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, February 13, 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! (Free access to pay-per-view websites is no longer available.)

"I’ve Had My DNA Tested… Now What?" presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy


DNA testing has really come to the fore as a way of helping us to break through brick walls in our genealogical research. Many people have had their DNA tested only to get some rather confusing results that they don’t understand, much less know how to use to advance their research. This lecture will briefly review what autosomal DNA testing is and what it can (and can’t) tell you. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the tools available online from the testing companies, as well as third-party entities, to help you interpret your results. If you haven’t had your DNA tested yet, there will be a lot of information presented that can help you decide if this is right for you. The world of DNA testing is changing constantly, so come learn what’s new and different!



Mary Kathryn Kozy has been working on her own family history for over 35 years. She has researched families from the Midwest to the Deep South and from both Western and Eastern Europe. She has served in multiple positions in several local societies and on the state level. She currently serves on the board of the JGSWS, maintains two USGenWeb sites, indexes for FamilySearch Indexing, and speaks to many groups in the area. Mary is married, the mother of three wonderful children, and recently became a grandma for the second time. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification as a professional genealogist.

For more information about this month's program, e-mail


Download handouts from past meetings.

March 13, 2017: Hal Bookbinder will present "Ships of Our Fathers"
April 3, 2017: Steve Morse
May 8, 2017: Emily Garber
June 12, 2017: TBD


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