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

April 18, 2018 - Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Program: You’ve Had Your DNA Tested — Now What?

Members who’ve done DNA testing will demonstrate various testing services’ websites to show their results, and will also compare results on Gedmatch. This will be followed by a discussion of strategies to figure out how people with DNA matches might actually be related. Pam Endzweig, Edward Winter, Reeva Kimble, and Joan Shea will lead the discussion, and Larry Gorchow will talk about features of various sites where DNA results can be uploaded.

May 9, 2018 - Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Program: Using Smart Phone and Tablet for Genealogy Research

Michael Sussman will explain how to capture documents & photos, use translation tools, and make voice/video recordings.

June 13, 2018 - Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Program: Hasidic Culture in Eastern Europe
Eliezer Froehlich and Hap Pondel present an overview, followed by details from Northern Lithuania.

July, 2018 - Date TBA
Potluck Lunch or Dinner

September, 2018 - Date TBA
Program: The 10 Most Popular Genealogy Myths

How to convince non-genealogists that these myths are not true.
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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...

Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)

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.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, Oregon 97209.
Tuesday-Friday, 11 am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5pm; Closed Monday
Information: 503.226.3600

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