French SIG #France Press Release - 2005 Conference! #france

Rosanne Leeson <rdleeson@...>




JULY 10-15, 2005


February 2005

Contact Marilyn Barkan




The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) is proud to be
the host society for the 25th Annual International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy to be held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. We are inviting
all who have an interest in finding their family history to join us.

This Conference has several new features to help advance your research
efforts. You’ll be introduced to new databases and exposed to an array
of topics that will only whet your appetite for more. Conference
attendees will be able to question a number of experts, and meet with
people researching the same family lines or ancestral towns.

Plans for the Conference include activities and events for registrants
and their spouses or companions that will appeal to all. The
comprehensive Conference will be organized around themes so that
registrants can easily attend multiple sessions related to their
interests. Subjects will be presented in a variety of formats such as
lectures, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, panel discussions, films,
book and author talks and author signings. Time will be available to
have discussions, ask questions and interact with the presenters.
“Breakfast with the Expert” sessions will be available throughout the

What you can expect:

Ø A 750+ page Conference syllabus

Ø Welcome address at the opening reception by Congresswoman, Shelley
Berkley (D-NV)

Ø Presentations throughout the Conference by highly regarded national
and international experts on a wide range of geographic regions and
genealogical topics. Included in this will be knowledge needed for
conducting Jewish genealogy, research talks covering

lesser-known communities, the history and culture of Jews in Eastern
Europe, Sephardic topics, and online genealogy for research persons,
families and shtetls.

Ø Some of our more than 70 speakers include:

§ Dr. Alexander Beider – author of Dictionary of Jewish Surnames >from

§ Dr. John Colleta – expert/author of They Came in Ships

§ Dr. Stephen P. Morse – creator of “One Step” Ellis Island records
search engine and other major genealogical records research engines

§ Miriam Weiner – well known for her first-hand unearthing of records in
Poland, Moldova, and Ukraine and author of Jewish Roots in Poland, and
Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova.

Ø Networking opportunities will be offered by attending luncheons with
Special Interest Groups (SIGs), or Birds of Feather sessions that focus
on specific regions, shtetls etc.

Ø Peruse books, software and other articles of interest as shown by our

Ø Computer Workshop with access to multiple databases and demonstrations

Our closing BANQUET (with kosher and vegetarian entrees available) will
feature His Honor Mayor Oscar Goodman of Las Vegas. You don’t want to
miss the world’s happiest mayor. In addition, professional musical
entertainment will also be provided.

Conference registration rates are: Early Registration (through May 1)
$200; Regular Registration (after May 1) $230. Discounts are available
for spouse/companion. For more detailed information re: registration,
visit our website at:

Register soon so that you can take advantage of the very good hotel rate
of $61 per night. You may extend your stay for 5 days before and/or
after for the same rate. Special Tour rates have been made available for
conference attendees.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada was established in 1989,
small but determined. The Society has grown >from the original 8 members
to almost 80. We publish a quarterly newsletter, “Family Legacies” and a
monthly “News to Note” handout. As a group, we participate in Jewish
community activities such as providing a genealogy booth at the Israel
Independence Day celebration, volunteering to assist our local PBS
station, and working with the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community
Center. The conference, hosted by JGSSN, is the recipient of a Las Vegas
Centennial grant.

A library of research material has been established and is available to
our members. It has books, periodicals, CD’s and videos. The Society
recently received a grant >from the Jewish Federation to purchase
additional books for the library. Our active Speaker’s Bureau spreads
the good word for our Society. A database of Jewish names >from
headstones at local cemeteries will soon be available on our website.

Additional information re: the JGSSN can be found on our website at: <>;

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