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BGS Learning Opportunities Abound!  

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Upcoming Events for BGS !

May 4th, 1st Saturday - 10 am to Noon  Open Lab for Genealogy   The Lab is dedicated genealogy research time  without the distractions at home. Lab volunteers or other participants are nearby to offer assistance.  This is not a program presentation. Bring your laptop or other device to use for research.  Free at Williamson Hall.   Click here for event details and to Register

May 14th, Tuesday - 10 AM to Noon - (Hybrid--Zoom or In person):  BGS ANNUAL MEETING & Organizing Your Genealogy Records Digitally & Saving Them to the Cloud  -  Presented by Clark Pederson.  Do you have files 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!  The program will start about 10:45 am PST following the annual meeting.   Click here for event details and to Register 

May 18th, 3rd Saturday - 10 AM to Noon - Coffee & Cousins - Share family history stories and research with others. Free at Williamson Hall - Click here for event details and to RSVP

May 18th, 3rd Saturday - 12:30 PM to 2:30 - Keep Researching - For indendent researchers. Life too hectic to research at home?  Come to Williams Hall and Keep Research!  Build a research plan, do research, work on your tree.  Maybe you'll break through a brickwall. Free at Williamson Hall - Click here for event details and to RSVP

May 21st,  Monday - 10:00 AM to Noon - (Zoom ONLY) Charting Companion--Telling the Story of Your Family with Charts and DNA by Pierre Clouthier- Learn about how to create amazing charts! Charting Companion works with FTM, RootsMagic, Legacy and any most other databases that generate a GEDCOM file. Use it to create advanced family charts. Color coded charts, sibling Charts, Cousin Charts, all kinds of customizations.  It also offers an easy way to combine and display your DNA test results with you family tree database and possibly discover some surprises.

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Each month from September to May, BGS offers opportunities for 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.

BGS has a variety of types of meetings - some are in-person-only at Williamson Hall, some are Zoom-only, and some are hybrid, meaning you can attend in-person at Williamson Hall or on ZOOM.

When travel in the winter is hazardous, BGS usually has Zoom-only meetings.


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 in person at Williams Hall for any meeting is free.  

NON-MEMBERS by Zoom:  For monthly meetings with professional speakers, who charge us fees, the cost to attend on ZOOM is $10.00. And we normally charge $5.00 for Zoom attendance for non-members at other programs. Thank you for your support!


Williamson Hall, 2200 NE Hwy 20, Bend, Oregon, 97701, which is the recreation building for the Rock Arbor Villa Mobile Home Park, located behind the Chevron Station and Jake's Diner 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 ,  you need to do 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 

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