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

  • NEWSLETTER: If you're not on our mailing list and would like to subscribe to our eNewsletter, please email us at Programs AT jgsws.org. The newsletter includes meeting announcements and other genealogical items of interest.
  • 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.
  • Meeting handouts: You can download meeting notes from our Handouts page.

Next Program

Monday, January 24, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST
(online via Zoom)
Please note early start time.

JGSWS Members-Only Happy/Social Hour: Presentation of "Roots on the Road," our own introduction to Jewish genealogy, presented by Jessica Moskowitz. Members will receive an invitation with registration link.

Other Events

  • Sunday, March 6, at 10 AM PST: Special presentation sponsored by the JGSBC and JGSWS: Megan Lewis of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will speak about the museum's resources for genealogical research. Contact programs AT jgsws.org for a registration link.
  • The National Archives at Seattle (NARA): All live events are currently canceled and the resource room is closed. For more information about future events and using their free online resources, see https://www.archives.gov/seattle.

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