Who We Are

JGSWS helps our members find their Jewish family roots. We hold monthly meetings with guest lecturers, and we sponsor workshops. We offer programs for beginners as well as seasoned researchers. Recent topics included immigration records, Jewish given names, forensic genealogy, genealogical research on the Internet, how to find an ancestral town, and how to create a family health portrait.
More about JGSWS...

What's New

  • We hope you enjoyed the IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, hosted by JGSWS in August! You can find a collection of blog posts about the event at http://extrayad.blogspot.com/2016/08/iajgs-2016-conference-blogger-compendium.html.
  • MEETING LOCATION: Most JGSWS meetings are held at the LDS Factoria Building in Bellevue, with easy access from I-90 and I-405. The address is 4200 124th Ave. SE, Bellevue.
  • DNA discounts: JGSWS members can receive a discount on DNA tests ordered from Family Tree DNA. For details, see our Special DNA Test Pricing page.
  • Meeting handouts: You can download meeting notes from our Handouts page.

Next Program


Monday, November 14, 2016, at 7:15 PM
at the LDS Factoria Building

"Deciphering Jewish Tombstones," presented by Madeleine Isenberg

Free admission

Driving directions to the LDS Factoria Building >>

Other Events

  • Essential Jewish Genealogy class with Nancy Adelson. Two sessions on Sunday, November 6: 10 AM to noon at Temple B'Nai Torah, Bellevue, and 2-4 PM at the Mercer Island Public Library. See our Events page for details.
  • Brick Walls workshops: Bring a brown-bag lunch and your questions to NARA on the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Free. See details.

Left: Sam Bender; Top: Tsivia Stirman; Bottom: Ida Bender