Call For Papers

We are very pleased to invite prospective speakers to submit proposals for presentation at the 39th Annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held from Sunday, July 28, through Friday, August 2, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

This annual worldwide gathering brings together family researchers, academics, professional genealogists, historians, and a wide variety of individuals from around the world who cherish the heritage and the future of the Jewish people. Submissions will be accepted for 75-minute lectures on all relevant topics, panel discussions, and film presentations. There will also be a number of computer workshops—if proposals for them are received. We hope to have the Computer Lab active most of each day.

The Theme of this year’s Conference will be “Jews in America’s Heartland.” The following tracks will get preference for presentations:

  • Westward Ho!—Jewish settlement between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.
  • Cleveland Rocks!—Cleveland Resources for Family Research
  • DNA: What is it, and how can it help you?
  • The Shoah: resources for Finding Your Family
  • Discovering Your Family History “Where do I begin?” A track for beginners.

In the case of multiple speakers in a presentation, only one credit will be given per presentation.

The submissions deadline is on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 11:59PM EST. The committee set this deadline to allow enough time to evaluate many worthy proposals, to choose the best, and to notify speakers of their acceptance during the early registration period that ends on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Submissions open at 12 midnight, Sunday, December 2, 2018.

We hope many of you will feel inspired to attend, present, and participate with us.

If you know of others who might like to present at the upcoming conference, please feel free to share with them a link to this page. After reading the relevant pages on the website, you may request further information via email sent to

Many thanks, and we look forward to a great conference next summer.

Ken Bravo and Jay Sage, Conference Co-Chairs
Chuck Weinstein, Program Chair


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