Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Meeting

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, January 13, 2020.

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 individuals and groups you think might be interested.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our January 2020 meeting program:

“Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”

presented by Coral Grant, Genealogical Lecturer

DATE:  Monday, January 13, 2020

Location:  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 LDS FHC computers and genealogical websites!

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

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

  • Free admission and refreshments


The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation from the Latvian countryside during World War I, a survivor’s struggle to return home, a deception to avoid military service, and a most reluctant immigration. Along the way, Coral encountered many genealogical roadblocks: name changes, protective descendants, and multiple individuals with the same name. Using her research to share her family story and Latvian Jewish history, Coral’s presentation highlights the use of all the tools available to the genealogist. Ultimately, the goal of our genealogical research is to honor our ancestors and to make sure we do not forget their stories. Coral’s presentation will leave you with the tools to break through your genealogical roadblocks and find your ancestors, for you to tell their stories.


As a retired Public Health Administrator and now a business owner and motivational speaker, Coral Grant developed a fascination/obsession with genealogy. Researching and exploring her family’s roots to preserve for the next generation has opened many new doors and fundamentally changed her life and perspective. Coral has had the privilege to have lived and worked from coast to coast in Canada but landed on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where she loves to run, hike and enjoy nature with her husband and dog.

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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/Programs, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State