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

Most meetings are via Zoom at this time. Contact Reeva Kimble to receive a link to attend Zoom meetings.

December 13 – Wednesday, 7-9 PM via Zoom
What the Jewish Genealogist Needs to Know About Jewish Names
(A Recorded Lecture)
From the genealogical perspective, Jewish family names are anything but simple. This talk will cover how, why and when Jews acquired family names, plus…
— What kinds of names they adopted
— Some special aspects of rabbinical names
— Techniques devised to avoid being identified
— Spelling considerations
— Soundex
— The variable effects of emigration
— Expert sources and a few words about how to locate maiden names and married names of women.
Email for more information about JGSWVO
— Become a JGSWVO member
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...

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.
(Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Information: 503.226.3600 or email

The Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center For Humanity
2045 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121.
(Hours: Sundays, 10:00am - 4:00pm - Reservations Required)

Information: 206.582.3000 or email

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