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Congratulations to our incoming Board Members - they take office on July 1.

Our first meeting for the coming year will be on Sunday, September 20, at B'nai Israel in Rockville.

Non-members wishing to join should go to our membership page and may pay via PayPal or check.


Non-members/visitors are welcome to attend programs and we hope that you will join the society to receive all of the other benefits of membership.

  • Attend 8-10 monthly meetings in locations throughout the metro area (VA, MD and D.C.)
  • Participation in JGSGW workshops, including FREE Beginner's Workshops held twice annually.
  • Members receive a copy of the “JGSGW Membership Directory & Family Finder.”
  • Members-only use of the JGSGW genealogy library.
  • Members receive the JGSGW journal “Mishpacha” four times a year.
  • Discounts on JGSGW publications.
  • Participation in JGSGW trips, tours, and special events.

Meetings are held monthly in locations throughout the area (VA, MD and D.C.)


Meeting Calendar        


Our meetings have concluded for the first half of 2015. Our fall schedule is being developed and will be posted as it becomes available.

Sunday, September 20: B'nai Israel, Rockville


Guest Attendance Policy:  As of January 1, 2014, a non-member may attend the monthly JGSGW meeting as a Guest for a $5.00 fee payable at the sign-in table. The $5.00 Guest fee may be applied toward payment of annual JGSGW membership dues if dues are paid at the same meeting at which the guest fee was paid.  JGSGW members requiring personal assistance at a meeting due to a health condition or disability may bring someone to assist them free of charge.


The JGSGW Library will be open by appointment, beginning September 10, 2014. The Library is located in the Chod Media Center, B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville.

NARA held a Virtual Genealogy Fair in October. Click here for details.


JGSGW members at IAJGS-2014 Conference, Salt Lake City
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See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/jgsgw

Robin Meltzer, VP of Communications, has written an article on Sid Caesar and the name change at Ellis Island - that never happened. Read it here.

See Harold McClendon's regional genealogy event list for current information on regional conferences.

Many back issues of Mishpacha, our quarterly newsletter, are now available online. See the Mishpacha page for more information.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team of board members, e-mail

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