Abstract Submission


You are warmly invited to submit one or more presentation proposals for the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held from Sunday, August 5, through Friday, August 10, 2018, in Warsaw, Poland. Hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, in cooperation with The Polish State Archives and co-hosted by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, the conference presentation objectives are to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to explore and preserve their Jewish family history, particularly within the context of the Central/Eastern European Jewish Experience.

  • Initial Submission: To begin the process of submitting a proposal, please continue to the bottom of this page and press the “Start” button. All proposals must be submitted using this website; proposal submissions will not be accepted via any other method (including email).
  • Revising a Submission: To edit a presentation proposal already submitted to the Warsaw Conference, please select the “Abstract Service Center” item under the SPEAKERS tab.

Proposals may be added or modified until Sunday, December 31, 2017, at midnight (Central Time).

This will be the first time that an IAJGS Summer Conference will be held in a former Communist country. While this is not a conference exclusively about Poland, topics relating to Ashkenazic or Eastern European themes will most likely be preferred considering our location in historic Warsaw, Poland.

We hope that proposed lectures will consider our special location and the 1000-year history of Polish Jews and the associated development of Ashkenazic, Chassidic, and Yiddish cultural and spiritual life within the empires that ruled Central and Eastern Europe at various points during that thousand-year period.

The epic tragedy of the Shoah (Holocaust), the honoring of the Righteous Among the Nations, the reconstruction of Polish Jewish life afterwards, and the preservation of our collective Jewish heritage in Europe all deserve inclusion in the focus of our study here.

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

  1. View their Jewish family history within a historical context. Lecturers are encouraged to include clips of film and/or PowerPoint presentations to provide a multi-media presentation grounded in history.
  2. Actively explore and Interact with the experts and databases available throughout European and online arenas. Presenters covering websites should be prepared to do live demonstrations or offer computer workshops at our conference. New topics and presentations will be preferred over those offered at prior conferences; however, relevance to our visit to Europe will be considered.
  3. Develop experience preserving and sharing genealogy with their family and landsleit (neighbors from the same town). We encourage proposing sessions on interviewing, accumulating data, and sharing with family through creative means.

Note: Presenters focusing on small town history or family lore in particular may wish to participate in our shorter “Tell Your Story” format, which will run at 30-minute intervals throughout the conference. This format could be used for a small Birds of a Feather group or a Family Reunion, to encourage sharing in a structured format, similar to the 2016 “Sleepless in Seattle” format. The “Tell Your Story” sessions will be moderated, and presentations should be limited to 25 minutes or less. This format will accommodate audiences of up to 25 or 30 people and could include a Facebook Live or other multi-media component, if desirable to the speaker/organizer.

Description of Presentation Environment

Presentations and panel discussions will generally be scheduled for 60 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of questions.

Hands-on Computer Workshops will be two hours in length and limited to 25 participants each owing to room constraints.


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. We greatly appreciate your interest and willingness to come and speak.


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” to allow additional authors.

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, nor for shorter presentations such as those within our “Tell Your Story” format. As with all other conference presentations, selection of topics and facilitators for break-out programs are within the sole discretion of the Program Committee.

Complimentary or subsidized registration may be available through other Special Interest Groups (SIGs) associated with the IAJGS conference for mealtime speakers and other special appearances to be determined by the SIGs.


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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)
  • Full title of presentation for Web and syllabus (limited to 15 words)
  • Short title of presentation for daily planner (limited to 50 characters)
  • Presentation type (regular talk, short talk, panel, or workshop)
  • Brief description of the presentation (up to 150 words)
  • Audience skill level desired (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
  • Topic category (choose up to four matching from provided list)

You are welcome to contact us at program@iajgs2018.org to discuss ideas as you craft your presentation or if you have questions about relating your topic to our conference needs.

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 January 31, 2018, as to whether their proposal has been accepted or not.

For each presentation, speakers are expected to provide 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 the letter of acceptance.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and thank you for your interest in our conference!

Important Dates

Abstract Submissions Due by Sunday, December 31, 2017, 11:59 pm Central Time
Notices of Acceptance Sent to Speakers on or before January 31, 2018
Speaker Commitment to IAJGS by February 15, 2018
Conference Lecture Schedule Announced   target date—April 30, 2018

Thank you very much for participating.

Program Committee, IAJGS Warsaw 2018

To begin the Submission Process, please click “Start”.

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