Abstract Submission


The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando invite you to submit presentation proposals for the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held at Orlando's Walt Disney World Swan Resort from Sunday, July 23 through Friday morning, July 28, 2017. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history.

If you wish to register to make a program submission, please continue to the bottom of this page and press the Start button to begin the submission process. Email submittals will not be accepted. All proposals must be submitted using this website.

If you want instead to edit a proposal that was submitted earlier to the Orlando conference, please click the Abstract Service Center which is where, until Sunday, January 15, 2017, you can make changes to proposals that have already been submitted.

We are particularly interested in presentations that enable our participants to enhance their genealogical research by teaching them to:

(1)  Discover their family history using new research tools and resources;

(2)  Preserve their family histories and traditions; and

(3)  Share their family history with future generations of their family and with fellow genealogists.

As this will be the first IAJGS conference held in the southern United States, we have embraced the "The Jews of Florida, the South, and the Caribbean" as a theme of the conference.  Given the location, we also expect that there will be interest the genealogy of Iberian conversos.

We also anticipate attendance by genealogists and family historians of widely varying levels of experience and training.  The common denominator among all, however, is a thirst for the kinds of tools and strategies that will enable them to "take their research to the next level".  

Description of Presentation

Presentations and panel discussions will generally be 75 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of questions. Hands-on Computer Workshops will be 2 hours in length.


Speakers may submit any number of proposals. To allow different voices to be heard at the conference, we will generally choose no more than three presentations from any one speaker. Because of the limited number of scheduling slots, and the large number of people applying to speak, It is not a reflection on the quality of your proposal if we do not accept more.


Panels grouping speakers with varying expertise on a particular topic are viewed favorably as they make efficient use of conference time and allow for different perspectives on specific topics. If there are two or more authors on a presentation, the first author should submit his/her information first. When you get to the page for reviewing your submission, there will be an icon identified as "Add an Additional Presenter" that will allow you to add more authors to the proposal.

Complimentary Registration

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 particular multi-speaker presentation is eligible for complimentary conference registration. There is no conference registration waiver for participating as a panelist, although there will be complementary SIG luncheon tickets for conference speakers and participants chosen to facilitate break-out sessions for conference attends who wish to dig deeper into topics presented in a speaker's area of expertise. As with all other Conference presentations, selection of topics and facilitators for break-out programs are within the sole discretion of the Program Committee.


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Abstract submissions must contain all of the following:

  • Full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of presenter(s)
  • Brief biographical sketch (up to 100 words)
  • Summary of recent presentation experience (up to 100 words)
  • Title of presentation - limited to 15 words
  • Presentation type (presentation, workshop, or panel)
  • Brief description of the presentation (up to 150 words)
  • Audience skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
  • Topic category (choose from provided list)

Notification of Acceptance

As we receive far more proposals than available time slots, an invitation to submit a proposal does not constitute a guarantee of acceptance. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals and intends to notify all submitters on or before Sunday, February 26, 2016 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted.

Speakers are required to provide, for each presentation, handout material to be included in the syllabus distributed to all Conference registrants, especially to provide referenced website addresses. 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.


The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:59PM

Notices of Acceptance will be sent out on or before Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Speaker Acceptance due to IAJGS on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Conference class schedule will be announced on Sunday April 16, 2017.

Thank you very much for participating.
Program Committee, IAJGS Orlando 2017


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