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BGS Learning Opportunities Abound!  

Click here to go directly to the Calendar and Register for Events

Each month from September to May, BGS offers several methods of learning the HOW TO
of researching family history, from program meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month to smaller interest groups and specialized workshops.

If COVID rates remain low, we hope Hybrid meetings will be the norm, meaning you can
choose whether to attend the meeting in-person at Williamson Hall or on ZOOM. We will have some ZOOM-only meetings, especially when travel in the winter is hazardous, and  will have some In-Person-only meetings, if the meeting's content is best delivered in-person.


BGS MEMBERS: All monthly meetings, workshops or interest groups are free for members, whether attending In-Person or on ZOOM. 

NON-MEMBERS:  In-Person attendance at any meeting is free.  ZOOM attendance is free, too, IF the meeting does NOT have a professional speaker, such as interest groups, etc.

NON-MEMBERS:  For monthly meetings with professional speakers, who charge us fees,
the cost to attend on ZOOM is $5.00. Thank you so much for your help.

In-Person Location

Williamson Hall, 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend, Oregon, 97701, which is the recreation building
for the Rock Arbor Villa Mobile Home Park, which is behind the Chevron Station and Jakes Restaurant on the north side of Hwy 20. 
Find Google Map and a detail map to our location
on the
 Contact Us page.


To participate via  Zoom Logo ,  all you need to do is to register for and install a FREE ZOOM account on a device connected to the internet. Even a cell phone will work. Sign-up for a FREE ZOOM account at 


Building Solid
Family Trees

8-class ZOOM series

FREE - Registration Required

Pat Kliewer’s popular, intro to genealogy classes are back in 2023. Whether you are just beginning your quest, or have been working on your tree for years, these classes may help you. Members and non-members are welcome.

Starting on Jan 26, the classes are every Thurs afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Attend them all or just choose a few. Start on any date.  Class starts with a lecture & examples, followed by your questions about any aspect of your trees and/or research. 

Register for each class separately and
find out more information about each
one in the
Event Calendar.

1 - Jan 26:  Getting Started

2 - Feb 2:  Writing It Down

3 - Feb. 9:  Where Were They?

4 - Feb 16:  Federal Census Records

5 - Feb 23:  County and Vital Records

6 - Mar 2:  Cemeteries & Newspapers

7 - Mar 9:  Other Federal Records

8 - Mar 16:  Putting It All Together

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