01 November 2009

Australia: Jewish genealogy conference website now live

Are you reading this from "down under" or are you planning on visiting Australia in March 2010? Learn about this great event.

The website is now live for the Second Australian National Conference on Jewish Genealogy - Sunday-Tuesday, March 7-9, 2010 - in Melbourne.

Hosted by the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Victoria) in association with the Makor Jewish Community Library, the conference will be held at the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre, Melbourne.

Go to the new AJGS (Vic) website and click on the Conference Link at the right side. Right now, the conference flyer and registration form (with much information) is available, but conference chair Allan Jankie says that more will be available in the coming days and weeks. Also sign-up for their newsletter - the next one may be out next week - send an email to be placed on the list.

Themed "Our Jewish Roots," several international speakers (watch for announcements) will be presenting along with local experts in an innovative, interactive program highlighting recent advances in genealogical research, while also focusing on helping attendees' research interests.

This should be an exciting and rewarding experience for family history researchers regardless of their skill levels, from beginner to experienced. It will also provide an opportunity to meet others with similar interests, share findings and learn about what's new.

The program will offer lectures and presentations, panel discussions, special interest group (SIG) meetings, a cocktail party along with visits to Jewish institutions and public genealogical resources.

Major sessions will run early morning and late afternoon on Sunday and Monday, while mid-mornings and early afternoons will feature smaller parallel sessions dealing with specific countries and topics, covering available resources and techniques.

The Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre, in Caulfield, is central to Melbourne’s large and diverse Jewish community and cultural institutions. It offers excellent conference facilities, and includes the Makor Library, community offices, a plenary hall and smaller meeting rooms.

Most conference activities – sessions, resource room and computer workshops – will be at the center, which also provides facilities for the disabled.

Guided tours are set for Tuesday for attendees to pursue independent research and private study at various institutions.

Makor Library resources will be available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For information about the library's holdings, see the Makor link above. Attendees will be able to access online genealogical sites and databases via the Library's computer workshop. Bring your laptops, as the event will provide Wi-Fi.

The registration fee - A$120 - includes attendance, morning and afternoon tea, lunch (Sunday/Monday), and the cocktail party. All food at the venue will be kosher, while the cocktail party will be vegetarian.

Learn more about the conference, the program and accommodations and receive updates by sending an email to the conference committee. Tracing the Tribe will also provide updates as well.

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