Website Team Member

(Training will be provided)

We are looking for someone to join our current website team of four. The right person would be interested in learning how to post material to the site using software designed for that purpose. If you are interested in learning more about helping BIGS in this way, drop us a note here.

Next Monthly Program

Richard Hill

will present

Friday, May 17 @ 10AM

on Zoom

Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies

Learn how Y-DNA testing of suitable males can trace andconfirm paternal lines in your family tree. See how to choose the right test and how to work with your genetic matches. Examples cover STRs, SNPs, genetic distance, match thresholds, Tip reports, the Y-DNA tree, haplogroups, group projects, account settings, and more.

Richard Hill, one of the first adoptees to identify his birth family through DNA testing and genetic genealogy, created the “DNA Testing Adviser” website in 2008. Over the next 13 years, he educated thousands of readers and answered a regular flood of individual questions. Selling that website in 2021, Richard launched his “DNA Favorites” website, self-published Finding Family: My Search for Roots, and the Secrets in My DNA. Richard has become an in-demand genealogical speaker on all topics DNA.

So, please join us on May 17th at 10AM

on Zoom

Everyone Welcome! No  membership necessary but Registration Required

Next Monthly Program

Let's Talk!

Very informal conversations about some aspect of genealogy. A broad topic but no agenda. No presentation. BIGS members only. The discussion goes wherever the participants’ take it. A few with experience on the topic will be on hand to help with questions.

Let's Talk! Anything and Everything DNA

Friday, March 10 @ 10AM. Zoom Only. Sylvia Nelson Zoom Host.

Zoom link was sent to all members on March 6.

Drop in and join the conversation!

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Worthwhile
Websites

Layers of London

Layers of London is a map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area. Start exploring now!

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Notes from the President

Last December, I inherited a box of memorabilia saved by my grandmother, who died in rural Missouri in 1955 when I was a senior in high school. Having never met this woman, this find was a family historian’s dream. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been reading her several diaries, written from 1933 through 1954.

Most of the entries are rather mundane, dealing with the weather, how she and my grandfather were feeling, who was visiting, etc. Nevertheless, they have provided me with some important insights into what her life was like.

I was reminded how hard people like her had to work, even in their 80’s, and how primitive the health systems were. “Painless” dentistry didn’t exist. The census would describe my grandmother as “keeping house.” What this meant for her was preparing all the meals, cleaning the house, washing and mending clothes, doing all the shopping, etc. When she died in 1955, television was just beginning to take over our lives, the interstate highway system was being built, and landlines were the only form of telephones. Think of how the world has changed since she was born in 1873.

And think of how the world has changed since 1955, and continues to change at an ever increasing pace. If a person was interested in genealogy in my grandmother’s time, they went to their local library or perhaps their local genealogy or historical society for help and they wrote lots of letters to request information from a wide variety of sources. That’s rarely the case today. Most genealogy newcomers are introduced to the discipline through online services like Ancestry or 23andMe. Many seem to find the answers they were seeking in a matter of weeks or months, and they are apparently finished with their family history. Of course, they don’t know what they don’t know.

At our board meeting in May, we discussed an excellent presentation, “The Future of Local Societies” by Joshua Taylor, sponsored by the Washington State Genealogical Society. It provided many ideas about how genealogy groups like ours will need to be open to changing the way we do business as the world in which we live continues to evolve.

One of the key ideas in the presentation is that we can’t expect future members to come to us; rather, we’ll have to go to them. And that’s a significant change from the way the world worked when my grandmother was writing in her diaries. That’s why we have upped our outreach efforts and recently took our TreeBuilder program to the Poulsbo Public Library. Providing genealogy education is one of the bedrock principles of BIGS, and one that will continue to inform the work of your board as we contemplate the future.

Larry Noedel

SPECIAL PROGRAM

SPECIAL PROGRAM

TreeBuilder

Live!

at the Poulsbo Public Library

Saturday, May 11, 2-4PM

Whether beginner or experienced, our knowledgeable coaches will show you how to move your genealogy ahead with one-on-one help.

Everyone Welcome!
Please Register at the Poulsbo Public Library

In partnership with

TreeBuilder

Our informal genealogy coaching sessions are now available either in-person at the Bainbridge Public Library or Online via Zoom

TreeBuilder

Live!

Every fourth Monday evening
7:00 to 8:30 PM
at the
Bainbridge Public Library

Everyone Welcome

No Membership/Registration Necessary

Next Session: November 27 @ 7PM

TreeBuilder

Online!

Tailored to our guest's needs,
on Zoom
at agreeable date and time

Everyone Welcome!

No Membership necessary 

but 

registration is required

Slide Show from the Holiday Party

By popular demand, here are the slides from the Holiday Party shared by Charlie Averill and Andy Hoskins.

DIRECTIONS: Advance or reverse the slides using the arrows on either side. Jump to different slides using the dots under the slides.

Coming Attractions

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                       Friday, May 17 @ 10AM  

Richard Hill

                            will present on Zoom

Y Chromosome Insights & Strategies

                    Everyone Welcome! 

                   No Membership Necessary



Monthly Meetings

Feb 19 2024  10AM AT THE BAINBRIDGE LIBRARY AND ON ZOOM

Mary Kircher Roddy presents Recreating Your Ancestor’s World

March 15 2024  10AM ON ZOOM

Maureen Brady presents Essentials of Irish Research

April 19 2024  10AM AT THE BAINBRIDGE LIBRARY AND ON ZOOM

Evelyn Roehl presents Pledging Allegiance – The Paper Trails to Naturalization Records

Friday Forum

(Formerly Skill SIG)

Friday, March 22, 10AM

on Zoom

Topic: Irish Research Special Interest Group

A Facilitated Member Discussion

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Share your Irish genealogy questions, struggles, strategies, breakthroughs. Get (and offer) ideas and  encouragement in this informal gathering to share and learn with members interested in Irish Genealogy. Share your favorite Irish research websites, blogs, webinars, books, or other resources.  Bring your insights or questions from the March 15, 2024 program “Essentials of Irish Research”.

Zoom link will be sent via email to all members. No need to register

BIGS Donates
Two New
Library Books

Once again we have added books to the Bainbridge Island Public Library’s genealogy section. If you have a KRL library card you can you can find these books online and reserve them for later pickup. And, if you don’t have a library card, you can get one online here.

A new book, first published in February 2023 by Drew Smith. It pays off the claim, “A fresh approach  to the basics of genealogy.” The book opens by dealing directly with the many questions and issues faced by newcomers to genealogy. From there it is organized by starting with the present and moving back in time, generation by generation and chapter by chapter.

This book, with contributions from John Cleary, Michelle Leonard, Ian McDonald, and Alasdair MacDonald, isn’t new, having been first published in 2019. But, as an indication of its popularity it has been reprinted in 2020, 2021, and 2022. This book is a solid reference on using DNA in genealogy. Its chapters cover a wide variety of DNA topics including DNA principles, testing company comparisons, autosomal DNA tests, Y-DNA tests,  mtDNA tests, and more.

Friday, February 16 @ 10AM

CANCELLED DUE TO 

PRESENTER’S ILLNESS

Mary Kircher Roddy

will present

Recreating Your Ancestor's World

Everyone Welcome! 

No Membership Necessary

So, please join us on March 15 at 10AM on Zoom

Everyone Welcome! No  membership necessary but Registration Required

So, please join us on February 16 at 10AM at the Bainbridge Library or on Zoom

Everyone Welcome! No  membership necessary but Registration Required

Special EVENING Program for BIGS Members

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Monday, March 4 @ 6:30PM

Zoom Virtual Event

Using the Free Genealogy Database FamilySearch.org

Our presenter is Donna Snider, Director of the Camano-Stanwood FamilySearch Center on Camano Island. She has taught a variety of genealogical classes over the last several decades, and her specialty is teaching others how to easily steer through the extensive FamilySearch.org program.

Donna says that while beginners are the target audience for this presentation, she also directly addresses researchers who purposefully avoid FamilySearch.org because Family Tree information can be changed by others. 

Zoom link will be sent to all members via email. No registration necessary.

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Special EVENING Program for BIGS Members

Monday, March 4 @ 6:30PM

Zoom Virtual Event

Using the Free Genealogy Database FamilySearch.org

What makes these BIGS members so Happy?

No one said anything funny. These aren’t, “Smile for the camera smiles.” That’s simply what it felt like to have told our family stories and learned that their significance was appreciated by our audience, the Bainbridge Island Women’s ClubOn Thursday, March 21, Holly Ardinger, Betty Wiese, Susie Wood and I represented BIGS at their monthly meeting.

We presented our “Why Genealogy?” program. This program involves a team of four members each answering the question “Why Genealogy?” with some of their own brief family stories, and ends with an invitation to join the genealogy fun and get some help from BIGS. From beginning to end, the entire presentation runs about one half-hour.

Our audience of 55 women was quite interested in our little talk. And, there was a warm and lively Q&A period afterward. We had created an outreach handout to use in our TreeBuilder coaching sessions and offered it on this occasion. (A family tree form on one side and tips about how to get started on the other.) We were quite pleased to find that 14 members of the audience left with one.

We can put that smile on your face too. We know that you have some amazing family stories. Pick one or two that show why you love genealogy and come along the next time we share stories with the world outside BIGS. 

If you would like to explore joining our team please contact Susie Wood. She can tell you more about what is expected of participants in this or our other community outreach efforts, each designed to promote genealogy and let folks know who we are and what we offer.

Finally, if you belong to an organization on Bainbridge or North Kitsap that you think might be interested in having us present our Why Genealogy? program, please let me know. As we say in our presentation: “Why Genealogy? It’s all about discovering those family stories.” Let’s add yours to our mix!

Larry Noedel