JGS of Illinois conference reduced early bird rate ends May 15 #general
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Those planning to attend The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois' daylong
Jewish genealogy conference, Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With
Technology, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, have until May 15 to save $10 in the fee for
early registration. Also, for out-of-town attendees, the special room rate at a
nearby motel is guaranteed until May 9.
The early registration fees for the conference are $50 for JGSI and IAJGS members
and $65 for non-members paid by May 15. After May 15, the fees are $60 for members
and $75 for non-members. Members of any IAJGS-affiliated society can attend the
conference at the member rate.
For youths who plan to attend just the mini-conference, it's free; but if they want
to attend all day, its $25 for early registration and $35 for late registration.
The conference registration form can be found at
Attendees >from out of town are invited to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-
North Shore/Skokie at the special conference rate of $119/night, which includes a
complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle service
within three miles of the hotel. Temple Beth Israel, the Illinois Holocaust Museum
& Education Center, and Westfield Old Orchard mall are within this radius.
Rooms may be reserved at the Hampton Inn at http://bit.ly/14zseDW. The special room
rate is guaranteed until May 9.
The conference will be held at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie,
Illinois. Conference attendees will register beginning at 8:15 a.m. June 9 at
Temple Beth Israel, and the conference will be held >from 9:15 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
The featured speakers will be Warren Blatt, managing director of JewishGen, the
major Jewish genealogy website; and Duff Wilson, senior product manager of Family
Tree Maker, the genealogy database software. Warren Blatt will deliver a keynote
address on advanced searching with JewishGen and will also conduct sessions on
Jewish given names and Jewish surnames.
Duff Wilson will lead two instructive Family Tree Maker sessions, one for beginners
and one for advanced users of the family tree software.
A unique aspect of this conference will be a free mini-conference for youths >from
sixth grade through high school. Two consecutive programs introducing Jewish
genealogy with beginning methodology will be held >from 1:25 to 3:40 p.m. Robin
Seidenberg and Harriet Rudnit, experienced genealogists and JGSI board members,
will be the mini-conference speakers.
Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology will include
presentations on DNA, translating Polish records, the Pale of Settlement,
familysearch.org, naturalization and cemetery records, and much more.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois