Anne Byrne at Boulder Jewish Festival Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Local Programs and Mentoring for Tracing Jewish Family History Worldwide

Welcome

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.


Mile High Resources: Researching Colorado Records

With Ellen Kowitt
Sunday, January 26, 2020, BMH-BJ Congregation
 
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, Boulder Carnegie Library, National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (NARA), and the Bureau of Land Management Colorado Office. An inventory of CO records found online the global giant websites including Ancestry.comFamilySearchJewishGen, and MyHeritage will be reviewed as well as other collections with notable CO content such as the Industrial Removal Office, American Jewish Archives, and a variety of digitized CO newspapers. We will review current laws for access to vital records and the procedures of the CO Department of Public Health and Environment to obtain them, as well as a discussion regarding Colorado Session Laws circa 1861-1997. Previous indexing projects conducted by JGSCO volunteers and where to find them will be explored including Jewish gravestones in CO, JCRS patient applications, obituaries of the Intermountain Jewish News, synagogue memorial plaques, and mohel records.
 
Ellen KowittEllen Kowitt is Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past president of both the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington (DC), and for three years, she was on the board of directors for the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Ellen has been researching her own family history for 25 years and enjoys helping others. She is a contributing author for Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy; Ellen accepts clients; and she volunteers at the Colorado State Archives indexing naturalization and probate records. For an upcoming list of lectures or more information, visit www.EllenKowitt.com.
 
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.
 
BMH-BJ Congregation 
560 S. Monaco Parkway
Denver
 
Enter 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. Guests are welcome for $10 each.


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 mentor@jgsco.org.


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 carpool@jgsco.org 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.


Contact Us

 
Here's who can help.
 
For membership questions, contact our Membership VP.
For information about our newsletter, or how to be added to or removed from our mailing list, contact our Newsletter Editor.
For general information about JGSCO or Colorado Jewish Research, contact our Info Desk.
For technical issues with the website, contact the Webmaster.
 
 
 
Mailing Address
Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
P.O. Box 460442
Denver, Colorado 80246



UPCOMING MEETINGS
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, ...

23 February 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Topic and Speaker TBD
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224
Topic and Speaker TBD

29 March 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
An Update on One-Step Webpages with Steve Morse!
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 80224