31    Jan 20080 comments

Conferences are for connections

Many genealogy conferences are set for the summer months and cover a wide range of topics. While there are general conferences, specialized conferences also abound, such as Eastern European, Jewish, German and others.

Go to www.chicago2008.org

The longest (at six days) genealogy conference in the United States is the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy which will run from Sunday-Friday, August 17-22, under the aegis of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

This year's 28th edition is set for Chicago, Illinois, and co-hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, the Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society and the IAJGS.

The daily schedule begins in the early morning and continues through evening with special events and programs, an annual banquet, film festival and omany activities encouraging networking, and collaboration among the international attendees who gather each year to learn and share expertise.

Participants include international archivists, experts in all areas and researchers of all skill levels from around the world, with programs in some 20 topic areas. Additionally, many special interest groups offer focused programming, meetings and lunches with special speakers. Breakfasts with the experts are also very popular.

Chicago - home to a large active and historic Jewish community whose descendants today live around the world - offers many opportunities for research. These include the Spertus Institute of Jewish Study (Asher Library and the Chicago Jewish Archives); the Newberry Library; many public institutions and the Great Lakes Regional branch of NARA (NationalArchives), along with university resources and special collections.

Programming includes aspects of Sephardic ancestry, the Midwestern Jewish experience, Latin American research, Canadian research, computer sessions, immigration records and more, and a resource room with a wide variety of materials.

A mini-symposium, "Genetics, Jewish Diseases, and the Role of Genealogists," underwritten by Genzyme Corporation, will offfer programming by physicians, genetics counselors and other experts.

For all details, including conference and hotel registration, click 28th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Good luck in your quest! I look forward to reading your questions and comments.

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