Adam Brown started a new project for the upcoming IAJGS conference. See
Not quite sure how I am going to break the news of the conference to my husband when he returns from South Africa....
This sounds more and more exciting every day as Geni curators make plans to attend. I loved the first conference I attended, mostly frankly for the SIG lunch talks and birds of a feather sessions. And for meeting people who I continue to have a relationship with. It's what got me to sign up to go to Lithuania last year.
This year should be even better because the Ukrainian SIG is very active with new webpages for kehilot such as that of my husband's grandfather - Novopoltavka in Kherson. I hope very much that they will work on Volhynia too and I would have volunteered to be the leader for my great grandparents' hometown of Bilogorodka.
Each of the SIGs and the experts have such amazing and deep knowledge. Even if you only attend once, it's really worth it. I also bought the audio of the talks from Washington since I spent a lot of time networking and didn't attend all the talks.
Lois, I attended the conference two years ago. If you want to write me email here or on my personal email I can tell you my experience. It was very important for me in terms of background, network, and a deep introduction into Jewish genealogy. The lunch SIG speakers and discussion were amazing. I met a lot of people I needed to meet. It was my first time and I was only two years into doing genealogy on my father's side of the family (Lithuania and Ukraine) and my husband's family (Southern Ukraine and Courland). I recommend people to go to at least one of these, as well as join several relevant Jewish Gen Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
There have been updates to the Boston conference project. See http://www.geni.com/projects/IAJGS-International-Conference-2013-Bo... and request to collaborate on the project so you get notice of the discussions there.
Re overseas IAJGS conferences. They try to give a few years inbetween. for overseas conferences. Since last year was in Paris, this year in Boston, it was too soon for another non-US based event. non-US based events are much smaller than the US events. So they generally do Israel every two or three years, and SLC every two or three years, and fit the others around it. I've been going to the events for some 20 years. Re Israel, there are now two major Israel gen organizations, it is not just IGS anymore, so there are real considerations with two major groups. I was president of what is now IGRA (it was JFRA) for several years. But the politics of the two groups were very different. It could take a few years just to explain that to people not familiar with the events on the ground :-)
Private User Sounds very intriguing---perhaps you could enlighten us via your Blog? ie. http://www.geni.com/projects/Genealogy-Specialists-on-Geni/1319