Noedel Developmental

The Outreach Committee Needs Your Help!

Here’s your chance to “give back to BIGS.” We are in the process of developing a presentation aimed at the general public to answer the question, “Why Genealogy?” We need some members willing to tell an audience what genealogy has meant to them, in 10 minutes or less. This has nothing to do with genealogy expertise. It just involves telling the story of what you’ve gotten out of your experience with genealogy.

Outreach Presentation

We need to tell people why they should consider getting involved with genealogy. The future of our organization and others like it depends on it. And, nobody could do that job better than YOU!

Think about it. You’ve gotten something valuable out of the time and effort you have put into genealogy. We’re just asking you to tell other folks what that something is. Why didn’t you stop long ago? Why did you go to all those meetings? Why do you continue to support the organization? That’s your story and only you can tell it. Maybe you got involved to find the answer to one specific question. Maybe you found solving the genealogical puzzles irresistible. Maybe you found friendships and community among others involved with genealogy. We do know that something made it worth your while.

So, exactly what are we asking you to do? Two things:

  1. Work with the Outreach Committee to develop a 10 minute “presentation” of your story. The form is up to you. It could employ photos, or PowerPoint slides, or just you telling your story. We’ll help you put your talk together if you want help.
  2. Then, perhaps 2 or 3 times a year, we’ll ask you to tell your story, alongside 3 other members, to a meeting of library patrons, service organizations, or other such groups.

At this early stage in developing this program, we are simply asking you to indicate your interest in participating. If we have 6-8 interested members, we’ll get together and work out a plan to proceed to the next steps. At this point we are targeting sometime in April for our first presentation.

If you are willing to consider helping BIGS with this project, just drop me an email here.

Thank you!

Larry Noedel, Outreach



More New Genealogy Books!

If you had a chance to read the recent item about the books that BIGS acquired for the Bainbridge Island Public Library, you might recall that the Kitsap Regional Library was planning to add another seven new titles. Well, they have arrived and are on the genealogy shelf!

  • DNA Guide for Adoptees, by Brianne Kirkpatrick and Shannon Combs-Bennett
  • Creating Family Archives, by Margaret Note
  • Professional Genealogy, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • Genealogy and the Law, by Kay and William Freilich
  • Now Pocket Guide for Irish Genealogy, by Brian Mitchell
  • Tracing Your Irish Ancestors through Land Records, by Chris Paton
  • A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists, by Barbara Jean Evans

So, stop by the library, or better yet go online to, search the catalog, and put a hold on the title of your choice. You will be informed when the book is available and you can pick it up quickly at your convenience at the Bainbridge Library.

And, again, please consider writing a brief review of any of these books that you read, so we can post it on Members’ Corner right here on

Monthly Meeting

Friday, February 17 @ 10AM

Zoom Virtual Event

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll

will present

Documents + DNA + Methods + Luck,
Combining Tools to Find Biological Family

Finding an adopted child’s biological family is especially challenging for genealogists. This presentation uses a success story to show how good methodology combined with document research and DNA matches (plus a dose of good luck) finally put to rest a decades-old question.

The recipient of many awards, Liz is co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist, the quarterly journal of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and immediate past-president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served on numerous boards and committees.

Liz is based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

So, please join us on February 17th at 10AM for this informative presentation. A  Zoom link will be posted here the day before the event.

    Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

IF YOU ARE A RENEWING MEMBER: Skip the New Member Form and simply mail your check for the calendar year 2023 to the address listed below.


1) Please complete the form and click on the submit button, 

2) Mail your check for $35 for your 2023 Individual Membership or $50 for your 2023 Family Membership to:

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 135

Rollingbay, WA  98061-0135

New Member Form

We look forward to meeting you in person!

Special EVENING meeting for BIGS Members

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7PM on Zoom, facilitated by Betty Weise.