IAJGS 2016

Welcome to the website of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The online Family Finder is live!

The 2016 IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder is running, with more than 6,000 ancestral surname/town/country listings from those who had registered for the conference by May 12.

If you haven’t registered for the Conference, you can’t use the Family Finder yet.  After you register, your confirmation email will have instructions for getting started.

For those who have registered to attend
To start, go to the URL http://iajgs.org/familyfinder/famfind.html
and enter your surname and your Conference password. That’s the one in your Conference registration confirmation email, something like this: HMQR7842. Your JewishGen login password will not work here.

You can search

  • by surname, using the familiar “starts with,” “is exactly,” “sounds like,” or “is phonetically”;
  • by town, using “starts with,” “is exactly,” or “sounds like”; and
  • by country

You can search for other registrants using “starts with,” “is exactly,” “sounds like,” or “is phonetically.”

Another useful way to search or to browse for alternative spellings is to enter just a few letters of a surname.

Under Affiliation Information you can get a list of everyone, for example, from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington or from the Ukraine SIG who has registered and has not opted out of the Family Finder.

Important limitations to bear in mind:

  1. Everyone has the option to opt out of the Family Finder, which means some registrants’ names and other data will not appear in search results.
  2. Individual registrants are identified only by name and where they live. You may send a message via the Family Finder asking for their cooperation. The recipient may decide whether to respond, and whether to reveal his or her email address to the person who inquired.

Questions? For technical help or questions about search results, please contact familyfinder@iajgs.org

Important reminders. Make sure your family research and other data are current.

We asked for your SIG and association affiliations in the on-line registration form, as well as any DNA group names you wish to share. To add or update that information, log in to the Attendee Service Center with your Conference password here: https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2016/registration_update.cfm

For instructions on updating your JewishGen Family Finder data and submitting it to the 2016 IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder, start here: http://www.iajgs2016.org/familyfinder/

At the same time, using the same instructions, make sure you have designated which of your surnames/towns/countries you want printed on your Conference name badge. The deadline for name badge data is June 12, 2016. Any changes made after that will appear in the online Family Finder, but not on name badges.

The launch of the 2016 IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder, as we said, includes data from those who had registered by May 12. Periodically, changes and information from new registrants will be added to the database. Please allow up to two weeks before expecting new data or changes to show up in searches.

Let us know what you think of the IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder. Happy hunting!

Seattle Jewish Theater Co. presents ‘From Door to Door’

The newest addition to the Conference lineup is a performance of the highly acclaimed play, “From Door to Door,”  by the Seattle Jewish Theater Company.

Written by award-winning playwright James Sherman and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, “From Door to Door” follows the lives of three generations of a family of Jewish women, from impoverished immigrant to successful American.

The heart-warming, bittersweet comedy takes its title from the Hebrew song L’dor V’dor, or From Generation to Generation.

The performance is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 9, in the Grand Ballroom and will be followed by an audience discussion with the director and cast.  Attendance, at no additional cost, is only for those who registered for the full Conference or for Tuesday.

$10 rebate offered for JRI-Poland luncheon

A very generous donation pledge to the Conference has lowered the price of the JRI-Poland luncheon on Sunday, August 7, by $10 for everyone who attends. Instead of $54 per person, this luncheon will cost $44.

For new sign-ups, a $10 instant rebate will be automatically applied at checkout.

Those who have already signed up and paid by credit card for the JRI-Poland luncheon will receive a $10 refund to their card accounts. We will send a new registration confirmation e-mail, and the refund should appear in the card account within a few days thereafter. Those who paid by check will receive a new confirmation e-mail and a refund check in postal mail.

You don’t have to do anything to claim your rebate. Please do not send an inquiry unless you haven’t heard anything by May 30.

The two benefactors behind this subsidy for the JRI-Poland luncheon wish to remain anonymous.

See the Conference schedule

It contains some 325 events during the week – lectures, presentations, meal events and computer workshops – nearly 250 of them hosted by a speaker or panel. See it by selecting CONFERENCE SCHEDULE from the PROGRAM menu above.

It’s an interactive listing you can use to search by title, keyword, speaker’s name and session date, or just to scroll from A to Z – or rather, from Saturday, August 6, to Friday, August 12.

And watch for the launch of our mobile Conference application. The app will let you browse and search the list, build and update your personal daily schedule, get in touch with other conference-goers and receive updates about new developments and schedule changes.

The schedule is preliminary, and changes are likely over the next few months – even up to the day of the event – so be sure to watch for announcements and check back from time to time.

Register now for meals and workshops

Options include:

  • SIG and JewishGen luncheons
  • Friday night Shabbat dinners
  • The Gala banquet
  • Computer workshops
  • Daily box lunches

If you are already registered for the conference, log in to the Attendee Service Center with your e-mail address and the password from your registration confirmation, and update your registration.

See the Program Schedule for details, or read the separate pages on computer workshops (http://www.iajgs2016.org/computer-workshops) and luncheons (http://www.iajgs2016.org/sigluncheons/).

New this year! Genealogy for Jewish Educators

This is a special, one-day track designed for those who

  • teach in synagogue and Jewish day schools
  • run camp and other programs
  • create family and inter-generational events, or
  • teach Jewish history or family history

It will be in Seattle Sunday, August 7, 2016, beginning at 9 a.m. during the week-long 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Thanks to the generosity of the Samis Foundation and the Covenant Foundation, the registration fee is just $50 per person. To attend the full conference and Genealogy for Jewish Educators, the combined fee is $395 during on-line registration through July 24, $10 more on-site.

The program includes

  • six workshops led by genealogy professionals
  • an interactive Learning Walk through family history research skills and techniques
  • kosher breakfast and lunch
  • free access to many afternoon events of the main Conference
  • the Conference Film Festival’s Sunday screenings, and
  • the evening Conference Keynote Address and reception

For more information and to register for Genealogy for Jewish Educators, go here.

Sleepless in Seattle? Not this August

Co-chair Chuck Weinstein provided a preview of our conference to IGRA in March, 2016.

Promote your brand to conference-goers

Becoming an advertiser, exhibitor or sponsor will focus attention on your company or organization from about 1,000 people we are expecting during the week of the Conference – individual researchers, service providers, groups and associations in the forefront of an ever-growing world of research into Jewish family history.

Opportunities range from inserting printed materials into every attendee’s conference bag to putting your logo in prominent places and to showing your wares or promoting your services in the exhibit hall for the duration of the Conference. For details, click the links under the EXHIBIT, ADVERTISE, SPONSOR tab in the menu bar above.

Winners in early-registration prize drawing announced

Leaders of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy have announced the winners of 10 prizes awarded in a random drawing of names among those who registered for the conference by April 30.

The winners and their respective prizes are:

  • David Penrod, Orem, Utah: an FTDNA Family Finder DNA test
  • Adrienne Escoe, Irvine, California: an Ancestry.com one-year Worldwide Explorer membership
  • Leilani Lucrisia, Arlington, Washington: an Ancestry.com autosomal DNA test
  • William Israel, St. Petersburg, Florida: a MyHeritage.com one-year subscription
  • David Fialkoff, North Potomac, Maryland: an Avotaynu journal one-year subscription
  • Philis Curlender, Los Angeles, California: a three-night stay at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel
  • Jane Berenbeim, New York, New York: a JewishGen value-added one-year subscription
  • Robert Aisenberg, Dartmouth, Massachusetts: a BackBlaze cloud file backup one-year subscription
  • Cynthia Campman, The Woodlands, Texas: a MacKiev Family Tree Maker software for Mac
  • Teresa Pollin, Washington, D.C.: a MacKiev Family Tree Maker software for PC

The winners must be registered and attend the conference in Seattle. Any forfeited prizes will be awarded in a subsequent drawing.

More will be awarded to conference attendees during the week. The prize list will be announced then.

On-line registration runs through July 24. Fees will be higher for those who wait until they arrive in Seattle and register on site.

The IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder

Use the FAMILY FINDER link in the menu bar above to read about this year’s searchable IAJGS Conference Online Family Finder.

If you haven’t registered yet, when you’re ready,  go to the Registration home page from the link in the REGISTRATION menu above, or click here.

Before you begin the registration form, you also should at least glance over the wide range of vital information and guidance on the Registration Overview page. Look for a link on the Registration home page.

Conference fees

For a downloadable summary list of fees and optional item prices before entering the form, go to the Registration Overview page or click here.

Focus: The Wandering Jew

The focus for the 2016 conference is The Wandering Jew.

Tracks will include:

  • The Sephardic Experience in the United States
  • European Migrations
  • South American, Australian and South African Branches
  • Westward Ho! Jews in the Western US
  • Coming Home to Israel

Please come back here over the next few months for program updates and other news, follow us on Facebook, subscribe to our discussion list and follow our blog.

Recorded sessions

You can still subscribe to Seattle 2016 LIVE!, our real-time video streaming service. A separate recording service, a combination of audio and speakers’ slides in digital format to be delivered to you after the Conference, will cost more if you wait until August to sign up. For details, go to LIVE! AND RECORDINGS in the menu bar above.