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, March 23, 2015
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts EARLY and promptly at 7:00 PM
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Free admission
  • Drawing for free 2014 Family Tree Maker software, donated by Nancy Adelson, JGSWS President

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

PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL DAY AND TIME!

"Using Ancestry.com for Genealogical Research: Tips, Tricks, and Jewish Research,"
presented by Crista Cowan, Community Alliance Manager, Ancestry.com

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Are you new at genealogy or still searching, after all these years, for that elusive record about one particular ancestor? Come spend the evening with Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist from Ancestry.com. She will demonstrate some of her favorite tips and tricks for searching the 15 billion+ records available on Ancestry.com. She will use specific examples to demonstrate smart search habits and best genealogy methodology practices. Crista will survey Ancestry.com’s Jewish record collections, show you how to search them efficiently, and demonstrate effective strategies for finding records from a specific location and time period. Come and learn how to get the most out of the treasure trove of information and documents that Ancestry.com offers you!

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

 

Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years (since she was a child) and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004 and is known as The Barefoot Genealogist (she hates wearing shoes, unless she’s trekking through a cemetery or when librarians or archivists insist on shoes). Crista is the owner of Legacy Family Services. She regularly presents at conferences and genealogical societies around the country, and she teaches classes at numerous LDS Family History Centers. Crista recently completed a second term as President of the Utah Valley Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history. She has an internet show on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. (Mountain Time) at http://livestream.com/ancestry. You can watch past episodes at http://ancstry.me/TBGVids. Crista brings her passion for family history into her presentations and provides common-sense solutions for the challenges we face in the search for our ancestors.

For more information, please e-mail programs@jgsws.org.

HANDOUTS

Download handouts from past meetings.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

See the Events page.