Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free Zoom presentation

Monday evening, 12/13/2021, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time:

  “ – Should I Upload or Not?
       Or, I Uploaded to GEDmatch –
             Now What the Heck Do I Do with the Free Tools”   Presented by Arthur Sissman,
advanced family history researcher and process expert  
DATE:  Monday evening, December 13, 2021,
             from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
             Please note earlier than usual start time, via Zoom
     This free online meeting will open at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to allow time for attendees to chat/network with each other.

The presentation will start at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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All questions regarding this presentation topic will be answered in the speaker’s Q&A session at the end of the meeting.  

About our Program

Come learn about GEDmatch and have all your questions answered!

•    What is GEDmatch?
•    Why should I upload my raw data to GEDmatch?
•    What questions can GEDmatch answer for me?
•    Is GEDmatch hard to manipulate?
•    How much does GEDmatch cost?
•    What are the best tools to use at GEDmatch?

If you want to be ready for Arthur’s action-packed performance, watch the videos below, even if you don’t plan to upload your raw data to GEDmatch — yet. Or do nothing and still attend this presentation! This will be a free-wheeling, fast-moving demo of the power of GEDmatch and why you should use the GEDmatch Free Tools — OR Not!

If you’re not already a user of the free tools on GEDmatch, pick two matches (one can be you) using another device and try to play along with Arthur — OR Not!

Arthur will speak for 1.25 hours and then take questions.

Arthur Sissman is an advanced family history researcher and process expert, and the leader of the Jewish Genealogy SIG, out of Naples, Florida. In his presentations and workshops, Arthur provides mountains of information, links to educational videos, and more on genealogical research topics, including DNA, family history research, and how you can best obtain results from your own genealogical research. His talks on such topics as “How to Share Your Family Tree on Ancestry or My Heritage and Keep your Privacy,” and workshops on 23andMe/FTDNA/Ancestry DNA Matches/GEDmatch Free Tools/GEDmatch Tier 1 Tools workshops, etc., fill up fast. Arthur is willing to create workshops on the topics of your choice and his goal is to provide another way to look at genealogy research and analysis using process, process, process.

Links to videos provided by Arthur – to watch whether you’ve uploaded your raw DNA data to GEDmatch – OR Not!:

           Videos to watch, whether you’ve uploaded your raw DNA data to GEDmatch – or NOT!:

               What is GEDmatch? How Does it Help Genetic Genealogists?  Andy Lee, Feb 19, 2019
               Getting Started with GEDmatch  Andy Lee, FHF, Sept 3 2019
               GEDmatch for Beginners: The Best Order to Use the Following Four Tools  Andy Lee, Jan 20, 2021:
                    Four Tools presented:
                    1.    Are your parents related?  Jun 11, 2019
                    2.    One-to-Many Tool – Limited Version  Apr 9, 2019  8:42 min start
                    3.    People Who Match Both Tool 1, of 2 kits = Shared Matches  Sept 22, 2021 Improved version.
                    4.    One-to-One Autosomal Comparison on GEDmatch
                    5.    User Lookup  Apr 16, 2019 – not included in the four above, but important

Please note that the main presentation and Q&A session will be recorded.

Upcoming Monthly Meetings (usually 7 p.m. Pacific Time the 2nd Monday evening of each month):
January 10, 2022 – To be announced

February 14, 2022 – To be announced 

February 21, 2022 JGSWS Members-Only Happy/Social Hour, 5-7 p.m. PT – presentation of “Routes on the Road,” by Jessica Moskowitz.  Come preview the Jewish Genealogical Society’s traveling road show!

March 14, 2022 – To be announced

  The JGSWS depends upon memberships and donations to bring in high quality, local, national, and international speakers, covering diverse topics.
$30 for single membership              $40 for dual  membership
Membership Fees:                                     The JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.
Memberships are tax deductible (as are donations).

  FREE DRAWINGS FOR BOOKS when you renew your membership or join! The JGSWS will be holding three random drawings for books on Jewish genealogical topics. Three people who have renewed or joined will be picked at each of our November 8*, December 13, and January 10 program meetings. The earlier you renew or join, the more chances you have to win!                       *Six people were actually picked at the November 8th drawing: Sue Israel, Linda Kelley, Billy Kreuter,
                       Natalie/Bob Malin, Bea Kriloff, and Bob Smiley. Three more will be picked on both 12/13/21 and 1/10/22.  
Please visit our Membership webpage via the link below for information and payment by PayPal or USPS mail or use one of the buttons below:

If you are not a member and are joining us for our free monthly presentations, please consider making a $5 donation for each presentation you attend.

Better yet, please join as a member to support the JGSWS, so we can continue to bring you free programs! If you join or renew now, you will be supporting the JGSWS through the end of 2022!

We bring you 10 presentations each year and, at an annual membership cost of $30, each year’s membership will bring you a savings of $20 over donating for each monthly presentation!

  To those of you who continue your membership with the
JGSWS and/or make donations,

thank you very much for your support!   ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————  

Ways you can support the JGSWS: Join the Board Attend a Board meeting Work on a project sponsored by the JGSWs, Accept a chair position. Become a JGSWS annual member. Donate financially to the JGSWS.
The JGSWS is currently looking for someone who has experience in fundraising to chair a Fundraising Committee and present ideas to the JGSWS Board. If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Karen Campbell, JGSWS President, at

Our next Board meeting is via Zoom, on Monday evening, November 1, 2021,
from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
JGSWS Member Benefits:
Members-Only “Happy Curbside pickup and return of books from the JGSWS specialized library!  We will be starting this program when our library inventory is updated – more information coming soon.  Our library holdings can be accessed online through our TinyCat inventory at:

Members-Only Happy Hour/Social Meetings!”   Hosted by JGSWS’s Board Members, Linda Deneroff, Jessica Moskowitz, and Brian Westerman.

Memorialize your ancestors If you have photographs of your ancestors from the pre-1920s time period and would like to see them used on our website or in our publicity materials, please send them to our Webmaster, Phyllis Grossman, at  

     Please include information you might have – approximate date of photograph, names,
     location, and a brief description of the event taking place.