Press Release: 2013 International Jewish Genealogical Conference to Meet in Boston

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) announce that the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Boston August 4-9, 2013, at the historic Park Plaza Hotel in the very heart of Boston. The Conference is being co-hosted by the IAJGS and the JGSGB.

“In 1996, Boston hosted the 15th International Jewish Genealogy Conference,” said Howard Morris, a co-chair for the 2013 Conference, “and we are very pleased that the Conference is returning to Boston after so many years.”

Over 1000 attendees from around the globe are expected to register for the conference. Morris noted that “This annual conference is the premier Jewish genealogical event of the year, bringing together those interested in learning, researching, sharing, schmoozing, meeting new people, connecting with old friends, and having a great time.”

The conference presents many informative programs for both the beginner and experienced genealogist. Sessions will cover such topics as how to best use the Internet for research, how to write up your family history, genetics and genealogy, and Holocaust research. There will also be meetings of those researching the same location, whether shtetl, city, or country. A Beginner’s Workshop is offered on the first day of the conference.

One distinctive aspect of the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is the presence of official government archivists from Western and Eastern Europe, who assist attendees in learning what documents are available in their archive and how to obtain them. Another tradition that is unique is a resource room with many research materials available both online and in hard copy.

Over the years, the IAJGS conferences have been held in many cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, Jerusalem, and Salt Lake City. The 2011 Conference will be in Washington, DC, while the 2012 Conference will be in Paris, France.

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world. Go to for more information.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Boston (JGSGB) was formed in 1982 as a small study group for people looking into their Jewish family history and has evolved into an active group of over 450 members. Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) at a variety of locations throughout the Boston area. For more information, go to

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