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 1, 2015 (Note date and time change)
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts at 7:00 PM
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Free admission
  • Free Wi-Fi

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

"Galicia, the Austrian Empire & Beyond: Mining Unusual Records in Archives & Online to Expand Your Research," presented by Pamela Weisberger, President of Gesher Galicia


In this digital age, we need to remember that not everything is online. There are treasures available in Eastern European archives, detailing communities in all their historical layers. We’ll show you online and archival resources, focusing on the collections of Gesher Galicia, including cadastral maps (with locations of synagogues, cemeteries, schools and market squares), and landowner, passport, refugee, voter and school records. Occupation lists, voting and census records document the residents of a single dwelling, showing their age, birthplace and occupation. These unique records may be the only evidence of a family living in a town. Learn about magnate record collections and how to identify the nobles who owned your ancestors' towns, who created contracts and censuses from the 18th-20th centuries, including details of the mills, taverns and breweries administered by the townspeople. For researchers whose interests lie beyond Galicia, there will be examples from German, Hungarian Polish and Ukrainian research. We'll also cover historical newspapers spanning Eastern Europe and city directories. Putting theory into practice, we’ll end with a guided tour of the Gesher Galicia website with plenty of time for Q&A.



Pamela Weisberger is president of Gesher Galicia, vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and a professional genealogist, writer and international lecturer, specializing in newspaper research and maps. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has conducted extensive research in Polish, Ukrainian, German and Austrian archives.

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