Jewish Genealogical Society April Free Event

Dear Genealogy Friends,

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening,
April 8, 2019.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing it out, posting it on your bulletin board or calendar, and/or website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our April meeting program

“Breaking Down Brick Walls”

presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Genealogical Lecturer


DATE: Monday, April 8, 2019


LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE

Bellevue, WA 98006

(just off I-90 and I-405)

•        Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources,
                 including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!

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

•        Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.

•        Free admission and refreshments

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: “Breaking Down Brick Walls”

Everyone has them: family lines that seem to have defied every effort to push them back farther in time. (Don’t have a brick wall yet? Just wait. You probably haven’t been doing family history long enough!) This presentation will discuss how you might be adding to that wall yourself, brick by brick, with some common research mistakes. We will also discuss several simple steps you can take to reevaluate where you are in the research process. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard, we will walk through methodologies that, when applied to your problem, may give you greater insight. Who knows? Perhaps looking at your genealogical problem with a fresh perspective will cause that brick wall to come tumbling down in 2019!


Mary Kathryn Kozy has been working on her own family history for almost 40 years, since she first became interested as a young teenager. Over the years she has researched families in the United States from the Midwest to the Deep South, and from both Western and Eastern Europe. She started her own family history website in November 1996 and has continued developing it. She has served in multiple positions in several local societies and on the state level. She currently supports the USGenWeb project, serves as a part-time LDS Family History missionary, and speaks to many groups in the area. Mary is married, the mother of three wonderful children, and is now a grandma of three. She holds bachelor’s degrees from UW in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed two certificate programs with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has also completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification as a professional genealogist.

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Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family members!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
President & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State