After a month with almost no genealogy-related travel, the Genlighten outreach team (my wife and me) will be manning our exhibit booth at several genealogical conferences in August:
Midwestern Roots, August 15-16
This conference is sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society and will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Speakers will include Dick Eastman, Susan Kaufman, David Lifferth, Stephen Morse, Beau Sharbrough, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, among others. Several local archives and repositories, including The Indiana State Archives, the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division and the Indiana Historical Society’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library will extend their hours and offer special workshops before and during the conference.
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 17-22
We couldn’t miss this one, seeing as it’s being held right in downtown Chicago (almost in our backyard, if you don’t count the drive down the Edens or on the Outer Drive.) From reading the program, JewishGen 2008 appears to offer an unusually wide variety of presentations (including an extensive film festival!) and a strong emphasis on learning to use local resources. In particular, a large number of cemetery visits and excursions to local libraries and museums in the Chicagoland area are planned. Sources and techniques specific to Jewish genealogical research are of course given extensive coverage (with a significant emphasis on Eastern European resources). Advance registration is still available.
Stop by and see us!
I’d like to extend a special invitation to readers of this blog to stop by our exhibit booth at either of these two conferences coming up in August. Feel free to grab a chocolate or two from our bowl and say hi. We’d love to meet you!
Tags: Genealogy Conferences