Call for Papers Is Now Open for IAJGS 2019 Cleveland Conference #austria-czech

Yefim Kogan

Dear Bessarabers,

Not long time ago we were in Warsaw at a conference, and now thinking about going to Cleveland, Ohio
next summer. I believe that coming to a conference has a profound impact on your personal research.

I remember a number of such cases, where in one our member found exactly the town where
ancestors were from, that was an eye opener for our member.  Usually without know town, it is hard to
advance in your research. The issue was solved immediately when I heard the town name pronounced,
and it was name in Russian or Yiddish.  The second similar case was when during a session on
Revision lists, I decided to search real time for a surname >from one of the persons in the audience,
and it worked great,  the person got a number of records about the family >from JewishGen, and
Yad Vashem.

What is also great at these conferences, you can connect to a researcher and have sort of a private
session.  At the conference in Warsaw Serghei Daniliuk, our invited guest and I offered such sessions
to anybody with interest in Bessarabia/Moldova, and I am planning to do the same in Cleveland this

Please think about coming to Cleveland at a conference, and let us know that you are coming. It
will good to know in advance how many people may come.

The other point is about Presentations at that conference.  Couple thinks I would like to find
out - what are your most important topics to hear at the next Conference?  That will help the
whole group to prepare better.

Finally, I want to ask you to prepare a topic of interest.  I know that many of you collected and
researched valuable information on different topics related to our region.  It does not mean
that you have to have the whole presentation by now. You may have some ideas and the
ways to do research, and later until next summer prepare this presentation.  This is what I
am usually doing.  I have a number of topics of interested and submit a proposal, and later will
prepare all the details.

It would be good to have a session on Jewish community in a district, like Orgeev, or Soroca, or
others, and let us know what is knows about Jewish life >from old times up to now.  Or possible a
session about the Holocaust in a district, or town, like Kishinev for example...  there are a lot of
information about it at JewishGen, but also at Yad Vashem, other sites.

Are you interested in a workshop type of session? What topics?

Do you want to invite a guest speaker?

Any other ideas are welcome.

Please contact me with questions, suggestions, ideas.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

IAJGS Conference Chairs

We are very pleased to invite prospective speakers to submit proposals for
presentation at the 39th Annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy to be held >from Sunday, July 28, through Friday, August 2, 2019,
in Cleveland, Ohio. The Call for Papers is now open (see the instructions

This annual worldwide gathering brings together family researchers,
academics, professional genealogists, historians, and a wide variety of
individuals >from around the world who cherish the heritage and the future
of the Jewish people. Submissions will be accepted for panel discussions,
one-hour lectures, and shorter 30-minute presentations on all relevant
topics. There will also be a number of computer workshops -- if proposals
for them are received. We hope to have the Computer Lab active most of
each day.

The Theme of this year's Conference will be "Jews in America's Heartland."
The following tracks will get preference for presentations:

* Westward Ho! - Jewish settlement between the Alleghenies
and the Rockies.
* Cleveland Rocks! - Cleveland Resources for Family Research
* DNA: What is it, and how can it help you?
* The Shoah: resources for Finding Your Family
* Discovering Your Family History - Where do I begin?
- A track for beginners.

The submissions deadline is Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. The
committee set this deadline to allow enough time to evaluate many worthy
proposals, to choose the best, and to notify speakers of their acceptance
during the early registration period that ends on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

All the information you need to get started is under the SPEAKERS tab on
the Conference website at .

We hope many of you will feel inspired to attend, present, and participate
with us.

If you know of others who might like to present at the upcoming
conference, please feel free to share this email. After reading the
relevant pages on our website, you may request further information via
email sent to .

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing all of you at a great
conference next summer.

Very truly yours,

Ken Bravo and Jay Sage
Conference Co-Chairs (
Chuck Weinstein
Program Chair (

39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Cleveland, Ohio
July 28 - August 2, 2019