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, February 12, 2018
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library's genealogical resources!
  • Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees.
  • Free admission and refreshments provided.
  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 PM.

 JGSWS proudly presents:

"Maximizing the Treasures of the JRI-Poland Database:
How one genealogist prepared for trips to Poland, Ukraine and
Belarus using the Website,"
presented by Robinn Magid


So many of us have ancestors who lived in Poland at one time. Come hear Robinn Magid, a veteran user of JRI-Poland's website, speak about how to research Polish, Galician, and even some Belarussian family records. Robinn will regale you with stories while she provides examples from her 23 years of experience helping others with the vital records in the Polish State Archives. You'll also hear about her recent experiences at a reunion for the descendants of the Jews of Lublin, Poland. And Robinn will tell you about some of the exciting plans for this summer's IAJGS Conference in Warsaw and provide suggestions to prepare for such a trip.



Robinn Magid is a long-time board member of JRI-Poland and a frequent featured speaker at the IAJGS conferences. She is an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogy Society and has spoken to many genealogy groups and synagogues. She has even taught an 8-session genealogy course to Hebrew School students. Robinn recently received a medal from the mayor of her grandmother's hometown in Poland for her work to develop and inspire the cultural identity of the city upon the occasion of its 700th birthday. She has traced her family in Lublin into the early 1700s so far. Robinn also serves as the lead co-chair of the next IAJGS conference, which will be held in Warsaw, Poland. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and four children.

Download handouts from past meetings.

March 12: Marcia Fine, "The Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories"
April 9: Panel, "Breaking Down Brick Walls"
May 14: Debra Kay Blatt, Using JewishGen
June 11: Emily Garber, Cluster Genealogy


See the Events page.