Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research JGS Oregon Program for Sunday, May 31, 2020 (Webinar) #jgs-iajgs #events


Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Sunday, May 31, 2020
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research
Speaker:  Todd Knowles, AG

The FamilySearch Web site ( holds more than 6 billion records worldwide, making it the largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and resources in the world.  In this presentation, Todd will guide us through the FamilySearch site with an emphasis on finding our Jewish families.  We will also learn how to use the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of more than 1.4 million Jewish people.  These databases are "The Jews of the British Isles", "The Jews of Europe", "The Jews of North America", "The Jews of South America and the Caribbean", "The Jews of the Pacific Islands", and "The Jews of Africa, Middle East, and the Orient."  Todd will show us how to access the collection and how best to apply it to our own family research.

W. Todd Knowles, Accredited Genealogist, is a member of the International Patron Services team at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  After being introduced to family history at the age of 12, he soon discovered his Jewish roots.  The journey to find these Polish Jews led to the creation of the Knowles Collection (, which grows almost daily and is now part of
This presentation is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend.  Please register for "Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research" at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.
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June 28, 2020:  Helping Hands
Our next planned event is an online Helping Hands session using Zoom.
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Janice M. Sellers,  acting President 

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