39th IAJGS International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy
With Local Host
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
Educators Program Now Open to All: The special one-day Educators Program had initially been open only to professional educators. It has now been opened to anyone who would like to learn how to get young people interested in family history (and history in general).
Conference App: As with past conferences since Boston in 2013, an app that will run on smartphones, tablets, and computers will be offered (and can already be downloaded and installed if you do not already have it from a previous conference). However, the app is not yet ready for use. When it is ready, registered conference attendees will receive an email message with the login username and password (which are not the same as the ones for the conference).
Hotel Reservations: Both the Hilton and the Marriott have reached capacity, so neither hotel can add any more rooms to our blocks. However, it happens every year that for a variety of reasons people who made reservations, sometimes months ago when reservations first opened, decide to cancel their reservations. Up until July 8, rooms canceled at the Hilton return to our block and can be picked up by other conference attendees. Therefore, we recommend that people looking for rooms go to the web portals set up for the conference at the Hilton (hilton.iajgs2019.org) or Marriott (marriott.iajgs2019.org) from time to time (perhaps once or twice a day) to see if a room has become available. When last checked (May 13), there were still rooms in our block at the Westin (westin.iajgs2019.org)
Cemetery Tours: We are pleased to announce that the Conference will offer tours of Cleveland-area cemeteries. See the CEMETERY TOURS item under the PROGRAM tab for information. If you would be interested in one of the tours, it is important, as explained on that page, to begin the research to determine which cemeteries you would want included in the tours.
Overflow Hotels: As our room block at the Conference hotel has reached capacity, the Hilton has several times added more rooms to the block. However, the hotel is now fully booked on some nights during the conference. Therefore, we are beginning to announce overflow hotels. See the Overflow Hotels item under the HOTEL/TRAVEL tab.
Meal Items Added: All of the meal items have been added to the Conference registration form. If you have already registered and want to add these items, log into the Attendee Service Center using the email address under which you registered and the password that was sent to you. If you have not yet registered, go to New Registration.
Program Schedule Posted to Website: As of April 23, the program schedule is available under the PROGRAM tab. There will probably continue to be some minor adjustments—to correct mistakes and resolve conflicts. Because the program came out later than we had hoped, we have also extended the deadline for early-bird discounts to the end of the day on Thursday, May 9.
Educators' Program: We are pleased to announce a special Program for Jewish Educators on the opening day of the conference. Registration for that program is now open.
Speaker Acceptances and Rejections: Everyone who submitted a proposal to speak or lead a computer workshop at the conference has now been notified whether the proposal has been accepted or rejected. If for some reason you have not received such a message, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your presentation was accepted, please follow the instructions in the message to confirm that you will present the talk. The deadline is April 10. We need to announce the program very soon after that date so that people can decide to register before the early-bird cutoff of April 30.
Registration: Registration for the Conference is now open. See the various pages under the REGISTRATION tab. Begin by reading the Overview page, which has all the details about registration, including the fees. Note in particular the Mandatory Meal Voucher, which is new this year.
New Pages: Several new web pages have been added to the site. Under the FAQ/INFO tab there is an extensive FAQ page with many Frequently Asked Questions and their answers. There are also two pages with tourist information (Sightseeing and Restaurants) and a page about Religious Services. Under the ABOUT tab there are three pages (Conference Hosts, Press & Media Information, and Short URLs).
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