Monthly Archives: June 2014

Family Finder is Online

Did you notice that this year’s conference is having an online Family Finder? Instead of receiving a printed book when you register at the conference, we have put all the Family Finder data online.

What does that mean? It means you can search the Family Finder well in advance of the conference, contact the people you want to contact, and even arrange to meet them at the conference. No more need to scrounge through the material the night before the conference and then scramble all week to find someone you might be related to.

So if you’re registered, go ahead and search for matches. If you’re not registered, now is a good time to do so. If you didn’t enter your family names, get on that so people can find you. And if you made any spelling errors, you can fix them now. (There are a few in there.) The Family Finder will be updated a couple more times before the conference begins, once more during or just after the conference (to be sure we include late registrations), and then not again until next year’s conference is ready to replace the data with their attendees.

Only registered attendees can log in to the Family Finder and send messages to other attendees. You should have recently received an email with your login password again; it’s the same one as your registration.

So head on over to the conference Family Finder and maybe find some potential cousins.

IAJGS LIVE! Preview Video, Take 2

Well folks, it looks like FeedBurner didn’t send the embedded video to your email. If you visited the blog, because you noticed something was missing, then you were able to watch the video there. If you didn’t see it, here is a link to the video on YouTube.

And if we embed a video again, we’ll know to include a link to it for our email readers.

IAJGS LIVE! – Preview Video Available

Interested in attending the conference but you can’t be there in person? Or going to the conference in person but you know you can’t attend all the great sessions that interest you? You can attend IAJGS LIVE! from the comfort of your own home.

If you haven’t heard of LIVE!, then you’re missing out. Over 60 of the sessions at the IAJGS conference will be broadcast LIVE! over the Internet, and then will be available for another 90 days after the conference. At most times, two different sessions will be broadcasting LIVE!, so you can always go back later to watch the other session that you missed, or rewatch a session you enjoyed.

Below is a preview of what you can expect from LIVE!, created from our LIVE! broadcast at last year’s Boston conference.

So don’t forget to register for LIVE! at We have quite the line-up of sessions this year.

LIVE! is only $149 for all 60+ sessions, including access to the recordings for three months to watch them at your leisure. (Daily LIVE! attendance is also available. Check the conference schedule to find which days interest you.) Ask your local JGS how you can get a discount off the full price of LIVE!

Or add LIVE! onto your regular conference registration for only $99.

LIVE! Schedule Posted

Live LogoIf you’ve been holding off on your registration to know what sessions will be broadcast LIVE!, your wait is over. The online schedule has been updated with this information.

Visit, type “LIVE!” into the session code field, then click on Search to see the full listing of LIVE! sessions.

Our keynote speaker, David Laskin, will be broadcast LIVE! for two of his sessions, the opening keynote and From Family History to History: Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy, a presentation focusing on how he wrote his book.

Following one of our main topics, Ellen Kowitt will present Tracing Jews Who Coughed Their Way West, and Rochelle Kaplan will present Jews in Utah – Not an Oxymoron.

One of our co-chairs, Banai Feldstein, has two presentations broadcasting LIVE!, including Insider’s Guide to the Family History Library.

D. Joshua Taylor, the president of FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies), will present Essential Technology for Genealogists.

Genie Milgrom will present From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for Jewish Roots about her own genealogical journey.

Lots of popular speakers from many of the past IAJGS conferences will be broadcast including Avrohom Krauss, Ron Arons, Pamela Weisberger, Rhoda Miller, Bennett Greenspan, Gary Gans, Israel Pickholtz, Warren Blatt, Mike Karsen, Schelly Dardashti, Marlis Humphrey (President of IAJGS), and so many more.

With over 60 sessions being broadcast LIVE!, there are sure to be many that you will find relevant to your genealogical interests. And don’t forget that LIVE! access will continue for three months after the conference, so if you can’t watch LIVE!, you can always watch it later.

Sign up today at Get all of LIVE! for $149, or add it to your in-person registration for only $99.

ProQuest Day – Wednesday

ProQuestWednesday, 30 July, will be ProQuest Day at the conference. We will have special access to a large number of databases that most of us usually have little or no access to at all. ProQuest cannot be purchased by individuals, only libraries and universities, so get your research queries ready.

These databases will only be available on the conference computers in the Resource Room, which will have extended hours from 9am to 10pm. Biff Forsyth, the ProQuest Director of Product Management, will be in the Resource Room (hours to be determined) to help everyone get the most out of the databases.

We anticipate a lot of interest in using these databases. Keep in mind that the Resource Room will impose a time limit when people are waiting, so please prepare before you arrive, know what you want to look for, be gracious when other people are waiting, and be prepared to come back later in the day if required.

Here is a list of what will be available:

ProQuest Historical Newspapers – US and International (listed alphabetically)

    • The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger (1857-1922)
    • The American Israelite (1854-2000)
    • The Arizona Republican (1890-1922)‎
    • The Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945)
    • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)‎
    • The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)‎
    • The Baltimore Sun (1837-1988)
    • Boston Globe (1872-1982)
    • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
    • Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)
    • The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2000)‎
    • The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922)‎
    • Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991)‎
    • Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)‎
    • The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)‎
    • Hartford Courant (1764-1988)‎
    • Indianapolis Star (1903-1922)‎
    • The Irish Times (1859-2012) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)‎
    • The Jerusalem Post (1932-2008)
    • The Jewish Advocate (1905-1990)‎
    • The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990)
    • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)‎
    • Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)‎
    • Louisville Courier Journal (1830-1922)
    • The Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922)
    • Newsday (1940-1985)
    • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)‎
    • The New York Times (1851-2010) with Index (1851-1993)‎
    • New York Tribune (1841-1922)‎
    • Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)‎
    • Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)‎
    • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)‎
    • San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922)‎
    • The Scotsman (1817-1950)‎
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922)‎
    • The Times of India (1838-2004)
    • The Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)‎
    • The Washington Post (1877-1997)‎
    • plus, the ProQuest Civil War Era newspapers collection (1840-1865)
      • Southern Titles: Richmond Dispatch (Virginia), Charleston Mercury (South Carolina), New Orleans Times Picayune (Louisiana)
      • Northern Titles: Boston Herald, New York Herald, Columbus State Journal (Ohio)
      • Border State/Mississippi Valley Titles: The Kentucky Daily Journal, Memphis Daily Appeal

But wait, there’s more. We will also have…

ProQuest History Databases

  • Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War‎  (1914-1919)
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Series A: Subject Correspondence Files:
    • Part 3: Ellis Island, 1900-1933
    • Part 4: European Investigations, 1898-1936
    • Part 5: Prostitution and White Slavery, 1902-1933
    • Part 6: Suppression of Aliens, 1906-1930
  • Voices from Ellis Island: An Oral History of American Immigration
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I‎

 ProQuest Map Databases

  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • ProQuest Digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970)
  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)
  • ProQuest U.S. Serial Set High Resolution Maps (1789-1969) (This is part of the Congressional database where you can search by name to see if any of your ancestors testified in Congress.)

ProQuest Genealogy Databases

  • HeritageQuest Online
  • ProQuest Obituaries and Death Notices
  • Atlanta Constitution (1868-1922)
  • Boston Globe (1872-1922)
  • Chicago Defender (1921-1975)
  • Chicago Tribune (1852-1984)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1984)
  • New York Times (1851-1994)
  • Washington Post (1877-1950)

And finally,

Announcing – The Resource Room and its Databases

This year’s Resource Room Coordinator is Beth Long, a Utah JGS member. The hours for the Resource Room are as follows:

  • Sunday, 1 July : 1pm – 6pm
  • Monday, 28 July: 9am – 6pm
  • Tuesday, 29 July: 9am – 6pm
  • Wednesday, 30 July: 9am – 10pm (ProQuest Day)
  • Thursday, 31 July: 9am – 6pm
  • Friday, 1 August: 9am – 12 noon

If you’re new to our conference, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the Resource Room?” Glad you asked! The Resource Room will be located at the center of our conference, in the Topaz room on the second floor of the Hilton. It will contain 30 computers, printers, and will be available for attendees to use. Some attendees may use the computers to check email or print syllabus pages, but most will sit down and use the free access to the many subscription databases that we offer.

Database LogosJan Meisels Allen, our Database Coordinator, has announced the line-up of databases with free access that we will have available:

  • Ancestry family of genealogical web sites (includes,, and
  • FindMyPast (includes the British Library newspapers, among others)
  • Forward
  • GenTeam
  • Getty Images-BBS
  • Godfrey Memorial Library (Gold subscription)
  • Library of Canada
  • London Gazette
  • Mocavo
  • MyHeritage family of web sites (includes,, World Vital Records, and the Jewish Chronicle)
  • New England Historic and Genealogical Society
  • ProQuest (Wednesday only)

In addition, the Resource Room computers will also have links to over 250 other free genealogical sites that will be accessible by topic, ex. Canada, Europe, Israel, Holocaust, Immigration and Naturalization, USA, and more.

Several IAJGS members will offer access to their members-only databases as well: Cercle de Généalogie Juive, Israel Genealogical Society (IGS), and Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

Stay tuned for more details about ProQuest Day. There will be so many databases available, it deserves its own blog post.