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, December 18, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Zoom holiday festival
Member sharing
Think about the ancestor you want to bring to life.

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

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, December 4, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Zoom Presentation & Discussion
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Betty Wiese
Latest GB finds and tales, GB things of interest, and general sharing of GB info. 
If you have any questions, please contact Betty or Judith.
Note: The Great Britain SIG will not meet in January.

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

Small Group Discussions: Researching in Other Countries
Friday, December 11, 2020  10:00 – 12:00
Concurrent “mini-SIGs”: four geographic areas  
Italian, Scots-Irish in Northern Ireland, German, and French Canadian. 
Members share in focused small groups.
If you have not already signed up, please email Betty ASAP at
Facilitator: Betty Wiese

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 (e.g., using DNA thru-lines or using county deed index records).  

Share how you made progress in solving your genealogy unknowns because you focused on specific questions (e.g., who are the parents of xxx?, what happened to xxx after the 1900 Montana census? why did xxx migrate?). The possibilities are endless.

 This meeting and pre-work options can stimulate your imagination, help you assess your needs, and support you to plan and focus to be more successful in your genealogy.

Zooming Around the Sound

“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST

Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id.
Pre-registration required.