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, January 12, 2015
at the LDS Factoria Building

Presentation starts promptly at 7:30 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Free admission.

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

"Locating People Through Genealogy"


Join Fred Blum, P.I., as he shares valuable tips he has learned through his years as a successful private investigator and genealogist! He will help you discover a variety of Internet sites that will help you find long-lost family members and build your family tree. Fred will also teach you some of the techniques he uses to locate hard-to-find individuals through genealogy. This information will enable family history researchers to not only locate family, but to also uncover distant relatives, assist in searching for heirs, and locate missing plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses.



Fred Blum started his attorney service company, B&R Services for Professionals, in 1971. In 1988, he obtained his private detective license. Fred started studying genealogy to learn more about his family history in 1998. He was able to locate his ancestors dating back to 1810 and to connect with many long lost cousins around the world. With the knowledge he obtained, in 2005 he began to volunteer for the International Red Cross (IRC) Holocaust Tracing Service, to try and assist the IRC to reconnect Jewish, Polish and Ukrainian Holocaust survivors. In 2006, Fred was awarded the local and national "Volunteer of the Year" Award from the IRC, and he continues to volunteer for IRC Holocaust Tracing Service. Since 2011, Fred has also been a volunteer, for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helping them locate European children that were orphaned in 1933-1945. Since 2007, Fred has been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia and has been an active member of the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Board. You can read more about Fred and his research in the article “A Top Genealogist With True Detective Talent” by Bryan Schwartzman in The Jewish Exponent at

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