BIGS Monthly Program Meetings

Monthly program meetings are open to the public and held via Zoom
on the third Friday of the month from 10 AM – noon

A Special Diahan Doubleheader
Friday, October 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to the Public
Zoom Virtual Event

“DNA Ethnicity in 2022”  to be followed by “Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins” We are celebrating Family History Month with a special two-presentation program by Diahan Southard, a leading voice in the field of consumer DNA testing and author of Your DNA Guide. Each presentation will be an hour in length including a 10-minute Q&A session. “DNA Ethnicity in 2022” will focus on the ever-changing issue of the DNA ethnicity results of five major companies. Learn how increasing inclusiveness, specificity, and accuracy are making these estimates more and more meaningful. “Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins” will deal with Autosomal DNA tests that frequently result in a long list of possible 4th cousins. Learn how to sort and filter your match list to identify those who are most able to help you with your genealogical questions. Please join us on October 21st at 10AM for both of these presentations. The Zoom link will be available on our website the day before the meeting. Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Great Britain SIG
Friday, October 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
BIGS Members Only
Zoom Virtual Event

All BIGS member are welcome, especially everyone with Welsh, Scottish, or English ancestral interests. As usual, we will share our discoveries, brick walls and other topics of interest. Zoom link information will be sent to all BIGS members by email.

Skill Building
Friday, October 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
BIGS Members Only
Zoom Virtual Event

At our last meeting, Carla Maitland, President of the Tennessee Genealogical Society inspired us with all kinds of ideas to get us started writing family stories. At this meeting, members will share their reactions to Carla’s presentation, including their experiences presenting their own family histories in a website/blog, using Shutterfly, and the pros and cons of Story Worth. Zoom link information will be sent to all BIGS members by email.

Writers’ Workshop SIG
Thursday, October 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BIGS Members Only
Zoom Virtual Event

Members meet to share their writing projects and discuss resources on family history writing. Workshop participants are exploring a variety of ways to narrate their stories – blogs, memoirs, biographical sketches, etc.
BIGS members interested in attending please contact Andrea Hoskins to request a Zoom link.