Abstract Submission


You are warmly invited to submit one or more presentation proposals for the 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held from Sunday, July 28, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, in cooperation with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, the conference presentation objectives are to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to explore and preserve their Jewish family history. 

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-area 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: A track for beginners - Where do I begin?

We are particularly interested in lectures/presentations that enable our participants to enhance their genealogical research by teaching them to:

  • View their Jewish family history within a historical context. Lecturers are encouraged to include clips of film and/or PowerPoint presentations to provide a multi-media presentation grounded in history.
  • Actively explore and interact with the experts and databases available throughout European and online arenas. Presenters covering websites should be prepared to do live demonstrations or offer computer workshops at our conference. New topics and presentations will be preferred over those offered at prior conferences; however, relevance to a personal visit to Europe will be considered.
  • Develop experience preserving and sharing genealogy with their family and landsleit (neighbors from the same town). We encourage proposing sessions on interviewing, accumulating data, and sharing with family through creative means.

Initial Submission: To begin the process of submitting a proposal, please continue to the bottom of this page and press the “Start” button. All proposals must be submitted using this website; proposal submissions will not be accepted via any other method, including email.

Revising a Submission: To edit a presentation proposal already submitted to the Cleveland Conference, please select the “Abstract Service Center” item under the SPEAKERS tab

Proposals may be added or modified until Sunday, January 20, 2019 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

Description of Presentation Environment

Presentations and panel discussions will generally be scheduled for 75 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of questions. 

Hands-on Computer Workshops will be two hours in length and limited to 25 participants each, owing to room constraints. Participants will need to provide their own computers. Speakers will have the standard presentation equipment provided. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) will be available.


Speakers may submit any number of proposals. To allow different voices to be heard at the conference, we will generally choose no more than three presentations from any one speaker. Because of the limited number of scheduling slots and the large number of people applying to speak, it is not a reflection on the quality of your proposal if we do not accept more. We greatly appreciate your interest and willingness to come and speak.


Panels grouping speakers with varying expertise on a common topic are viewed favorably, as they make efficient use of conference time and allow for different perspectives on specific topics. If there are two or more authors on a presentation, the first author should submit his/her information first. When you get to the page for reviewing your submission, there will be an icon identified as “Add an Additional Presenter” to allow additional authors.

Complimentary Registration

Individual speakers having at least one proposal accepted will receive a complimentary conference registration. While we will certainly consider multi-presenter presentations and panel discussions, only the primary speaker for a particular multi-speaker presentation is eligible for complimentary conference registration. There is no conference registration waiver for participating as a panelist. As with all other conference presentations, selection of topics and facilitators for break-out programs are within the sole discretion of the Program Committee.

Complimentary or subsidized registration may be available through other Special Interest Groups (SIGs) associated with the IAJGS conference for mealtime speakers and other special appearances to be determined by the SIGs.


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Abstract submissions must contain all of the following:

  • Full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of presenter(s)
  • Brief biographical sketch (up to 100 words)
  • Summary of recent presentation experience (up to 100 words)
  • Full title of presentation for website and mobile app (limited to 15 words)
  • Short title of presentation for Daily Planner (limited to 50 characters)
  • Presentation/Session type (regular talk, panel, workshop, or film)
  • Brief description of the presentation (up to 150 words)
  • Audience skill level desired (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or for all skill levels)
  • Topic or category (choose up to four from provided list)
  • Geographic focus (choose up to three from provided list)

You are welcome to contact us at program@iajgs2019.org to discuss ideas as you craft your presentation or if you have questions about relating your topic to our conference needs.

Notification of Acceptance

As we receive far more proposals than available time slots, an invitation to submit a proposal does not constitute a guarantee of acceptance. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals and intends to notify all submitters on or before April 1, 2019, as to whether their proposal has been accepted or not.

For each presentation, speakers are expected to provide handout material especially providing referenced website addresses. All such materials must be uploaded using the Conference website. Further details will be provided in the letter of acceptance.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and thank you for your interest in our conference!

Important Dates

Abstract Submissions Due by Sunday, January 20, 2019
Notices of Acceptance Sent to Speakers on or before April 1, 2019
Speaker Commitment to IAJGS by April 15, 2019
Conference Lecture Schedule Announced   target date is April 25, 2019

Thank you very much for participating.

Program Committee, IAJGS Cleveland

To begin the Submission Process, please click “Start”.

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