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 11, 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:

"When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques," presented by Emily H. Garber


Sometimes tracking one's immigrant ancestors tests all one's research acumen. Identifying a subject ancestor, his/her origins and parentage; tracking that subject through time; and constructing biographies to place that person in his/her social context are best approached by broadening one's research to include other family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation by Emily Garber will outline a program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster and collateral research techniques. Topics will include: appropriate application, research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and case studies successfully tracking individuals from Europe to the United States, overcoming name and residential changes and using DNA evidence.

The main case study to be used in this evening's program tracks a previously unknown woman who arrived at Ellis Island with Emily's great grandfather. Emily uses her research skills to identify this unknown woman's kinship relationship to their family and to find out if there ever was a relationship.



An archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.), Emily H. Garber has been researching her Jewish ancestry since 2007 and holds a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research program. She specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with records for both German-Jewish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Her client work has included research into narrowly defined genealogical problems as well as development and writing of broadly based family history narratives. In June 2013, she toured family shtetlach in Ukraine and explored archives in Lviv, Khmelnitsky and Zhitomyr. She is chair of the Phoenix (Arizona) Jewish Genealogical Group, board member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, owner of Extra Yad Genealogical Services, and she blogs at Emily has served for several years as one of the moderators of the JewishGen Discussion Group and is communications director of the Ukraine Special Interest Group.

Download handouts from past meetings.

September 17:TBD
October 8: Avraham Groll, "Jewish Migrations"
November 12:TBD
December 10:TBD


See the Events page.