Gravestones Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Local Programs and Mentoring for Tracing Jewish Family History Worldwide


Are you interested in researching Jewish family history and looking for a local network of experts and enthusiasts? We’re here to help by providing programs, support, and guidance to find and use resources located in Colorado and throughout the world. Please take a look through our website and contact us with any questions you have.
We encourage all levels of research from beginner to advanced to participate and share their knowledge. Take a look at the How to Get Started page where you’ll find useful information for all levels of research, and check out upcoming programs on the right side of this page. Guests are always welcome. We meet once a month in Denver or Boulder on Sunday mornings generally, at 10 am, from September through June.
JGSCO is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. Suggested annual dues of $30 per individual or $40 per household support the administration of the group including speaker and venue fees, website, and operations. Join here.

Todd Knowles Speaking on October 13th

Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research


All of us will experience an enlightening JGSCO Program on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.  “FamilySearch for Jewish Research” will be presented by Todd Knowles, Deputy Chief Genealogy Officer of FamilySearch International.

Our new meeting location is at 
Congregation BMH-BJ, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver.  Enter the building at the east side entrance.  You'll be able to bring in your own coffee, and we will provide some kosher snacks.

Come early at 9:30 A.M. to network or to receive advice from our genealogy mentors. It will prove exciting to learn how to best utilize FamilySearch and be enabled to expand knowledge of our family histories.

We look forward to seeing many you at this great program!


Todd Knowles

Todd Knowles, AG

Todd is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch. He is based at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. His lifelong search for his own Jewish roots led to the creation of the Knowles Collection: six databases containing records of nearly 1.5 million Jewish people. His blog is The Knowles Collection, and he is president of the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society (UJGS). 


Follow-up Todd's Program by Visiting a Family History Center

Family History Centers are an important resource for genealogists but some Jewish genealogists feel awkward about conducting research in a church.  As a follow-on to Todd Knowles’ presentation about FamilySearch on Sunday, October 13, the JGSCO will be offering field trips to two local Family History Centers, one in Southglenn and one in Louisville.  Learn how to sign in, use the catalog and their computers, and how the knowledgeable volunteers might be able to help you in your research.  These sessions will be limited to about five participants each, and will be offered at the end of October.  If you are interested, please send an email to

A Genealogy Seminar to Remember


By Linda Volin

    What a wonderful, informative day was spent at JGSCO’s annual genealogy seminar on September 22nd!  Gratitude is expressed to everyone who contributed to the success of the event:

  • Thank you to our co-sponsors Mazel Arts and Cultural Center JAAMM Festival at the Denver JCC, Ellen Beller Glass and Shames Makovsky. 
  • Thank you to our knowledgeable and vibrant guest speakers Emily Garber and Nancy Adelson.
  • Thank you to all the JGSCO board members who worked hard to make the day successful!
  • Thank you to YOU, the members of our alert audience who absorbed the speakers’ enthusiastic remarks and became inspired to start or expand on personal genealogical journeys.

It was one great happening beginning with the opening welcome from President Joy Davis, through the meals, through the lectures, through the wonderful book auction, and through the Q & A sessions.

How easy it was to walk away with new discoveries, new friends and new outlets for better understanding and gathering information about our ancestors!

Emily Garber
Nancy Adelson 

Website changes

JGSCO's leadership team is planning to update our website so it becomes more useful to you. More to come. In the meantime, be sure to note a new top-level menu item has been created called WEBSITE CHANGES. Check it out!

Members Login

Are you a new Member? Are you looking for how to log on to the JGSCO website?
Just click the Members link on the left side of this page!

Need Help Getting Started?

All JGSCO members in good standing are eligible to receive FREE mentoring. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned genealogist stuck on a particular name, document, or area of the world, we can point you in the right direction. Request one of our expert GenMentors at a monthly meeting or by email to

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Mailing Address
Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
P.O. Box 460442
Denver, Colorado 80246

17 November 2019
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration with Prof. David Shneer
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224

8 December 2019
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fabulous Family Histories: Planning a Do-Able Project with Dina Carson
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224

26 January 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Mile High Resources: Researching Colorado Records with Ellen Kowitt
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224