Register Now for IAJGS Orlando 2017!

Register now and join Henry Louis Gates and dozens of other genealogical luminaries at the 37th Annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, July 23-28 at the beautiful Swan Resort on the grounds of Disney World in Orlando, Florida!

This premier event of the Jewish genealogy year features an “Institute” of learning in major areas of Jewish genealogy and family history—some of them for the first time.   Save money with early registration and guarantee a room!

Skip Gates

Harvard Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, host of the popular PBS television show “Finding Your Roots” and a fascinating speaker and scholar, will address our Thursday evening annual awards banquet with a talk on “Genealogy and Genetics in America.”

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On Sunday evening, Professor Robert Watson will honor our Florida/Caribbean conference venue with a talk about our Nevis-born founding father entitled “Alexander Hamilton, the Jews, and the American Revolution.”


On Tuesday evening, Professor Hasia Diner will commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into WWI in the 2nd Annual Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture, entitled “1917: A Turning Point in American Jewish History”.

All week long, our acclaimed IAJGS Film Festival will return with a full schedule of offerings on Jewish cultural and historical topics.

During the days, our schedule includes over 200 presentations on just about all areas of Jewish genealogy by the best-known lecturers in their fields. A major emphasis of these presentations will be to teach the strategies that our attendees – both advanced and beginner – will need to take their family history research to the next level.  Space has been set aside for our presenters and to coach attendees outside the lecture hall, and our resource room, with free access to every imaginable genealogy database, is available all week for our attendees to continue their research on-site.

Over 50 affinity groups including Special Interest Groups, Boards of a Feather, and Facebook groups are planning lecture series, workshops, breakfasts, lunches and meetings. So tag along with the organizations in your area of interest, and reunite with your old friends from prior conferences, or turn your virtual Facebook friends into real ones!

This program is not just for the experts! Beginners especially are invited to this conference where they will be initiated into all the joys of getting started in Jewish genealogy with a track of their own. It starts with introductory lectures on Sunday to be followed by a weeklong series of talks, workshops, small group discussions and personal mentoring sessions with experts. By the end of the week, beginners will be well on their way to exploring the ins and outs of our fascinating pastime.

DNA testing is the cutting edge of Jewish genealogical research, but it remains a puzzling mystery to many. This conference will include a weeklong series of talks on every relevant aspect of this valuable research tool. Expert genealogists will walk us through Y-DNA, mitochondrial and autosomal DNA testing explaining what (and what not) it can do, why we all should be tested and how we can understand, interpret and use the results we obtain.

Given that this is the first IAJGS conference ever held in the southern United States, special attention will be given to the history of the Jews of the South and the Caribbean basin.  Experts on Florida, Martinique, Curacao, Cuba, Panama, Mexico and other places that were destinations for Jews and conversos fleeing the inquisition will make presentations at the conference, and a special track will be devoted to helping individuals with converso family history explore whether classic genealogical resources and tools can help them link themselves from the present day back to the Spain’s Golden Age.

The conference is co-sponsored by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Orlando.

For further information about the conference and the wonderful things there are for you and your family to do in Orlando before during and after the conference, please  visit our conference website at and contact the conference organizers at

To register for our conference, click the REGISTRATION tab above.

To book a room at our hotel, click the HOTEL RESERVATIONS tab above.