BIGS Monthly Program Meetings

Monthly program meetings are held at the
Bainbridge Public Library located at 1270 Madison Ave N.
on the third Friday of the month from 10 AM – noon.

PLEASE NOTE: The BIGS Board has cancelled all scheduled BIGS meetings and activities through the end of May 2020. We are taking this step as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of our members’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage our members to make use of BIGSnet google group to both seek help from and provide help to your fellow members as you make use of this unplanned time to further your genealogy research.

June 19, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Presentation by guest speaker Susan Strawn via Zoom
Changing Clothes: Use Fashion Styles as Clues to Date Your Photographs
Many people inherit albums or boxes filled with old family photos, and nearly everyone has a few mystery photos. Old photos missing names, dates, or locations—and often labeled with suspect notations—may end up sold in flea markets or discarded.
How can researchers use clues in fashion styles to estimate dates or identify family members, saving those photos for the next generation?

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, June 12, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Topic: Introduction to My Heritage for records,
family trees, and discoveries
Facilitators: Betty Wiese, Larry Noedel, Sue Hassenmiller and member sharing

My Heritage (a paid subscription site) is similar, but not identical, to and The free version provides some basic information. This meeting will not look at the DNA component of My Heritage. Note: See email to membership for the link to the Zoom discussion.

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, July 10, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Zoom Presentation/Discussion
Watch for an email Zoom invite sent to the membership.
Topic: PowerPoint Tips to Help You Tell Your Family Story (and some Windows tools like Snip & Sketch)
Facilitator: Larry Noedel
: Those new to PowerPoint and Snip & Sketch are encouraged to explore the basics before attending.

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, June 5, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Priscilla Greenlees
Note: See email to subgroup with how to access the webinar and the link for the zoom discussion of it.

Writers’ Workshop
Friday, March 6, 2020 12:30 to 2:30
Meeting has been cancelled
New date yet to be determined
Facilitator: Andy Hoskins

Evening Discussion Group (EDG)
3rd Tuesday of the month
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meeting has been cancelled
Topic: Active problem solving and updates on research progress. This all-topics genealogy discussion group loves hearing about your challenges as well as your discoveries. A great group for beginners and experienced researchers alike.
Facilitator: Mary Ferm and Sue Elfving

Irish and Scots-Irish
Friday, May 22, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Postponed until June. Date TBD.

Facilitators: Cathy Jones-Smith and Kathy Penn

Next meeting: Second Quarter 2020
Facilitator: Sue Hassenmiller

Local Genealogical Events

Genealogy Q & A – Drop In
New Time and Place!
Second Monday Evening Sessions
The Genealogy Q&A Evening Session has been cancelled for April – please watch website for future meeting dates
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Facilitators: Larry Noedel, Susan Wood, Andy Hoskins
The purpose of the program is to bring genealogical knowledge to anyone interested in getting started with genealogy, or anyone looking for help in their family tree research.
While the sessions are intended as a way of reaching out to the general public, BIGS members are welcome to come and join the conversation. Drop by! No formal program. Here’s an opportunity for help and encouragement if you are stuck or just wondering what to do next.
Open to members and non-members alike – Bring a friend!

National Archives at Seattle 
Brick Wall Workshop
2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
6125 Sandpoint Way in Seattle, FREE.
Confirm event:

Seattle Public Library – Central Library
Fourth Street, Seattle
Tuesday – Thursday from 11 AM – 3 PM and 
Friday – Monday from 1 PM – 3 PM
Genealogy librarians are available.  
You can also set up a 30 minute appointment with a genealogy librarian who can help direct you to the best resources for your research;
appointments are available Monday – Friday at 3 PM or 4 PM 
Call 206-386-4636 and ask for Genealogy to schedule, submit a request online, or visit the Central Library’s Genealogy Collection on Level 9.

7th Annual Northwest Genealogy Conference
August 12-15, Arlington, WA

Early Bird registration is now open.
Check the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society’s web site.