The 34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place in Salt Lake City from July 27 through August 1, 2014, If you would like to learn more about the conference, submit a presentation or computer workshop proposal, sign up for the conference blog or discussion forum, or make hotel reservations at our special conference rate, please visit the conference website, www.iajgs2014.org.
While the program committee will consider all submissions, we have identified some focus areas in which we are especially interested. These include Genealogy and Jewish History related to World War I, Jews of the Western United States, Technology in support of genealogical research, Immigration and migration over the ages and Ethical considerations in genealogy.
The conference will kick off one day shy of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914, one month after the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria). Many of us have ancestors who served in the armies of the various nations engaged in this conflict. The War and subsequent fighting for control of Eastern Europe devastated much of Europe including the Jewish heartland in the Pale. It stimulated a wave of Jewish migration and resulted in the Balfour declaration, calling for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". If you would like to submit a speaking proposal related to the "War to End all Wars" please do so.
Whether you wish to be a speaker or not, we invite you to submit family stories and pictures from this era for sharing. You will be able to do so once conference registration opens in one month. So, start gathering your stories and pictures now.
Hope you have been having a terrific Thanksgiving and Chanukah. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City this summer for a world class genealogical learning experience.
Hal Bookbinder, co-chair
34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
@Mark Melmed - I am in contact with my very good friend Sandy Malek of JGSLA, the program chair, and suggested several programs, including a panel on CJ research. She was delighted.
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies conference in 2014 will be in Dallas the weekend before SLC. The call for papers is out now (I am a board member of the SCJS and presented in 2013 on the Cervera Archival Project in Spain). A great conference, as is IAJGS.
Join the conference project at http://www.geni.com/projects/IAJGS-Conference-2014-Salt-Lake-City/1...
I would very much like to get there... despite the distance.
Mark Harold Melmed - we would finally get to meet !
Pam Karp The world class hotel venue, and location 2 blocks from Temple Square, & Family History Library is certainly appealing and intriguing. https://www.lds.org/locations/salt-lake-city-temple-square?lang=eng#d