38th IAJGS International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy

Co-Hosted By

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw

In Cooperation With

The Polish State Archives



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Latest News

  1. ON-DEMAND! Sign-Up Remains Open: Even though the conference is over, you can still sign up for ON-DEMAND! through the conference registration system. The system will remain open until October 10.

  2. ON-DEMAND! Sign-Up Is Open: As in past years, streaming-video access to many of the Conference presentations is available on a subscription basis. There is now an ON-DEMAND! tab on the website. Click on the About ON-DEMAND! item under that tab for detailed information. Note that audio recordings will not be available this year as they have been in the past, so ON-DEMAND! is the only way to listen to (and see) presentations that you do not attend in person.

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Individual Donors

We thank the following individuals who have made donations in support of the Conference.


Donor Dedication
Doug Cohen Janine and Doug Cohen in memory of the Bluman Family of Sierpc and the Meszores Family of Olyka, Poland


Donor Dedication
Eli Alberts and Julie Wang In memory of Alfred Alberts
Arlene Beare In memory of our Ancestors who perished in the Shoah
Jane Berenbeim  
Claire Bruell  
Fay and Julian Bussgang  
Elaine Bush In memory of my mother, Helen Jean Frumhoff Bush, our original family historian
Bill Fern and Yvette Scharf, Fern Family History Project Warmest thanks to Tony Kahane and everyone at Gesher Galicia for their invaluable help over the years
Vera Finberg In memory of Lotte Kornfeld and Marianne Kaelbling
Beth Galleto In memory of my parents, Norman and Esther Bolker
David Gamper In memory of Ruth Gamper Silver, contributor to Belarus SIG and JRI-Poland.org
Judy Gollan  
Eleanor Gollay  
Mark Halpern  
Robert Hanna In memory of my ancestors from Warsaw, Minsk, and Babruysk
Richard H. Hoffman  
Eve Kahn In memory of Estin, Kahn, and Kupersmith families
Frederick Kolbrener In memory of my Kolbrener and Sindeband grandparents and my parents
Glenn Kurtz For David and Liza Kurtz, Minna and Murray Barkan, and ancestors
Agnieszka Michalik In tribute to the Spinner and Altberg families (Lwów)
Dan Oren In honor of Robinn Magid
Sandra Posluns  
Aaron Remer  
Carol Roberts  
Susan and Alan Rothenberg  
Paul and Gella Rothstein  
Susie Roy  
Judy and Larry Rubin In honor of Lois Levy of Toronto, who began our family’s search for roots
E. Randol Schoenberg  
Lia Sragovicz  
Renee Steinig In honor of the Fallek and Reifer families of Polish Galicia
Max Wald In memory of Perkelwald family Biala Podlaska and Lewartowski family Bialystok
Mark Wiznitzer  
Cherie Wrigley In tribute to the Mieses side of my heritage
Cherie Wrigley In tribute to the Dain family ancestry
Anonymous In appreciation of Robinn Magid for all her hard work
Anonymous In honor of those who came before us


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Older News

  1. Shabbat Meals: We have updated the Shabbat Dinners page (under the PROGRAM tab) with details about the location and times of the meals.

  2. Conference App: The conference app is now available, and there is a help page for it. Click on the CONFERENCE APP HELP item under the REGISTRATION tab.

  3. Conference Hours: The website now has a CONFERENCE HOURS page under the FAQ/INFO tab.

  4. Last-Minute Items: See the important page with last-minute items. Click on the LAST-MINUTE ITEMS item under the FAQ/INFO tab.

  5. Conference Family Finder: The Conference Family Finder is now live, and Conference attendees can check to see if other attendees are researching the same families or places that you are. For detailed instructions, log into the Attendee Service Center under the REGISTRATION tab and select the FAMILY FINDER item that will now be visible under that tab.

  6. Boxed Lunches: Information has now been posted about the availability of pre-ordered box lunches. Look under the PROGRAM tab’s MEAL EVENTS section. Click on the Boxed Lunches item.

  7. SIG & BOF Programming: Information has now been posted about the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Birds of a Feather (BOF) groups that will have programs at the conference. Go to the PROGRAM tab click on the SIG & BOF PROGRAMMING item.

  8. Computer Workshops: The computer workshops have now been added to the program schedule and to the registration form. For details and instructions, go to the PROGRAM tab and click on the COMPUTER WORKSHOPS item.

  9. Special Events and Programs: See the SPECIAL EVENTS page under the PROGRAM tab (or click here).

  10. Program Schedule: The conference program is now available on the website. Under the PROGRAM tab, click on PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE. It is also available in the Conference App.

  11. Purchasing Meal Tickets: Registration is open for purchasing tickets to SIG Luncheons and the Banquet. For details, under the PROGRAM tab, click on MEAL EVENTS.

  12. Avotaynu Article: We have posted Robinn Magid’s article about the conference that appeared in Avotaynu (click here).

  13. Ibis Hotel: Another overflow hotel has been added, the “ibis Styles Warszawa City Hotel”. For information, look under the HOTEL/TRAVEL tab or click here.

  14. Tours: Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, the official tour provider for the Conference, has opened its website on which you can see descriptions of their tours and can book tours. Under the HOTEL/TRAVEL tab, select the “Taube Tours” item (or click here).

  15. Statement on Why Conference Will Be in Warsaw: We have posted a statement by Robinn Magid, Lead Co-Chair for the Conference, on why the conference is being held in Warsaw.

  16. Discussion List and Facebook Group: We have created an email discussion list and a Facebook Group. Under the FAQ/INFO tab, select the DISCUSSION LIST or FACEBOOK GROUP item.

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Save the Date: 5-10 August 2018 | Warsaw, Poland

Plan to attend the first IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Central or Eastern Europe. In addition to the usual conference activities, you’ll be able to tour the places where your ancestors lived.

Explore the local sites, do research in local archives, greet old friends, make new friends, and take your family history research to the next level with:

  • More than 300 events, panel discussions, and workshops focusing on genealogy methodology, available archival resources, and the history of all Jewish communities with special emphasis on the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Presentations aimed at all Jewish genealogists—from “first-timers” to conference veterans
  • An innovative “Resource Village” combining a traditional Vendor Exhibit Hall and Resource Room with genealogy experts, mentors, archivists, local NGOs, and craftspeople for a one-stop research experience at the conference site
  • Opportunities for one-on-one conversations with archivists from Europe, including Poland and Lithuania
  • Networking via popular Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds of a Feather (BOF) meetings and luncheons
  • Special “Welcome to Warsaw” activities on Sunday, August 5, 2018, including introductory lectures
  • In-depth DNA workshops
  • Tours of Poland’s rich Jewish history and visits to Holocaust memorial sites both before and after the conference

Watch this site for unfolding developments.



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