SIG & BOF Meetings

Since we cannot meet in person, the Conference is offering the next best thing—interactive meetings! All attendees will be visible and are able to greet and visit with each other. And just like meeting in person, there will be a time to talk and a time to be muted. By offering a much more satisfying meeting experience, additional costs will be incurred to purchase the additional group Zoom licenses and provide additional staff to moderate these meetings.

You do not have to be a “member” of these groups to participate in the meetings. Anyone interested is welcome. Access to any of these meetings is based on the Attendee Level you purchased at Registration.

  • If you are an Experienced Level Attendee, you can attend any or all RD, SIG, BOF, or RG meetings of your choice.
  • If you are an Enthusiast Level Attendee, any RD, SIG, BOF, or RG meetings can be part of your choice of 50 presentations.
  • If you are an Explorer Level Attendee, any RD, SIG, BOF, or RG meetings can be part of your choice of 20 presentations.

All SIG, BOF, Research Group, and Research Division meetings will be recorded and added to the Lecture Library. All these recordings will be available until October 25, 2022. You will only have access consistent with the presentations you originally chose.

What Are These Organizations?

SIGs are Special Interest Groups who share interests in a specific geographic region of origin or special topic, such as Galicia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, or volunteers working on records in Poland. Within JewishGen, these groups are designated as Research Divisions (RD).

BOFs or Birds of a Feather groups are typically smaller groups and meet more informally concerning shared interests, such as researching a particular town, using the Genealogy Portal, being a blogger, or managing a website.

District Research Groups (DRG) are the latest addition to Jewish genealogy groups. These focus on a particular area, city, or a JewishGen project such as DNA, Yizkor books, or being a professional genealogist.

Research Groups (RG) are the latest addition to Jewish genealogy groups. These focus on a particular area, city, or community district.

 

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