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:  JGSWS proudly presents

"Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds, and More," presented by Mary Kircher Roddy

Monday, May 13, 2019
at the LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7:15 PM
  • Come early to network with other attendees and to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites
  • Free Wi-Fi available
  • Free admission and refreshments


Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates, and more. As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it's crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them.



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's degree 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 but the genealogy is still a work in progress. Her 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.

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. Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area and is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.

Download handouts from past meetings.

June 3, 2019: Mary Kathryn Kozy, "New DNA Tools on Ancestry and MyHeritage"
September 9, 2019: TBD


See the Events page.