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 13, 2015
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts EARLY and promptly at 7:30 PM
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM
  • Free admission
  • Free Wi-Fi

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

"Google and Its Genealogy Tools" presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Past President of JGSWS


Google has been recognized for several years now as a great search engine for genealogy, but it is so much more! It also provides a number of other tools that can be of great help to family historians. In this presentation, we’ll examine several and discuss how to:

  • Use Google Earth and Google Maps to unearth information about where your ancestors lived.
  • Learn how you can educate yourself, meet others, and ‘hang out’ with those who are like minded (and maybe even related!) on Google+.
  • Discover how to carry your research with you and kick your research into gear through collaboration on Google Drive.



Mary Kathryn Kozy has been working on her own family history for over 35 years, since she first became interested as a young teenager. Over the years, she has researched families from the Midwest to the Deep South, and from both Western and Eastern Europe. She started her own family history website in November 1996 and has continued developing it in her spare time. She has served in multiple positions in several genealogical societies at the local and state level. She has spent the past few years teaching seminars throughout Washington State to whoever will listen! Mary is married, the mother of three wonderful children, and recently became a grandma. She completed her second bachelor’s degree, in Information Technology and Systems, in 2013 and works full time at Boeing.

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