BIGS Monthly Program Meetings

Monthly program meetings will be held
virtually until further notice
on the third Friday of the month from 10 AM – noon.

The BIGS Board has cancelled all scheduled 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.

July 17, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Presentation by guest speaker Claire Smith via Zoom
Getting Unstuck, Working Through Genealogy Research Problems
Focus on techniques and tools to get past your research dead ends.

August 21, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Presentation by guest speaker Thomas MacEntee via Zoom
Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To-Do’s
Learn more efficient research habits.

BIGS Special Interest Group Meetings

BIGS Members Only

Skill Building
2nd Friday of the month
Friday, July 10, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Zoom Presentation/Discussion
Topic: PowerPoint Tips to Help You Tell Your Family Story (and some Windows tools like Snip & Sketch)
Facilitator: Larry Noedel
Watch for an email to membership with log-in information.
: Those new to PowerPoint and Snip & Sketch are encouraged to explore the basics before attending.

August 14, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Zoom Presentation/Discussion
Topic: Sharing Ideas and Strategies for Leaving our “Genealogy” for the Next Generation
Facilitator: Betty Wiese

Watch for an email to membership in July with some things to think about and how to contribute to this discussion.

Great Britain
1st Friday of the month
Friday, August 7, 2020 10:00 – 12:00
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Judith Rogerson and Betty Wiese
Watch for email to membership with details about the discussion topic and the Zoom link information. 

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.