JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Our meeting location, since September 2013, is the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (in Factoria, just off I-90 and I-405). Occasional meetings will be held at the JCC on Mercer Island. Admission is free.

CANCELLATION NOTICE: The meeting scheduled for Monday, February 11, with Mary Kozy is cancelled due to a forecast of snow for this weekend and another storm front likely coming in on Monday. Mary's meeting is being rescheduled to April 8. Please be safe and stay warm this weekend!

NEXT MEETING:  JGSWS proudly presents

"Using MacKiev's Family Tree Maker Software," presented by Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador

PLEASE NOTE the DATE, PLACE, and TIME CHANGE for this ONE meeting:

Monday, March 4, 2019 (the 1st Monday of the month)
at the Downtown Bellevue Public Library, Room 1
1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004

  • Doors open at 6:15 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 6:30 PM.
  • Come early to to network with other attendees and to check out the fabulous genealogy section of the Bellevue Library on the 2nd floor.
  • Free Wi-Fi available.
  • Free admission and refreshments.


Mark OIsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will join us in person to walk us through the newest features, tips, and upgrades in Family Tree Maker 2017. Mark will answer the questions: Do I need to upgrade? How do I upgrade? What's new in version 2017? He'll also discuss options to synchronize your FTM trees with your trees at Other topics and features to be addressed include: FamilySync™, Photo Darkroom™, FamilySearch Integration, Color Coding, DNA Basics in conjunction with Charting Companion 7 (a partner product), Saved Filtered Lists, Sync Weather Report, Moving to FTM 2017, Using FTM 2017 for the first time, Upgrading to FTM 2017 from prior versions, moving trees over to the new version, and the FTM 2017 Free Update. This program will be a live, interactive presentation. Come meet Mark and bring your questions to the meeting!

A raffle for free Family Tree Software will be held!

You'll be able to purchase Family Tree Maker Software, at a deeply reduced price, before and after this presentation, from 6:15-6:30 PM and 8:30-8:45 PM.



Mark Olsen is the marketing director and trainer for Family Tree Maker. He works to support members of historical and genealogical societies around the world, as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor's degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007.

Download handouts from past meetings.

April 8, 2019: Mary Kathryn Kozy, "Breaking Down Brick Walls" (rescheduled from February 11)


See the Events page.