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Tuesday, May 21
The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology—Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Google guru Lisa Louise Cooke will show you the proven methodology that dramatically improves genealogical searching with Google and its free associated tools. Think you know how to Google? Think again! 



Tuesday, June 18
Must-Use U.S. Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, findmypast, and MyHeritage - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
Must-Use U.S. Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, findmypast, and MyHeritage—Sunny Morton
 
Ready to move past U.S. censuses, vital records, and draft registrations? Come meet some of the next greatest U.S. genealogy record treasures on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, findmypast, and MyHeritage! Learn what's in these record types, what they might teach you about your ancestors, and tips for navigating these record gems effectively.


Tuesday, June 25
A Deep Dive into Understanding Your DNA Results - Video  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
A Deep Dive into Understanding Your DNA Results—Blaine Bettinger, Angie Bush, Jonny Perl
 
Using Ethnicity in Your Genealogical Research (Angie Bush) Ethnicity estimates are sometimes viewed as not useful for genealogical research. We will take a deep dive into understanding ethnicity to tease out clues to assist in answering genealogical research questions.



Tuesday, July 16
The Magic of German Church Records - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
The Magic of German Church Records—Katherine Schober
 
Before the 1870s, it was the German churches, not civil authorities, who meticulously kept track of their members' baptisms, marriages, and deaths. If you are researching your German ancestors, it is more likely than not that you will run into these records at some point in your research. Filled with information such as your ancestor's name, parents' names, important dates, relationships, and more, these records are an amazing find for any German genealogist. But there's just one problem—they're not in English. In this session, learn from professional German genealogy translator Katherine Schober how you can extract the information you need from German church records.


Tuesday, July 23
Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners - Video  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners—Jonny Perl
 
This session is intended to provide the most gentle introduction possible to the concept of chromosome mapping. The field of genetic genealogy can be confusing and overwhelming for beginners, with a wide variety of new concepts, terms, and technology to contend with. This can cause some to give up, which is a loss for the genealogy community as a whole. Since chromosome mapping is visual, it can provide a useful and practical framework for learning the essential DNA concepts needed for family history.



Tuesday, August 6
August BCGS Board Meeting  (Board)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3871 Meadow Lane, St. Joseph, MI
Meeting of the BCGS Board of Directors to review past events and plan new events.  Update on ongoing and future projects.  All members welcome.


Tuesday, August 20
Jewish Genealogy: How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
Jewish Genealogy: How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available—Lara Diamond
 
This session gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe. It will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots.


Tuesday, August 27
Chromosome Mapping Tips and Techniques - Video  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
Chromosome Mapping Tips and Techniques—Blaine Bettinger
 
DNA Painter has given us a great new tool for mapping our chromosomes. How do we take advantage of that tool to map as much of our DNA as possible and use the information to solve mysteries?



Tuesday, September 17
One Touch Genealogy Research: Handle a Record Once - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
One Touch Genealogy Research: Handle a Record Once—Thomas MacEntee
 
Do you get so excited when you find a new record for an ancestor that you forget to collect the information you need? Does that record shine and glitter so brightly that you are blinded to other vital clues you might need? Learn the “One Pass” approach to genealogy research, and never get distracted again! Participants will learn the best way to extract as much information as possible from a genealogy record on the first pass!


Tuesday, September 24
The Combined Power of DNA, Records, and Family Trees - Video  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
The Combined Power of DNA, Records, and Family Trees—Jen Baldwin, David Nicholson, Diahan Southard
 
We take the best of DNA, records, and Family Tree information to show what is possible when you combine all three areas of research. Learn from the experts as we break through walls, make connections with up to 13th-degree relatives, and speed up the process of family history research. This discussion is DNA-centric but pulls in the traditional tools. We see how one day we can simply take a DNA sample and be presented with the photographs of our ancestors.



Tuesday, October 8
October BCGS Board Meeting  (Board)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3871 Meadow Lane, St. Joseph, MI
Meeting of the BCGS Board of Directors to review past events and plan new events.  Update on ongoing and future projects.  All members welcome.


Tuesday, October 15
My Ancestors Are from Germany, and I Don’t Speak German - Video  (Workshop)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
My Ancestors Are from Germany, and I Don’t Speak German—Tamra Stansfield
 
Unfortunately, many of us are scared away by the language, handwriting, and nuances of German research. This does not need to be the case. This class will familiarize you with easily available resources to increase your skills (and comfort level) in performing German research.


Tuesday, October 22
You Need Both! Uniting DNA and Traditional Research - Video  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3653 Niles Rd. St. Joseph Michigan (LDS Church Bldg.)
You Need Both! Uniting DNA and Traditional Research—Angie Bush and D. Joshua Taylor
 
DNA results often yield more questions than answers, yet when combined with traditional genealogical research, those results can lead to untold discoveries and solutions to longstanding research problems. This session provides the combined perspective of an expert in DNA testing and a genealogist to discuss and examine the best ways to integrate these two important elements of family history.



Tuesday, November 5
Annual Holiday Dinner  (Other)
6:00 pm
To Be Determined
Join us at a local restaurant and enjoy an evening of fellowship with our members.