castle Garden & Ellis Island
Paula Seeger
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:30 – 2:30
Request Zoom link today!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
Karen Stanbary – DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box  and a case study 
Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective
Saturday, April 3, 2021 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM $40 for non-members

Seattle Genealogical Society
Digging up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant
Steven Morrison
Saturday, April 10, 2021 1:00 – 3:00
Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 897 8465 0523
Passcode: 867837

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
Researching Native American Ancestry
Robbie Johnson, C.G. 
Saturday, April 10, 2021 1:00 – 2:30
Request an invitation from Margie Wilson at

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
The Changing Borders of Easter Europe  
Hal Bookbinder
Monday, April 12, 2021 7 PM
Registration required at

South King County Genealogical Society
Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines
Beth Foulk
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Check for more information.

Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers
Decoding the Dash – Build the Stories of their Lives
Dave Obee
Contact Nedra ( for a Zoom invitation
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:00 PM

  Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society 2021 Virtual Spring Seminar
Genealogical Journeys
Jill Morelli, CG – Push and Pull: Decision-Making of the 19th Century Emigrant and Accessing and Using Scandinavian Records 
Linda Harms Okazaki – Finding Your Japanese Roots and 20th Century Immigrants to the West Coast and Hawaii
Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM $45 for non-members

Seattle Genealogical Society
A Day of English Research with Paul Milner
Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:00 – 3:00 via Zoom $50 for non-members

National Genealogical Society Conference
Tom Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Writing About and Documenting Genealogical Conclusions Using DNA Test Results
May 19 – 20, 2021.   Early Bird Pricing until March 15th

International German Genealogy Partnership
Researching Together Worldwide
Check for details and Early Bird Pricing before April 1st.
July 17 – 24, 2021