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, September 21, 2015 (Note date change)
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts 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!

"Jewish Genealogy Research Essentials ," presented by Nancy Adelson and Mary Kozy


Details will be added soon.



Nancy Adelson is a founding member, President and Program Chair of JGSWS and Director of JewishGen GerSIG. She was Program Co-Chair of the 2013 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Society (IAJGS) Conference, and Chair for IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Month. She has researched 8,900+ members for her husband’s (Sephardic) and her (Eastern & Western European) families going back to the early 1700s. She’s presented at many IAJGS Conferences, locally, and on cruise ship lines. Nancy received the IAJGS Salutes, WA State Genealogical Society (WSGS) Awards for Outstanding Efforts in Preservation, and the WSGS and JGSWS Outstanding Community Service Awards. She also earned the Trustee Life Long Learning Award and the Governor Dan Evans Award for Innovation for her teaching abilities as tenured Professor of Business and Real Estate at North Seattle College.

Mary Kathryn Kozy is Immediate Past President of JGSWS. She 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.

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