Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Fw: Press Release - 2005 Conference #ukraine

Flo Elman


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

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:

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 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.
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 vendors
Ø Computer Workshop with access to multiple databases and

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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