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 "Helpingto Find Those Who Were Lost, The DNA Shoah Project," Bennett
Greenspan's "Genetics 2007," Jon Entine's "Abraham's Children:
Race, Identity, & the DNA of 'The Chosen People'" and Gary Frohlich's,
"Our Heritage & Our Health-Genetic Conditions Among the Ashkenazim".
The day will include extensive Q&A sessions and a DNA 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 $119/day.
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 www.lyris.jewishgen.org/listmanager/.
See you in SLC this Summer!
Hal Bookbinder and Mike Brenner, Conference Co-Chairs