Meetings

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, April 3, 2017
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 our extensive JGSWS library and network with other attendees. (Free access to pay-per-view websites is no longer available.)

"Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting from Nothing" and "The Julian Calendar and Its Importance to Genealogists," presented by Steve Morse, creator of the One-Step Webpages

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Dr. Steve Morse will present two topics:

Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting from Nothing: Using the One-Step Webpages, as well as other websites, to develop a family history, Dr. Morse will illustrate how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. He will also show how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings and how to avoid accepting wrong information. Dr. Morse’s One-Step Webpages are genealogical search shortcuts for searching a multitude of websites for documents pertaining to your specific ancestors.

The Julian Calendar and Its Importance to Genealogists: The Julian calendar was used worldwide for over 16 centuries and in various parts of the world for another three centuries. It is important to genealogists because it was used to record events in many countries, as recently as the early 1900s. Converting from Julian calendar dates to our current Gregorian calendar dates appears to be straightforward. However, a deeper look shows the subtle issues involved: double-dating, undetermined year starts, and birthdates that change over time. In additional to historical workings and reforms to the calendars, Dr. Morse will describe problems they can cause for genealogists and explain how to work with date changes.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

 

Born and raised in New York, Stephen Morse developed a strong interest in math and electricity. He went on to earn undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering, spending his career working in computer science. Dr. Morse is also a well-respected genealogist with expertise in many areas of genealogical research and related fields. He created the invaluable website for genealogists — One-Step Webpages: http://stevemorse.org/ — that contains shortcuts and ways to search deeper in well-known search engines. Dr. Morse has spoken to numerous organizations all over the world about many aspects of genealogy.

For more information about this month's program, e-mail programs@jgsws.org.

HANDOUTS

Download handout from the March meeting.

Download handouts from past meetings.

FUTURE MEETINGS
May 8: Emily Garber
June 12: Linda Levi
September 11: Marcia Fine
October 9: Joel Weintraub

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

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