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.
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What's New

  • MAILING LIST: If you're not on our mailing list and would like to receive meeting notices, please email us at Programs AT jgsws.org.
  • MEETING LOCATION: Because of COVID safety concerns, our meetings are currently presented virtually via Zoom.
  • 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.

Our Next Program

Monday, April 10, 2023, at 7:00 PM PDT
(online via Zoom)

"Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family’s Oral History," presented by Sara Cochran

Future JGSWS Programs

  • May 8, 2023: Glenn Kurtz, "Three Minutes in Poland"
  • June 12, 2023: S Lynn Diamond, "In Search of Mishpocha – Creative Methods for Finding Cousins"

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