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.

Friday, January 17, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Bring Your Ancestor to Life!
Do you have a favorite ancestor, or maybe a skeleton in your closet? Have you discovered an interesting or unusual forebearer with a story to tell? Bring your ancestor to life – share your photos, documents, memorabilia. Let us know how your research helped you “paint the portrait” of this ancestor.
Sylvia Nelson will be setting the schedule, so if you would like to share the story of one of your ancestors, let her know ahead of time.
Contact Sylvia at

Friday, February 21, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Answering BIGS’ Membership Questions About Family Search
Speaker: Joleen Aitchison
We are fortunate to have Joleen as a resource to our membership, especially when it comes to all things Family Search. If you have a question about using Family Search that you would like Joleen to address, please submit it in advance to Sylvia Nelson at

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Great Britain Special Interest Group
Friday, January 3, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Bainbridge Public Library, downstairs
Facilitator: Judith Rogerson and Priscilla Greenlees

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, January 10, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Topic: Getting Organized – Where Did I Put It? Ideas for organizing your genealogy computer files  
Facilitator: Joleen Aitchison

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, February 14, 2020 10:00 AM to noon
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Topic: Planning a Family History Research Trip: Why, Where, and How   
Facilitators: Betty Wiese and Andy Hoskins

Evening Discussion Group (EDG)
3rd Tuesday of the month
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
HomeStreet Bank Conference Room 1st Floor on the east side, 921 Hildebrand Lane
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

DNA Workshops
Friday, January 24, 2020 10 AM to noon
Bainbridge Library, Community Room
Facilitator: Sue Hassenmiller

Irish Special Interest Group
February 20, 2020
Time and Place – To Be Determined
Facilitators: Cathy Jones-Smith and Kathy Penn

Southern States Special Interest Group
Next meeting: To Be Determined
Watch this Space!
Facilitator: Paula Schmidt

Local Genealogical Events

Genealogy Q & A – Drop In
Second Wednesdays Evening Sessions, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
January 8 & February 12
Bainbridge Library, downstairs
Facilitators: Larry Noedel, Susan Wood, Andy Hoskins
Open to members and non-members alike – bring a friend!

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, January 22, 1-2 pm
Topic: Getting to Know the PSGS Genealogy Center
Learn what is available in the Genealogy Center to further your research and help you write your family history.
Presenter: Sharon Hornback

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.