|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Updated June 2014)
Please tell me about JGSGW?
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Washington (JGSGW)
was formed in 1980 to:
Collect, preserve, and disseminate Jewish genealogical
knowledge and information
Promote interest in genealogical research
Stimulate and provide instruction in the use of research
methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and
thoroughness in research
Foster careful documentation and to promote scholarly
genealogical writing and publication
Promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records
Hold meetings for the instruction and education of its
members and the general public
Conduct such other purposes as the organization shall
from time to time elect to pursue.
The Society is open to all those interested in Jewish
genealogy. The Society is a member of the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and the
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
What are the main benefits of JGSGW Membership?
Workshops on the "how to" and "where to" geared to
Jewish genealogical research. These workshops are not
open to non-members.
Monthly programs with guest speakers who are authorities
in genealogy or related fields.
Regular gatherings to meet others interested in Jewish
Access to our growing library (only Members of JGSGW and B'nai Israel,
upon presentation of membership card or equivalent, may access the Library).
Subscription to Mishpacha (our quarterly Journal).
Mishpacha contains a variety of articles of interest to
genealogists, book reviews, abstracts of overseas
genealogical articles, practical research tips and
useful addresses. We are keen to publish members' own
Subscription to our Member Directory. The directory
presents member research names and cities/shtetlach of
research interest to our members.
Reduced prices for DNA testing through JGSGW DNA
project at FamilyTreeDNA.com.
What programs and activities does the JGSGW offer?
Meetings are generally held monthly on Sunday afternoon,
8 – 10 times a year. Meeting content consists of guest
lectures, movies and other subjects of interest to those
interested in genealogy. Workshops are held frequently and
are open to members only. Our Beginner’s Workshop is taught
by members of the Society and is geared as a comprehensive
introduction to those getting involved in research. Other
recent workshops include: Intermediate, Internet, Research
in New York City, and Using the Resources of the United
States Archives. A series of hand-on computer-based workshops
is planned for members only.
Does JGSGW have a newsletter?
Our quarterly publication, Mishpacha, is in PDF format and a
link to the newest edition is emailed when it is available.
Subscriptions are available to non-members for $20 per year
in the United States; $25 elsewhere.
- Does the Society have any publications to help researchers?
"Capital Collections" is the most
comprehensive resource for Jewish genealogical research in the
Washington, D.C., area; including Annapolis, Baltimore, and
Richmond. A new edition, prepared for the 2011 IAJGS Conference in
Washington, is still available at a discount. See the
Capital Collections page.
- Does the Society have a Library? What can I find there?
The JGSGW Library includes almost
2,000 books, published and
unpublished works, microfiche and CD-ROMs related to general
topics and Jewish genealogy.
- How can I join the JGSGW and how much does it cost?
An application may be downloaded. The form should be completed and mailed as
directed with the first year’s dues. Annual dues are payable
by October 1. Individuals pay $30.00, families pay $45.00.
A Patron membership has been established which offers,
for an annual rate of $100, recognition in the Mishpacha newsletter
and at general meetings of the Society.
There is a discount for 3-year membership: $80 for individuals, $120
for families. A Lifetime membership is
$500. Dues may also be paid by PayPal.
- Are contributions tax-deductible?
The Society is certified as a non-profit organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code;
contributions may be deductible according to law. Members
and family may wish to commemorate special events with a
donation to JGSGW. For more information, see our
- What information is available at the JGSGW Website?
The society's website is accessible to both members and
non-members and is continually up-dated. The site contains
- Upcoming programs, workshops and special events.
- Library holdings
- Link to JGSGW DNA Project
- Links of interest to Jewish genealogists
- DC area research repositories
- Directions to meetings
- Can you recommend any other websites?
You may wish to try the following to help your research along: