International Jewish Genealogists to meet in Salt Lake City this summer
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Posted: January 12 2007


12 January 2007 ( - The 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, co-hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Utah, will be held July 15-20, 2007, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

International researchers, experts and archivists look forward to this annual event which will offer some 120 programs in 20 topic categories.

The conference website,, is live with easy online registration, program information and frequently updated details.

In addition to a a film festival and special photographic exhibit, the program includes sessions on Eastern, Central and Western Europe; Eretz Israel (pre-/post-1948); genetics and DNA; Holocaust; immigration; naturalization and migration; Jewish history and sociology; methodology; Sephardi, Mizrahi and non-European Jewry (e.g., India, China); photographic and document preservation; Rabbinic research; repositories; South and Central America; technology and Internet resources, U.S. and Canada; Yiddish theater and Jewish music.

“Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland 1897-1939” with photographs by Zalman Kaplan, will be a key exhibit. Houston-based Mike Marvins, a fourth-generation photographer, has spent years collecting photographs taken by Kaplan (Marvin’s grandfather), who was the photographer in Szczuczyn, Poland from 1895-1939. The images show modern, secular and Jewish activities, and family life in a vibrant northeastern Polish society, including fairs, mourners, weddings, bicycle clubs, theater groups in costume and even the fire department.

Computer classes will include sessions on using the Internet to access records worldwide, creative techniques for accessing growing commercial databases, and using Word, Excel and PowerPoint for genealogical research. Sessions for researchers of all levels.

A major reason to attend this year’s event is to access the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library’s (FHL) rich Jewish resources, internationally recognized as perhaps the largest collection of microfilmed Jewish records in the world. The FHL will offer extended hours on three evenings for attendees.

The collection includes more than 2 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 740,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; hundreds of maps; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources; and more. All library computers offer free access to and Visitors can download to their computers or flash drive and obtain inexpensive copies of source documents.

The Hilton Salt Lake City Center, a short ride from the airport and only two blocks (via a free tram) to the Family History Library, features a state-of-the-art fitness center and is located in an area with shopping and restaurants. The conference area offers free high- speed Internet for attendees, discounted Internet in guest rooms (less than $5 per day per room). All conference event meals will offer kosher options supervised by the local Chabad Rabbi Benny Zippel.

For all event details, easy online registration and more, visit


There are some 80 North American and international Jewish Genealogical Societies. To contact a society near you for local color, go to and click on "member societies" for a list.


Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Publicity Chair



Phone: 212-444-1570


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