Questions about the conference and its progams

  1. What are the dates and schedule for the 2010 conference?
  2. Who is hosting and running the 2010 conference?
  3. When will you publish the conference program and schedule, as well as details about the keynote speaker and banquet entertainment?
  4. When does the Call for Papers begin and end?
  5. When does conference registration open?
  6. How much will the full week or day pass registration cost?
  7. What types of programs are you looking for?
  8. What types of programs are you already planning?
  9. Can you provide more information about the film festival?
  10. What other activities or unusual programs will you have planned?
  11. Will there be computer workshops and classes?
  12. Will you offer tours?
  13. What will I find in the resource room? How can I contribute?
  14. What if I don’t want to be a speaker, but I have a program, film or workshop suggestion?
  1. What are the dates and schedule for the 2010 conference?

    The conference will officially start on Sunday, July 11th, at 10:00AM and end on Friday, July 16th, at approximately 12:30PM. The special keynote speaker and opening night program will take place on Sunday evening. Conference events usually begin at 8:00AM and last throughout the evening, including special lectures, presentations, films and performances. The IAJGS banquet will take place the evening of Thursday, July 15th. We will offer a full slate of programs, films and workshops on Friday, July 16th until 12:30PM. If you can’t attend for the entire conference week, every day will offer a full round of lectures, films and events. Certain special lectures, films and workshops will be repeated during the week.

  2. Who is hosting and running the 2010 conference?

    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is running this 2010 event, which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the IAJGS Conference. Coincidentally, the JGSLA just celebrated its own 30th anniversary this year. Founded in 1979, the Society has grown to over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We put on monthly programs, publish an award-winning quarterly journal, Roots-Key, and conduct workshops to assist our members, and the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community, in furthering their family history research. To learn more about us, go to our website: http://www.jgsla.org

  3. When will you publish the conference program and schedule, as well as details about the keynote speaker and banquet entertainment?

    The conference program go live in early 2010, but prior to that time we will update this website with special speakers or programs that have been confirmed so you can learn more about all the excellent programming in store. We will also try to announce the SIG days/dates and any other special activities or theme-focused events so you can plan your schedule. Announcements will be updated every few weeks.

  4. When does the Call for Papers begin and end?

    You can submit lecture or session proposals starting November 15, 2009 and ending on January 15, 2010. Instructions will be available on our website.

  5. When does conference registration open?

    We plan to open registration on January 15, 2010.

  6. How much will the full week or day pass registration cost?

    Registration prices will be announced in the few months.

  7. What types of programs are you looking for?

    We are looking for programs on all facets of genealogical research, Holocaust research, the culture and history of Jewish populations all over the world, with a focus on creative, innovative, educational and entertaining presentations. Information and guidelines on this topic can be found on the Conference Program web page on this website.

  8. What types of programs are you already planning?

    The conference will present five and half days of informative programs and scholarly lectures for both beginner and experienced genealogists. Whether you can trace your family to the 17th century or are not sure where your grandparents were born, there will be sessions and resources to help in your quest. We will also offer a Jewish film festival, computer classes, artistic workshops, musical performances and panel discussions to enlighten and entertain. Networking and shared-learning opportunities will abound and attendees will have direct access to experts in breakfast, lunches and special receptions. Even Jewish Genealogical Game Show Night will return! Specific program information will be forthcoming soon.

  9. Can you provide more information about the film festival?

    Of course! We will offer an exciting, entertaining slate of documentaries, feature films, and shorts on a range of Jewish genealogical, sociological and historical topics. There will also be special sessions where the filmmaker will attend to discuss his or her film in greater detail. Films will run for the entire length of the conference—from Sunday morning through Friday afternoon. Many films will be repeated so you will have a chance to catch them. We may also offer a “film only” registration option so people traveling with you who are not genealogists, but film buffs, can attend.

  10. What other activities or unusual programs will you have planned?

    Due to the positive response from last year’s conference, we may offer cooking programs, along with arts and crafts workshops or demonstrations that involve work which was historically linked to the Jewish people, crafts developed in the shtetl and more. Other innovative ideas are still in the works.

  11. Will there be computer workshops and classes?

    Yes. The full slate of hands-on educational offerings in a classroom setting will be fully described when registration opens.

  12. Will you offer tours?

    Yes, we will offer tours of Jewish Los Angeles, including Boyle Heights, the Breed Street Shul and the older Jewish cemeteries, along with some special themed tours. The full schedule and pricing will be published at the time registration opens.

  13. What will I find in the resource room? How can I contribute?

    We are planning to bring a multitude of Los Angeles resources directly to you so you never have to leave the conference venue! Plans are underway to offer our own temporary branch of the LDS Family History Center on site, with microfilms and fiches from the Los Angeles FHC collection, along with microfilm readers and printers. We are also exploring the possibility that you may be able to order (for a small fee) films from Salt Lake City Family History Library to be used at the conference. The entire JGSLA library will be available, along with special maps and historical materials. A wide range of paid databases, ranging from Ancestry.com, Footnote.com and ProQuest.com will be available for free during the conference week. We also hope to have the Shoah Foundation offer links to their videos available on site and are exploring the option of having Yizkor books brought directly to the conference based on a special request process.

    One of the most valuable functions of the Resource Room is the exchange of unique information with other researchers. If you have a resource found during your research or developed for you own use (documents, databases, "scrapbooks", etc.) which you can lend to us, please contact the committee chair, Barbara Algaze: barbara@jgsla2010.com.

  14. What if I don’t want to be a speaker, but I have a program, film or workshop suggestion?

    Put it in our “suggestion box" -- there will be a link to this from our home page soon -- or email programs@jgsla2010.com. Suggestions on any topic pertaining to the 2010 conference are most welcomed!

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