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 for March and April 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.

Friday, March 20, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
This meeting has been cancelled
Genealogical Benefits of FaceBook
Speaker: Marilyn Schunke, Noted NW Genealogist
Learn how to use Facebook for family history research. There are pages covering nearly every city and county in the U.S. and most locations across the globe, as well as scores of sites for those interested in genealogy DNA.

Friday, April 17, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
BIGS Annual Members Meeting + Bring Your Ancestor to Life
Our Annual Meeting has been cancelled
Please watch for an email explaining how to vote online

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, March 13, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
This meeting has been cancelled
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Topic: PowerPoint Tips to Help You Tell Your Family Story (and some Windows tools like Snip & Sketch)
Facilitator: Larry Noedel
Note: Those new to PowerPoint and Snip & Sketch are encouraged to explore the basics before attending.

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, April 10, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
This meeting has been cancelled
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Topic: A Home Archivist: Protecting and Preserving our Family Treasures 
Facilitator: Betty Wiese

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, May 8, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Topic: Ancestry Card Catalog – What it is and Search Tips 
Facilitators: Sylvia Nelson and Sue Hassenmiller

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, March 6, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Meeting has been cancelled
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Priscilla Greenlees

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
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
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!

Seattle Genealogical Society
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Do you Trello and Kanban?
Saturday, March 14, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights
Saturday, April 11, 1:00-3:00
Spring Seminar with Fritz Juengling, an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden.
Saturday, May 16, 9:00-4:00
Fairview Christian School, Seattle
Confirm events and learn more at SGS

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Heninger Room, Sylvan Way Library
1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
PSGS Classes are free and open to the public
Call 1-360-475-9172 to register
Wednesday, March 25, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Topic: Fraktur und Fremdworter: Hacks for Reading Foreign Books & Newspapers with Mary Kircher Roddy
Confirm events and learn more at PSGS

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.

Irish Heritage Club
Putting the Gene in Your Genealogy
Saturday, March 21 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Learn to use the latest Technology and your DNA results to discover Clues to your Irish Ancestral Origins.
Find place names and castles associated with your family and their neighbors
Conducted by: Tyrone Bowes Ph.D., Galway, Ireland
Fairview Christian Church Hall, 844 NE 78th Street, Seattle, WA 98115
Buy tickets on line through

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.