IAJGS Conference -- Bad Arolsen, "Finding our Fathers", DNA and more #yizkorbooks
The 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is planning a
wide range of programs to complement the outstanding research opportunities
at the Family History Library.
The Conference's opening session, on July 15th, will feature Paul A.
Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum. He will discuss the history of efforts to open
the International Tracing Services' Archives at Bad Arolsen to researchers,
the Archive's holdings, digitization of its records and the current state of
access. These archives contain millions of documents on Holocaust victims
which have been generally inaccessible to researchers.
The Banquet, on July 19th, will feature Dan Rottenberg, speaking on his
book, "Finding Our Fathers," on the 30th anniversary of its publication.
When Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy appeared in 1977,
following the Roots series and Kunta Kinte, a mass of people realized that
they could also trace their families and the modern Jewish genealogy
movement was launched.
If you are a DNA or genetics junkie then Wednesday, July 18th, will be your
day! There will be a series of genetic-oriented programs >from morning
through evening, including Syd Mandelbaum's "Helping to Find Those Who
Lost, The DNA Shoah Project," Bennett Greenspan's "Genetics 2007,"
Entine's "Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, & the DNA of 'The
People'" and Gary Frohlich's, "Our Heritage & Our Health-Genetic
Among the Ashkenazim". The day will include extensive Q&A sessions and
collection. Still not enough? There will be yet more on Friday morning with
Herbert Huebscher's "DNA and Classic Genealogy Join to Solve Genealogical
Puzzle". These are only a sampling of the 120+ programs that will be offered
during the conference. While you will find some of your favorites, many of
the presentations will be new.
To learn more about conference programming, research at the Family History
Library, the conference film festival, its unique photographic exhibit,
exciting things to do in Utah and much more, check out the conference
website at www.slc2007.org. You can register for the conference and can
reserve your room at the conference hotel for the great rate of just
Also, be sure to sign up for the conference listserv so that you are the
first to hear about conference plans and can share your thoughts, questions
and answers. You can do this by signing up for "Salt Lake City 2007" at
See you in SLC this Summer!
Hal Bookbinder and Mike Brenner, Conference Co-Chairs