Dedicated to enhancing knowledge of those who came before us,
enabling those who follow to enjoy and learn from our discoveries

Our meetings are open to everyone. You are welcome to ask genealogy research questions, report success stories, and show old photos, reference books and family heirlooms. JGSWVO members can borrow books and newsletters from our library and list family names and towns on our website.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies


All meetings for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 will be via Zoom, Thursday nights at 7 PM, except as noted.

December 17 - Holiday Grab Bag
Hanukkah party-BYOL (bring your own latkes). Share a genealogy success story. Tell us about your genealogy puzzle and we will attempt to help you find a solution. Show us a family heirloom and describe its origin. Offer program ideas for 2021.

January 13 (Wednesday) - Genetic Genealogy Next Steps - Analysis Tools and Techniques — presented by Meredith Sellers
Wondering what to do with the results of direct-to-consumer genetic testing? You’re not alone! Learn about tools and techniques (e.g., Leeds analysis, chromosome painting, GEDmatch Tier 1 applications) to maximize the value and utility of your test results. The talk will also address DNA-related research challenges for those of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.

Meredith Sellers is a genealogist with a passion for integrating traditional archival research with learnings from direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Most recently, she has applied these interests by serving as a volunteer “search angel” with the DNA Detectives and Search Squad Facebook communities. Professionally, Meredith is a technical consultant with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and the author of numerous books, journal articles, and patents.
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Mail memberships and renewals to: Michael Sussman, 308 Hunington Ave. Eugene, OR 97405


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon is working with YAD VASHEM, The Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, to help identify and remember every possible victim of the Holocaust. More information...

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel is building a comprehensive website with the primary goal of gathering the widest possible variety of historical maps for Jewish genealogists and researchers interested in the Jews of Eastern Europe. Maps from libraries around the world, as well as online sources, are offered along with links to Jewish encyclopedias to create a historical atlas. Check in periodically, as maps and links are continuously added.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, Oregon 97209.
Thursday—Saturday 11:00-3:00
Sunday—Wednesday: Closed
Information: 503.226.3600 or email

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