Washington Minus 7 days

Well, we are one day nearer to the start of the IAJGS Washington conference and things are moving forward steadily.  The presentation for the UK-SIG meeting has been almost completed and has reminded me of the many useful resources that are available on the JGSGB and JCR-UK websites.  I suppose we are also blessed in the UK with many centralised records and a lot of on-line records but we also have lots of fragmented records, which can often only be researched in person.  JGSGB wants to see these records preserved above all and also, if possible, made available on-line to people who would benefit from them.

Tomorrow will bring the start of the panic about ensuring we have everything we need to go to Washington with.  The papers, the timetable – so very important to anyone attending a conference – the knowledge of who will be there and when we can see them, when will we get to eat given all the things we have to go to.  The timetable already means that Jeanette and I will have to split off most of the time to cover the very varied selection of events and presentations.  The subjects of the talks are all enticing and there are massive problems with choosing which ones to attend, given so many interesting subjects.  I hope that we will choose wisely.

As this is my first international conference as JGSGB Chairman, this will be a very different experience from the last two conferences I attended.  At those I was an ordinary delegate, now I will be representing UK Jewish genealogy at very important meetings.  I hope not to let the UK down.  I want to promote what is good about JGSGB and the UK at every opportunity at the conference.

From my experience of these conferences, I would always say be there and learn so much more than you can anywhere else and alo meet so many terrific people.

So now for tomorrow and the next steps towards Washington.

Mark N

Chairman JGSGB

Washington Minus 8 Days

Well for my first post on the new JGSGB Blog – Jewish Ancestors? – I am starting a countdown
to attending the 31st IAJGS Conference in Washington DC.  For those of you who don’t know,
the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies runs a major genealogy conference
every year.  The conferences are mainly held in the USA but have also been held in countries
such as Canada, Israel and the UK (last time in 2001) and next year in France (Paris).
These conferences are really exciting to be at, as you can discover so much about Jewish genealogy
in one spot and also meet and make friends with hundreds of other genealogists.  I have been to
two other conferences in the States and they taught me an awful lot, including take a jumper with
you as the hotel air-conditioning can be fiercely cold!

Jeanette Rosenberg, who is my wife, and I have been preparing for the conference for several months
and we are only just over a week away from the conference official start date.  There are now
all the last minute things to do, including preparing a presentation for the UK Special Interest
Group meeting on Tuesday 16 August.  We also have to get together all the material we are taking
with us, such as copies of JGSGB Guides, Shemot, Newsletters, flyers for events and lots of other
stuff.  Maybe we might even be able to get some clothes in our suitcases as well!  There will be
other JGSGB Members attending the conference and they will also be taking material to the conference.

We will have a special UK-SIG logo on sticky labels to help people identify fellow UK researchers.
These have been prepared and will travel with us.

So, now to get on with the final preparations.

Mark Nicholls
Chairman JGSGB