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The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) are pleased to announce an invitation to submit presentation proposals for the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from August 4 to 9, 2013.

We welcome proposals for presentations on topics of interest to genealogists and historical researchers. Proposals for workshops or panel discussions are also welcome. New presentations (i.e., those that have not been offered at the last three IAJGS conferences) are encouraged, as are presentations and workshops that provide practical research methodologies that will help conference participants in their research. Highly original topics that will attract participants will also be given special consideration.

Although we are interested in receiving proposals on all relevant topics, we are especially interested in talks on the following topics:

  • Research sources and methodology for beginning genealogists
  • Research sources and Jewish history in the New England area

Other possible presentation categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Genealogical research in Boston, Massachusetts and New England
  • Research resources and methodology for:
    • Countries in Eastern and Central Europe
    • Sephardim
    • Mizrahim
    • Israel
    • US and Canada
    • South and Central America
    • Western Europe
    • Other locales (Australia, China, South Africa, India, etc.)
  • Jewish immigration and migration
  • Jewish surname adoption and naming patterns
  • Holocaust research
  • Genetics and DNA research
  • Jewish history and culture
  • Jewish music, theater, and food, especially as they apply to specific times and places in Jewish history
  • Photographic and document preservation
  • Technology and Internet resources
  • Computer training workshops
  • Other training workshops (e.g., photo identification, document preservation)

Presentations and panel discussions will be 75 minutes including 15 minutes reserved for questions and answers. Hands on and Computer Workshops will be 2 hours in length.

Speakers may submit any number of proposals. Individual speakers having at least one proposal accepted will receive complimentary conference registration. Speakers who share accepted proposals will be offered partial registration fee waivers.

All proposals must be submitted using the Conference website. Email submittals will not be accepted.

The proposals must include the following information:

  • Full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of presenter(s)
  • Brief biographical sketch
  • Summary of recent presentation experience
  • Title of presentation
  • Presentation type (presentation, workshop, or panel)
  • Brief description of the presentation
  • Audience skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
  • Topic Category (choose from provided list)

Submitters of proposals will be notified by email no later than March 15, 2013 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted.

Speakers are required to provide handout material for each presentation to be included in the syllabus distributed to all Conference registrants. All such materials must be uploaded using the Conference website. Further details will be provided in letters of acceptance.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and thank you for your interest in our Conference.

Nancy Adelson
Carol Clingan
Mark Halpern
Program Co-Chairs


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