BIGS Monthly Program Meetings

Monthly program meetings will be held
virtually until further notice
on the third Friday of the month from 10 AM – noon.

The BIGS Board has cancelled all in person BIGS meetings and activities until further notice.
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.

August 21, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Presentation by guest speaker Thomas MacEntee via Zoom
Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To-Do’s
Learn more efficient research habits.

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, August 7, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Betty Wiese
Discussion of Civil Registration for births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales.
These records began in 1837.
BEFORE the meeting, please check out the links below for a free webinar and blog post about using
these records. After our discussion and questions on this topic, anyone can share any aspect (or question)
about Great Britain research.
Zoom link will be sent to membership by email.

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, August 14, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Zoom Presentation/Discussion
Topic: Sharing Ideas and Strategies for Leaving our “Genealogy” for the Next Generation
Facilitator: Betty Wiese

Zoom link will be sent to membership by email.

Be thinking about:  What do you want to leave: tree? documents? photos? artifacts? stories?  Leave it in paper? digital? or ???. 
If no family to leave it to, what are other options?

Check out the following links for inspiration and strategies

What to do with the genealogy and family history I collected
Share the Information
16 Ways to Leave a Legacy

Local Genealogical Events

Online Genealogy Q&A
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!

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:
Currently closed due to Covid-19.

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.
Currently closed due to Covid-19.