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, March 23, 2015
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts EARLY and promptly at 7:00 PM
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Free admission
  • Drawing for free 2014 Family Tree Maker software, donated by Nancy Adelson, JGSWS President

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


"Get the Most out of and Jewish Research,"
presented by Crista Cowan, Community Alliance Manager,


Are you new at genealogy or still searching, after all these years, for that elusive record about one particular ancestor? Come spend the evening with Crista Cowan, from She will demonstrate some of her favorite tips and tricks for searching the 15 billion+ records available on She will use specific examples to demonstrate smart search habits and best genealogy methodology practices. has many resources and unique tools available for Jewish genealogy research. Crista will survey’s Jewish record collections, show you how to search them efficiently, and demonstrate effective strategies for finding records from a specific location and time period. Come and learn how to get the most out of the treasure trove of information and documents that offers.



Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years (since she was a child) and has been a professional genealogist and owner of Legacy Family Services since 2002. She has been employed at since 2004 and is known as The Barefoot Genealogist (she hates wearing shoes, unless she’s trekking through a cemetery or when librarians or archivists insist on shoes). She regularly presents at conferences and genealogical societies around the country and teaches classes at numerous LDS Family History Centers. Crista has a live internet show every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM Eastern Time/10 AM Pacific Time at Crista recently completed a second term as president of the Utah Valley Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history. Crista brings her passion for family history into her presentations and provides common-sense solutions for the challenges we face in the search for our ancestors.

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Download handouts from past meetings.


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