Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Destination Canada

On November 18, 2022 BIGS Presents

At 10AM, Friday, Nov 18, 2022, on Zoom,

Dave Obee will present:

Destination Canada”

When we say he wrote the book on this subject, we mean it. Dave is a distinguished British Columbian journalist and genealogist. In 2010, he published the book “Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records,” He will tell us how to find the more than 7 million people who arrived in Canada between 1815 and 1930. They came from Europe, Asia, and even from the United States.

Many sources such as ship passenger lists, border crossing records, and naturalization and citizenship documents can be found online. Other sources exist, of course, and we’ll learn about how to find information from those as well.

So, please join us on November 18th at 10AM for this informative presentation. The Zoom link will be available on our website bigenealogy.org on November 17th, the day before the meeting. Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society WPA Historical Records

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

At 10AM, Friday, Sept 16, 2022, on Zoom,

Gena Philibert-Ortega will present:

WPA Historical Records Survey and YOUR Genealogy”

Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA (Works Progress Administration) employed more than 8 million people, most in construction but also in the arts and cultural areas. Perhaps one of your ancestors was involved. In this presentation, we will explore the WPA and specifically the Historical Records Survey and what genealogically relevant content you can find in books, archival collections, and online.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor who has published two books and many articles as well as six editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Moresehead Publishing. Her current research includes women’s repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women’s material culture.

A Zoom link will be available on our website September 15th, the day before the meeting. Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society DNA Doubleheader

Save the Date: October 21, 2022

BIGS Presents a Special Diahan Doubleheader

At 10AM, Friday, Oct 21, 2022, on Zoom, Diahan Southard will present two programs:

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.

Program details to follow. A Zoom link will be available on our website the day before the meeting. Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary. Save that date!

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Researching Your Ancestral Places

On Friday, July 15, 2022

at 10AM at the Bainbridge Public Library and on Zoom,

Claire Smith will present: “Researching Your Ancestral Places”

Learn how to build place guides, find resources to research the history, geography and culture in the time and places your ancestors lived. Find out where to find historic maps, boundary changes, information about local history, and more.

It’s free, and the public is most welcome! Come by the Bainbridge Public Library prepared to mask or pick up your Zoom link at our website, on July 14, the day before the meeting, at http://www.bigenealogy.org under “Events.”

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Emotional Roller Coaster of DNA Testing

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society: The Emotional Roller Coaster of DNA Testing

10AM, Friday, June 17, 2022

At the Bainbridge Public Library and on Zoom,

Janice Lovelace will present: “The Emotional Roller Coaster of DNA Testing”

DNA Testing can prove otherwise unknown relationships. Such results can be totally unexpected and cause strong emotional ups and downs. How do you best handle previously unknown relatives or totally unexpected parentage? What about doner conception or non-responsive matches?

There are two ways to attend: Either come to the library prepared to mask, or pick up your Zoom invitation at our website, bigenealogy.org, on June 16, the day before the meeting and clicking on EVENTS. Janice will be speaking remotely.

Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society How Do You Find That?

At 10AM, Friday, May 20, 2022, on Zoom,

Cari Taplin will present:

How’d You Find That?!?”

Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records

Sometimes the most amazing and useful family history information shows up in very unexpected places. Cari A. Taplin will be showing us how to find some of those hidden gems.

Cari’s family told her that she was related to Roy Rogers. That resulted in her search for her true heritage since the year 2000. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She provides speaking services through GenealogyPANTS, and lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group “The Genealogy Squad.” Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Her personal research focuses on the midwestern and Great Lakes states.

For your Zoom invitation, just go to our website, bigenealogy.org, on May 19, the day before the meeting and click on EVENTS.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Navigating Online Genealogy Databases

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

Patti Lee Hobbs will present:

Navigating Online Genealogy Databases”

10AM, March 18, 2022, on Zoom,

Online databases allow us to research our family histories quickly and easily. Unfortunately, they have also made it quick and easy to pick up data that proves to be incorrect. This presentation will help us ensure that the family history information we gather online is accurate.

For your Zoom invitation, just go to our website, bigenealogy.org, and click on EVENTS the day before the meeting.

EVERYONE WELCOME

No membership necessary

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Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Are You Ready for the 1950 Census ?

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS)

February 7, 2022

For WSGS:

On February 18,2022, at 10AM on Zoom, Thomas MacEntee will present:

Are You Ready for the 1950 Census?”

If you are new to genealogy in the past 9 years you’ve never lived through the release of a new U.S. Census. If you’ve been at it longer than that you know it hasn’t always been a smooth process at the outset. Either way, you are probably anxious to learn what has happened to some of those folks you traced to the 1940 Census.

The release is scheduled to happen in less than 2 months, on April 1, 2022. It will likely be some months after that before the major online genealogy services have indexed the data so that you can find 1950 census information as easily as you can now search other online data. So, join us and get up to speed on how and why the 1950 US Census form is radically different than pervious forms, and how you can go about accessing the data immediately on and after the release date.

Thomas will cover how you can prepare now to hit the ground running on April 1.

It’s free, and the public is most welcome! Pick up your Zoom link at our website, the day before the meeting, April 17, at http://www.bigenealogy.org under “Events.”

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Thank you!

Larry Noedel

Publicity

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

Bainbridge Island Genealogy Society (BIGS) Are You Really My Ancestor

The Bainbridge Island Genealogy Society (BIGS) Monthly Program for January will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, 10AM-Noon, on Zoom.

Claire Smith will be presenting “Are You Really My Ancestor?”

A matching name isn’t enough to prove a relationship, especially if you have a common surname. In this session you’ll learn what it takes to prove a lineage, and how to handle conflicting information or multiple potential matches. We’ll explore cases that illustrate how to deal with these issues.

Claire has spent more than 20 years in genealogy research. We know her and her work quite well. You see, she used to live in these parts and is a past president, mentor, and webmaster for our society.

It’s free, and the public is most welcome! Pick up your Zoom link at our website, http://www.bigenealogy.org under “Events.”

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Thank you!

Larry Noedel

Publicity

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society