Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Genealogy?
A: The line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor.
Q: What is a pedigree chart and how can I submit one to the BAGS website?
A: A pedigree chart is a simple visualization of direct paternal and maternal names and vital statistics for 5 or 6 generations. A blank fillable 6-generation chart is available here and can be submitted to BAGS Pedigree Charts for publication to our members page.
Q: What is a SIG?
A: A Special Interest Group formed to discuss/research a specific topic. An example would include our current German SIG.
Q: How do I find out if I am current (paid up) on my membership dues?
A: Send an email message to the BAGS Registrar to find out if you are current on your membership dues.
Q: How do I request that my personal information be updated in the Yearbook?
A: Send an email message to the BAGS Yearbook Editor to submit your corrections.
Q: How do I print the Yearbook?
A: To print the 2022 yearbook, choose double-sided booklet in your print settings and follow your printer’s instructions. If you want a different color for the cover page, place that sheet of paper on top of your paper stack.
Q: What are the responsibilities of the various committees listed on the application form?
A: Job descriptions for the board officers and committees can be found on this page.
Q: Who should I contact if I am interested in volunteering?
A: Send an email message to the BAGS Info and the appropriate board member will contact you.
Q: Who should I contact if I need assistance in genealogical research?
A: Send an email message to the BAGS Education Coordinator.
Q: Where can I get or find the current or past issues of the BAGS Newsletter?
A: The BAGS Newsletters are posted online on this web site. Click here to see the list of Newsletters available.
Q: Where can I get or find the current or past issues of the BAGS Journal?
A: The BAGS Journals are posted online on this website. Click here to see the list of Journals available.
Q: Where can I get or find the past issues of the BAGS Quarterlies?
A: The BAGS Quarterlies are posted online on this website. Click here to see the list of Quarterlies available.
Q: Can I get copies of a Quarterly or Journal if I am not a member of BAGS?
A: Yes! You can purchase a PDF version of any issue for $10 each. Click here for Journal tables of contents or here for Quarterly tables of contents. You will need to include the issue information for each publication that you want to receive. Payment is made via PayPal with a PayPal account or a debit/credit card. The publication order form is here.
Q: When is the next general meeting?
A: See our meetings page here.
Q: When does the membership year run?
A: January 1 to December 31
Q: When are renewal dues required?
A: Between November 1 and the last day of February
Q: Frequently Asked Questions About the 1950 Census – NARA
A: 1950 Census
Q: Frequently Asked Questions About the 1940 Census – NARA
A: 1940 Census