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, July 16, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom
Joleen Aitchison
Topic: Land Records, their importance and where to find them
Fellow BIGS member Joleen returns via Zoom to discuss using Land Records for our genealogy research.
Zoom link information will be emailed to all members.

Summer Break
No August Monthly Program.

Friday, September 17, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
both via Zoom and (hopefully) in person in the Bainbridge library
Pam Vestal
Topic: Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret
Voting records are often-overlooked gems which are packed with genealogical information such as naturalization, home type, and even our ancestors’ political outlook. Pam spoke to us in March 2021 and we look forward to another informative presentation.

Friday, October 15, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
both via Zoom and (hopefully) in person in the Bainbridge library
Nicka Smith
Topic: Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy
You’ve identified a group shared DNA matches, but your stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, consultant, and documentarian with more than
20 years of experience as a genealogist.
She is a past board member of the California Genealogical Society and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California. 

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.

READ ALL ABOUT IT! – More About Newspapers
Friday, July 9, 2021   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Member sharing facilitated by Betty Wiese
Members share their tips and strategies for finding and using newspapers with opportunity to brainstorm how to find free digital newspapers.
 Zoom link information will be sent to all BIGS members.

We will not have a Skill Building Meeting in August.

Great Britain
Friday, August 6, 2021    10:00 AM
Co-facilitators : David Cosman and Betty Wiese
Summer holidays are affecting our July and September dates. 
Please join us for this early August meeting as we share our discoveries, brick walls and other topics of interest.
Zoom link information will be emailed to all members.

Friday, September 10, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thomas MacEntee
In a live on-line session, Mr. MacEntee will answer members’ questions about technology. 
Watch for an August email to submit your specific questions. 


Zooming Around the Sound and Beyond

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society
Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps
Cari A. Taplin
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00 PM Free
Meeting ID: 982 8508 3560     Passcode: 187823

International German Genealogy Partnership
Researching Together Worldwide
July 17 – 24, 2021

The Family History Fanatics  
4th Annual Summer of DNA virtual conference
July 31, 2021 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Early bird pricing of $19.99 until 7/17
Diahan Southard, Jewish DNA – analyzing Endogamy (Alex Ferretti), African American DNA (Shannon Christmas), and DNA and your Irish Ancestry (Maurice Gleeson)
Recorded sessions will be accessible until August 31, 2021.

Clallam County Genealogical Society
Using Google, Ancestry, and reworking cold cases
Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, August 14, 2021 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM via Zoom $50

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
20+ live and recorded sessions beginning September 1, 2021 $180