Young women researching their family history 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.

Professor David Schneer to Speak

David SchneerUniversity of Colorado Professor David Schneer will present “Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration”  at our meeting on Sunday, November 17th.
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. Please do not bring in any non-kosher food.
Admission is free for JGSCO members. Guest admission is $10.

Todd Knowles Spoke on October 13th

Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research


All of us greatly enjoyed  “FamilySearch for Jewish Research”, which was presented by Todd Knowles, Deputy Chief Genealogy Officer of FamilySearch International.

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

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

Contact Us

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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
Beginning with a brief history and modern statistics, this lecture will provide local and online resources for anyone interested in documenting individuals in Colorado. Local repositories will be covered including materials at the CO State Archives, DU Beck Archives, History Colorado Hart Library, DPL Western History and Genealogy Department, ...