24 July 2010

Washington DC: 2011 Jewish genealogy conference, Aug. 14-19

As soon as one conference ends, we look forward to information on the next.

As we congratulate the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles for their excellent program and event, we're already looking forward to see what the JGS of Greater Washington - 2011's host - has in store for the international Jewish genealogy community.


Join the international Jewish genealogy community in Washington DC, from Sunday, August 14-Friday, August 19, for the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. The JGSGW has been working for some time to prepare for 2011. They've hosted the annual event several times - Tracing the Tribe has attended two - and the team is very experienced.

Click here for the conference website, which currently only lists basic details.

The Grand Hyatt Washington, with its 12-story atrium and lagoon, is the event venue. It's so centrally located that attendees will find the Washington Metro subway system accessible from the hotel lobby!

Conference-goers will be only five blocks from the National Archives I, six blocks from the White House, and close to many additional resources.

The call for papers will go out in October, so start working on your proposals now. Registration and hotel reservation information will be listed in the fall, while program details will be posted in the spring.

Trying to budget for next year? Room rates at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, will be $199 for single/double and $204 for triple/quadruple. This is the same rate as 2010.

The hotel has 888 guestrooms of all types, offers five on site dining possibilities and it also has a separate kosher kitchen.

Tracing the Tribe checked out the conference and event spaces at the hotel site, and it appears that less hiking will be required than at this year's event.

Start planning for next year!

Bookmark the conference site above and stay tuned to Tracing the Tribe for all details as they are announced.


  1. As coordinator of the "film festival" portion of next year's conference, anyone with suggestions for film presentations, please contact me, Eli Savada, at filmfest@DC2011.org.

  2. Anonymous8:12 PM

    DC2011 will be the sixth conference hosted by JGSGW in its 30 years. We have been working on preparations for this conference for nearly 2 1/2 years and we are convinced that this will be a fantastic event! One of our focuses will be to orient attendees to the major repositories in Washington. So that everyone can get the details, representatives of the National Archives, Library of Congress, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will come on-site to the Grand Hyatt to instruct and inform. There will be general sessions for the where and what's in these fabulous archives and follow-on sessions for specific areas of interest, such as researching the records of the International Tracing Service (ITS) at the USHMM, locating census, military, and ship manifests at the Archives, and getting the most from on-line research.

    Attendees will want to meet one-on-one with archivists and other representatives from the archives, museums and repositories at the Repository and Resource Fair on Monday afternoon, August 15.

    More information will be forthcoming, but all comments and suggestions are appreciated at programs@DC2011.org
    Marlene Bishow
    Co-chair, Programs