FOUNDED 1998

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



LET NO HOLOCAUST VICTIM BE FORGOTTEN
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. Click here for more information.

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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 Web site.

Sunday October 5 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Program: The town where an ancestor lived
Members will take turns telling us about a community (city, town, village, shetl, dorf) in the old country where one of their ancestors lived. We hope to hear about living conditions, occupations, Jewish community, etc. Old photos or printed images are welcome.
Also: Short report detailing one article from a recent Avotanu.

Sunday November 2 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Program – What a DNA test tells you about your genealogy and what it doesn’t

See the results of autosomal and mitochondrial DNA testing by FamilyTree DNA as Reeva Kimble shows geographic sources of her genes, explains how she learned that her ancestors may have been in Europe towards the end of the last ice age, and what to do about the lists of 3500+ people who might be her third, fourth or fifth cousin. Other people who have had DNA testing by the same or other companies (23youandme, AncestryDNA, Genebase, etc. are welcome to share information).
Also: Short report detailing one article from a recent Avotanu

Sunday December 7 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Election of Officers. Dues collection for 2015.
Program – Share your most interesting genealogical discovery

Members will have 5-10 minutes each to describe their discovery and explain how others can use similar techniques to find relatives.

Sunday January 11 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR (note this is 2nd Sunday. All other meetings are on 1st Sunday of the month)
Program - Points of Entry: Where did your ancestors enter the US?
Eliezer Froehlich will discuss ports from Boston to Seattle where immigrants entered the United States, plus other places where they may have “slipped” in.

Sunday February 1 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
TBA

Sunday March 1 1 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
TBA

You are welcome to bring friends, genealogy research questions, success stories, old photos, reference books and family heirlooms to our research meetings.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies


Email for more information about JGSWVO
Email for directions to the next meeting
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—Download JGSWVO information handout

Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Click here for information

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel is building a 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.

Jews of Eugene, Oregon,” by Robert Levinson. Dr. Levinson interviewed several people with knowledge of the early Jewish community in Eugene.
OTHER NORTHWEST JGS MEETINGS
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State  •  Mercer Island
Meetings are held on the second Monday, September through June, at 7 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, unless noted otherwise.
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Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon  •  Portland
Meetings normally held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June
7:00 p.m. • Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland
Click here for the latest meeting information

Oregon Jewish Museum
The Oregon Jewish Museum is open in a new expanded location.

Hours:
Tuesday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

1953 NW Kearney St., Portland.
For information: (503) 226-3600

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