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, June 6, 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!

"Writing the Story When They Left No Stories," presented by Mary Kircher Roddy


Mary Kircher Roddy states “You've spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it's finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your relatives — yes, even your spouse and children! — will want to read.” Mary will show you how to take your data and "fluff it up" with the kinds of details that draw your readers into the story of their ancestors' lives.



Mary Kircher Roddy grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005.

Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL. Fifteen years later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore.

Mary has published articles in Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. She's currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates.

Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area, and is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society. Her husband's most recent sabbatical took them to Sydney, Australia, and while he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Mary spent her time swapping research strategies and methodologies with the genealogists at the Botany Bay Family History Society. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

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Download handout from June 7 meeting
Download handouts from past meetings

September 12: Janice Loverlace
October 10: Cyndi Ingle

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