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Conference program schedule (updated 7/30/2011)

We are pleased to present the updated program schedule for DC2011. This is intended for your use in planning your activities at the conference. All attendees will be provided with an easy-to-use Daily Planner upon registration. Please watch your email, this page and the DC2011 home page for news about possible late additions and changes to the schedule.

What is available this year ranges from pre-conference events on Friday and Saturday to those being held on the last day of the conference (also a Friday), for a total of more than 230 separate events. Presentations by individual speakers, panel sessions and computer workshops have been carefully chosen from an unexpectedly large number of proposals. Conference sessions span all levels of genealogical skills or experience, ranging from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels. Many presentations and panel discussions have been planned to target a broad audience, while others focus on more specific topics.

The schedule of the Film Screenings program is integrated into the full conference program below. For details about the films on one page, click the Film Screenings menu above.

The starting time shown for Embassy Experiences is when the group will gather to board the bus for the embassy. The meeting spot will be in front of the Conference Theater on the Lagoon Level. The scheduled ending time is the estimated arrival of the bus back at the hotel.

Downloadable Program in Brief

For conference attendees who would like to do some advance planning, we offer a Program In Brief, listing all conference events in a handy, day-by-day, hour-by-hour summary format. We hope you can make good use of this temporary tool until you arrive at the conference and get the final Daily Planner.

Click here to download the Program in Brief in PDF format.

Owing to popular demand, we also offer a downloadable version that you can edit, rearrange, mark up with personal notes and print as a temporary personal planner. Important: Revisions are likely to occur before the conference opens. Be on the lookout for changes between this Program in Brief and the Daily Planner you will get at check-in.

Click here to download the Program in Brief in .xls format.

Downloadable & printable program schedule with descriptions (updated July 30)

Click here to download an updated program schedule, with session descriptions, in PDF format.

Sessions listed by tracks (updated): You may download a list of sessions grouped by subject matter, geography and other categories as shown in the following table:

Beginners Cemeteries & Burial Genetics Maps
JewishGen Internet & Software Publishing Geographic areas
Research IAJGS Management Holocaust Other

Download the sessions by track.


Friday, August 12, 2011

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

PF-601 Shabbat Dinner Speaker: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Saturday, August 13, 2011

7:00 AM - 8 AM

SA-M1 Minyan

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SA-301  Walking Tour of Jewish Washington. Learn what it was like to live and worship as a Jew in Washington from 1850 to 1950 in the historic Seventh Street, NW, neighborhood, now known as Chinatown but originally settled largely by German Jews. The tour includes visiting the sites of four former synagogues you may have heard of: the Sixth and I Streets Historic Synagogue (which is the second Adas Israel site), the original Adas Israel site (the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum and current home of JHSGW), the original site of Washington Hebrew Congregation, and the original Ohev Sholom. Tour group will meet in the hotel lobby near the clock promptly at 11:00 AM.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SA-401 Ostrow Mazowiecka RF Meeting

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

SA-402 Chat with Rabbi Shmuley

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SA-601 Havdallah Dinner Speaker: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

SA-801 Early Registration

Sunday, August 14, 2011

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

S-M1  Egalitarian Minyan

8:00 AM - 12:15 PM

S-101 IAJGS Board Meeting (Private meeting)

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

S-201 "Introduction to Genealogy" This PowerPoint presentation is to alert the researcher to various avenues of approach. Topics for discussion: hints on organizing and keeping track of research as well as the reliability and accuracy of documents. Central topics include: City Directories, U.S. Census, U.S. Naturalization, Ship Manifests, WWI Draft Registrations, Social Security Death Index, Newspapers, Cemeteries, Funeral Records and Vital Records. Each resource is accompanied with Practice Tips and a Document Exhibit. We conclude with guidelines for an effective oral interview. An overview of internet genealogy sites, historical and authoritative treatises and joining a genealogical society, Special Interest Groups [SIG] and Birds of a Feather [BOF]. Speaker: Diane M. Freilich, JD. Beginners - Intermediate.

S-202 "Lodz: Manchester of Poland History and Research" In the 19th century, Lodz grew from a small village to the second largest city in Poland. Jews migrated to Lodz from small villages and towns to work in the textile industry. Jews were a significant presence in the history and development of Lodz through the Holocaust. This lecture will explore the many resources available through JewishGen, JRI Poland, and other sources to document this history. Many records exist from the early 1800s through the Holocaust period. The Lodz ghetto is probably the most extensively documented ghetto. The Lodz cemetery, which still stands, is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. Speaker: Debra Kay-Blatt & Roni Seibel Liebowitz. Broad audience.

S-204 Gesher Galicia Board Meeting (Private meeting)

S-206 "Online Research Techniques" Mastering Internet Techniques is key. Finding genealogy sites is relatively easy, but each requires different access methodologies. Then, once you find what you want, how do you save it? Site techniques will be demonstrated through PowerPoint, then we will practice together using keywords and shortcuts to find: Census and Drafts via Ancestry's catalog, Shtetls via JewishGen, Manifests via SteveMorse, Vital Records via JRI-Poland & Italiangen, ordering microfilms via LDS. We will practice moving the search results into properly named documents. Along the way we'll touch upon metasearches, bookmarking, Google, Rootsweb and the CDC vital records site. This course is for beginning genealogy researchers, but you must feel comfortable downloading file & browsing the web. Speaker: Phyllis Kramer. Beginners - Intermediate.

S-207 "Getting Started with Ancestry.com" For those not familiar with the site, we will provide an introduction to the resources available at Ancestry.com. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Beginners.

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

S-205  JRI-Poland Volunteer Meeting (Private meeting)

S-2WMAC "Getting the Most Out of Reunion" After briefly covering some of the material presented in the beginner/intermediate session, this workshop, for users with at least a year of experience with the application, will delve into advanced reporting and charts, calendar, place, and mailing lists, and such advanced features as multimedia slideshows, web publishing, importing and exporting, match & merge, and backup principles. Syncing to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps will be demonstrated. Attendees who pre-register can submit questions in advance for possible discussion. Speaker: Elias Savada. Intermediate-Advanced.

S-2WPC "Little-Known Free Online Resources" Many genealogists are unfamiliar with the extensive resources available for home research. The presentation begins with a quick overview of major genealogical sites, followed by computer research tricks of the trade? for the most efficient, fast and productive searches. Online searches will be demonstrated through real-time links to web sites. Sources emphasized include American, Canadian and British. Some European resources are also covered. These include searchable websites for online vital records, city directories, newspapers and other lesser-known resources. Also demonstrated is myheritage.com, a website which includes the ability to simultaneously search multiple databases using multiple versions of a surname. Speaker: Banai Lynn Feldstein. Broad audience.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

S-301 "Navigating the World of Jewish Genealogy" The participant will learn about organizations and resources for Jewish genealogy. They will find answers to questions such as: How does one find a JGS in their area? What is the IAJGS? What are the key books for finding out about Jewish names and Jewish communities? What are the key websites and what are the resources available at JewishGen? What are SIGs, BOF, and BLOGs? The participant will learn about key institutions for conducting Jewish genealogical research such as the USHMM, ITS, the Center for Jewish History, and Yad Vashem. Speaker: Jeff Miller. Beginners.

S-302 "Archive Resources in Ukraine, Alternative Sources," This presentation is about the resources of Ukrainian archives that are not well known to the researchers because of a number of reasons: poor/non-systematized condition, non-inclusion to the generally available reference books; how to investigate and what could be found in Revizskieja Skazki (censuses) lists of recruits, landowners, etc. Speaker: Alex Denysenko. Broad audience.

S-303 "DNA for Dummies" This presentation will explain the very basics of DNA, where it is found and how it is used for genealogical purposes. It will explain the difference between the Y-DNA tests that have become well known, as well as how they can be used. It will also discuss the newer tests to find relatives beyond the male line. It is designed for those without a science background but those who want to understand what is happening. A short version of this discussing only the male line can be seen on (Using DNA to find Family, with Dick DiBouno) . It will also touch on the advisability of using DNA testing for diseases and some of the pitfalls in making assumptions. Speaker: Arline Astheimer Sachs. Beginners.

S-304 "Jewish Genealogical Research Strategies Part 1" Gain a step-by-step overview to the vast array of resources which will help you begin/continue your genealogical journey. Obtain tips in choosing family tree software, organizing and gath Speaker: Nancy JG Adelson. Beginners - Intermediate.

S-305 "Beyond a Doubt: What We Know vs. What We Can Prove" What do you do when the hard proofs just aren't there, but you are as sure as you can be what they would say if you could find them? If you fold your hands and wait, you may never get anywhere with your research, but if you accept your suppositions as fact, they may never be questioned again. Not by you nor by your research heirs. This presentation will use examples from the east Galician single-surname Pikholz Project to consider when what you know is beyond a reasonable doubt and if that is indeed good enough. Speaker: Israel Pickholtz. Beginners - Intermediate.

S-FS1  "The Last Marranos" (Film, 64 min.) In the late 15th century, the glory of Sephardic Jewry on the Iberian peninsula came to an end: In 1492, the Jews of Spain were expelled. In 1497, the Jews of Portugal were forcibly converted to Christianity. Now they were subject to the Inquisition's harsh punishment for heresy. Despite the danger, however, many of the converted Jews – called marranos ("pigs") by Christians – continued to practice Judaism in secret. Five centuries later, The Last Marranos takes a fascinating look at the village of Belmonte, Portugal. Its rites and prayers are an amalgam of Christianity and vestiges of Judaism tenaciously preserved through the ages. These traditions bear the scars of history distorted by clandestine practice and couched in symbols of fear. Now, brought into the open and reacquainting itself with mainstream Judaism, the community faces a new challenge. (1991. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

S-FS2 "Kinderland ist abgebrannt (Kinderland Cinderland)" (Film, 91 min.) Sibylle Tiedemann and Ute Badura's documentary about 12 German women who recall their earlier schooldays during the lead up to World War II. The women, four Jews and eight Christians, now in their seventies, tell of their youth in the South German city of Ulm. The Christian women still reside there, while their former Jewish classmates live in Israel or the United States. Their memories of the same place, during the same period of time, could not be more different. Made with never before seen archive material, this is a touching film of many layers, and has been highly praised by German film critics and viewers. (1998. Courtesy of Sibylle Tiedmann and George Arnheim.)

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

S-401 SIG/BOF Fair Join in the fun as you stroll the fair. Check out the SIG and BOF displays, find out about research projects, and meet potential cousins. 

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

S-403 "Buried Stories" Buried Stories explores the topic of sex trafficking and prostitution of Eastern European Jewish women in turn-of-the-century Argentina. To this date, mostly for reasons of stigma and shame, the topic is still largely off limits amongst the Jewish community. Speaker: Ornit Barkai. Broad audience.

S-404 "One-Step Webpages: Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems" This is a sequel to the Potpourri talk given at previous IAJGS conferences. There are too many utilities on the One-Step website to be covered in a single talk, so many of them found their way to the cutting room floor when the Potpourri talk was being edited. However several of those are quite useful. This talk describes those gems that you might not otherwise be aware of. They range from problems with genealogical searches to problems with identity theft to problems with DNA. Speaker: Stephen P. Morse. Broad audience.

S-405 "Voter Registration Records Making Them Count" These often ignored records can help unlock valuable information regarding your ancestors, such as naturalization information, where living between censuses, dates of birth; but most researchers don't use these valuable records. Learn what other information these records may hold and where they may be located. Speaker: Sharon B. Hodges. Intermediate.

S-406 "Yizkor Books: Must-Reads for Jewish Genealogists" In this presentation, participants will learn a historiography of yizkor books, including their history as a genre, what languages they were published in, where and when they were published, where they can be found, and how they can be useful to genealogists. In addition to having a few different kinds of yizkor books for participants to see and peruse, the digital collection of yizkor books made available by the New York Public Library and the National Yiddish Book Center, as well as the translations available on JewishGen.org, will be shown. The focus will be on those yizkor books published after the Holocaust. Speaker: Rachel Leah Jablon. Broad audience.

S-FS3 "Me and the Jewish Thing" (Film, 43 min.) This film, winnder of best documentary award at the Sao Paulo Jewish Film Fesival, is a witty and thoughtful meditation on the collision of two cultures. Danish Jewish filmmaker Ulrik Gutkin and his Danish non-Jewish girlfriend find themselves on opposites sides in deciding whether to circumcise their new baby boy. What follows is Gutkin's reconsideration what it means to be a Jew in Denmark, a country with a small and deeply assimilated community. (2009. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

S-402  IAJGS Management Seminar "Attracting the Younger Generation" The future of our genealogical societies depends upon attracting new audiences, including younger generations of genealogists and family historians. Explore methods to "reach out" beyond your doors to create unique and enticing programs for those under the age 25. This two-hour workshop includes interactive discussions, a hands-on planning session while offering a multitude of ideas for your organization.Speaker: D. Joshua Taylor. Broad audience.

S-4WMAC "Getting Started with Family Tree Maker (Mac)" Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. Topics covered in this class include: getting started in Family Tree Maker, adding information about your ancestors, adding pictures and other media, documenting your sources, searching Ancestry.com and the Web from Family Tree Maker, and much more. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users of Family Tree Maker, Mac version). Speaker: Duff Wilson. Beginners - Intermediate.

S-4WPC "Introduction to JewishGen: Computer Workshop" An introduction to the use of the JewishGen website for those who are beginners, including familiarization with search functions, databases (including the All-Country Database), use of the Family Finder and introduction to ShtetLinks pages. Speaker: Debra Kay-Blatt. Beginners.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

S-501 "Understanding the 'Jewish' in Jewish Genealogy" Beginners will learn how to make sense of information found in Jewish sources. Judaism was an entire way of life – an all-encompassing civilization defining our ancestors' notions of culture, nationhood, and religion. Topics include: understanding a Judaic world-view; Jewish ritual items; introduction to Hebrew; importance of religious names and naming customs; significance of Israel; language of responsibility and obligation (definition of "mitzvah"); sacred texts; ethical values; communal institutions resulting from Jewish values; law; customs including ethnic diversity within the Jewish people; essential Hebrew calendar; holiday cycle; life cycle; historical overview; reading list on Jewish identity; basic Judaic reference list; and avoiding unintentional offense. Speaker: Jonina Duker * Taibel. Beginners.

S-503 "Surname Adoption in Germany: Where and When" In the era of Jewish emancipation, "Germany"was more a crazy quilt of independent states. It took over 60 years for all of Germany's Jews to become equal citizens. One step in that process was the requirement that each family adopt a surname and no longer go by patronymics. Prussia had taken steps toward surname-adoption beginning in 1790. In 1808 Napoleon mandated it for Jews in territories under his control, but the process was not completed everywhere. It took another 50 years or so before all German states required fixed surnames. I shall outline the major events in the twin stories of emancipation and surname-adoption, including reasons why some Jews had surnames before it was required, and how certain surnames became associated with one or another region. Speaker: Roger Lustig. Broad audience.

S-504 "Sanborn Insurance Maps, City Directories and Maps" The presentation includes an introduction of the session, what will be presented and what is hoped to be accomplished. Using the City of Detroit as an example, it includes a PowerPoint presentation illustrating various images from the Sanborn Insurance Maps from 1887 to circa 1950, R L POLK Detroit City Directories from various years, as well as numerous maps of Detroit from the late 1800s to the present, and how to tie these resources together to assist the researcher in not only finding new information, or confirming "stories" that were told of his/her family, but also how to accomplish this research in a timely and accurate manner. Also included is an online demonstrations of various online mapping applications. Speaker: Marc Manson. Broad audience.

S-506 "Exploring Cuba: Its Once and Future Jews" A recent visit to Cuba, plus additional research that has built upon Brooks' work with the conversos of Central and South America, finds a community in flux. The relaxation of restrictions both by the Americans and the Cubans themselves, has resulted in more and more people coming forward to reclaim a Jewish heritage, put on ice at the time of the revolution. A growing number of American Jews are now likely to visit. An exploration of the challenges and opportunities that the changes are now raising. Speaker: Andree Brooks. Broad audience.

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

S-FS4 "Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray" (Film, 86 min.) Brother against brother, Jew against Jew, 10,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the nation's deadliest war, in numbers proportionally higher then other American groups. Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray explores the little known history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides of the battlefield – 7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy. Allegiances during the War Between the States split the Jewish community as deeply as it did the nation at large: some prominent Jews, including Jewish slave owners, cited the Torah to justify slavery, while others were leaders in the abolitionist movement or established their synagogues as stops on the Underground Railroad. Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray unreels remarkable history, including Ulysses S. Grant's infamous "General Order No. 11" expelling Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi; the rise of Sephardic Jew Judah P. Benjamin to Secretary of State of the Confederacy; the imprisonment of Confederate spy Eugenia Levy Phillips; and the unlikely story of Abraham Lincoln's Jewish doctor who moved through the South as a Union spy. A dramatic and visual rich film narrated by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now) with Sam Waterson (Law & Order) voicing Abraham Lincoln. (2011. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

S-601 IAJGS Presidents Reception (By Invitation Only)

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

S-701 "Honoring the Victims: It Takes A Village" Keynote Speaker: Sara J. Bloomfield, Director United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Broad audience.

S-801  Welcome Dessert Reception

Monday, August 15, 2011

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

M-M1 Egalitarian Minyan

M-M2 Orthodox Minyan

7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

M-BWE1 "Researching Rascals & Deciphering Family Secrets:"  In this BWE, Ron Arons and Mike Karsen will tackle your questions on how to research those relatives who are 'black sheep' or difficult to find due to lies, cover-ups, family feuds, or other reasons not to share the truth. Knowing certain tried and true research methods will help unlock mysteries generated by these difficult-to-find people and their (your other) relatives. Experts: Ron Arons & Mike Karsen. Broad audience.  

M-B1 Ukraine SIG Breakfast "Jewish Agricultural Colonies & Shtetls in Ukraine" With growing accessibility to the archives of Ukraine, researchers have discovered new records detailing the origin, development, daily lives and outcomes of Jewish agricultural settlements in what was once Southern Russia. Many believe these colonies were the forerunners of the kibbutz movement. From these new records emerges the struggles and triumphs of these colonies, the families who toiled in them and the movement of Jews from towns to settlements and, often, back again. New information also has surfaced detailing daily life in the shtetls where Jews created fire brigades, theaters, schools and synagogues. I want to tell the stories – in a PowerPoint format – of these Jewish societies and discuss how their records are accessed. Speaker: Anna Royzner. Broad audience.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

M-101 "LOC: Pursuing Your Family History in the Nation's Library" General research orientation and overview on using the Library of Congress. Speakers: James Sweany, Ahmed Johnson, & Anne Tooney. Broad audience.

M-102 "Introduction to the National Archives" NARA staff will describe the procedures for doing research at the National Archives, primarily at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. They will explain how and where to order the records; the rules and procedures for using the records in the research rooms; and the new security procedures recently introduced. This lecture also includes a brief history of the National Archives that helps explain why some of the early records never made it to NARA. There will be time for question and answer at the end of the session. Speaker: Constance Potter, John P. Deeben, & Katherine Vollen. Broad audience.

M-103 "Orientation to the USHMM" The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds millions of pages of archival documents, over 90,000 books, thousands of photographs and years' worth of oral histories containing information on millions of Holocaust survivors and victims. For the many victims for whom there is no surviving documentation, the Museum's collections can shed light on the fate of their communities and occasionally prewar life. This panel will demonstrate the different resources such as the International Tracing Service, photo archives and archival collections, explain how and where these resources can be accessed, describe how researchers can come to the Museum to conduct research, show what they can do from home or hotel before their visit, present some new and updated tools, and discuss what information and tools researchers should bring with them. See our online resources at www.ushmm.org/research. During the conference, appointments to use the Museum's resources will be required; sign-up sheets will be located in the Resource Room at the conference hotel. Speaker: Megan Lewis. Broad audience.

M-104  Lodz (LARG) BOF Meeting

M-105 Canadian BOF Meeting

M-107 "Ballads and Diasporas Sephardim and Bnei Anusim" Sephardim have adapted to many diasporas since the expulsions from Spain and Portugal. Those who stayed (Bnei Anusim, Crypto-Jews, "Marranos") experienced a different Diaspora: they could not stay as Jews and had to adapt to a different culture. While the music of Sephardic songs and songs of Crypto-Jews is different, some of the romance (narrative ballad) themes are still sung by Sephardim in different lands, and by Bnei Anusim. This overview of the oldest Sephardic songs focuses on romances, particularly those which survived among Sephardim in the eastern and western Mediterranean, and among Bnei Anusim of the Iberian peninsula and islands, especially Portugal. Tracing the paths of these songs through the centuries resonates with the paths of genealogy itself. Speaker: Judith R. Cohen. Broad Audience.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Lodz (LARG) BOF Meeting originally scheduled for 9:30 AM has been moved to 8:00 AM (Monday) due to space constraints.

M-201  "LOC: Pursuing Your Family History in the Nation's Library" General research orientation and overview on using the Library of Congress. Speaker: n. Anne Toohey, James Sweany, & Ahmed JohnsoBroad audience.

M-202  "Introduction to the National Archives" NARA staff will describe the procedures for doing research at the National Archives, primarily at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. They will explain how and where to order the records; the rules and procedures for using the records in the research rooms; and the new security procedures recently introduced. This lecture also includes a brief history of the National Archives that helps explain why some of the early records never made it to NARA. There will be time for question and answer at the end of the session. Speaker: Constance Potter, John P. Deeben, & Katherine Vollen. Broad audience.

M-203 "Orientation to the USHMM" The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds millions of pages of archival documents, over 90,000 books, thousands of photographs and years' worth of oral histories containing information on millions of Holocaust survivors and victims. For the many victims for whom there is no surviving documentation, the Museum's collections can shed light on the fate of their communities and occasionally prewar life. This panel will demonstrate the different resources such as the International Tracing Service, photo archives and archival collections, explain how and where these resources can be accessed, describe how researchers can come to the Museum to conduct research, show what they can do from home or hotel before their visit, present some new and updated tools, and discuss what information and tools researchers should bring with them. See our online resources at www.ushmm.org/research. During the conference, appointments to use the Museum's resources will be required; sign-up sheets will be located in the Resource Room at the conference hotel. Speaker: Megan Lewis. Broad audience.

M-204 "The Galicia Jewish Museum: History & Virtual Tour" The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the Jewish Heritage of Galicia. The main exhibition features photographs by the late Chris Schwarz and texts by Prof. Jonathan Webber (UNESCO Chair of Jewish and Interfaith Studies, University of Birmingham, UK). Over a period of twelve years, they worked together to gather material that offers a completely new way of looking at the Jewish past that was destroyed in Poland. The exhibition pieces together a picture of the relics of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today, interpreting these traces in a manner which is informative, accessible, and thought-provoking. The exhibition is divided into five sections, corresponding to the different ways in which the subject can be approached. Speaker: Jakub Nowakowski. Broad audience.

M-205 "Dona Gracia Nasi: An Exceptional Life" Presentation will provide insights into identifying and searching a variety of sources for the life of this 16th century Jewish leader and banker. Some of those tools can be used to discover contextual history and facts about one's own ancestors. Speaker: Andree Brooks. Broad audience.

M-206 "Research Your Litvak Roots: www.litvaksig.org" This presentation will provide a comprehensive tour through the LitvakSIG website and the many ways it serves as "home" to Litvak researchers. This will include the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database (ALD), with nearly 1,000,000 records, other databases of help to Litvak research; an overview of the LitvakSIG record translation projects currently underway, and the structure of LitvakSIG – how researchers can help get the records from their towns translated. Speakesr: Judy Baston & Eden Joachim. Broad audience.

M-207 Krementz District Research Group BOF Meeting

M-208 GerSIG Board Meeting (Private meeting)

M-209 "Utilizing Belgian Archives for Jewish Research" Many Jews from Europe passed through Belgium during the first half of the 20th century. At the same time, the Belgian government took pains to track all foreigners living inside their borders (think of the FBI tracking every visitor to the US and keeping files). Records exist from the mid 19th century through the 1970s. For some people who perished in the Holocaust, photographs in these records are the only photographs of them in existence. We will look at three archives in Belgium: The State Archives in Brussels, The Felix Archives in Antwerp, and The Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance. We will look at how to access these archives, what documents you can expect to find, and how to use these documents to help you find out more about your family. Speaker: Philip Trauring. Broad audience.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

M-FS1 "Finding Leah Tickotsky" (Film, 48 min.) In the summer of 2007, as a Stanford University student Sarah Golabek-Goldman traveled to Poland to teach English in the village of Zakliczyn. While there, she also visited the towns where her family lived before World War II to search for Poles who remembered her relatives. In the village of Jasionowka, Sarah discovered the gravestone of her great-great-grandmother, Leah Tickotsky. Finding Leah Tickotsky explores Polish-Jewish relations as well as one filmmaker's personal journey to discover her family roots. Through her eyes, the film provides a perspective on one of the most painful periods in history and serves as a reminder of the extraordinary contributions Jews made to Poland over nine centuries. (2010. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

M-2WMAC "Reunion for Beginners" Reunion has been the widest used genealogy program for the Macintosh. That is not surprise as it is easy, intuitive and very easy to customize. Reunion enables the user to enter all the professional data a genealogist would need and still makes it easy to incorporate multi-media and generate terrific charts and reports. Topics to be covered are: ïGeneral Information, ïIntroduction, ïSetting up a new file, ïBuilding your file, ïAdding unconnected people, ïConnecting unconnected people. ïGenerating Charts and Reports. Prerequisite: Participants MUST have basic computer skills such as being comfortable with the mouse (or track pad), opening programs, and using pull down menus. Speaker: Susan Kobren. Broad Audience.

M-2WPC "Planting a Family Tree online with MyHeritage.com" Introduction to the free online family network web site MyHeritage.com. Build an online family tree, enter detailed information with sources and citations, navigate across the tree, generate charts and posters, create full reports, invite and share information with family members in 36 languages and get calendar alerts on family events. Set the privacy of your site from completely private to completely public and learn how to download a copy of your material. Speaker: Daniel Horowitz. Broad audience.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

M-301 "LOC: Pursuing Your Family History in the Nation's Library" General research orientation and overview on using the Library of Congress. Speaker: Ahmed Johnson, James Sweany, & Anne Tooney. Broad audience.

M-302 "Introduction to the National Archives" NARA staff will describe the procedures for doing research at the National Archives, primarily at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. They will explain how and where to order the records; the rules and procedures for using the records in the research rooms; and the new security procedures recently introduced. This lecture also includes a brief history of the National Archives that helps explain why some of the early records never made it to NARA. There will be time for question and answer at the end of the session. Speaker: Constance Potter, John P. Deeben, & Katherine Vollen. Broad audience.

M-303 "Orientation to the USHMM" The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds millions of pages of archival documents, over 90,000 books, thousands of photographs and years' worth of oral histories containing information on millions of Holocaust survivors and victims. For the many victims for whom there is no surviving documentation, the Museum's collections can shed light on the fate of their communities and occasionally prewar life. This panel will demonstrate the different resources such as the International Tracing Service, photo archives and archival collections, explain how and where these resources can be accessed, describe how researchers can come to the Museum to conduct research, show what they can do from home or hotel before their visit, present some new and updated tools, and discuss what information and tools researchers should bring with them. See our online resources at www.ushmm.org/research. During the conference, appointments to use the Museum's resources will be required; sign-up sheets will be located in the Resource Room at the conference hotel. Speaker: Megan Lewis. Broad audience.

M-304 "Genealogical Implications of Chasidic Ancestry" Evidence indicates that most American Jews have some Chasidic ancestry. Knowledge of this ancestry provides the researcher with a wealth of genealogical information not found in convention resources. The talk includes a lecture and a power point presentation. Why do most American Jews descend from Chasidic Ancestors? Determining if you have Chasidic ancestry and what type you have. Which Chasidim are associated with which towns and regions? How this knowledge leads to documents, photographs and new family connections not found in conventional resources? How internally maintained Chasidic survivor lists and trees can help locate relatives living and deceased. How do you to contact the genealogical representatives in surviving Chasidic communities? Speaker: Rafael Guber. Broad audience.

M-306 "Launch of the JDC Names Database" The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world's leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. With records of activity in over 90 countries dating back to 1914, the JDC Archives is an extraordinary global record of 20th century Jewish life, and gives insight into the organization's historic overseas rescue, relief and rehabilitation work. The JDC Names Database, drawn from lists of individuals who received assistance from "the Joint,"is an indispensable resource tool for family historians and genealogists. Comprised of more than 450,000 names, this cross-referenced database contains an index as well as primary source documents. In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the database and view sample indexed lists. Speaker: Naomi Barth. Broad audience.

M-307 Gesher Galicia SIG Meeting

M-308 "Old German Script; Especially of the 19th Century" Like our families, the West European letters have their pedigree. They originated in ancient Rome, where they had simple, clear forms. In the course of time, nations and individuals created lots of variations. In Germany, the most complicated lettering was reached in the 19th century. After a short survey of the preceding time, this workshop will concentrate on the 19th century German script when the great mass of documents, which is of interest for Jewish genealogy, was written. The knowledge of this sort of script will help you to understand the simpler forms of the following last decades of the old German script and will also offer an access to the preceding 18th century. Learn the basics of reading this Old German Script in this hands-on workshop. Speaker: Gerhard Buck. Broad audience.

M-309 ROM-Moldova SIG Meeting

M-FS2 "Prisoner of Her Past" (Film, 58 min.) Followed by Q&A with Howard Reich. On the night of February 15, 2001, Sonia Reich fled her home in Skokie, Illinois, insisting that someone was trying to kill her – to "put a bullet in [her] head," she told anyone who would listen. It would take a year for her son, Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich, to understand why she was running the streets of Skokie, fearing for her life. Prisoner of Her Past tracks Howard's journey across the United States and Eastern Europe to discover why his mother believes – to this day – that the world has conspired to try to execute her. As Howard eventually learned, Sonia has late-onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a little-known but extremely debilitating illness that has pushed her into the realm of delusion. At the same time, however, Sonia remains fully aware of her surroundings, totally alert to the world, thoroughly cognizant of the present. Past and present merge in Sonia's perceptions, and Howard sets out to discover why. He locates the few experts in the world who can explain the obscure phenomenon of late-onset PTSD, and he travels to the city of Sonia's birth, in Ukraine, to uncover the horrors that now haunt his mother. (2010, Courtesy of Kartemquin Films.)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

M-LO1 ROM-Moldova Luncheon: "Analysis and Typology of Romanian Jewish Surnames" Romanian and Romanized surnames (8% of all Jewish surnames in Romania) provide evidence as to the Jews' interaction and adaptation to Romanian surroundings. Their analysis reveals the progressive stages in the process towards full linguistic adaptation to the Romanian language, techniques of generating Romanian or Romanian-like surnames, degrees of productivity of these techniques, the typology, frequency and concentration of these surnames. About 16% of the Romanian Jewish surnames are originated in names of occupations. A semantic analysis shows the diversity and social status of the different occupations while statistical categorization points to their frequency and relative importance, to the better understanding of the occupational profile of Romanian Jewry. Speaker: Alexander Avraham. Broad audience.

M-LO2 Gesher Galicia SIG Luncheon: "A Tour of Jewish Krakow: Past, Present & Future" Jews have lived in Krakow, one of the largest centers in Poland/Galicia, since the 12th century and their history is a long and complicated one. Today Kazimierz – the heart of Jewish Krakow – is a thriving district of cultural festivals, museums, synagogues, antique shops, restaurants and bars. There a noticeable resurgence of Jewish culture and – more importantly – Jewish population. Join us for a virtual tour of this reborn and re-imagined Krakow, from the first days of Jewish settlement, through the unimaginable years of WWII, to this present-day tourist destination with its new JCC and a Disneyland-like "Schindler Factory Museum," and into a future of what will become an authentically Jewish Krakow. Speakers: Jakub Nowakowski & Pamela Weisberger. Broad audience.

M-LO3 GerSIG Luncheon: "A Conversation w Henry Morgenthau III" Henry Morgenthau III, in his delightful prime at age 90, will be interviewed by Karen Franklin, guest curator of The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service, an exhibition currently at the Museum of Jewish Heritage ñ a Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in Manhattan. Mr. Morgenthau traveled to Germany and the United Kingdom while doing research for his book Mostly Morgenthaus: A Family History, published in 1991. Speaker: Karen Franklin & Henry Morgenthau III.

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM 

M-EE1 Embassy Experience: Embassy of Israel. Attendees will be able to ask about life in Israel from a variety of perspectives, including current foreign and domestic policies, or recent economic, political and social developments. Advance registration required.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

M-405 Repository & Resource Fair

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

M-401  Ukraine SIG Meeting

M-402 "Phonetic Matching: Soundex with Fewer False Hits" Searching for names in large databases containing spelling variations has always been a problem. Soundex is one solution, but it results in too many false hits. The matching criteria used in Soundex is based on spelling, with no regard to how the name might be pronounced in a particular language. The phonetic encoding described here incorporates rules for determining the language based on the spelling of the name, along with pronunciation rules for the common languages. This eliminates matches that appear to be similar but are phonetically unrelated. This work was developed jointly by Alexander Beider and Stephen Morse. Speaker: Stephen P. Morse. Intermediate-Advanced.

M-403  "Discovering Polish Court Documents 19th and 20c" Polish Court records provide an extremly valuable resource for advanced genealogical research. This lecture provides information about the available types of court records issued in the territory of poland form the beginning of the XIX until the mid of twentieth century. For ninteenth century court records only the area of the kingdom of poland is presented. The lectured covers descriptions of the format of the documentation, reviews examples as well as provides valuable information for researchers. Depending on the types of the court documents, researchers are provided many details about prsons invloved in the cases, for example: the date andplace of birth, the place of residence, names of parents and in case of married woman, their maiden names. Speaker: Ania Wiernicka. Intermediate - Advanced.

M-404 "Haplogroups of the Jewish people (Men)" The "tree" of Homo sapiens has 20 branches. Jews are found in 7 of those branches and populate many sub-branches of these 7 as well. From a commonality standpoint Jews are found in % ranging from 50% within Haplogroup J and 3% for Haplogroup "I" and at various % of the branches in-between. (E1b1b, G, T, Q and R1a1 & R1b1a). By knowing the commonality of Jewish men in a branch and after an analysis of the branch itself and its geography Molecular Anthropologists can speculate when a lineage might have become Jewish. This lecture will explain the background of SNP's, their various commonality and their significance to the phylogenic landscape of the Jewish people. Speaker: Bennett Greenspan. Broad audience.

M-406 "Are You Ready to Become a Certified Genealogist?" Relevant for people who want to hang out their shingle and hobbyists alike, the road to certification is more than just filling out an application form. This lecture will discuss the reasons for becoming a Certified Genealogist; the skills that you are expected to have and demonstrate; and how to begin the formal process. Speaker: Nancy C. Levin, CG. Advanced.

M-407 "Galician Cadastral Maps, Landowner & Voter Records" Galician (today Polish and Ukrainian) cadastral land records, property maps and voter records are valuable sources of historical information, especially when vital records are missing. The 19th and 20th century maps show exact locations of synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and market squares and often have the names of the landowners written onto the plots. House numbers can be used to chart a family across several generations and land records provide inheritance patterns. Early 20th century voter records provide names, ages and town of birth for men and women, and often are the only evidence of a family living in a particular locale. Discover the relevance of these unusual resources, with instructions on how to obtain these records online or from overseas archives. Speaker: Pamela Weisberger.Broad audience.

M-408  "The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe"  Eastern European borders have changed over the years. An ancestral town may have been within several different countries over the generations when our ancestors resided there. Recognizing what government was in control at various times can help us understand the environment in which our ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and locations where these records might be found. Understanding changing, and sometimes consistent, government hostility regarding Jews can provide perspective on our ancestors' experiences. This lecture provides an overview of Eastern European border changes from the time of the Khazars more than 1,000 years ago to the present day. Speaker: Hal Bookbinder. Broad Audience.

M-FS3 "Auf Wiedersehen – Till We Meet Again" (Film, 76 min.) In this compelling and often funny tale of recovery and renewal, author and activist Linda G. Mills is propelled by her family's life-threatening experience of September 11, 2001 to return to the site of her mother's flight from Vienna in 1939. Accompanied by her comically restless ten-year old son and highly opinionated mother, Linda discovers unsettling truths that upend familial and historical myths. An unconventional documentary that brings the lessons of history into the present through the eyes of an often irreverent ten-year-old boy. A startlingly humorous adventure spanning five generations. (2011, Courtesy of Ruth Diskin Films.)

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

M-4WPC "Getting Started with Family Tree Maker PC" Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. Topics covered in this class include: getting started in Family Tree Maker, adding information about your ancestors, adding pictures and other media, documenting your sources, searching Ancestry.com and the Web from Family Tree Maker, and much more. Speaker: Duff Wilson. Beginners - Intermediate.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

M-501 "Memel (Klaipeda) Archive Records" Prior to World War II, Memel was located in East Prussia. In July, 1944, when the German Army was retreating from the Russian Army, the German Army removed the entire contents of the Memel Archive. The records were to be transported to Berlin. However, all of the records were lost, and their whereabouts unknown, for over 50 years. Where are the records now and what do they contain? Speaker: Howard Margol. Broad audience.

M-502  "Why Records Access Is Critical to Your Genealogy" An increasing number of worldwide governmental agencies, are placing impediments to accessing vital records important to our genealogical research. The IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC) monitors these actions, reports on them as well as in select instances takes action by trying to convince the government representatives to modify their legislative or regulatory initiatives. A report of what the IAJGS PRAMC has done in the past year will be provided. As all politics are "local", it is important for everyone to get involved with their local representatives to stop such governmental actions. A "took kit" for learning how to understand how bills become laws, and how you can become involved will also be presented. Speaker: Jan Meisels Allen. Broad Audience.

M-503 "Funeral and Mourning Ceremonies of Our Ancestors" How did our ancestors handle the reality of death and mourning? What laws and customs were they likely to have observed? Did they tear their clothes, eat certain foods, cover mirrors, sit on the floor, or say the Mourner's Kaddish for an extended time? Some stories were "Bubbe Meises," old tales of our grandmothers that were superstitions. But others had psychological and religious merit. Were these just nostalgic vestiges of life long ago? Many of us now identify with our previous generations and would hope to emulate their spiritual world. Perhaps we might want to reincorporate some of our ancestor's practices back into our own lives! Participants will also learn about regional differences and customs, & will also have opportunities to share personal experiences Speaker: Rabbi Gary Gans. Broad audience.

M-504 "Start to Finish: Publishing Your Family History" Gain a step-by-step overview starting with quick & easy methods of sharing your Jewish genealogical research to publishing a book online to the process of working with an agent and publisher. Learn about available reports and sharing options through family tree software and online sites. Discover the simple way to start writing & organizing your book, applying for your copyright and Library of Congress Pre-assigned Control Number, self publishing tips and online publishing and selling options. Realizing that few people have enough time to devote to genealogical research much less writing a book, this lecture demonstrates how easy it can be to complete both tasks. Using her self-published book, "A New York City Boy," as an example, find out how to share your work NOW. Speaker: Nancy JG Adelson. Beginners - Intermediate.

M-505 Lida District BOF Meeting

M-506 "INS Policy and Correspondence Files at the National Archives" The National Archives in Washington, DC houses hundreds of thousands of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) policy and correspondence records that document every aspect of American immigration history for the years 1906-1956. Among these files are countless records relating to individual immigrants and citizens ñ a potential goldmine of information for genealogists. Many researchers, however, find the sheer size of the collection and its seemingly complex filing system intimidating. This session will introduce researchers to INS policy and correspondence files and provide them with the information they need to successfully mine the records. Case studies drawn from the files will illustrate research topics that are particularly relevant to Jewish Genealogy. Speaker: Zack Wilske. Broad audience.

M-507 "Jewish Records Indexing - Poland; What's New" Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has an online searchable database of indices to more than four million records from current/former territories of Poland. This database has enabled researchers trace their families' growth and migration inside Poland. The JRI-Poland database has also been a resource in family reunification, genetic and family health research and in efforts by those in Poland today to trace their Jewish heritage. The presentation will outline new resources and developments, as well as many other initiatives planned by JRI-Poland. It will also have the latest information on methods of ordering copies of records from the Polish State Archives. Speaker: Stanley Diamond. Broad audience.

M-508 "Spain's Archives: The Cervera example" Description of Spain's archives. Their immense value for Jewish genealogists is demonstrated by the Jewish contents of a small town's archives. Speaker: Jeffrey Malka & Maria-Jose Surribas Camps. Broad audience.

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

M-FS4 "In Heaven, Underground" (Film, 90 min.) Here is an enchanting journey into history that celebrates life and the immortality of memories. North of Berlin's noisy city centre, surrounded by a jungle of trees and lush foliage, lies the peaceful and secluded 130-year-old Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe. Its one hundred acres hold 115,000 graves and a meticulous archive record. The cemetery has never closed, and was one of the few institutions to remain in Jewish hands during the Nazi regime. Award-winning director Britta Wauer's charming portrait creates a serene experience following a delightful array of characters from around the world: mourners, tourists, a young family residing at the cemetery, a third-generation gravedigger and an ornithologist studying rare birds of prey. (2011, Courtesy of 7th Art Releasing.)

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

M-601  "Book & Author"  Come meet some of the authors who have provided us with enriching lectures. An opportunity to purchase their works and have them autographed. (Also scheduled for same time on Wednesday).

5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

M-FS5  "Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba (Film, 43 min.) Cuba is known for its revolutionary leaders, communism, cigars, and 50's cars. However, religion does not define this small island. When the Cuban Revolution hit in 1961, religion was banned, leaving the Cuban Jewish Community struggling to sustain itself for nearly three decades. Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba tells the humbling story of the 1,500 Jews who remained in the country despite the difficulties. With exclusive interviews from members of the scattered Jewish community, this documentary explores how the new generation re-learned what so many had previously forgotten. The journey to rediscovering and reviving Jewish life raises questions about faith, sustenance, strength, and the future, which the Cuban Jews continue to face up until today. (2010, Courtesy of Ruth Diskin Films.)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

M-601 Mac BOF Meeting

M-602  Zvhil BOF  

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

M-701 "The Jewish Genealogical Institute 5-Year Report" The opening of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy was announced at the 26th IAJGS Conference in New York 2006. Now it is time for a progress report. In just over five years, Institute has made tangible progress in pursuing its primary goals of advancing the status of Jewish genealogy in the realm of Jewish Studies and contributing, however modestly, to Jewish continuity. It has carried out ten ground-breaking research projects. It has developed innovative tools and technologies, specifically designed for the Jewish family historian. It has elaborated "Academic Guidelines"for BA and MA courses in Jewish Genealogy. It has participated in international Jewish Studies conferences. In brief, it has earned its spurs and looks forward to ongoing success. Speaker: Dr. Neville Lamdan. Broad audience.

8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

M-FS6 "Steal a Pencil for Me" (Film, 94 min.) 1943: Holland is under Nazi occupation. In Amsterdam, Jack, an unassuming accountant, first meets Ina at a birthday party - a 20-year-old beauty from a wealthy family who instantly steals his heart. But Jack's pursuit of love will be complicated; he is poor and married to Manja, a flirtatious and mercurial spouse. When the Jews are being deported, the husband, the wife and the lover find themselves at the same concentration camp, living in the same barracks. When Jack's wife objects to the "girlfriend" in spite of their unhappy marriage, Jack and Ina resort to writing secret love letters, which sustain them throughout the horrible circumstances of the war. Steal a Pencil for Me is a compelling documentary feature film by Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise above unimaginable suffering. (2007, Courtesy of 7th Art Releasing.)

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

M-801 Theater J: "The Moscows of Nantucket" A theatrical performance. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Limited seating.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

T-M1 Egalitarian Minyan

T-M2 Orthodox Minyan

7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

T-BWE1  "From Bratislava to Budapest to Baia Mare: Tips on Travel and Research in Greater Hungary" Join Robert J. Friedman, former Director of the Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History, and Vivian Kahn, Hungarian SIG Coordinator, for breakfast and bring your questions about family research, history, and travel in Hungary, Slovakia, and the formerly Hungarian areas of Romania. Mr. Friedman and Ms. Kahn are experienced researchers who have conducted on-site research at archives, libraries, and cemeteries in the US, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania for clients and when investigating their own Hungarian roots. Hungary." Experts: Robert Friedman & Vivian Kahn. Broad audience.

T-BWE2  "The Role of Genetics in Genealogy" Genealogy using DNA testing as a tool is rapidly evolving. Come hear our experts address your questions regarding new tests, how to interpet results, which tests to select and more. Experts: Stephen Morse & Bennett Greenspan. Broad audience.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

T-101 "1940 Census: Content and Controversy" On April 2nd, 2012 we will have our first look at the 1940 U.S. census. This talk explores the background, questions, and controversies of that enumeration. This census introduced a number of innovations including sampling, organized publicity, and an emphasis on economic questions. Some standard questions were dropped, while new ones were added, including where people resided in 1935. The changes were not without controversy, as questions about wages and fertility were met with cries for a national boycott. I will discuss the history of some of the questions, what to expect as to the census schedule format and numbering, and the controversies surrounding a census that some call the beginning of the end of the genealogical census. Speaker: Joel Weintraub. Broad audience.

T-102 "The Resurgence of Jewish Life in Poland" How do the Jews from around the world remember their cultural heritage in Poland and is creating a "Jewish life" possible in the land of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Sobibor? How much has been done during the last twenty years to commemorate the history of Jews in Poland and how much has been forgotten in last 70 years after the Holocaust? Who are the Jews of Poland today and who are the non-Jews that are trying to preserve the memory? It is believed that a large percentage of Poles have Jewish roots they may not be aware of or are only now discovering. What is their future in the international Jewish community? The speaker will try to find the answers to these profound and extremely complicated questions. Speaker: Jakub Nowakowski. Broad audience.

T-103 "Why Our Ancestors Left a Nice Place Like the Pale" In 1880 fully 80% of our ancestors lived in Poland and the Pale of Jewish Settlement in western Russia. We all know of the pogroms (organized violence) and mass exodus of our ancestors to points west over the next generation. This talk will provide background about the 120 years of the Pale from its formation in the late 18th century to its dissolution during the First World War. The speaker breaks the life of the Pale into six distinct periods which he designates as "Creation," "Containment," "Repression," "Enlightenment," "Pogroms" and "Chaos." The talk will provide some context to our ancestors' lives in the Pale, and of course, their decision to leave everything they had known to make new lives in the West. Speaker: Hal Bookbinder. Broad audience.

T-104 "Jewish Genealogical Research Strategies Part 2" Jewish Genealogical Research Beginner Strategies Continue to discover the process of uncovering your ancestral roots in Part 2. Receive an introduction to researching on the Internet including JewishGen's Family Finder (JGFF), Databases & Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP), discovering vital records (Birth, Marriage & Death Records) from different sources, finding living descendants using the Internet, employing cemetery research including JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), sharing your research and uncovering a wide array of resources in local libraries including city directories and their free online data bases, including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, ProQuest & historical newspapers. Speaker: Nancy JG Adelson. Beginners - Intermediate.

T-105 Bukovina (Reunion Group) Meeting

T-106 South African SIG Meeting

T-107 UK SIG Q & A

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

T-201 "Immigration and Naturalization Records for Beginners" This presentation will provide an overview of US immigration and naturalization research with a focus on records available from the National Archives and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program, which document immigration over the first half of the twentieth century. Case study examples will be used to introduce researchers to records including ship manifests, Naturalization Certificate Files (C-files), Visa Files, Alien Registration Records, INS Registry Records, and Alien Files (A-files). Speaker: Zack Wilske. Beginners.

T-202 "Multimedia Presentation: Ukraine Then and Now" I know many with roots in Ukraine who try to picture life there generations ago and wonder how it has evolved today. Using multimedia tools, I will present different aspects of yesterday and today in eight shtetls in Central-West Ukraine. I will paint a comprehensive picture of the past with photos of those who lived in the shtetls, the homes they lived, their bustling market places and the gravestones that yield evidence of their former existence. To show life as it is today, with new Jewish communities coming together, I will present synagogues, schools and community centers and record the views of community and religious leaders. This exhibit will demonstrate how our Jewish heritage remains unbroken, despite all attempts to eviscerate Ukrainian Jewry. Speaker: Anna Royzner. Broad audience.

T-203 "Finding Your Jewish Ancestors on Ancestry.com" Let's take a look at exactly what records exist on Ancestry.com specifically for Jewish research. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Advanced.

T-204 "Resources for the Judaica Genealogist at the LOC" Judaica resources of interest to the Jewish genealogist are found in many reading rooms of the Library of Congress and this presentation highlights a number of them. Examples include commemorative volumes of local, regional, and national Jewish communal organizations, registers of Jewish schools, the Jewish press, and travel guides scattered throughout the collections, to name a few. Copyright registration records, Yiddish plays and sheet music, sound recordings, photographs of synagogues, and other similar materials in the custody of different Library divisions that can yield information of value to the researcher will be described in this session.Speaker: Dr. Peggy Pearlstein. Broad audience.

T-205 "Mapping Madness" In this talk, Ron will first discuss a variety of websites for finding historical maps. He will then discuss the basics of Microsoft Maps (www.bing.com/maps) and Google Maps (maps.google.com). After then discussing intermediate and advanced features of these two systems, Ron will give side-by-side comparisons to show which is better, if either. The presenter will then talk about other exciting online mapping tools, including Microsoft's MapCruncher facility, IBM's Many Eyes, Muckety.com, and more. Speaker: Ron Arons. Broad audience.

T-206 Bessarabia Research Group (BRG) Meeting

T-207 Next Generation Genealogists BOF Meeting

T-208 Kupiskis/Rokiskis BOF Meeting

T-209 GerSIG Meeting

T-FS1 "The Last Jews of Libya" (Film, 50 min.) The Last Jews of Libya documents the final decades of a centuries-old North African Sephardic Jewish community through the lives of the remarkable Roumani family, who lived in Benghazi, Libya, for hundreds of years. Thirty-six thousand Jews lived in Libya at the end of World War II, today none remain. The film traces the story of the Roumanis from Turkish Ottoman rule through the age of Mussolini and Hitler to the final destruction and dispersal of Libya's Jews in the face of Arab nationalism. Based on the recently discovered memoirs of the family's matriarch, Elise Roumani, as well as interviews in English, Hebrew, Italian, and Arabic with several generations of the Roumani family and a trove of rare archival film and photographs, it is an unforgettable tale. (2007. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

T-EE2  Embassy Experience: Embassy of Poland. Attendees will be able to ask aboutJewish life in Poland from a variety of perspectives, including current foreign and domestic policies, or recent economic, political and social developments. Advance registration required.

T-2WMAC "Getting More out of Reunion" This workshop (see also Getting the Most out of Reunion for intermediate & advanced users) will be for beginners/intermediate and deal with data entry and navigation, basic layouts and standardization methods, multimedia linking, error correction, and primary charting outputs and text-based reports. Attendees who pre-register can submit questions in advance for possible discussion. Speaker: Elias Savada. Beginners - Intermediate.

T-2WPC "Newspapers Online" Newspapers are valuable in genealogical research because you can find information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. Millions of pages of the world's newspapers are now accessible online, but there is no one place to find them all (though you can help build one place to find a list of them!). This class will give an overview of what is available and how to find it, and teach you some techniques to find your relatives in the paper. Speaker: Janice M. Sellers. Beginners - Intermediate.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

T-301  Sub-Carpathia SIG Meeting

T-302 "The Litvak Diaspora/Evolution in USA" Following the lead of the Vilna Gaon in the late 18th century, Lita maintained a unique commitment to rabbinical Judaism and intellectual study. In the late 19th century, particularly centered on Vilna, Lita was also a major source of the secular responses to modernity such as socialism and the Yiddish language as well as Hebraism and Zionism. To what extent was their culture distinctive? What happened to these immigrants and their descendants? To what extent has their culture taken root the world over particularly in the several countries in the English-speaking Diaspora? The Litvak Diaspora: The Evolution in the USA/Conservative Judaism/The Jewish Labor Movement/Jewish-American Literature. Speaker: Dr. Mark N. Ozer. Broad audience.

T-303 "Using NARA's New Online Public Access System" This presentation will demonstrate how to use NARA's new online search to locate records of interest to genealogists. The presentation will discuss how to research names as well as how to use the system to research records that are not indexed by name. The Online Public Access system searches all of the content in NARA's online catalog, seven of the series found in NARA's Access to Archival Databases (AAD), and all of NARA's web site. Speaker: Rebecca C. Warlow. Broad audience.

T-304 "What Cemetery?" For many of us, the initial reaction as to distressed or abandoned Jewish Cemetery site, is probably located within Europe. The stark reality is, unfortunately, there are many such sites in North America. This presentation will be based upon actual research and findings within several communities. Insights into community reactions and non reactions. Speaker: Harley Felstein. Broad audience.

T-305 Kobrin Uezd BOF Meeting

T-306 "JDC's Archives: A Treasure for Jewish Genealogists" The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world's leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. With records of activity in over 90 countries dating back to 1914, the JDC Archives is an extraordinary global record of 20th century Jewish life, and gives insight into the organization's historic overseas rescue, relief and rehabilitation work. The JDC Names Database, drawn from lists of individuals who received assistance from "the Joint,"is an indispensable resource tool for family historians and genealogists. Comprised of more than 450,000 names, this cross-referenced database contains an index as well as primary source documents. In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the database and view sample indexed lists. Speaker: Linda Levi. Broad audience.

T-307 UK SIG Meeting

T-308 "Brit Milah Records From Aleppo, Syria (1868-1938" Brit Milah records are a critical information source for the genealogist. Descendants of Syrian Jews, formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, have no government source for vital records. Aleppo's Dayan family produced several mohels, who performed circumcisions for the community. Their original log book, written in Rashi Hebrew, has been the source of information for brit milahs from 1868-1938. Roffe worked with researchers and experts in Rashi and Modern Hebrew, on the translation of more than 7500 brit milah records into English. In this presentation, Roffe will provide an overview of the seven-year project and an analysis of the names found. She will also compare the names found in Syria to the names found in Brooklyn, NY, and illustrate how some names have changed. Speaker: Sarina Roffe. Broad audience.

T-FS2 "Empty Boxcars" (Film, 83 min). Followed by Q&A with producer-director Ed Gaffney. Empty Boxcars tells the amazing story of the survival of over 50,000 Jews of the Kingdom of Bulgaria in 1943, and the atrocity of the murder of 11,393 Jews in the Bulgarian-occupied territories of Thrace and Macedonia in World War II. Each story contains details that make it unique. In the same year in which the Bulgarian story came to a climax the Nazis planned to round up the Danish Jews on Yom Kippur. A member of the German army tipped off the Chief Rabbi, who immediately sent his community a strange order not to come to the synagogue on the High Holiday. Thousands of non-Jews welcomed their Jewish neighbors into their homes. They moved them by night to the east coast, where Danish fishermen rowed them to safety in neighboring Sweden. Over six thousand Jews were saved in this mass rescue. "The film tells the story in a way that is historically accurate, ethically compelling and emotionally moving," Gaffney said. "It focuses, not only on what makes the Bulgarian story unique in Holocaust history, but also on its moral relevance to our times." (2010, Courtesy of Ed Gaffney.)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

T-L01 JRI-Poland Luncheon: "Polish Notarial Records - a Hidden Genealogical Treasure" Since 1808, when the profession of notary was introduced in the territory of Poland, many citizens became clients of notarial offices. Notaries were authorized to draw up and witness documents - so called "acts of good will" that recorded private agreements (such as leases, loans, employment contracts and partnerships) as well as distributions, inventories, prenuptial agreements and last wills and testaments. Although the preparation of such documents was not legally required, the procedure gradually became very common, especially among property owners. The circumstances under which such documents were created and the form of the documents constitute a valuable source of information for genealogists. Depending on the type of document, notary records include ages, names of parents and siblings, occupations, places of residence, social status, etc. Notarial documents also provide less formal information such as relationships between members of the family or business partners. The talk will include a detailed description of typical records and examples of records with unusual informtion. Options for carrying out research in Poland will also be discussed. Speaker: Ania Wiernicka. Broad audience.

T-LO2 Hungarian SIG Luncheon: "Resources for Hungarian Research at the USHMM" Ferenc Katona, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Archivist, will describe resources available for researching Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and other areas that were part of Hungary before and during WWII. He will give an overview of the collection highlighting significant resources, such as the Records of the 8th Gendarmerie District, Kassa, Hungary, 1944-1945, and provide information about recent acquisitions. The Library also has other items for genealogical research such as a Buda Neolog birth index for years 1820-52, 1868. Because many unpublished materials have to be ordered ahead of time, consult the on-line catalog at http://catalog.ushmm.org/vwebv/searchBasic and come to the Hungarian SIG luncheon with your questions. Speaker: Dr. Ferenc Katona. Broad audience.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

T-401 "Bad Arolsen Research – Past Experiences and Now" The panelists have all visited Bad Arolsen to do research. Individually and as a group, the panel will explore their experiences and Dr. Afoumado will supplement the discussion with updates on the current state of the ITS records, particularly as it relates to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Speakers: Dr. Diane Afoumado, Carol Baird, Gary Mokotoff, Michael Goldstein and Rose Lerer Cohen. Broad audience.

T-402 "Implementing the IAJGS Newsletter Initiative" Review the description of Newsletter Initiative approved by the IAJGS Board and delivered to Society Presidents and Editors prior to the conference. Appoint those willing to assist in implementing the initiatives. Discuss the ethics of article sharing and citation. Become better acquainted with each other. Speaker: Kahlile Mehr & Banai Lynn Feldstein. Advanced.

T-403 Polesie BOF Meeting

T-404 "Creating Webpage Dedicated To Your Ancestral Town" Memorializing the Jewish communities and learning about their lives and place where they lived is the key to understanding our past. A webpage dedicated to a Jewish community becomes a repository of all the information we can gather about it. It is accessible throughout the world, provides a link from the past to the future and serves as a valuable resource for their descendants. This presentation applies to any place where there was a Jewish community, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Sephardic communities and New Immigrant neighborhoods. Potential resources and content will be discussed, including: Geography, History, Family Biographies, Holocaust, Landsmanshaftn, Outreach. The PowerPoint presentation, with 81 slides gives detailed examples of the design. Speaker: Susana Leistner Bloch. Broad audience.

T-405 "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community" An illustrated lecture tracing the history of the Jewish community in the Washington area from the arrival of the first Jewish Washingtonian in 1795 to today, when the region's Jewish community has grown to more than 215,000 people. Speaker: Wendy Turman. Broad audience.

T-406 "Strategies for Sephardic Research" Will describe strategies to use available resources for Sephardic ancestry. Will review resources in several countries, pre-expulsion Spanish archives and Inquisition archives. Speaker: Jeffrey Malka. Broad audience.

T-407 "Genealogical Research in South Africa" South Africa's Jewish community is large and important. Although we may not know it, many of us have South African connections because our ancestors' siblings or cousins emigrated there. During the great wave of emigration from Eastern Europe, many Jews, especially Lithuanians, left for the economic opportunity and freedom of South Africa. The end of apartheid in 1994 has revitalized our cousins' homeland. This presentation is a summary of the key sources of documentation and information of genealogical value that can be found in South Africa, and how these materials can be accessed and researched. It also provides an overview of South African history as a backdrop for the discussion of Jewish migration to that remote area. Speaker: Roy Ogus. Beginners - Intermediate.

T-408 Hungarian SIG Meeting

T-409  JRI-Poland Meeting

T-410 Suwalk-Lomza SIG Meeting

T-411 "Simplifying Online Research with Ancestry.com" Using Ancestry Trees and Family Tree Maker for search. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Intermediate.

T- FS1  "Liquid of Life" (55 min)  Pini Schatz's funny and colorful film proves there's no reason to be afraid of the liquid that flows inside our veins: An artist paints with his own blood, a psychologist explains our fears of blood, an academic describes the fertilization with blood of the lands in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, one make up artist and one special-effects wizard compete over making fake blood, the director of Israel's blood bank service discusses the ingredients of blood, and a hypnotist proves that under hypnosis, blood won't flow. Director Schatz contributes macabre recreations of family history and childhood memories. And yes there is also a recipe for Bloody Mary... and a hamster as well! (2008. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

T-EE4 Embassy Experience: Embassy of France. Attendees will be able to ask about Jewish life in France from a variety of perspectives, including current foreign and domestic policies, or recent economic, political and social developments. Advance registration required.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

T-501 "DNA for Genealogy" With the incredible drop in the cost of DNA sequencing, DNA testing is now affordable for individuals. This talk will discuss how it can be used as an adjunct to will begin with enough of an overview of the biological basis of human genetics to allow understanding of how DNA testing works and, importantly, what can and cannot be learned from the various types of traditional methods of genealogical research. It tests available and the situations in which DNA testing is likely (or not) to be helpful. The talk will describe how the testing is done, how much it costs, and how to interpret the reported results. Speaker: Jay Sage. Broad audience.

T-502 "Yad Vashem Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project" The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names includes 4 million names of individual victims. A breakdown of the names by country of residence before WWII (1938 borders) shows that while most the names of Shoah victims from Central-Western Europe are known, close to 2 million victims' names are still missing, mainly from Eastern Europe and the FSU. In the last 3-4 years Yad Vashem concentrated its efforts towards collecting and processing additional sources of names from these areas in a number of projects:

–outreach to Russian speaking Jewry in the FSU, Israel, USA, Germany, etc.
–reconstruction of Hungarian Shoah victims' name
–exploring parallel ways of commemoration by the Orthodox Jews in Israel and USA
–a project dedicated to the Shoah victims from Poland.

Speaker: Alexander Avraham. Broad audience.

T-503 "Charting the City Directory –Variety of Uses" The city directory, published annually since mid 1860's, is a stepping stone to a myriad of resources for the genealogist. A treasure trove of information is contained within these directories from alphabetical residential listings, occupations and household names to business listings and historical data. In addition, the PowerPoint program will demonstrate use of the city directory to trace known and unknown family member branches; their whereabouts and occupations. CHARTING is the key to using the city directory to appreciate the lives of your ancestors. The city directory will enhance your ability to locate census, naturalization, newspaper, court records, obituaries and other useful research sources. Speaker: Diane M. Freilich, JD. Broad audience.

T-504 "The Captives Return: B'nai Anusim" Throughout Jewish history, communities set up funds to redeem Jews captured by oppressors; money redeemed captives. In our time, learning – specifically genealogical knowledge – has become the means by which many descendants of Jews forcibly converted in Spain and Portugal centuries ago are being redeemed. Many such descendants now call themselves B'nai Anusim, Children of the Forced Ones. These descendants have a phrase, "the blood calls", to describe how their Jewish souls find their way back to the mainstream of the Jewish people. Topics include the history of the phenomenon; relevant DNA studies; the differing experiences of Portuguese descendants in New England and Spanish descendants in the Southwest; and stories of individuals' journeys back to Jewish identity. Speaker: Jonina Duker * Taibel. Broad audience.

T-505 "Admit or Deport? The Board for Special Inquiry" Most immigrants to the U.S. from 1892 to 1924 were admitted without controversy. But many were first examined by the Board for Special Inquiry and some were excluded and deported. Actual cases and files will be presented and reviewed including one that went on for several years. The presentation will also include passenger list notes and a review of restrictions and the law regarding deportations.Speaker: Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG. Intermediate-Advanced.

T-506 "Freud's Moravia" This talk will examine the constellation of middle-sized Jewish communities in Moravia, which were home for centuries to a rich religious, cultural and economic life, even though they suffered from many occupational, residential and marital restrictions that remained in place until the Revolution of 1848. During the revolution, the Jews were granted new rights, including freedom of movement. Many Moravian Jews chose to leave their ancestral communities, movingólike the Freud familyóto Vienna and other bustling cities of the Habsburg Empire. This talk will examine the transformation of the Moravian Jewish community in the course of the nineteenth century, taking note of the large exodus that made Vienna the largest "Moravian Jewish" city by the 1860s. Speaker: Michael L. Miller. Broad audience.

T-507 "Accessing Jewish Records from the German Archives" An illustrated PowerPoint presentation on the liberalization of access to archival records in Germany, following recent changes to National data protection & freedom of information legislation. The presentation uses examples drawn from the presenter's personal experience of regional & local archival genealogical research in Germany both on the ground & online, & is illustrated through case studies. The presentation includes a discussion of the ongoing digitization & conservation projects underway, & insights into the use of archival finding aids & also a tour of relevant archival sources both in Germany & elsewhere, with particular emphasis on access to Jewish communal records. People will learn how to prepare & get more from their own German-Jewish research. Speaker: Jeanette R. Rosenberg. Broad audience.

T-508 Webmaster's Roundtable

T-509 ShtetLinks Meeting

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

T-FS4 "Three Stories of Galicia" (Film, Film, 86 min.) Followed by a Q&A with Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat. A Jewish man whose family chose to save the life of its worst enemy. A Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country. A Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish. They all came from a land where the Second World War never ended and where children grow up with the burden of fighting the battles of their grandparents. The land was called Galicia. The people who lived there were Jews, Ukrainians and Poles. When the Second World War erupted, Galicia was caught in the ruthless struggle between Hitler's Third Reich and Stalin's Red Army. In their quest to rule the world, those two empires made use of the ethnic jealousies between Ukrainians, Jews and Poles, and fueled some of modern history's worst ethnic conflicts. But in the midst of evil, where trust had lost its meaning and human life had no value, there were those who were willing to risk what little they had left to do what was right instead of what was easy. In the epic settings of the events that changed the course of modern history, Three Stories of Galicia reveals the intimate stories of three courageous individuals who took it upon themselves to preserve the dignity of the human spirit. (2010, Courtesy of Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat.)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

T-601 Rohatyn Shtetl RG Mrrting

T-602 Ukraine SIG Board Meeting

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

T-701 "JewishGen 2011" Update of what is new at JewishGen.org, and previews of future developments and projects. We'll review where we've been and where we're going, and outline exciting new directions. There will be demonstrations of our ever-expanding databases, resources, and search tools. Speaker: Warren Blatt, Michael Tobias & Avraham Groll. Broad audience.

T-702 "Songs of Sephardim and Portuguese Crypto-Jews" It is frequently said that when the Sephardim were exiled from Spain and Portugal they "took their songs with them." But these songs changed over the centuries: even when the words remained the same, the music changed. Many new songs were also composed or adapted from local songs. This concert, focuses on the romances (narrative ballads), and the life cycle songs which are found in Sephardic life, as well as among Crypto-Jews and sometimes non-Jews in villages in Spain and Portugal. They will be sung in traditional style, with lively commentary and stories of fieldwork in the communities where they were collected. Speaker: Dr. Judith R. Cohen. Broad audience.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

T-801 "Generation X, Y, Net and JewishGen" Panelists will discuss how they were inspired to explore their family histories, personally and professionally. Topics to be addressed include social networking as a tool, when and how best to use archives, and a youthful perspective on using DNA to discover new connections. They will consider how a generation of young adults already fluent in online research can hone their genealogical skills – and what they can teach their mentors (apps for zaydies). The group will reflect on how we all can inspire and mobilize youth to participate in family history research. Speakers: Karen Franklin, Avraham Groll, Brian Spiegel, Aliza Fishbein, & Joshua Perlman. Broad audience.

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

T-FS5 "Jews and Baseball" (Film, 91 min.) Jews and Baseball portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. The story is brought to life through Dustin Hoffman's narration, and interviews with dozens of passionate and articulate fans, writers, executives, and especially players including Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and a rare interview with the Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Fans including Ron Howard and Larry King connect the stories of baseball to their own lives, and to the turbulent history of the last century. Their stories are inter-cut with dramatic and never-before-seen film clips and photos of great Jewish players, unforgettable games, and the broad sweep of American history. (2010, Courtesy of 7th Art Releasing.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

W-M1 Egalitarian Minyan

W-M2 Orthodox Minyan

7:30 AM - 9:15 PM

W-BWE1  "Yad Vashem: Portal to Connections and Discoveries" Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names is a one-of-a-kind Holocaust memorial that has revolutionized Jewish Genealogical research. Hear remarkable stories of how the trails of biographical information on Pages of Testimony have enabled survivors and their families to re-connect with their lost loved ones. Q & A with the Manager the International Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project and get insider's tips on how to navigate the Names Database by maximizing use of its various search components. Handout: Guide to Genealogical Research at Yad Vashem. Expert: Cynthia Wroclawski, Broad audience.

W-BWE2 "Breakfast with the German Research Experts" Roger and Jeanette are both Directors of GerSig, the German Special Interest Group. They are available to answer your questions relating to starting out or making progress with your German research. They can offer you advice about where records can be found, what they may contain, how to get copies and can provide strategies and ideas for making the most of your research. If you're a beginner or a more experienced researcher, this is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and get useful advice from people who can help you research your German Jewish family history. Experts: Roger Lustig & Jeanette Rosenberg. Broad audience.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

W-101 "Dynamics of Innovative Programming" This is a facilitated discussion of issues of importance to all IAJGS Member Societies. Programming is the essential component of a successful Jewish genealogical organization. With concerns of dwindling membership, it is the creative programming that attracts new members and retains the current membership. This session will address ways to have affordable (very important in this day of reduced dues income) and creative programming whether you are a small, medium or large Jewish genealogical organizations. Those attending will be able to exchange ideas on what works and what doesn't on programming ideas, reducing programming costs and publicity for the programs. Topics included: how to find speakers; tapping into local resources; joint programming and more. Speaker: Jan Meisels Allen. Broad audience.

W-102 "Cemeteries & Tombstones; Just Dying to Tell Secrets" Participants in this presentation will review how to read Hebrew tombstones for genealogical information such as Hebrew name of deceased, as well as their parent. The Hebrew alpha-numeric system for determining Jewish date of death will reveal Yahrtzeit information, as well helping ascertain the secular date. Other clues will determine more specific data such as Kohen or Levi status, and sometimes even professional, social, and communal ties. Handouts will reinforce the discussion so individuals will be prepared for their own research in the field. Speaker: Rabbi Gary Gans. Broad audience.

W-103 "UK Records 1870-1930: Residents and Transmigrants" 1870-1930 was a period of mass immigration to the UK by Jews fleeing the pogroms and poverty of Eastern Europe. Some stayed in the UK and established new congregations, whist many continued their emigration on to USA, Canada, South America, South Africa and Australia. This lecture will identify the main sources of civil, religious, and Jewish community records available to trace Jewish ancestors who lived in, or journeyed via, the UK during this period (including births, marriages and deaths, synagogue records, newspapers, charities, school records, and trade directories). The lecture will also highlight the vast collection of the UK National Archives, including Wills, censuses, passenger records, alien registration, Naturalization, and military and criminal records. Speaker: Laurence Harris. Beginners - Intermediate.

W-104 "1940 Census: 72 Years Later: Why . . . and Now What?" Restricting public access to U.S. censuses for 72 years is not based on life expectancy, but on "tradition," compromise, and the public's right to know. The precedent was set in 1942, strengthened in 1952 between the Census Director and U.S. Archivist, and codified by law in 1978. Thus on April 2, 2012, we will see the 1940 census, online, and for free. There will be no film. It is unlikely there will be a name index on opening day, and thus locational tools for finding people will be necessary. I will discuss what is available now on the Morse One Step Website (3 utilities) and what is scheduled to be provided by the National Archives for the 1940 population schedules. Examples on how to use the different tools will be shown. Speaker: Joel Weintraub. Broad audience.

W-105 Lublin/Zamosc BOF Meeting

W-106 Bialy Gen BOF Meeting

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

W-201 "Tracking Ancestors in 19th-Century Polish Records" Learn to explore the amazing content of 19th-century civil-registration documents in order to unearth new knowledge about your family. Discover the occupations of your ancestors and their relationship to other, perhaps unknown, relatives. This practical and interactive presentation will first acquaint you with factors, which impact 19th-century Polish research. Then, it will demonstrate step by step, with actual documents and with input from the audience, how to make sense of the contents of these records. Documents will be passed out at the workshop. Speaker: Judith R. Frazin. Broad audience.

W-202 "Odessa pogrom of 1905 – Communal Unrest?" This presentation is about the events of the 1905 pogrom, its causes, political/historical background, involvement of political personalities (tsar Nikolas, ministers Pleve, Vitte, governor Kaulbars, socialists, etc.), personal stories of the innocent Jewish victims, archival materials, documents about the pogrom. Many facts about this event still remain uncovered in the historiography. Speaker: Alex Denysenko. Broad audience.

W:203  "Online Ancestral Communities" Family history researchers are preserving shared memories and recreating their ancestral communities in cyberspace, utilizing technology and internet resources. Frequently, this may be the only way to memorialize a destroyed community for its descendants.This program will provide background as to why we should preserve this information and how to do it using diverse resources. Examples will highlight Jewish projects, resources and basics.  Speaker: Schelly Talalay Dardashti. Broad audience.

W-204 "Genealogists' Role in Preserving Jewish Cemeteries" From Har HaZeitim (Mt. of Olives), the oldest Jewish communal cemetery, to Gan Yarok, the newest green Jewish Cemetery – Jewish genealogists love Jewish cemeteries and are frustrated by them. Cemetery monuments are public, long lasting, and often readable. But records can be incomplete, inaccurate, unindexed and inaccessible. It is not war, nor vandalism, that is the biggest threat to survival of Jewish Cemeteries. Rather it is poor management, lack of planning, and archaic thinking. Challenges include distant corporate ownership and inadequate perpetual care funds. Burial costs are high. Many believe that cremation is more environmentally sound than burial. Jewish Genealogists need to be strong advocates for preservation and create progressive change. Speaker: David Zinner. Broad audience.

W-205 "Village Jews in the Pale of Settlement" Many of us can trace our roots back to obscure villages in the Russian Pale of Settlement, but that is as far as it goes. While village Jews (yeshuvnikes) were probably anything between a third and quarter of the general Jewish population in the Pale, little is known of their lives and lineages, as against those of the majority of Jews who lived in the towns (shtetlach). 19th century Russian sources can positively identify the yeshuvnikes and throw light on their isolated lifestyles. They can also illuminate where the village Jew was similar to, and strikingly different from, the shtetl Jew. Coupled with other materials used by genealogists, these sources provide context to the family backgrounds of a significant segment of Jews living today. Speaker: Dr. Neville Lamdan. Broad audience.

W-206 "Cruising the Israel Genealogical Society Databases" There are many facets of the databases on the website of the Israel Genealogical Society that may be of use to you – even in the Diaspora – in your family research. Join me for a tour of the website to acquaint you with the multitude of possibilities. Speaker: Garri Regev. Beginners - Intermediate.

W-207 "Archival and Non Archival Resources in France" Some words about the 2012 conference (Questions and Answers): What kind of Records exist and where, What kind of Genealogical Information one should Expect to find in it. What is accessible on line and what is not. How to access them. And how to prepare from your home your Genealogical Travel to Paris. I will also be glad to help in translating French documents by appointment. Speaker: Anne Lifshitz-Krams. Broad audience.

W-208 Yizkor Books BOF Meeting

W-209 Professional Genealogists BOF Meeting

W-FS1 "The Tree of Life" (Film, 76 min.) Los Angeles based director Hava Volterra tries to come to terms with her father's death by traveling to Italy, the land of his birth, to trace the roots of his family tree. With the help of her feisty 82 year old aunt, her father's sister, she travels relentlessly from city to city, digging through ancient manuscripts and interviewing a wide range of quirky scholars, to piece together the fascinating and humorous stories of her Italian Jewish ancestors. As Hava continues her journey, her aunt begins to come to terms with her own past, and plans a trip to find and thank the family who did her and Hava's father during WWII. Using both Monty Python-style animation and CGI enhanced marionettes, along with music from Golden Globe nominated composer Carlo Siliotto, the film tells the story of Jewish mystics, money lenders, scientists and politicians, while reflecting on how our parents and their roots affect our sense of belonging, identity, and self-worth. Both utterly hilarious and emotionally gripping, The Tree of Life is a fresh look at history in the most immediate of ways. (2008, Courtesy of Ruth Diskin Films.)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

W-2WMAC "Hungarian Family Research on the Web" A hands-on computer workshop reviewing the many on-line sources for Hungarian family research beginning with a review of the JewishGen Hungary Database, one of JewishGen's largest multi-source databases, and covering other sources including census records, business and phone directories, military records, Holocaust testimonies, maps, and other images. The presentation will include tips on finding the former Hungarian and present-day Slovak, Romanian, and Ukrainian names of ancestral places. Some familiarity with using internet browsers is required. Speaker: Vivian Kahn. Beginners - Intermediate.

W-2WPC "Using Family Tree Maker with Ancestry.com (PC)" Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. Topics covered in this class include more advanced ways to use your Family Tree Maker. This class is designed for the intermediate to experienced user of Family Tree Maker (for the PC). Speaker: Duff Wilson. Intermediate-Advanced.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

W-301 "History of the Jews and Chocolate" Learn the history of the Jews and the beginnings of the chocolate industry. Jews were instrumental in introducing chocolate and chocolate production. Learn how to taste, select, and use chocolate for eating and cooking. Speaker: Sheilah Kaufman. Broad audience.

W-302 "Passport Applications, 1795-1925" Since 1789 the Department of State has issued passports to U.S. citizens traveling abroad, although the Department did not have the sole authority to issue passports until August 18, 1856. With two exceptions, U.S. citizens were not required to have a passport for travel abroad until 1941. Passports were required for a short time during the Civil War (August 19, 1861 to March 17, 1862), and during World War I (May 22, 1918 to 1921). Passport applications may provide information about the applicant's marital status, date and place of birth, naturalization (if foreign born), occupation or business, and other family members included on the passport. Early passport applications sometimes contain affidavits and other supporting documentation. Speaker: Katherine Vollen. Broad audience.

W-303 "Jewish Arlington National Cemetery" Avoid the summer heat and take a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where more than 5,200 Jews are burials. Digitized records are available on the web. We will discuss how that came to be. The talk will focus on individuals important to Jewish history. The Confederate Memorial by Moses Ezekiel is among the most beautiful at the cemetery. Ezekiel is the sculptor of "Religious Freedom"at the National Museum of American Jewish History. We'll discuss the first nurse of Hadassah. Also, Dr. Albert Sabin, Justice Goldberg, 4-star Admirals Rickover, Jeremy Boorda and Ben Morreell of WWII fame. There are astronauts Judith Resnik and Col. Elan Ramon. British Gen Orde Wingate is buried at Arlington. He taught young Moshe Dayan and other future IDF leaders. Speaker: Les Bergen. Broad audience.

W-304 "Mobile Applications for Family Data Sharing" Explore the latest technologies developed to use mobile devises as helpful tools for genealogist and family research. How to record, research and share information to promote collaboration between family members. The focus of the lecture is primarily on genealogy-related applications and devices, that can help genealogists but also in other type of regular programs and gadgets that can be used to achieve the multiple task of family history. Speaker: Daniel Horowitz. Broad audience.

W-305 "Genealogy Research: An Investigator's Perspective" Over the last 10 years as a criminal and private investigator, I have identified numerous resources that can be used to locate individuals. Finding individuals who can provide knowledge of a family member's history, lineage or location is essential to genealogical research. In this lecture I will educate attendees on the types of resources that are publicly available and demonstrate how to successfully utilize them to find people. Specifically, I will discuss the use of social networking sites, court records, property records, and other online resources. I will also discuss resources that are available to licensed and credentialed investigators in the event you are unsuccessful using public resources. Speaker: Chris Pipe. Broad audience.

W-306 "Reconstructing Historical Jewish Nassau Communities" In many German local history books, Jewish names & communities are mentioned for only a short period of their long presence. In order to honor this minority, Gerhard reconstructed the families. Several different sources provide genealogical information & also reveal all aspects of Jewish social, legal & religious life. This talk shows genealogists the wide variety of archival material & its importance for discovering ancestors as integral parts of local history. Historian Gerhard Buck will provide examples of Nassau Jewish communities & explain how local genealogical data sources can help reconstruct their history. Learn about historical research techniques to help restore your family to their rightful place in local history & learn more about Jewish history in Nassau. Speaker: Gerhard Buck. Broad audience.

W-307 Paterson BOF Meeting

W-FS2 "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" (Film, 92 min.)  Followed by Q&A with director Aviva Kempner. From Aviva Kempner, maker of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, comes this humorous and eye-opening story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer, and star of The Goldbergs, a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television's very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. Includes interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Ed Asner, producers Norman Lear (All in the Family) and Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties), and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg. (2009, Courtesy of Aviva Kempner and The National Center for Jewish Film.)

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

W-EE4  Embassy Experience: Embassy of Greece Attendees will be able to ask about Jewish life in Greece from a variety of perspectives, including current foreign and domestic policies, or recent economic, political and social development. Advance registration required. 

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

W-LI French SIG Luncheon: "French Resources for Research at the USHMM" Dr. Afoumado will supplement the discussion with updates on the current state of the ITS records, particularly as it relates to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Speaker: Dr. Diane Afoumado. Broad audience.

W-L2 Litvak SIG Luncheon: "Home, In So Many Words: The Old World Comes Alive" Ms. Cassedy will share her love of the Mother Tongue and her experiences studying at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. She hopes we will be able to sit back and relax while we enjoy beautiful words about the land of our ancestors, though her use of writings by known Litvak authors. Ms. Cassedy will touch on the issues of connection, loss, remembrance – the things that motivate people to become genealogists. She will include her personal story which took her to Rokiskis and Saiuliai, the towns of her ancestors. Speaker: Ellen Cassedy. Broad audience.

W-L3 Austria-Czech SIG Luncheon: "Brandeis Family Comes to America" The Brandeis Family originated in Brandys nad Labem, just outside Prague. The unsuccessful Revolutions of 1848 produced a series of political upheavals, and the family decided to leave Europe. Based, in part, on the book by his great-aunt ("Pilgrims of '48") and the memoirs of his great-grandmother, the talk will cover the last years in Prague, the decision to emigrate to the United States, the exploration of opportunities by his great-grandfather and the settling in Louisville, Kentucky. The talk will include personal memories of his grandfather, the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis. Speaker: Frank Brandeis Gilbert. Intermediate.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

W-EE5 Embassy Experience: Embassy of Ukraine.  Attendees will be able to ask about Jewish life in Ukraine from a variety of perspectives, including current foreign and domestic policies, or recent economic, political and social developments.Advance registration required.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

W-EE6 Embassy Experience: Embassy of Germany. This event is being held at the conference hotel, as the German Embassy will be undergoing renovation. Andreas Krauss, First Secretary in the Political Department at the German Embassy, will be talking about Jewish life in Germany today.  Speaker: Andreas Krauss

W-401 "The Different Streams of Jewish Immigration in New Orleans" The presentation will examine the successive waves of immigration in the city and in its surroundings, listing their main names and the ways to document about them. The first wave is a Sephardic one, symbolized by Judah Touro, settling in New Orleans in 1805, followed by other import and export tradesmen coming from the West Indies, the Netherlands and England. What are their main names, what is their destiny? The second wave is the French and German one in the 1850s and in the 1880s.How influential were there in the city, how much did they intermarry? How were the Western Jews accepted by the first settlers? How did the third wave, the Eastern Jews gradually find their ways and blend to New Orleans? Speaker: Dr. Anny Bloch-Raymond. Broad audience.

W-402 " Sharing Family History With the Genealogically Challenged." Ancestry.com has a whole suite of tools available for you to share your family history with the rest of your family in a way that helps them become interested and stay engaged.  We'll also include tips and tricks for writing and publishing your family history. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Intermediate.

W-403 "What Where and How to Search for Displaced Persons" The presenters will highlight records of the HIAS and USCIS, which connect or compliment ITS records and illustrate the lecture with the case studies. ITS files usually ended when survivors boarded the ship taking them across the Atlantic Ocean. The next step in their journey is documented by records of the HIAS Collection maintained in YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Chronologically, these documents are the sequel to what is kept in Bad Arolsen. USCIS Survivors' case files typically contain documents originally prepared in the DP Camp which detail the individual's war-time experience. Speaker: Valery Bazarov & Marian Smith. Broad audience.

W-405 "Latest Trends in Publishing for Genealogists" Software applications for genealogists have made the drudgery of writing, indexing and publishing family history as easy as printing a report. But these reports, while fascinating to those of us with the genealogy bug, are rarely a big draw to our immediate or extended families. Sometimes, only guilt will provide the impetus for them to pick up the book. And sometimes, even that won't work. At the same time, our audience's expectations regarding education and entertainment are evolving. We are all learning to consume information in many new formats: HTML, Kindle, podcast, Facebook, blog, and more. Discover techniques, checklists, templates, and samples for new methods of publishing family history that is compelling and engaging to all. They won't be able to put it down! Speaker: Marlis Glaser Humphrey. Broad audience.

W-406 Kolbuszowa Region RG Meeting

W-407 Austria-Czech SIG Meeting

W-408 "Lithuanian Research-Present and Future Status" LitvakSIG has translated slightly over one million records, consisting of census records, vital records, tax lists, elector lists, Postal bank records, court records, internal passport records – 1919-1940, Conscription lists, etc.. Ways in which this has been accomplished – contributions and volunteers. Ways in which these records can be accessed – searchable database and District web sites. THE FUTURE – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? What remains to be translated in the Kaunas Archive? The Historical Archive in Vilnius? The untapped resources in the Central Archive in Vilnius. Records in the Riga Archive pertaining to towns in Lithuania. The Lithuanian National Library and Vilnius University Library. Memel (Klaipeda) Archive records. Speaker: Howard Margol. Broad audience.

W-409 French SIG Meeting

W-FS3 "The Forgotten Refugees" (Film, 49 min.) Maurice Shohet, who will introduce and do Q+A for the film. The Forgotten Refugees explores the history, culture, and exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century. Using extensive testimony of the former refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco the film recounts the stories that nearly one million individuals have carried with them for so long. The film weaves personal accounts with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of immigration and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in Arab countries declined from approximately 850,000 in 1948 to several thousand today. The Forgotten Refugees has raised awareness about this important period of Jewish and world history; an issue which has been largely ignored in the media, world politics, and educational programs. The film has been screened at over twenty international film festivals, a dozen of television stations, conferences, and numerous synagogues, churches and universities around the world. It won the award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Marbella International Film Festival and the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2006 Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. (2005, Courtesy of The David Project.)

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

W-4WMAC "Social Media on the Mac for the Jewish Genealogist" Step-by-step instructions and demonstrations on how to use social networking sites like Facebook and MyHeritage to keep your families in the loop about your research and find others working on "your" families and "your" towns; post your ancestral names and towns on the JewishGen Family Finder; use message boards and discussion lists, including on JewishGen, to post and find family information and photos; find blogs useful in your research and set up a web feed "aggregator" to keep up with them; use social bookmarking to track web sites of interest; use photo sharing to post and find pictures of family and ancestral towns; use wikis to find and share information; plot your family migration on a Google map. Participants receive a workbook. Speaker: Meredith Hoffman. Beginners - Intermediate.

W-4WPC "Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Computer Workshop" This hands-on beginner workshop will explore the JRI-Poland website and allow the participant to practice initiating basic searches in the database. The goal of the session will be to familiarize the researcher with the JRI-Poland search screens and help them understand the search results. The workshop will explore narrowing techniques for managing large results and provide hints for effectively using the two stage results screen. Experience using the Internet is recommended, but no experience with the JRI-Poland database is necessary. Speakers: Roni Seibel Liebowitz & Hadassah Lipsius. Beginners.

2:15 PM -5:00 PM

W-410 IAJGS Annual Meeting (Open meeting)

3:45 PM-5:00 PM

W-501 "New German-Jewish On-Line Resources" The handwriting may be no easier to read than before, but at least we don't have to travel as much! Instead of visiting Salt Lake City, New York or Berlin, we can go on-line and read (or download!) large collections of material previously available only on microfilm or in archival collections. The Leo Baeck Institute has recently put many of its most important collectionsómainly the papers of pioneering researchers–on-line. Some German archives have begun to put images of Jewish vital records up as wellónotably the Western "Gatermann"films for which the originals have been lost. My talk will highlight some of the key collections and their significance to our research. Speaker: Roger Lustig. Broad audience.

W-502 "Playing Hide and Seek in the US Census" Even before the 1930 Census was unlocked on April Fool's Day 2002, researchers began wondering how they were going to locate people's records. The lack of indexes was going to present a real challenge. Several solutions to this problem have since evolved. The One-Step Census website presents a street aid for searching by address. A similar aid exists on the NARA website. And commercial websites have developed extensive indexes which are available for a fee. The One-Step website has since been expanded to include address searches for other years as well (1900 to 1940) and name searches for all years. This presentation describes and contrasts these various solutions of searching in these census years. Speaker: Stephen P. Morse. Broad audience.

W-503 "Understanding the Familiants Laws" The Familiants Laws of 1726-27 placed severe restrictions on Jewish marriage in Bohemia, Moravia and Austrian Silesia until they were repealed in 1848. This talk will present an overview of these restrictive laws, explaining how they were enforced . . . and how the Familiants registries can be used for genealogical research. Speaker: Michael L. Miller. Broad audience.

W-504 "Liven Up Your Family History with Images" Family histories can contain phenomenal research with every event documented and sourced with precision but yet no one is interested in reading it. Because they need to be more than just text, they need to be vehicles for "Time Travel" taking us back to the days when our grandparents and great-grandparents lived and raised their families. We need images to bring them to life. This presentation illustrates how to "liven up" your family history with images of people, places, and events that will make the reader keep flipping the pages to be drawn back in time. Speaker: Mike Karsen. Broad audience.

W-505 "Researching Jews in Australia" Almost every family has a cousin, or a family member who came to Australia. Whether by force, or by choice, Jews have been migrating to Australia since 1788. When the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1788, 14 Jews were amongst the approximately 800 newly-arrived convicts. Subsequent waves of migration associated with the gold rushes as well as pogroms and persecution of Jews in Europe, pre- and post-Holocaust era, brought many Jews to Australia for a chance of a better future. So, what records are available, and how can you access them? This presentation will give details of what general records are available, and what specifically Jewish records there are. Speaker: Kim Phillips. Broad audience.

W-506 LitvakSIG Meeting

W-507 Suchostaw Region RG Meeting

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

W-FS4 "Wherever the Migrant" (Film, 23 min.) & "He Who Saves a Single Life" (Film, 25 min.)  These HIAS films are presented by Valery Bazarov. Directed by Martin A. Bursten for HIAS, Wherever the Migrant follows a family of refugees-a man, wife and their child in an unidentified European country-who are prohibited to work and ordered by the authorities to emigrate. A landlord threatens to evict the family, if they do not pay rent. Two families go to the HIAS branch and the representative takes their data to send to the HIAS headquarters in New York, where HIAS locates an uncle who is willing to sign an affidavit. The other family is accepted by Brazil. The two families are shown on the various stages of arrangements to emigrate, and their arrival in the new countries.   Narrated by actor Theodore Bikel, He Who Saves a Single Life examines the history of Jewish immigration to the United States, and the role of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. It movingly and graphically shows scenes of early arrivals at Ellis Island, through WWI, the dark days of the Nazi persecutions, the deportation camps, post-WWII migration, Hungarian refugees, Egyptian and North African Jews in flight, and Cuban refugees.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

W-602  "Book & Author" Come meet the authors who have provided such enriching lectures. An opportunity to purchase their books and have them autographed.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

W-601  Sephardic SIG Meeting

W-602  UKR Cherginov BOF Meeting

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

W-701 "GenealogyIndexer.org: Searching Directories & More" GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website offering full-text and Soundex search capabilities for more than 200,000 pages of historical directories (business, address, telephone), Yizkor books (in their original languages), community and personal histories, lists of Polish officers and soldiers, and other genealogical sources. Containing millions of personal names – often with places of residence, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates – this large collection is mostly comprised of data not searchable elsewhere. In the past year, the page count has doubled and the geographic scope has greatly expanded. This talk will focus on recent additions, past highlights, and real-life examples of using information from the site in genealogical research. Speaker: Logan Joseph Kleinwaks. Broad audience.

W-702 "Who Are the Jews of India?" Jewish communities trace their Indian roots to over two millennia, yet they have limited visibility in mainstream Jewish historical narratives. The three Indian Jewish communities – Bene Israel, Kerala Jews and Baghdadis – have distinct chronological narratives. Their collective memory has no trace of anti-Semitism. While numerically dwindling in India, Indian Jews are a thriving community in Israel – over 70,000! This talk/ slide presentation shares my scholarly journey as I conducted ethnographic fieldwork collecting over 150 interviews while researching for "Being Indian, being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland" (2009) and "Migration Narratives of Indian Jewish Women" (work-in-progress). Speaker: Dr. Maina Chawla Singh. Broad audience.

W-703 "Israel Research Comes of Age" Israel abounds with a wealth of known and relatively unknown resources to help genealogists research Israeli roots– and Jewish roots worldwide. Israeli-based archives, institutions and websites contain data that spans history and the entire globe. This presentation will give an overview of both new and veteran Israeli resources. Recent developments have made Israeli sources user-friendlier, regardless of the researcher's Hebrew knowledge. The sheer volume of new data available is continually increasing, with the advent of new, accessible archives throughout Israel. 2010 has brought a treasure of new resources filled with previously unseen material, as well as new guides to lead the genealogist where to look and inquire to locate unknown sources. Speaker: Michael Goldstein. Broad audience.

W-704 "Polish Records – Getting the Most from Your Research" This presentation from Jewish Records Indexing-Poland will cover Jewish records and research from various parts of Poland. It will provide information about patronymic records (early 19th century records without surnames); Congress Poland narrative records, and Russian Pale of Settlement (Bialystok area) columnar records. The presentation will demonstrate in detail what kind of information can be found in each sort of record, and how to find out what records are available for one's town. Sample searches will show various ways to utilize the JRI-Poland database in order to get the most out of your research. Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius. Broad audience.

W-705 "Honoring Women's Resistance in Voice & Music" Davi Walders, writer and educator, and Douglas Wolters, principal cellist of the Bach Sinfonia and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, will present a unique collaboration of story portraits of women resisters intertwined with music by composers whose lives were interrupted tragically during the Holocaust. The program will dramatize the resistance of Magda Trocme, Hanah Senesh, Friedl Dicker Brandeis, Emilie Schindler, Baroness Germaine de Rothschild, and others. Accompanying cello selections include music of Olivier Messaien composed while imprisoned by the Nazis in Gorlitz Prison Camp, Gideon Kline's compositions from Terezinn, and Bella Bartok's music composed after fleeing from Europe in 1940. Discussion will follow the presentation. Speaker: Davi Walders & Douglas Wolters. Broad audience.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

W-FS5 "Candyman: The David Klein Story" (Film, 75 min.) It's time to spill the beans: This is the incredible true story of how David Klein created Jelly Belly jelly beans. Candyman tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who in 1976 had a once in a lifetime epiphany and came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans. These colourful beans came in numerous shockingly realistic flavours and were a radical new product. They became a pop culture phenomenon and revolutionised the candy industry. It didn't hurt that no less a personage than Ronald Reagan, president of the USA, proclaimed Jelly Bellies as his favorite sweets. David's eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to give up the business just as it was about to explode. He has struggled with bitter regrets ever since. Jelly Belly has grown into a billion dollar enterprise, and the company has deliberately erased him from its history. There is no room for an eccentric genius like this in the modern corporate world. The movie is all about both sides of the American dream. It tells how Klein lost his beans, but kept his soul. (2010, Courtesy of IndiePix.)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Th-M1 Egalitarian Minyan

Th-M2 Orthodox Minyan

7:30 AM - 9:15 PM

Th-BWE1 "Overcoming Hurdles in Polish Research" Stanley and Judith are experts in Polish research and Polish names. Join them for an open Q&A to address your questions. Experts: Stanley Diamond & Judith Frazin. Broad audience.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Th-102 "Traveling to America in Steerage" Using 19th and early 20th century newspaper articles, books, interviews, stories, photographs, and more, learn about the oceanic experiences of immigrants traveling in steerage class. Speaker: Nancy C. Levin, CG. Broad audience.

Th-104 "IAJGS: Excite the Beginner with Success" Establish a program to assist beginners to have successes. You have a short span of time in which to "hook"newcomers to a society with successful research experiences. They are then disposed to contribute to ongoing society projects, volunteer efforts, and other opportunities to serve. Some possibilities are individually assigned mentors who can guide them, beginner's workshops run on an ongoing basis, and small Group "Ask the Expert"sessions at monthly meetings. Tentatively, the panelists represent different aspects of this issue: Internet training, Educational programming, Library and Archive research, and JGS efforts. Speakers: Kahlile Mehr, Phyllis Kramer, Gary Mokotoff, Heidi Urich, & Nancy Adelson. Broad audience.

Th-105 "Putting Your Genealogy into Place in Google Earth" Google Earth is an integrated collection of high-resolution aerial and satellite maps of the entire earth accessible via the Internet. Users can create Google Earth files that store geographical markers with associated viewing perspectives and web-page-like documentation that may include text, photos, video, and audio. Virtual tours can be created that lead one from place to place. This talk will teach how to use Google Earth to research and document the places anywhere on the globe associated with the history of one's family, such as the hospitals where people were born, the houses in which they lived, the venues for their wedding celebrations, the synagogues and schools they attended, the buildings in which they worked, the cemeteries in which they are buried, etc. Speaker: Jay Sage. Intermediate.

Th-106 "Digitizing History" Have you ever wondered how Ancestry.com digitizes records? In this lecture you will go behind the scenes to see exactly what it is like and you will follow the journey of a record from the archive through to being presented on Ancestry. What are the steps? What equipment is used? Who does the work? And how do the digital images finally get to your home computer? This and more will be answered in this lecture. Speaker: Sabrina Petersen. Broad audience.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Th-201 "French and German Jewish Immigrants along the Mississippi" What is the history of the long presence of the French & German migrants along the Mississippi River? To understand, it is useful to question the role of the languages, French German and Yiddish, social and religious affiliations and the part played by the Masonic lodges in the process of integration. If French and German Jewish migrants have founded a number of towns in Louisiana, played an important part in the economic development of the State and if they were proud of their Americanization how were they considered by the other members of the town, what was the process of the integration and what relation have they established with other minorities such as the African-American minority? Speaker: Dr. Anny Bloch-Raymond.

Th-202 "The Rise of the Jewish Population In Russia." This talk will describe patterns of increase in the Jewish population across Russia, beginning with the earliest known data, utilizing hitherto unknown information from the Russian language Jewish Encyclopedia (Evreiskaya Entsiklopedia), other Russian encyclopedias, maps and other sources. The talk will trace the changing boundaries of the Russian provinces (gubernias) within the Pale of Jewish Settlement from their inception in 1708, include the demographic data associated with them, and trace the growth of the Jewish population within those boundaries. Also included will be data from the 1897 Russian census. Speaker: Joel Spector. Intermediate-Advanced.

Th-203 "Doing Jewish Genealogy with Maps at the LOC" Covered will be a review of the basic principles and points of searching for relevant genealogical maps dealing with Jewish Genealogy. Highlighted will be: 1) the importance of spelling; 2) knowing what country or area one's ancestors came from; 3) where that area is now; 4) what set map series are available and how to use them; 4) relevant gazetteers and indexes; 5) on-line and conventional sources; 6) sending in queries via "ask a librarian." The lecture will be followed by a virtual walk-through of the Division highlighting the various set map series and aids commonly used. Speaker: Stephen Paczolt. Broad audience.

Th-204 "State Dept. and Consular Records" Speaker: David Langbart. Broad audience.

Th-205 DNA Project Administrators BOF Meeting

Th-206 "Shame – What they Really Did to Our Grandmothers" After learning that one of his female ancestors was abused while immigrating, Guber spent years researching the both the horrors and heroes of female immigration. The book will be available in 2012. The lecture discusses the systematic physical exploitation, abuse, false imprisonment and financial extortion of female immigrants perpetrated by officials on Ellis Island and the Barge Office. These outrages occurred with the tacit consent of some of their superiors in Washington. The research is drawn from thousands of pages of previously sealed secret government testimony, photographs, eye witness accounts of officials, female detectives, and reporters as well as personal correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt, Sadie American, William Williams, Oscar Strauss and others. Speaker: Rafael Guber. Broad audience.

Th-FS1 "Settlement" (55 min.) Twelve years after the release of his landmark film Shtetl, Emmy Award-winning director (and Holocaust survivor) Marian Marzynski, a pioneer of European cinéma-vérité, returns to one of his favorite subjects - the mystery of survival during the Holocaust. Settlement, the most recent of Marzynski's critically-lauded autobiographical films, benefits from the director's highly personal approach to filmmaking and his subject. A welcome discovery draws Marzynski back to Poland, to the shtetl house of the Kushner family. With the Holocaust came the destruction of the Kushners, whose few survivors fled to the corners of the globe. Sixty years after World War II, Marzynski explores what became of them. Traveling to Poland, the United States, Israel, and a West Bank settlement, Marzynski visits the past-his past-but arrives at the future, to a family he never knew existed. (2008. Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Th-2WPC "Litvak Seek – Search the ALD Successfully" This is a hands on computer class to learn how to successfully navigate the LitvakSIG website with a focus on the All Lithuania Database (ALD) and other LitvakSIG created databases to research your Litvak ancestors. Students will be taught effective search techniques, how to analyze search results, how to acquire copies of the records in the database and how to use the website to enhance their knowledge and family histories. Basic understanding of Russian Empire history and geography, naming and spelling conventions, basic personal family history knowledge will prove helpful. Speaker: Eden Joachim. Beginners - Intermediate.

Th-2WMAC "Using Family Tree Maker to Create Great Printed Output" Family Tree Maker, Mac version, can help you create great printed output (charts and reports) on your Mac. This class is designed for the intermediate to experienced user of Family Tree Maker, Mac version. Speaker: Duff Wilson. Intermediate-Advanced.  

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Th-301 "The LITVAK Diaspora/Evolution in South Africa" Following the lead of the Vilna Gaon in the late 18th century, Lita maintained a unique commitment to rabbinical Judaism and intellectual study. In the late 19th century, particularly centered on Vilna, Lita was also a major source of the secular responses to modernity such as socialism and the Yiddish language as well as Hebraism and Zionism. To what extent was their culture distinctive? What happened to these immigrants and their descendants? To what extent has their culture taken root the world over particularly in the several countries in the English-speaking Diaspora? Speaker: Dr. Mark N. Ozer. Broad audience.

Th-302 "Searching for Records of Cultural Property Looted" This presentation will discuss a new joint international project that is a collaboration of several national and other archival institutions with holdings that pertain to Nazi-Era cultural property. These archival institutions, along with national and international organizations dedicated to researching and identifying looted cultural property, are working together to extend public access to the widely dispersed records through a single internet portal. The presentation will include a demonstration of the web portal as well as some of the project members' own web sites. Speaker: Rebecca C. Warlow. Broad audience.

Th-303 "DNA Connection – Ancient Hebrews and Modern Jews" TOPICS include: Discovery and significance of the "Cohen-Gene," DNA conformation of the Middle-Eastern origin of the Jewish Diaspora; Tracing the Biblical Mothers' lineages; "Lost Tribes" – Found? The presentation demonstrates that science and tradition can complement and need not conflict. The DNA lineage research relates to all the Jewish People. Speaker: R' Yaakov Kleiman. Broad audience.

Th-304 "Beltway Bandits & Kosher Cops" NEW! In this talk Ron continues his series of presentations about Jewish criminals. In this case, Ron will cover not only bad brothers of the Beltway, but also judicious Jews who have been on the right side of the law. Along the way, Ron will discuss the various resources for researching both good and bad Jews in the DC area. Speaker: Ron Arons. Broad audience.

Th-305 "Getting the Most from Ancestry.com" Think you know all there is to know about Ancestry.com? I bet we have a few gems you haven't discovered yet.† Highlights include:† Learning Center, Card Catalogue, Sharing options, and how to keep on top of what's new at Ancestry.com. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Intermediate.

Th-306 "JewishGen's Holocaust Resources and JOWBR Project" The presentation will familiarize the attendees with two of JewishGen's largest and most powerful tools for researchers. Attendees will be able to get a fuller understanding of the types of records included in JewishGen's Holocaust Database and tips on how to access them. They will view images of actual documents that most people don't get to see. The JOWBR portion of the presentation will explain the database's make-up and how to access records. I will also explain how attendees can help JewishGen grow the database through their own efforts or by leading projects for their local genealogical or other groups. Speaker: Nolan Altman. Beginners - Intermediate.

Th-307 Belarus SIG Meeting

Th 309 "Introducing the JTA Jewish News Archive" Enjoy a guided tour through this new, free online resource. Featuring over 250,000 articles dating back to 1923, there are innumerable treasures to discover -- including reporting from Europe in the 30's and 40's; the Soviet Jewry movement; and extensive, detailed coverage of the American diaspora. Speaker: David Billotti. Broad audience.

Th-FS2 "The Green Dumpster Mystery" (Film, 50 min.) Traveling on his scooter through Tel Aviv, filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe finds a discarded box of old photographs in a green dumpster. This docu-detective film, slowly unwinds a family history, beginning in Lodz, Poland, and traveling through the Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, a Ha'apala ship and the battlefields of the Sinai Peninsula. Like Daniel Mendelsohn's bestseller The Lost and David Ofek's film No.17 is Anonymous, this tightly-paced tour de force vividly evokes the now-extinguished lives of an anonymous-but typical-Israeli family. "I think there are thousands of families with not exactly the same story but families with Holocaust survivors as grandparents and great-grandparents, with IDF soldiers who got killed. It's a typical family, and a tragic family. Everything that could have happened to them, happened to them. Director Tal Haim Yoffe (2008, Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Th-308  Walking Tour of Jewish Washington. Learn what it was like to live and worship as a Jew in Washington from 1850 to 1950 in the historic Seventh Street, NW, neighborhood, now known as Chinatown but originally settled largely by German Jews. The tour includes visiting the sites of four former synagogues you may have heard of: the Sixth and I Streets Historic Synagogue (which is the second Adas Israel site), the original Adas Israel site (the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum and current home of JHSGW), the original site of Washington Hebrew Congregation, and the original Ohev Sholom. Tour group will meet in the hotel lobby beneath the clock promptly at 11:00 AM.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Th-FS3 "Clementine" (Film, 48 min.) Clementine is an intensely personal and fascinating documentary, using the search for family roots to talk about what we want to pass along to our children. Tal and Ravit are expecting their first child. At the same time, Tal's grandmother is dying of cancer. These two bookends - birth and death - motivate the filmmaker to search out his family stories, so that he can preserve them for his unborn daughter. Intertwining the personal and the national narratives, and using lots of family photos and much archival footage, he tells the story of his and his wife's ancestors, going back a few generations to grandparents and great-grandparents, linking their stories to the history of the Zionist enterprise in Israel. Tal and Ravit's ancestors came to Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century and through their lives we get a glimpse at the history of Israel: one grandfather creates an orchard near Kfar Saba; another is among the founders of Kibbutz Maoz Haim in the Beit Shean valley. We learn about Tal's father, and his grandparents, the parents of his father, with whom he was very close growing up. All of Tal and Ravit's ancestors come alive as their dedication, commitment and contributions to our national history is memorialized for the new generation. (2009, Courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film.)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Th-LO1 Latvia SIG Luncheon: "Making Rumbula's Echo – What Happened in Latvia?" What motivated Mitchell Lieber to make a ground-breaking documentary film set in the country of his grandparents' youth, Latvia? Besides the personal connection, what uniquely made Latvia so suitable for the film? Mitchell Lieber discusses this topic, and tells stories about surprises that occurred during production, including surprises about Jewish history and the Jewish community. Hear about the challenges of transporting an international crew and van load of equipment half way around the world, moving moments and funny ones. After five trips over eight years totaling 32 days, Lieber's view of the country and relationship with it is changing. He'll tell why and how, and shows clips from Rumbula's Echo spanning the pre-WWII period, Shoah and modern times. Speaker: Mitchell Lieber. Broad audience.

Th-LO2 Belarus SIG Luncheon: "Overview of Ghettos in German-occupied Belarus" The lecture will focus on some of the difficulties encountered, the sources used and the findings we made for Belarus in researching this project. Speaker: Dr. Martin C. Dean. Broad audience.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Th-401 "Online Databases of the Polish State Archives" How to search the databases provided online by the Polish State Archives: ELA, SEZAM, PRADZIAD, IZA. This instruction permits the researcher to know what exists in Polish state archives prior to visiting or sending a agent to obtain records. Speaker: Kahlile Mehr. Beginners - Intermediate.

Th-402 "Create a NextGen Family History Book" Learn how to use the latest technologies revolutionizing the book and magazine publishing industries to create a digital next generation coffee table style book that is visually appealing, that entertains, educates, includes multimedia elements, and inspires conversation about your family history. Understand the best and latest methods to format your book for print, web, e-reader, tablet, Smartphone and more. This session focuses on the designs, methods, and tools for taking genealogical documents and artifacts and designing an elegant and informative book that can be accessed on the reader's platform of choice. Emphasis is placed on the layout and inclusion of graphics and multimedia elements for a visually rich exhibit-format book or e-book. Speaker: Marlis Glaser Humphrey. Broad audience.

Th-403 "Naturalization Records" Constance Potter of NARA will review the history of the naturalization process, what information can be found in the records, and where to locate the records. Speaker: Constance Potter. Broad audience.

Th-404 "Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy" Those attending this session will engage in a conversation about ethical dilemmas facing family researchers. A number of scenarios that require making decisions about what are the "ethical" things to do will be presented as the basis for this dialogue; attendees will be asked to share their own experiences as well. We will also review the IAJGS Code of Conduct for genealogists and the Late Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern's Ten Commandments for genealogists. This session will be beneficial for JGS leaders and all individuals involved in genealogy. Speaker: Anne Feder Lee. Broad audience.

Th-405 "Creating One-Step Search Tools" Many people or organizations have tables of data (e.g., name lists) that they would like to make searchable and share over the Internet. This normally involves technical skills in designing html-based search forms and programming skills in developing search engines. Even experienced programmers find this to be a time-consuming process. This talk presents a tool that allows you to simply describe your data and it will then automatically produce the desired search form and search engine for you. All that's left for you to do is upload these items to the web and then sit back while others access your database. Speaker: Stephen P. Morse. Intermediate-Advanced.

Th-406 "Research in Galicia: Working with Vital Records" A great many Galician researchers have acquired family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine. Over the last twelve years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers. This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping and how regulations covering civil marriages impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records. Speaker: Mark Halpern. Beginners - Intermediate.

Th-407 "Find Your Israeli Family" This co-presentation will be the first reality-based session to feature a "live" demonstration in how to search for living Israeli relatives. Audience participants will be invited to give the names of Israeli relatives they seek, while we perform the search in real-time. While not guaranteeing success, the event should give a clear, practical guide to performing the research. Those interested may send advance information on who you are trying to locate and what you have done to date to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This will enable pre-investigation of aspects that cannot be done live. Speakers: Michael Goldstein & Garri Regev. Broad audience.

Th-408 Latvia SIG Meeting

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Th-4WMAC "Start Blogging for Genealogy" Blogs are more popular than ever. Many new web sites are set up as blogs instead of the "old style" web sites. Many genealogy societies are creating blogs as their web sites or adding blogs to their online presence. Professional and amateur genealogists are blogging to share information about their ancestors, research methods, and interesting finds along the way. If you've ever thought of starting a blog, there's no time like the present. Banai will show you how to get your blog up and running, and tell you where to find some ideas of what to write about on your genealogy blog. Speaker: Banai Lynn Feldstein. Beginners - Intermediate.

Th-4WPC "JewishGen Databases – Computer Workshop"The Presentation will focus on JewishGen's most popular and useful online resources. First, I will go through the site with the group as a whole. Then participants will have the opportunity do their own research while I assist individuals as they use the Speaker: Nolan Altman. Beginners - Intermediate.

2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Th-409 "Genzyme Panel: Our Heritage and Our Health" A Panel Discussion on the Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Conditions and the Impact on Families. Our program will include a presentation by the Medical Director of the Victor Center and a Certified Genetic Counselor. This will be followed by presentations by a patient and three family members.  Speakers: Gary Frohlich, Dr. Adele Schneider, Susan Stillman, Joy Paul, Cyndi Frank, & Dana Doheny. Broad audience.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Th-501 "Genealogy Surprise Becomes a Movie: Rumbula's Echo" Mitchell Lieber's genealogy research resulted in a surprise that changed the lives of 35 family members. It led to an educational web site utilized by more than 150,000 worldwide, and now to a documentary feature film, Rumbula's Echo. Using his genealogy search as a key part of the story, Lieber has produced the first documentary about a large mass shooting of the Shoah. With a surprise ending to his search for dead relatives, the film illustrates how we all have a great story waiting to be revealed in our own family tree. Producer-director Mitchell Lieber discusses how one can find many levels of meaning in genealogy research, and shows genealogy related clips from the forthcoming movie, Rumbula's Echo (which will be shown in screenings, in classrooms and on TV). Speaker: Mitchell Lieber. Broad audience.

Th-502 "Those Family Secrets, and How to Chase Them Down" Family secrets offers some of the greatest challenges to the genealogist. Where do you start? What clues do you pursue? How do you navigate the emotional pitfalls around the secret and avoid alienating family members who might rather leave well enough alone? Steve Luxenberg, author of the award-winning book Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret and a long-time investigative journalist for The Washington Post, offers a sequel to his popular session from last year's conference, "Genealogy From the Inside Out."Steve will reveal some of the specific techniques he used to unearth his own family secret, and offer practical suggestions for preserving family harmony when approaching relatives whose cooperation would be valuable. Speaker: Steve Luxenberg. Broad audience.

Th-503  "Family Tree Builder 5.0 What's New?" Family Tree Builder, the free well suited genealogy software just got better with a series of new and unique features designed to help you control, edit, research and showcase your family tree: state of the art chart wizard and printing posters utility with new format and designs (bowtie, hourglass, close family), the ability to record DNA test for males and females from more than 12 companies, consistency checker feature to help you find mistakes in your data in almost 40 categories, guaranteed to help you improve your tree and catch mistakes that no other genealogy program or service can; privacy tools to control up to the last detail and prevent online publishing of specific people, specific notes, specific facts, or certain facts for all people; search & replace. Speaker: Daniel Horowitz. Broad audience. 

Th-FS5 "From Shtetl to Swing" (Film, 52 min.)  Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe, kissed the shtetl goodbye and migrated to America. Turning a fresh, playful eye to the cultural attitudes and musical styles that proliferated throughout this extraordinarily rich period, from Yiddish theater to musical extravaganza, from klezmer to ragtime, from symphonic jazz to swing — all the way from the Bowery to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood — From Shtetl to Swing recounts the ebullient, screaming-to-be-told story of a musical metamorphosis born in darkest Russia only to blaze across the sky of the Great White Way. (2005, Courtesy of 7th Art Releasing.)

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Th-701 GALA! GALA! GALA! An informal dinner served from stations around the hall. Kosher fare at its best. Ample opportunity to mix and mingle. Advanced reservations required.

Th-701 "Gala Remarks" Speaker: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.  Broad audience.

Th-701 Performance by the Robyn Helzner Trio.

Friday, August 19, 2011

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

F-M1 Minyan

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

F-102 "Tools to Uncovering American Court Records" Court records are often overlooked as a valuable source for family history. The purpose of this lecture is to discuss research and content of these public court documents. The PowerPoint presentation will focus on the following state records: Civil records mainly Family law and Personal Injury; Criminal law; Register of Deeds; and Probate records with emphasis on Wills, Estates and Name Changes. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate family history with supporting public legal documents. Please attend and explore those treasures hidden in court records. Your time will be worthwhile. Speaker: Diane M. Freilich, JD. Broad audience.

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

F-103 IAJGS Board Meeting (Private Meeting)

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

F-201 "Panel on Records and Social Media" NARA staff will give a general introduction to the records of the National Archives, including special media, and NARA's social media and then open the program up for questions. Speakers: Katherine Vollen, Rebecca C. Warlow and John P. Deeben. Broad audience.

F-202 "Best Search Strategies on Ancestry.com" Tips and tricks for doing effective searching through thousands of databases and millions of records.. Speaker: Crista Cowan. Intermediate.

F-203 "Haplogroups of the Jewish people (Women)" Unlike Jewish men who primarily hail from the Levant, the DNA of Jewish woman is more closely aligned to the inhabitants of the lands that Jewish men have resided. Why? What does this mean? What does this tell us about the origins of Jewish communities in the Diaspora? Which Haplogroup do you belong to? The Levant? Europe? Iberia? The DNA tells the story and, by deciphering the story behind your DNA you may find the real answer to your question: Where am I from? Speaker: Bennett Greenspan. Broad audience.

F-204 "Sex, Murder, and Genealogy?" Dora Feldman McDonald, the daughter of German Jewish immigrants, made the front page of Chicago newspapers in 1907 when she shot her lover. Dora, who was married to one of the most powerful political bosses in Chicago at the time, used murder to end this affair and her lover's blackmail. But what ever happened to her after her dramatic acquittal the following year? Genealogist Mike Karsen uses every trick in his tool bag to set the record straight and follow her trail. Speaker: Mike Karsen. Broad audience.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

F-301 "Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Across Time" The boundaries of mapping are expanding and genealogists are the beneficiaries. Take a tour of the innovative digital projects focusing on historical maps. Learn how to access US Birds-Eye View maps from the Library of Congress to view the buildings where your ancestors resided. Explore the Hypercities international map collection, a collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to unearth the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive environment. Tour Berlin from 1238 to 2003. Explore Jaffa in 1918. These sites are virtual portals to view your ancestors' footsteps etched in "snapshots" of time and place. Learn how to browse, network, search, and download content to "walk" the streets they once walked without leaving your home. Speaker: Pamela Weisberger. Broad audience.

F-302 "Prewar records at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum" Was your Lithuanian great-grandfather athletic? Did your ancestors live in Stepan in the 1860's? Was your grandmother from Satu Mare a good student? These questions and others can be answered in the records from the 1930's and earlier held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Museum collects prewar records to preserve the last traces of Jewish communities and as parts of larger collections. Collected mostly from archives in the former Soviet Union and Poland (with exceptions), the prewar recollections contain emigration documents, school records and records from various Jewish organizations such as the Maccabi clubs in Lithuania. This presentation will highlight the prewar collections at the Museum and provide research strategies for finding them. Speaker: Megan Lewis. Broad audience.

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