Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Press Release for IAJGS 2005 Conference #lithuania

Davida Noyek Handler <dnhiowa@...>


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 Conference.

What you can expect:

A 750+ page Conference syllabus

Welcome address at the opening reception by Congresswoman, Shelley Berkeley

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.

Some of our more than 70 speakers include:

Dr. Alexander Beider - author of Dictionary of Jewish Surnames >from Galicia

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.

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.

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

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

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

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:

Davida Noyek Handler

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