31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
Don't Pass Up the Resource Center at The Conference!
This year’s Resource Center is a real benefit to researchers, and definitely
should not be overlooked. It's a valuable place to spend time studying maps
for ancestral towns, reviewing computerized surname indexes, and searching
through a wide variety of databases to fill in gaps in your research. It's a
"problem worth having" because it's virtually guaranteed to compete with your
equally strong desire to attend Conference sessions, network, see Judaic
films, visit vendors, etc. (You also will be able to avoid going outside
into the August heat of Washington by conducting your research in the comfort
of the Grand Hyatt, and still be close to other Conference features you want
The Resource Center also will be a lively, "happening" place to be because
virtually EVERY Conference attendee will visit the Resource Center! How can
you pass that up? (And when you do come by, we suggest you bring a listing
of your "research goals," the specific surnames, towns, or dates you’re
researching so that you can spend your time more wisely.)
Where’s what this year's Resource Center consists of:
- Carefully selected reference materials, specialized archival
materials, and maps (laminated and available on long tables) >from the
hosting organization, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
(JGSGW)’s extensive library collection;
- 5 PC computers dedicated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
(USHMM) Central Names Index (CNI). That index will help inform attendees'
Holocaust-era research and be a major aid when conducting research at the
Museum itself; and
- 35 additional PCs loaded with links to websites usually
accessible only through subscription or membership.
- Translation Services located in an adjacent room, with a free
20-minute appointment for conference attendees who sign up at the
Conference, its schedule to be posted.
The Resource Center will be open during these days and hours:
Sunday, August 14, >from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, August 15, >from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16, >from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 17, >from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, >from 7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 19, >from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
We'll have a large number of links available to both free and subscription
(free at the Conference) genealogy-related websites. These will be on the
Resource Center's 35 computers, and be available for all SIX DAYS of
> Accessible Archives
> British Newspapers Database (British Library)
> Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe
> Find My Past and Ancestors on Board
> Financial Times Historical Archives
> Gale News Vault
> Godfrey Memorial Library (GOLD)
> Guardian and Observer Digital Newspaper Archives
> Israel Genealogy Society
> JGSGB Website Databases
> New England Historical and Genealogical Society
> Newspaper Archive
> The Forward
> The Jewish Chronicle (Great Britain)
Save the Date: ProQuest Databases will only be available on Wednesday,
August 16! On that date, and >from 7:30 am to 9 pm, ProQuest has agreed to
provide free access to their numerous and specialized databases. To be fair
to all users wishing access, we'll need to limit use of the computers with
ProQuest on them to one hour per user. Here is what the ProQuest
databases available that day will include:
ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (all content)
Ethnic NewsWatch (includes Jewish Newspapers)
Historic Map Works Library Edition (all content)
HeritageQuest Online (all content)
Gannett Military Newspapers (all content)
Canada's Heritage >from 1844- Globe and Mail (all content)
Canadian Newsstand (all content)
Toronto Star (all content >from inception to current, as available)
ProQuest Dissertation and Theses (all content)
American Periodicals Series Online--1741-1900 (all content)
List of 20 Historical Newspapers (16 U.S.-based and 4 International):
The Arizona Republican—1890-1922
The Baltimore Sun—1837-1985
The Boston Globe—1872-1979
The Chicago Tribune—1849-1987
The Christian Science Monitor—1908-1997
Detroit Free Press—1831-1922
Los Angeles Times—1881-1987
The New York Times with Index—1851-2007
New York Tribune—1841-1922
San Francisco Chronicle—1865-1922
St. Louis Post-Dispatch—1874-1922
Wall Street Journal—1889-1993
The Guardian & The Observer—1791-2003
Irish Times & Weekly Irish Times—1859-2009
The Times of India—1838-2001
As you can see, this year's Resource Center is abundantly filled with
versatile research tools. Please come by the Resource Center: you'll thank
Books and archival materials can be checked out for use by turning in a
government-issued picture ID to be left with Resource Center staff. This
ensures that materials are returned. No one will be permitted to leave the
room with library materials.
But you do have to be a Conference registrant to use the maps, books,
archival materials, and computerized databases there. With that in mind,
Conference registration rates are very flexible and include full week or
single day registration, as well as discount rates for spouses/companions,
college and high school students. You also can arrange for Grand Hyatt
Washington hotel lodging through the Conference website.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Conference
website is www.dc2011.org
See you in August!
Resource Center Coordinator