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BGS Learning Opportunities Abound!  

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Upcoming Events for BGS !

April 6th, 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

April 9th, Tuesday - 10 AM to Noon - (Hybrid--Zoom or In person):  DNA Basics and Using Ancestry DNA -  Presented by Beth Taylor and Crista Cowan.  We will be watching two great RootsTech 2023 videos on learning about DNA and Ancestry DNA.    Click here for event details and to Register 

April 20th, 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

April 20th, 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

April 17th,  Wednesday - 10:00 AM to Noon - (Hybrid--Zoom or In person):  German Interest Group - We are restarting our German Interest Group!  The third meeting will include learning to use the Meyers Gazateer.  The group will then pause until winter 2024. Free at Williamson Hall or by zoom -  Click here for event details and to Register


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. We many charge a small amount for Zoom attendance for non-members at other programs. Thank you so much 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 ,  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 

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