Monthly Programs

Monthly programs 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.

Friday, September 18, 2020   10:00 – 12:00
Presentation by profesional genealogist Pam Vestal via Zoom
Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find
Tools for locating overlooked records, finding evidence of name changes, and more.
Please join our Zoom Program
Meeting ID: 844 5052 6429
Passcode: 561798

Friday, October 16, 2020    10:00 – 12:00
Presentation via Zoom by internationally known genealogist 
Thomas MacEntee
Privacy, DNA, and Genealogy –
Handling the Double-Edged Sword

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, September 4, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Betty Wiese
Betty will send the Zoom instructions to BIGS members closer to the meeting date.
1)  A discussion about English wills.
2)  Talking about the 1939 English Register
3)  Individual discussions of other things of interest to our group.

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

Friday, September 11, 2020. 10:00-12:00
Member sharing: successes, roadblocks, tips/tricks, 
brainstorming help for each other
Facilitator:  Betty Wiese 
Consider sharing your written problem statement/query in advance of the meeting by contacting Betty.

Friday, October 9, 2020    10:00-12:00
Google Earth Pro for Genealogy

Facilitator:  Joleen Aitchison
How to use Google Earth Pro to further research and place ancestors in context of place and time.

Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:00 PM
Facilitator: Andrea Hoskins

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.