Please Note: The "IAJGS International Conference 2014 - Salt Lake City" Project is a volunteer initiative of the hundreds of avid genealogists participating in the development of the Jewish Genealogy Portal at Geni.com. It is not officially related to the IAJGS or the Conference, which speak for themselves on the web pages whose links are provided below. Now that we have the disclaimer out of the way, here's the scoop.... :)
We are delighted to announce that a delegation of Geni Curators and enthusiasts involved in the development of the Jewish Genealogy Portal on Geni are already actively planning to participate in this coming year's 34th Annual Conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, to be held in Salt Lake City from Sunday July 27th through Friday, August 1st.
Visit the Official IAJGS 2014 Web Site
We have also opened a Geni discussion page, which you can find here: http://www.geni.com/discussions/130964
SPEAKER INFORMATION: CONFERENCE FOCUS AREAS
The official Web site gives some indication of the Conference's focus. Many of these are of demonstrated interest to Geni participants, and you are welcome to add links to known Geni Projects to this IAJGS Conference Project. Even better, you are encouraged to individually or collaborative develop lectures on these focus areas at step forward to present them to the conference!
As the conference will start one day shy of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we are planning a major focus on the impact of the War on the lives of our ancestors.
So, presentations that focus on the various aspects of this conflict will be given preference. This includes experiences of our ancestors in the military of countries on all sides of the conflict the disruption caused by the battles through the Jewish heartland in Eastern Europe and the dislocation and migration it stimulated.
Other focus areas of the conference include
Technology in the Pursuit of Genealogy
Jewish Migrations over the Ages,
Ethical Genealogical Challenges
Jews (and crypto-Jews) of the Western United States.
The IAGJS 2014 web page on this subject concludes: "Of course, we will consider quality abstract submissions on other topics as well, including the "tried and true", but especially those which are new."