Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 IAJGS Conference Update: Resource Center

Posted by Suzan Wynne


This year’s Resource Center is a real benefit to researchers, and definitely should not be overlooked. It's a valuable place to spend time studying maps for ancestral towns, reviewing computerized surname indexes, and searching
through a wide variety of databases to fill in gaps in your research.


It's a "problem worth having" because it's virtually guaranteed to compete with your equally strong desire to attend Conference sessions, network, see Judaic films, visit vendors, etc. (You also will be able to avoid going outside into the August heat of Washington by conducting your research in the comfort of the Grand Hyatt, and still be close to other Conference features you want to catch!)


The Resource Center also will be a lively, "happening" place to be because virtually EVERY Conference attendee will visit the Resource Center! How can you pass that up? (And when you do come by, we suggest you bring a listing of your "research goals," the specific surnames, towns, or dates you’re researching so that you can spend your time more wisely.)


Where’s what this year's Resource Center consists of:

  • Carefully selected reference materials, specialized archival materials, and maps (laminated and available on long tables) from the hosting organization, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW)’s extensive library collection;
  • 5 PC computers dedicated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Central Names Index (CNI). That index will help inform attendees' Holocaust-era research and be a major aid when conducting research at the Museum itself
  • 35 additional PCs loaded with links to websites usually accessible only through subscription or membership.
  • Translation Services located in an adjacent room, with a free 20-minute appointment for conference attendees who sign up at the Conference, its schedule to be posted.
The Resource Center will be open during these days and hours:

  • Sunday, August 14, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, August 15, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17, from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, from 7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
We'll have a large number of links available to both free and subscription (free at the Conference) genealogy-related websites. These will be on the Resource Center's 35 computers, and be available for all SIX DAYS of
the Conference.

  • Accessible Archives
  • Ancestry.com
  • British Newspapers Database (British Library)
  • Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe
  • Find My Past and Ancestors on Board
  • Financial Times Historical Archives
  • Footnote.com
  • Gale News Vault
  • GenTeam
  • Godfrey Memorial Library (GOLD)
  • Guardian and Observer Digital Newspaper Archives
  • Israel Genealogy Society
  • JGSGB Website Databases
  • MyHeritage
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Society
  • Newspaper Archive
  • The Forward
  • The Jewish Chronicle (Great Britain)
Save the Date: ProQuest Databases will only be available on Wednesday, August 16! On that date, and from 7:30 am to 9 pm, ProQuest has agreed to provide free access to their numerous and specialized databases. To be fair
to all users  wishing access, we'll need to limit use of the computers with ProQuest on them to one hour per user. Here is what the ProQuest databases available that day will include:

  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (all content)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (includes Jewish Newspapers)
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition (all content)
  • HeritageQuest Online (all content)
  • Gannett Military Newspapers (all content)
  • Canada's Heritage from 1844- Globe and Mail (all content)
  • Canadian Newsstand (all content)
  • Toronto Star (all content from inception to current, as available)
  • ProQuest Dissertation and Theses (all content)
  • American Periodicals Series Online--1741-1900 (all content)
  • List of 20 Historical Newspapers (16 U.S.-based and 4 International):
As you can see, this year's Resource Center is abundantly filled with versatile research tools.  Please come by the Resource Center: you'll thank yourself!

Books and archival materials can be checked out for use by turning in a government-issued picture ID to be left with Resource Center staff. This ensures that materials are returned. No one will be permitted to leave the
room with library materials.



But you do have to be a Conference registrant to use the maps, books, archival materials, and computerized databases there. With that in mind, Conference registration rates are very flexible and include full week or
single day registration, as well as discount rates for spouses/companions, college and high school students. You also can arrange for Grand Hyatt Washington hotel lodging through the Conference website.

For further information, please contact info@dc2011.org. The Conference website is www.dc2011.org.

See you in August!
Suzan Wynne
Resource Center Coordinator

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