Organizing Your Genealogy Records Digitally & Saving Them to the Cloud

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Do you have piles of genealogy files, family photos, census records, birth/marriage/death certificates in paper or digital form but are unsure of what you have and don't have and where exactly it is? Or you are organized but wonder if there is a better way? This program is for you! Learn: 1) A way of organizing …

$5

DNA Basics with Beth Taylor and Crista Cowan

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Learn DNA Basics with Beth Taylor and a basic understanding of Ancestry DNA with Crista Cowan.  We will be playing their two RootsTech 2023 videos and then discussing what we learned.

Free, must register for in-person or Zoom

Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking with Christine Cohen

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Learn many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your family tree forward in time. You may find family treasures, photos, DNA test takers and information that will break down a brick wall. We will explore online trees, lineage societies, cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.

$10

Organizing Your Genealogical Research Trip

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Research trips are more likely to be successful and enjoyable if you follow a number of steps before, during, and after. In this session, you'll learn how to prepare for the trip by engaging in specific pre-trip tasks (including researching the repositories to be visited; creating an itinerary, and making a packing list); what to …

$10

Y-DNA: Sweet Icing on a Bitter Cake – How Y-DNA May Benefit Your Research by Wendi Babst

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

How can it help you in your genealogy research? Where can you test? Who should be tested? Should you join a surname study? What Y-DNA results do and do not tell you. These are questions that Wendi will be addressing in her presentation on a basic introduction to Y-DNA as it applies to genealogical research. …

Free – $5

Exploring Genealogical Research on the National Archives Website With Marisa Louie Lee

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

The National Archives website and online catalog have great resources for genealogists, but how can you get started? This presentation – appropriate for beginners and those new to federal records – will explain the in’s and out’s of federal government records and show you some great genealogical resources on the National Archives website. We’ll explore …

$10,

RootsTech 2023 Video–Genealogy Step by Step

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

A simple 5-step method that will help you stay on track and make real progress in your research. The Search Party Method includes Spotlight, Clues, Sift, Map, and Dig. We …

Brick Walls We Have Overcome–And How We Did It!

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Are you stuck on a line of your family tree? Do you feel like your ancestor must have just appeared out of nowhere? Come hear how three of our members moved beyond that situation and came up with vital information for their family tree. Speakers will discuss - Who was their problem ancestor? What did …

$5

Who Needed it Anyway? Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

$10
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Genealogy Open Lab

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

On the 1st Saturday of the month, BGS hosts an in-person Genealogy Open Lab. This event is NOT a class. It is dedicated, uninterrupted research time just for you in the Williamson Hall Rec Room. We will be nearby to offer advice. The public is invited to the Open Lab too. If you have a …

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Genealogy Open Lab

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

On the 1st Saturday of the month, BGS hosts an in-person Genealogy Open Lab. This event is NOT a class. It is dedicated, uninterrupted research time just for you in the Williamson Hall Rec Room. We will be nearby to offer advice. The public is invited to the Open Lab too. If you have a …

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Genealogy Open Lab

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

On the 1st Saturday of the month, BGS hosts an in-person Genealogy Open Lab. This event is NOT a class. It is dedicated, uninterrupted research time just for you in the Williamson Hall Rec Room. We will be nearby to offer advice. The public is invited to the Open Lab too. If you have a …

Genealogy Maps: In Folders, Online, & Under My Bed

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Brad Lemmon has been doing genealogy for 5 years and is the Secretary of the Bend Genealogy Society. His presentation will start with some general-purpose map information and then cover specific maps that he used (and created) to learn more about his Pennsylvania relatives. Hopefully some of the map ideas will help people make progress on their …

Finding Females in US Naturalization & Citizenship Records

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Nancy Loe will take us in the footsteps of our immigrant female ancestors as they navigated the naturalization path to citizenship after coming to America. Understanding changing requirements for US naturalization and citizenship is key to searching for and finding female immigrant ancestors. US citizenship and attendant rights for women could be fragile, depending on …

$5

Viking Descendants- Tracing Norwegian, Swedish and Danish Ancestors

Williamson Hall 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend

Our March presentation centers on Norwegian Research, but will include links and similarities with Swedish and Danish research, too. Topics include the unique naming patterns in Scandinavia and the importance of finding the farm or village your ancestor came from.