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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.

Professor David Schneer to Speak

Sunday, February 23, 2020, BMH-BJ Congregation
David SchneerUniversity of Colorado Professor David Schneer will present “Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration”  at our meeting on Sunday, February 23rd.
David Shneer is Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Jewish Studies, faculty director for Yiddishkayt, co-editor in chief of East European Jewish Affairs, and was the inaugural faculty director of CU Boulder's Post Holocaust American Judaism archive until 2015.
The lecture starts at 10:00 A.M.
Come at 9:30 A.M. to network with other genealogists or to receive advice from our genealogy mentors. Be prepared for a truly informative Sunday morning!
BMH-BJ Congregation
560 South Monaco Parkway
Enter the building at the east side entrance. You may bring in your own coffee, and we will provide some kosher snacks. No outside food may be brought into the building.
Admission is free for JGSCO members. Guest admission is $10.

Steve Morse Is Coming This March!

The Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society presents 
an all-day genealogy seminar featuring Stephen P. Morse, creator of the One-Step Webpages
Sunday March 29, 2020, 9:30 AM  to 3:00 PM

This Seminar is generously sponsored by Jan Buckstein and Ellen Beller in loving memory of Risa Buckstein.

BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy, Denver CO 80224
In a special all-day appearance Steve Morse will present the following lectures:
10 AM to 11 AM
One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.
11:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The History of the Geography of New York City
New York City has undergone numerous changes in its geographical boundaries over the years. An understanding of these boundaries is important in order to know what archive to search in when looking for vital records. This talk shows the changes to New York City's geography, and describes the difference between New York City and the City of New York. The origin of the counties and their changing boundaries, along with the early geographies of Brooklyn and Queens are presented. And finally the consolidation of 1898 that created the City of New York and defined the five boroughs is discussed.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
When the 1950 census is released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.

Steve Morse Stephen P. Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering.  He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution nearly 40 years ago. 
His “One-Step” reach pages are widely used by genealogists all over the world.
Many of us have used his Ashkenazic reference books for Jewish surnames in One Step, his Ellis Island & Castle Garden search forms and ship arrivals, his census, birth and death records, and his Jewish Calendar Conversion One Step to name a few.   

Due to space constraints, reservations are required by Wednesday March 25, 2020. Because this is an all-day event, you may order a kosher lunch for an additional fee.
  Members Non-Members
No Lunch $0 $10
Egg Salad Sandwich $20 $30
Tuna Fish Sandwich $22 $32
Click here to register. Members should log in before registering to receive their discount.
Due to BMH-BJ's Kosher Food Policy, no outside food may be brought into the building.

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!

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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

New Transportation Options

Would you like to attend JGSCO meetings but can't drive? Would you be willing to drive others? Are you looking to form a carpool?
JGSCO now has a carpool coordinator to help. Simply email and let our coordinator know what your needs are and what part of town you live in. He will try to match those who need a ride with those who can drive, and he will keep a list of folks who would like to form carpools. We hope to enable more people to attend by introducing this service.

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

23 February 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
“Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration” with CU Prof. David Shneer
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224
University of Colorado Professor David Schneer will present “Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration”  at our meeting on Sunday, February 23rd.   David Shneer is Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for ...

29 March 2020
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
An Update on One-Step Webpages with Steve Morse!
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224

19 April 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Celebrating National DNA Month with Greg Liverman
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224