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.

NEXT MEETING:  JGSWS proudly presents

"Using Multiple Data Sources to Find the Name of a Great-Grandfather Who Fled and Changed His Name," presented by Sally A. Mizroch

Monday, June 3, 2019 (Note the date change for this month only)
at the LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7:15 PM
  • Come early to network with other attendees and to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites
  • Free Wi-Fi available
  • Free admission and refreshments


Sally Mizroch will discuss data sources for finding information about ancestors who fled their native towns and/or immigrated to new towns, cities, countries, and continents. She will present scenarios where ancestors changed their names and which resources can help you analyze the information and records you have. You will come away with information on what your ancestors went through and strategies and resources to help you discover who your ancestors really were!



Sally A. Mizroch is a former President (2009-2010) and Board Member of the JGSWS. She is currently the Podgorze Town Leader and Krakow Archives Project Manager for Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-Poland). Additionally, Sally has been a contributor to the Nowy Targ, Poland, page on JewishGen's KehilaLinks and has a set of cemetery photographs available for it on Flickr. Sally attended Antioch College and received a BA in Environmental Studies/Biology. She received an MS in Fisheries from the University of Washington. She's been a Marine and Research Biologist with NOAA Fisheries, at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in both Seattle and Alaska. As the head of the NOAA SPLASH catalog, she developed and managed the photo matching system of whales, matching whale flukes to photographs. Sally is current a Principal at Blue Sea Research, in Seattle. She has written many scientific articles on whales, as well as having written a chapter in a children's book about Manatees, for Scholastic Books. She is also the owner of Tricycle Fitness in Seattle.

Download handouts from past meetings.

September 9, 2019: TBD
October 7, 2019: TBD
November 11, 2019: TBD
December 9, 2019: TBD


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