This year's main event for Jewish genealogists is the 28th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. It is set for August 17-22, 2008, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.
The website - www.chicago2008.org - is now functioning and the call for papers has gone out. Hotel and conference registration will open in January.
The Call For Papers
If you are planning to submit program proposals, remember that the deadline is January 15, 2008.
Requirements for online submittal (prepare these in advance for cutting and pasting into the fields): 100 word biography, recent lectures given, title of proposed presentation and categories covered, 100 word abstract of presentation.
Proposal categories include:
Computer Training Workshops (Hands-On)
Eastern European and Central European Research
Eretz Israel, pre- and post-1948
Genetics and DNA Research
Latin American Research
Migration and Naturalization
Research in Other Locales (Australia, Africa, Asia, etc.)
Photographic and Document Preservation
Technology and Internet Resources
United States Research
Western European research
Yiddish theater/Jewish Music
Each session is 75 minutes, including 15 minutes for Q&A.
The committee is looking for presentations NOT given at the previous three conferences, as well as proposals providing specific research methodlogy with information for researchers to enable replication of the presenter's success in acquiring data. Also in the mix: the speaker's experience and ability to present a high quality oral presentation, topic originality and anticipated interest level.
All submissions must be made online. Submitters will be notified by March 1, 2008 as to acceptance, and handout/resource material (required for each accepted program)is due by April 10, 2008 (for the conference syllabus). Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.