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Subject: JGS of Illinois Jewish Genealogical Conference - Save the Date!

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Time: Registration: 8:15 a.m.; conference: 9:15 a.m.-4:50 p.m.

Place: Temple Beth Israel 3601 W. Dempster Street Skokie, Illinois

Topic: Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a daylong Jewish genealogy
conference, Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology, on Sunday,
June 9, 2013, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, Illinois.
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,, naturalization and cemetery records, and much more. Conference
attendees will register beginning at 8:15 a.m. 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

Early registration fees are $50 for JGSI members and $65 for non-members paid by
May 15. After May 15, the fees are $60 for JGSI 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. 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 The special room rate will be available until May 9.

About JGSI: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is dedicated to helping
members collect, preserve and perpetuate the records and history of their
ancestors. JGSI also serves as a resource for the worldwide community to research
their Chicago-area Jewish roots by maintaining a free website that includes useful
family history databases, including an online searchable death index. The
organization holds monthly meetings, usually at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W.
Dempster St., Skokie. Most meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from
2 to 4 p.m. Prior to each meeting, the JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth
Israel open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use JGSIs
genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy research or ask genealogical
questions of member experts before the main program begins. JGSI, which has more
than 240 members, is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies. JGSI previously held a daylong conference in 2010.
For more information about JGSI, visit or phone
312-666-0100. JGSIs postal mailing address is: JGSI, P.O. Box 515, Northbrook, IL

Martin Fischer, Vice President-Publicity

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