Category Archives: Announcements

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.

Ancestry Tour Filling Up

Ancestry Offices

Did you know that Early Bird Registration ends this week? Saturday is your last chance to register at the discount rate of $295 for the full conference.

And the tour of the facilities is filling up fast. We expect registration to pick up quite a bit this week, as many people put off their registration until this time. If you want to go on the tour, don’t delay. There are less than 15 seats left.

Visit for more about the conference, or go directly to to register.

Conference Schedule Released

The schedule for IAJGS 2014 is now online. If you’ve been waiting to see what presentations we will be offering before you register, now is the time. Early bird registration ends on May 31st. Visit for more details.

Registration is open for attendees and IAJGS LIVE! You can reserve your seat for various additional fee items, such as Breakfast with the Experts, computer labs, SIG luncheons, and the Gala Awards Banquet.

The first two Breakfasts with the Experts, Monday and Tuesday, feature Joe Everett and Heidi Sugden, FamilySearch consultants, who will answer your questions about researching at the Family History Library. Friday’s breakfast is especially for those planning to attend next year’s conference in Israel, with Michael Goldstein answering your questions.

On Friday morning, we are offering a tour of the Ancestry facilities at their headquarters in Provo. Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes to bring you so many digitized and indexed records online? Now is your chance to find out.

If you’ve already registered, you can update your registration with these items. Seating is limited for everything, so don’t wait for the last minute to sign up if you’re interested.


Keynote Speaker Announced

David Laskin, photo from

We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker at IAJGS 2014 will be David Laskin. His award-winning books are especially relevant to our family experiences and to the World War I era.

Laskin’s book, “The Family”, tells the story of the three paths taken by his family. Descended from a Torah scribe in the Pale, some came to America, some went to Palestine as pioneer farmers, and some remained in Europe to face the horrors of the Shoah.

In his previous book, “The Long Way Home”, he describes the experiences of a dozen European immigrants who returned to Europe as part of the American expeditionary forces in World War I.

His presentation will be given during the opening session on Sunday evening, 27 July. More information about David Laskin can be found on his web site,

The Conference Family Finder

Family FindersIf you’ve been to the IAJGS conference before, you’ve probably registered, flipped through the materials, planned out your weekly schedule, packed in as much learning and networking as possible, only to go home, look at the Family Finder, and realize you missed the chance to meet with a potential cousin.

Well, those days are over. Today we are announcing the Online Conference IAJGS Family Finder.

This year, the Family Finder will be online and completely searchable before the conference begins. Attendees will be able to search by ancestral surname, town, DNA haplogroup, JGS or SIG, or registrant name. For privacy, the Family Finder will not provide contact information, but it will allow each registrant the opportunity to contact other registrants via email beginning 60 days before the conference begins.

The Conference Family Finder will only be available to conference and LIVE! attendees, password-protected, and available only until the next IAJGS conference.

IAJGS at RootsTech

IAJGS at RootsTech

Hal Bookbinder, Conference co-chair, in the IAJGS booth

For the first year, IAJGS has a presence in the Expo Hall for RootsTech.

What is RootsTech? It’s a conference focused on technology and its use in genealogy. Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech is in its fourth year, taking place in Salt Lake City in February.

While several IAJGS regulars have been to the conference before, and two of our usual attendees have won or placed in the Developer’s Challenge, IAJGS has never had its own presence before. We are providing flyers about the conference, LIVE!, IAJGS, and Utah JGS.

If you happen to be at RootsTech, come by booth 334 and say hello. We’ve had quite a bit of interest in just the first day of the conference.

Registration is Open

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably already heard the news from elsewhere, but registration for the 2014 IAJGS Conference is now open.

Early Bird

Early Bird rates available for registration

Full conference registration is $295 if you sign up by May 31st. IAJGS Live! is $149 for the week, or $99 if you have a full registration. We also offer a full registration student rate of $100. More pricing details can be found in the Registration FAQ, including daily rates, domestic partner rates, and you can see how much you’ll save by getting in during the early bird rate.

Go to and sign up today!

And don’t forget to submit you lecture proposal in the Call for Papers. That closes on January 31st.

The Web Site is Live

IAJGS 2014 LogoOur conference web site is live. Visit the site at

There is a lot of information in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Also the Call for Papers is open and all indications are that it’s working great.

The Discussion List is also up and running, though we’re still editing some of the details on the web page.

And keep an eye on this blog as more information will start becoming available.


The co-chairs of the 34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy welcome you to our blog.

The 2014 conference is co-hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society (UJGS).

We will use this blog to help you prepare for your visit to Salt Lake City and to provide updates and information about our upcoming conference.

IAJGS 2014 (as we’ll often call it) will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, from July 27 to August 1 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.