The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invite you to submit presentation proposals for the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel from August 7 to 12, 2016.

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 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 relevant to the interests of all genealogists, we are especially interested in talks on the following topics:


  • Movement To and From Jewish Communities in
    • Western Europe
    • Eastern Europe
    • Israel
    • South America
    • Australia
    • South Africa


  • Jewish Migration and Jews of the Western United States
    • Colonial Jewish Families in the United States
    • Establishment of New Jewish Communities
    • Contributions of Pioneers


  • The Sephardic Experience
    • Old World and New World Communities
    • Sephardic Emigration
    • Sephardic History and Archives
    • Languages
    • Crypto-Jewish Experience


  • Methodology 
    • Beginning Genealogical Research
    • Cemetery Research
    • Documentary Films
    • Education: Teaching Genealogy, Creating Curricula, etc.
    • Holocaust Research
    • Jewish History and Culture
    • Jewish Naming Patterns
    • Genealogical Methods and Techniques
    • Military Research
    • Onomastics
    • Record Organization and Preservation
    • Rabbinic Research
    • Repositories
    • Specific Geographic Area Research
    • Workshops


  • Technology in Support of Genealogical Research
    • DNA Research and Genetics
    • Genealogy Programs
    • Computer Workshops
    • Blogs, Discussion Forums and apps
    • On-line and On-demand Publishing


  • Ethical Considerations in Genealogy
    • Conflict Between Accuracy and Sensitivity 
    • Protecting Privacy in the Internet Age
    • Copyright Issues


Presentations and panel discussions will be 75 minutes, which includes 15 minutes reserved for questions and answers. There is also an option, this year, for shorter presentations of 45 or 60 minutes, including 15 minutes for questions and answers. Please note this on your submission! Hands-on 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. While we will certainly consider multi-presenter presentations and panel discussions, only the primary speaker for a multi-speaker presentation is eligible for complimentary conference registration. There is no conference registration waiver for participating as a panelist.

We will generally choose no more than three presentations from any one speaker. Please do not feel disappointed if we do not accept more.

Please read all the online instructions before starting the submission process. Email submittals will not be accepted. All proposals must be submitted using the Conference website.


Submitters of proposals will be notified by email no later than February 15, 2016 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted.

          To submit a proposal, please click on “Abstract Submission,” below.

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


The deadline for submission of proposals is December 15, 2015!


Notices of Acceptance will be sent out by February 15, 2016.



Joel Spector

Programing Chairperson


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