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The 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
 
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newHow to print your conference info

  1. Open your conference confirmation email, or any email from the registration system, and click a registration link at the bottom.
  2. Fill in your confirmation number from the email.
  3. Click OK.
The "My registration/Confirmation" tab shows your purchases and the schedule for sessions you paid for. "My Agenda" shows the schedule by day, with a brief description of each session.

Register at the conference hotel starting Aug. 13

On-line registration is closed, but you can still sign up for a week jam-packed with interesting, informative and enjoyable events in the Nation's Capital. It doesn't matter where you are staying, just come to the conference registration desk at the Grand Hyatt Washington after 9 p.m. Saturday, August 13, or on Sunday. For logistical reasons, we had to stop accepting sign-ups for meals and embassy visits at midnight EDT July 31, but some workshops still have space.

Shalom!

newPublic session for genealogy beginners set for Monday

The conference and the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library are sponsoring a free talk on "What’s Your Story? An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History" Monday at 1 p.m. at the library, 901 G Street NW, just around the corner from the conference hotel. The talk by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com will take place in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307. It is open to the public.

Description: Have you ever been curious about your roots? Do you want to know if the stories handed down about your family being descended from an Indian Princess are true? Did you inherit a bunch of genealogy notebooks from Aunt Sally but have no clue how to understand it all? If you’ve ever wanted to climb your family tree but don’t know where to begin, this class is for you. Popular genealogy teacher Crista Cowan will be here to help you get started in your journey to uncovering your family history. In a one hour, interactive class she’ll provide you with all the tools you need to discover your story.

Biography: Crista Cowan has been with Ancestry.com for more than six years. She is the Community Alliance Manager for the Ancestry World Archives Project. Past positions at Ancestry.com include manager over Indexing and European Content Acquisition. Crista has been involved in family history research for over 20 years, the past nine as a professional genealogist with her own research firm. She recently completed serving a 2nd term as President of the Utah Valley chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Audio recordings of sessions can be bought now or later

We’ve arranged for the digital media company Conference Resource LLC to record at least 121 conference sessions. You can place an advance order, or buy them during or after the conference, for later delivery. For details, click the Audio recordings menu at the left.

Lithuanian ambassador to address DC2011

lithambassadordThe Honorable Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States, will address attendees Wednesday, August 17, at 7 p.m. His talk is titled, "The Importance of Jewish Heritage to the History of Lithuania," and will explore his government's renewed revitalization of the nation's Jewish heritage. A Q&A session will follow the speech.

Before his appointment to Washington, Ambassador Pavilionis was ambassador-at-large and chief coordinator for Lithuania's Presidency of the Community of Democracies and chief coordinator for Transatlantic relations. He has a Master's Degree in Philosophy and Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Doctoral Studies. He pursued both degrees at Vilnius University. He is married to Lina Pavilioniene and has four sons.

Downloadable Program in Brief

For conference attendees who would like to do some advance planning, we offer a Program In Brief, listing all conference events in a handy, day-by-day, hour-by-hour summary format. We hope you can make good use of this temporary tool until you arrive at the conference and get the final Daily Planner.

Owing to popular demand, we also offer a downloadable version that you can edit, rearrange, mark up with personal notes and print as a temporary personal planner. Important: Revisions are likely to occur before the conference opens. Be on the lookout for changes between this Program in Brief and the Daily Planner you will get at check-in.

To get the Program in Brief, click the Conference Program menu above, or click here.

Breakfasts With the Experts

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We have scheduled seven breakfast sessions with experts in a wide variety of Jewish family research techniques. With seating limited to 35, the format encourages a more personal approach to seeking and receiving advice that could lead to a breakthrough in your genealogical quest. All sessions run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and cost $36 per person. For the schedule and details on each event, click Breakfasts w/the Experts under the Conference Program menu above, or click here.

If you are already registered for the conference, follow the directions in your confirmation email to return to your record, and go to the Optional Sessions registration page. If you are not registered, you should do so soon to assure yourself of a place. Registration for BWE's closes at midnight EST July 31.

Take a walking tour of old Jewish Washington

We’ve arranged with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (JHSGW) to provide a guided walking tour of old Jewish Washington, scheduled twice for your convenience. The fee is $15 per person. For days & times and a complete description of the tour, click Tours under the Conference Program menu, above. You can sign up under "Optional Items" in the Registration pages.

Archivist of the U.S. Ferriero to address Gala crowd

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will speak at the conference Gala on Thursday evening, August 18. The event will feature excellent kosher food, networking and social opportunities, announcements of IAJGS awardees for their contributions to genealogy, and music. Details.
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Theater J's "The Moscows" gets a rave

"The Moscows of Nantucket," which premiered May 11 at Washington's highly regarded Theater J, earned a 3½-star (out of four) rating from Leslie Milk, a widely read reviewer for Washingtonian Magazine. Theater J will present Sam Forman's "laugh-out-loud comedy with bittersweet moments about a Jewish family’s struggle to connect" especially for our conference. Permanently housed in the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, Theater J is bringing the play to us at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Monday, August 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 apiece and can be purchased on line at the conference registration site. For details, click the Special events link under Conference Program, above. Read the review.
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Co-chairs talk up DC2011 on TV

tvshow2A lively preview of the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy recently was taped for airing on the Internet and broadcast on the Fairfax, Va., cable TV show "Tracing Your Family Roots," with host Arline Sachs. Conference Co-chairs Marlene Katz Bishow, Victor Cohen and Susan Isman chatted with Arline about the program, hotel & food, and technology for the forthcoming conference.

Arline and Sidney Sachs have produced the public access cable program, which focuses primarily on Jewish genealogy, since 1997. In 2007 they received the IAJGS Salutes recognition for their commitment to Jewish genealogy. Sidney is the producer and Arline is the co-host along with Dr. Sallyann Sack-Pikus. Both Arline and Sallyann are past presidents of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington and have many other credits in the field.

Click the photo above to watch the show, or click here.
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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Director is Conference Keynoter

Sara Bloomfield, the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will deliver the keynote address to our conference on the opening night, Sunday, August 14. Her talk is titled, "Honoring the Victims: It Takes A Village" and will be followed by a Welcome Dessert Reception. Details
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is our pre-conference Shabbat Scholar

Author, TV & radio host and adviser to celebrities, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will be the Shabbat Scholar for events leading up to the conference. He will speak after the Shabbat dinner on Friday, August 12, lead a discussion on Saturday afternoon and lecture again after Havdalah services and dinner Saturday evening. You'll want to arrive early in Washington to hear Rabbi Shmuley Boteach before DC2011 officially opens Sunday, August 14. For more information, go to the Special Events page here.
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Join our email discussion group

For the latest news, updates and important announcements about the conference, join the discussion group mailing list for DC2011. You can reply to messages and post your own questions and comments. Subscribe to it through the JewishGen Discussion groups service by clicking this link (or copying the URL into your browser's address field):

http://www.jewishgen.org/ListManager/members_add.asp

When prompted, log in to JewishGen, and you will be taken to the page titled, "Subscribe to JewishGen Mailing Lists." In the Hosted Projects section, find the 2011 DC Conference and click Subscribe at right. Watch your inbox for a welcome message, and you'll be all set to receive and post messages.
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Extended-stay room rate down to $99

If you're planning an extended stay in Washington before and/or after the conference, the Grand Hyatt Washington offers a basic rate of $99 per night. A room with a king or two double beds will cost $99 for the nights of August 9 through 12 and 19 through 22. For Saturday through Thursday, August 13 - 18, the previously announced rate of $199 still holds. The number of rooms available is limited – rooms with a king-sized bed are already sold out for August 9 – so be sure to make your reservation soon by clicking the Hotel / Book a room link above.
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Welcome to DC2011

 

Washington, D.C., offers the finest world-class resources and repositories to genealogists and family historians. We warmly encourage you to join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington for the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in the U.S. capital city August 14 to 19, 2011. We guarantee you’ll want to explore all the city’s treasures — archives, museums, memorials, the arts, restaurants, and so much more.

One of the most walkable cities in the world, Washington offers opportunities to satisfy every intellectual, cultural, and culinary taste.

The Grand Hyatt Washington, our conference headquarters, is so centrally located that the hub of the Washington Metro subway system is accessible from inside the hotel lobby.

Here you are just half a mile from National Archives I, six blocks from the White House, around the corner from the rich genealogy and history resources held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and minutes from the restored Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (named for its location at 6th and I Streets NW). And the renowned Chinatown is but a hop, skip, and jump down the street.

The conference officially opens on Sunday, August 14, with workshops for beginners, lectures for all, and a Special Interest Group/Birds of a Feather Fair to showcase specialty genealogy interests, followed by opening night festivities. (Of course, over the weekend prior to the conference, we offer conference attendees kosher dinners and Shabbat-friendly discussions, so feel free to come early.) Once the conference begins, we can attend orientation sessions in the hotel by staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Archives, and Library of Congress to help us prepare to navigate each of these repositories with maximum efficiency and success.
(See these places on a map.)

Virtually every Jewish genealogist has lost family in the Shoah—whether or not we know it. It all depends on how we define family. The precious records of the International Tracing Service of the International Red Cross are newly available at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, just one of a few places in the world where they can be accessed by researchers.

With excitement we anticipate release of the 1940 U.S. Census in early 2012. What treasures await us? How should we prepare to make the most of the documents’ riches? At the conference, we’ll preview the census and reveal strategies for reaping maximum benefits.

Even if we never step foot outside the doors of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Washington, conference programming offers us a mini graduate education in Jewish history, genetics, geography, sociology, anthropology, filmography—and so many other -ologies! And we haven’t even mentioned the invaluable networking and information sharing that transpires among our conference attendees!

Plan to be with us at the conference. All the best we have come to expect from these annual events awaits us at the 31st IAJGS International Conference in Washington, D.C., August 14 to 19, 2011.
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