Bialystok Area Research Group Meeting at the Virtual IAJGS Conference #poland #jgs-iajgs #announcements #events

Mark Halpern

The JewishGen Bialystok Area Research Group (BialyGen) will meet virtually on Thursday, August 13 from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Eastern time in US. (11:45 am Pacific US, 7:45pm UK, 8:45 pm Central Europe, 9:45 pm Israel, and 4:45 am Friday in Australia) as part of the IAJGS 2020 Virtual Conference

This meeting is open to everyone. The IAJGS has generously allowed this meeting to be offered without paying a registration fee. Read on for instructions on how to register for this meeting.


BialyGen covers 28 towns that are now in Poland, but during the 19th and early 20th centuries were in or adjacent to Russia’s Grodno Gubernia. For a list of towns, see


The meeting will be an informal session with discussion of current projects for BialyGen towns, volunteer opportunities, and your questions and comments.


Whether you have already registered for the Conference as a paid attendee or desiring free access only, you will need to register to attend this session.

You do not need to have a webcam or microphone on your computer. There will be a text chat option for your use. After you register and before the sessions start, you will receive further instructions about how to join the meeting.

For those who have paid to attend the entire Conference:

Go to the Attendee Service Center on the conference website, sign in, and select “Update Your Registration and Info.” Then click “Edit” and page through your registration until you reach the listing of free sessions. Select your choices including “4004 - JewishGen BialyGen Regional Research Group,” then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save your choices.

For those who only want to attend FREE Conference offerings:

There is now a “Free Limited Access” option on the Registration Form that allows you to attend at no cost the IAJGS Annual Meeting & Awards, the IAJGS Leadership Seminars, the JewishGen Annual Meeting, and—best of all—the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings. You must register and tell us who you are (that keeps us all safe). It also gives you the amazing opportunity to share with other conference attendees up to 8 surnames and 8 ancestral towns in our conference Family Finder.  

To register for the free events, go to, complete the entire registration form and at the Conference Registration Fees section, select Virtual Limited Access Conference. When you select your program choices, select “4004 - JewishGen BialyGen Regional Research Group.” Be sure to continue to the end of the forms to save your registration

If you have already registered for limited free access but did not select the BialyGen meeting, go back and edit your registration to include this choice. Follow through to the end of the registration to save the new choices.

For registration questions/problems, contact registration@....

We hope you will be able to attend the BialyGen meeting and look forward to your participation. If you have any questions about BialyGen or the content of the meeting, please contact me directly at mark@....

Mark Halpern

BialyGen Coordinator

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