Our Youngest Ask: “What Makes This IAJGS Conference Different From All Others?”

We are glad you asked that question! The IAJGS 2017 Orlando Program Committee has spent months assembling a wonderful  conference program with over 300 programs by 150 speakers. Yesterday we wrote about the conference programs on Galitizianer genealogy, so today we thought might describe the dozens of programs of specific interest to Jewish genealogists with family from all over Poland!

Don’t miss out on this great conference!  And don’t miss out on the Early Bird Registration Discount which expires at 11:59PM on Thursday, April 20th!

Take a look below to view just some  the more than two dozen full-length programs of special interest to Jewish genealogists interested in Poland, commencing with the festive annual JRI-Poland luncheon and computer workshops on Sunday, July 23rd and running right through to the end of the conference on Friday, July 28th.

In addition to the specific programs pertaining to Jewish genealogy in Poland are dozens of other related lectures pertaining to the nuts and bolts of 21st century Jewish genealogy,  including a DNA tracks, as well as a Q&A on Jewish surnames with Dr. Alexandre Beider, author of “A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Poland”.

Mentoring sessions with experienced Jewish genealogists with expertise in just about every aspect of Jewish genealogy will be available to attendees throughout the week!

A series of wonderful evening programs will begin with our keynote from Robert Watson on "Alexander Hamilton, the Jews and the American Revolution” and conclude with Henry Louis Gates, host of PBS Finding Your Roots, who will speak on "Genetics and Genealogy in America" at our annual banquet on Thursday evening.

Databases and experts from JRI-Poland, JewishGen, Ancestry, MyHeritage, ProQuest, the International Tracing Service archives and many others will be among the hundreds of resources that will be hosted for free all week in the Conference resource room, a mainstay of past conferences and a major attraction to conference attendees of all level of experience.

The Conference Early Bird Discount expires at 11:59pm next Thursday 4/20 and the heavily discounted IAJGS  reservation block at the hotel is nearly full, so if you want to take this last opportunity to attend an IAJGS in North America until the summer of 2019, you had better get going!!

To register, visit www.iajgs2017.org today and register for the conference and your room!

Here is a partial schedule of IAJGS 2017 events pertaining to Poland.  For further information, please see our conference website for further details at www.iajgs2017.org or email the conference co-chairs at info@iajgs2017.org

Sunday, July 23

* Ostrow Mazowiecka BOF

* JRI-Poland 101: Discovering Hidden Treasure in the JRI-Poland Database, Robinn Magid

* Jewish Records Indexing - Poland; Where do we go from here?, Stanley Diamond

* $ JRI-Poland Luncheon: When a Community Comes Back to Poland: The Dubliners, Robinn Magid

* The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe, Hal Bookbinder

* You've Found the Town, Now What?, Phyllis Kramer

* $ JRI-Poland Beginner's Computer Workshop Hadassah Lipsius

Monday, July 24

* Jewish Life in Poland - Part 1 (10th-15th centuries), Avraham Groll

* Jewish Life in Poland - Part 2 (16th-18th centuries), Avraham Groll

* Belarus SIG Meeting

* $ Belarus SIG Luncheon: A 25-year Grass Roots Effort to Access and Index Records for Lyakhovichi, Belarus Gary Palgon

* $ Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Intermediate Workshop Hadassah Lipsius

Tuesday, July 25

* Tabula Registers: A Untapped Genealogical Resource in the Lviv Archives (Ukraine), Alexander Dunai and Natalie Dunai

* Using Vital Records to Illuminate the Lives of Your 19th Century Polish  Ancestors, Judith Frazin

*Why Did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like The Pale? Hal Bookbinder

* Suwalk Gubernia BOF

* Archival resources in Poland - where to begin?

* The case of the Wislicki family, Michal Majewski

* The Volynian quiz, Alex Denysenko

* Lodz Area Research Group (LARG) Meeting, Debra Kay-Blatt

* Using the Gesher Galicia Website and All Galicia Database to Research Towns and Families Brooke Ganz

* JRI-Poland Volunteers Meeting

Wednesday, July 26

* The Polish Inter-wars Parliament voters' lists a source for genealogy, Alex Denysenko

* City Council elections as a source for genealogical research – a case of interwar Czestochowa, Magdalena Mizgalska-Osowiecka

* BialyGen SIG Meeting

* Polish Jewish refugees in the USSR during WWI, Serafima Velkovich

* Using Pre-1826 Polish Parish Records in Jewish Research, Debra Kay-Blatt & Warren Blatt

Thursday, July 27

* Researching Your Galitizianer Family: Working With Vital Records, Mark Halpern

* Researching your Warszawa Family Roots, Hadassah Lipsius

* Danzig-Gdansk SIG Meeting

* Warsaw Jewish Genealogical Conference Preview, Michal Majewski, Mark Halpern & Aleksandra Sajdak

* In Search of Multiple Truths: Genealogy as a Significant Part of Heritage Tours to Poland, Aleksandra Sajdak

Friday, July 28

* Oral History in Genealogy Research at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Joanna Krol

For further information, visit www.iajgs2017.org or email the conference co-chairs at info@iajgs2017.org

See you in Orlando!