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


February 13, 2022 - Sunday, 1 PM via Zoom
How to Use Your DNA results to Find Actual Relatives
A video recording about the processes and techniques to prioritize matches despite endogamy, understanding results of ethnicity and matches, and how to best organize your results.

March 13, 2022 - Sunday, 1 PM via Zoom
The Atlantic Park Hostel
A transmigratory facility in England, where Jews and other eastern Europeans were detained for up to seven years. Members of Michael Sussman’s family were among them. The speaker will be Lee Desty, a British journalist.

April 10, 2022 - Sunday, 1 PM via Zoom
Memories of Migration
Large scale Jewish migrations and why people did this.

Name Change in America
Presented by Patricia Rich-Prisbrey and Reeva Kimble
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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.
(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.
(The Center is closed for renovations from November, 2021 through Februrary, 2022)

Information: 206.582.3000 or email

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