JGS of Washington State's November 11, 2019, Program: Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research, presented by Michael Saunders, Regional Archivist, Puget Sound

Karen Campbell

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS) is pleased to invite you to its free program is Monday evening, November 11, 2019.


LDS Factoria Building

4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA  98006


Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy our extensive library of genealogical resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!

Free Wi-Fi available. Come early and network with other attendees!

Presentation starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Free admission and refreshments



Digging Deep is for genealogists, history buffs, local heritage volunteers and others interested in exploring the past. You'll receive practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you need to investigate and interpret any historical topic. This class will cover: what primary sources are - and aren't; what historical sources are - and how to use them; and how to (a) use the library system in your research, (b) use archival collections, (c) find and use reliable online resources, (d) properly cite your sources, and (e) use information from different sources. You'll also come away with knowledge and understanding of the rich resources of the Puget Sound Branch Archives, which are largely undiscovered by researchers as well as tips on how to efficiently search the Archives so you can use its resources to help you in your genealogical and historical research.



Michael Saunders is the Regional Archivist who oversaw the design and construction and continues to oversee the operations of the Puget Sound Branch Archives, one of the State of Washington's regional archive locations. Located in Bellevue on the campus of Bellevue College, Mike not only manages the Archives but also provides records management advice and does archival appraisal and transfer for local government agencies in King, Kitsap and Pierce Counties. In addition, he presents records management training for state and local government agencies; training on the basics of historical research for genealogists, educators, historical researchers, students and the general public; and represents the State Archives on the Washington History Day Advisory Committee.




Nominations:  According to the JGSWS Bylaws, anyone who is eligible and wishing to be nominated to the Board can do so during the November 11, 2019 meeting of the Society.  An individual may nominate him/herself or another person.  Nominees must be members in good standing of the Society.  Any person who is nominated from the floor must be present and orally agree to serve on the Board if elected or, if not present, must have signed a written statement indicating their willingness to serve if elected.  The vote will take place at our December meeting on December 9, 2019.


We have started our 2020 membership campaign.  Renew or join now and your membership is good through December 31, 2020!  Please either use PayPal or mail in your membership check along with the form.   Membership forms for the rest of 2019/2020 will be available at the meeting and are on our website at



All are welcome to our meetings and we appreciate your sharing the information to your family, friends, and others you think would be interested in our programs.


Karen vanHaagen Campbell

President, JGSWS