Jewish Genealogy Research Essentials Presentations and Workshop

Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Stroum Jewish Community Center, in the Auditorium
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040

JGSWS presents

Jewish Genealogy Research Essentials: Presentations and Workshop.

Learn about the vast array of resources that can help you begin or continue your genealogical journey. The program includes two presentations by Nancy Adelson, plus research assistance, FREE ANCESTRY.COM access for one day, and DOOR PRIZES.

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Getting Started! Learn about the vast array of resources that can help you begin or continue your genealogical journey. Get tips about:

Choosing family tree software.
Organizing and gathering information for your family tree.
Creating simple research logs.
Acquiring basic interviewing techniques.
Learning fundamental Ashkenazi & Sephardic naming traditions.
Locating valuable information in old newspapers.
UsingNational Archives & Records Administration (NARA) resources, including U.S. Census records, naturalization papers, city directories, and a huge online collection.

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Researching on the Internet! This introduction to Internet research includes:

Resources on JewishGen, including their Family Finder (JGFF), Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP), and other databases.
Finding vital records (birth, marriage, and death records) from various sources
Finding living descendants using the Internet.
Conducting cemetery research, including theJewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).
Sharing your research.
Using free resources in local libraries, including city directories and their free online databases (including Ancestry Library Edition®, HeritageQuest™, ProQuest®), and historical newspapers).

All Day: Access to extensive library materials and assistance by JGSWS board members.

Expert assistance with your research on,,, and other Internet sites
FREE WiFi and FREE access (bring your laptops).
Extensive library materials for your research.
Door prizes, including a 6-month World Deluxe subscription
and Family Tree Maker for the PC, donated by

About Our Speaker

Nancy Adelson is a founding member, President, and Program Chair for JGSWS. She is also a Director of JewishGen GerSIG, Co-Chair of the 2013 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Society (IAJGS) Conference, and Committee Co-chair for IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Month. She has researched 3800+ members for her husband’s (Sephardic) and her (Eastern & Western European) families going back to the early 1700s. She’s presented at many IAJGS conferences, locally, and on cruise ship lines. Nancy received the IAJGS Salutes, Wash. State Genealogical Society Award for Outstanding Efforts in Preservation, and the JGSWS Outstanding Community Service awards. She also earned the Trustee Life Long Learning Award and the Governor Dan Evans Award for Innovation for her outstanding teaching abilities while working as tenured Professor of Business and Real Estate at North Seattle Community College.

Free admission for JGSWS members, $5 for non-members

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