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Welcome to the freshly remodeled BIGS website – same address, brand new look! We hope you will get used to using the website for all your BIGS news and information. It will be a bit of transition for all of us, but we hope you will enjoy the changes. There will undoubtedly be some revisions or corrections needed, so please bear with us as we find our way forward! Afterall, the work done on the website has been done by enthusiastic volunteers, your fellow members working together on your behalf. Kudos to our Website team, led by Larry Noedel, and including Joleen Aitchison, Holly Ardinger, Stephani Balzarini, and our learned webmaster Lori Gibson! As 2022 fades away, I hope you are looking forward to a new year of adventures in genealogy – opportunities to learn from our speakers and other members, to share your knowledge and discoveries, and to support BIGS by volunteering your time and ideas. Happy New Year!

Andy Hoskins, President

Everyone Welcome! No Membership Necessary

Next Monthly Meeting

Joshua Taylor

Friday, January 20 @ 10AM

Zoom Virtual Event

D. Joshua Taylor

will present

Family History:
What the Future Holds

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Click on a title to read the article

Pat's Prompts

All about a favorite photo.

DNA Ditties

A short lesson on Y-DNA

Make It Quick!

Learn about Cyndi's List.

Special Interest Groups

Friday Forum / Great Britain / Writers' Workshop

Members Only

Online Q&A

Date & Time: To be determined

Place: On Zoom

Content: It’s up to you!

Whether new to genealogy or experienced, if you would like some help with what to do next, contact us to set up a personal Zoom session with a few of our knowledgable members.

Everyone Welcome… No membership necessary

BIGS is looking for more volunteers to help with all aspects of the organization. Benefits of volunteering include learning new skills from other members, sharing your genealogy experiences with others genuinely interested in what you have learned, and knowing that you have helped vitalize our organization.

Around the Sound and More

Anytime you are wondering what’s happening at other societies in our neck of the woods just click the  button below.



BIGS Buys Books!

Thanks to a donation from BIGS, the Bainbridge Island Public Library is now the proud owner of four new books on genealogy DNA.

  • Your DNA Guide – the Book, Southard
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques/Case Studies, Wayne
  • Research Like a Pro with DNA, Elder
  • DNA and Genealogy Research Simplified, Szabados

In addition, the Bainbridge Island genealogy section is about to benefit from seven new titles obtained by the Kitsap Regional Library, who operates the Bainbridge Public Library in addition to eight other public libraries in this area. Those new titles have been ordered and are expected on the shelves in the next several weeks.

Andy with books
Four new books

This happened because of our continuing efforts to partner with the Bainbridge Island Public Library, where we have met for many years. The particular books selected were the result of recommendations made by several of our members. Special thanks to Mary Ferm, Joleen Aitchison, Claire Smith, and Holly Ardinger.

Hopefully, members will find topics of interest and value to their research in this new collection. Please recognize that while these titles will be homed at the Bainbridge Library, they are available to KRL library card holders system-wide. You can easily access them by going online to KRL.org, searching in the catalog, and then putting 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, 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 bigenealogy.org.



President's Message

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