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: Monday, September 12, 2016
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts at 7:15 PM
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM
  • Free admission and refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi

Come early to use the Family History Library computers and databases, as well as our extensive JGSWS library!

"Beyond Online: Beginning Courthouse Research," presented by Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.


Step away from the computer to search for records that may not be digitized: records that are stored in county courthouses across the country. Find out what kinds of documents you can locate, from land records to court proceedings, and how that information will help your research. Using many examples, including some from her Jewish great-grandparents, Janice shares her valuable knowledge of resources and methods for researching records in courthouses.



Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., is a psychologist who recently retired from full-time college teaching in social sciences and American Cultural Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and academic studies: Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington, Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, and ProGen. Her writing and presentations include health, genetics, ethnic minority research and courthouse research.

Janice is actively involved with her local genealogical societies and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, African American Genealogical and Historical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society.

For more information, please e-mail

Download handouts from past meetings.

October 10: Cyndi Ingle
November 6 (Sunday, 1-5 PM): Intro to Jewish Genealogy at Mercer Island Library
November 14: TBD

See the Events page.