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, December 8, 2014
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, free computes, free databases, and our extensive JGSWS library of books, maps and other resources!!

"Family Stories: Scandalous, Scintillating or Sweet? Share Yours with Us!"


Okay members, it’s time for group participation! You know that hush-hush story about great-aunt Gerdie, but so does your whole family and they simply don’t want to discuss it—ever again. So here’s your chance to share that outrageous tale with us! Or maybe it’s not so crazy... Maybe it’s just fascinating? Have you discovered how your first cousins (twice-removed) met during a bomb raid and married? Do tell, please. Maybe great-grandfather Max had a hand in a scientific discovery and you’re dying to boast. Be sure to include the how-to details on how you researched the story; someone might just learn a new research technique along the way! You are welcome to string a few little stories together, but be aware that everyone will have a time limit of 10 minutes.

HOW YOU CAN SHARE YOUR STORY: If you would like present your short tale (no more than 10 minutes, please), submit a two-sentence synopsis to: by 3pm Monday, December 1st. If you have photos, a slide show, or a PowerPoint presentation, let us know what format they’re in and we’ll see if we can help you show them. Several stories will be chosen. We’ll contact you by Wednesday, December 3rd and give you a heads up.

NOT A MEMBER? No problem! If you are not currently a member of the JGSWS, but would like to join and share your tale, go to our website ( and join for the 2015 calendar year. We’ll give you a free month’s membership to cover December 2014 if you do. If you do not wish to share but would like to attend, you are most welcome to join us. Attendance is free. We still encourage you to join or make a donation. Your donations help us bring in outstanding monthly speakers. [NOTE TO CURRENT MEMBERS: Now is the time for you to renew for 2015 as well!]

RESEARCH TROUBLES? IF we have time after our storytellers finish their presentations, we’ll hold a question-and-answer session to help you deal with any Jewish genealogical brick walls you’ve been running into.

For more information, please e-mail

WiFi and free access to three databases will be available—bring your laptops.


Download handouts from past meetings.


See the Events page.