IAJGS 2016

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

The Conference schedule has been posted!

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 conferencegoers 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.

If you are not registered, now is a good time to do so, because early-registration fee discounts expire at the end of this month.

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/).

A special reminder
Early registration discounts end April 30

Enough said.

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 just $365 during early on-line registration through April 30.

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.

Register early, win a prize!

In early May, we’ll conduct a drawing to award prizes to some lucky friends who signed up during early registration, scheduled through April 30, to attend the Conference in Seattle. The earlier you register, the better! Those who did so during January got four entries in the drawing, and in February, three. March registrants will have two entries, and those who register during April will get one entry. Prize winners will be announced in May and prizes given to the winners during the conference.  You must be registered for the conference, and attend the conference to receive a prize.

Prizes include:

  • One-year subscription to Ancestry.com
  • An Autosomal DNA kit from Ancestry.com
  • One-year subscription to MyHeritage.com
  • One-year subscription to Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy
  • A FamilyFinder DNA kit from FamilyTreeDNA.com
  • One-year subscription to BackBlaze.com
  • A copy of Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker for Mac
  • A copy of Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker for PC
  • A 3 night stay at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel

The fine print: Our end-of-month is at 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 30.

Register early for great savings!

Get the lowest fees during Early Registration, which runs through April 30. For example, you can save $55 on the Full Conference, compared with on-site registration. The same break is available for a spouse/domestic partner.

You can subscribe to Seattle 2016 LIVE!, our real-time video streaming service, with a discount of $70 off the August price. A separate recording service, a combination of audio and speakers’ slides in digital format to be delivered to you after the Conference, will cost you $50 more if you wait until August to sign up. For details, go to LIVE! AND RECORDINGS in the menu bar above.

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

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.

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

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