CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

The conference is a separate event from the tour, but timed to start on the morning the tour finishes. We are delighted to be partnering with Israeli based MyHeritage as our conference host, program co-organiser and sponsor. We also welcome Legacy Tree Genealogists as a sponsor and contributor to the program.

Partners & sponsors – CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference partners and sponsors.

PresentersCLICK HERE to learn more about the conference presenters.

The conference is open to all – those in our tour group as well as any locals or visitors to Israel at the time.

GENEalogy conference – day 1

WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017

PRELIMINARY – subject to review / some topics to be confirmed and/or finalised

9.00am – registration and display by sponsors
9.30am – welcome and seminar introduction
9.40am – Google for genealogy: search tricks to tease out information – Jessica Taylor
10.30am – break and display
11.00am – The basics of genetic genealogy – Judy Russell
11.50am – MyHeritageDNA technologies – Dr Yaniv Erlich
12.30pm – lunch break and display
1.30pm – Jewish ancestry – Garri Regev
2.20pm – MyHeritage: topic to be advised – Daniel Horowitz
2.40pm – break and display
3.00pm – The Jews in Eretz Israel in WWI – Rose Feldman
3.30pm – Jews in the trenches: library sources for Jews in WWI – Daniel Lipson
4.00pm – The British/Australians Sinai to Jerusalem? to be confirmed
4.30pm – close

 

GENEalogy conference – day 2

WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017

PRELIMINARY – subject to review / some topics to be confirmed and/or finalised

9.15am – arrival and display by sponsors
9.30am – British genealogy research – Caroline Gurney
10.20am – break and display
9.50am – Prize draw
11.00am – How to pass your ancestors’ legacy to your grandchildren – Jessica Taylor
11.50am – Discover your family history with MyHeritage unique technologies – Daniel Horowitz
12.30pm – lunch break and display
1.30pm – GPS: five steps to better genealogy – Judy Russell
2.20pm – MyHeritage: overview of British resourcesMyHeritage
2.40pm – break and display
3.00pm – UK topic 2 – Caroline Gurney
3.50pm – MyHeritage – overview of Scandinavian resourcesMyHeritage
4.10pm – Just three generations – Judy Russell
4.30pm – close

PRESENTATION OUTLINES

in order they appear on the program

WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017

9.40am – Google for genealogy: search tricks to tease out information – Jessica Taylor

11.00am – The basics of genetic genealogy – Judy Russell
New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types – YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing – and see what each offers to the genealogist.

11.50am – MyHeritageDNA technologies – Dr Yaniv Erlich
MyHeritage has launched an affordable, easy-to-use DNA home testing kit that can reveal valuable family history information and tell you more about your origins. MyHeritage DNA provides two main features: DNA Matching for finding relatives, and detailed ethnicity reports that map your ethnic and geographic origins. The DNA Matching service enables those who use the MyHeritage DNA test — or who have tested through other services — to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research. For every DNA Match, MyHeritage displays the possible relationship between you and the other person. If your match has a family tree, you’ll also be able to view it and get more insight about how you are related. You can then contact your DNA Matches to exchange information and collaborate on your research. The DNA results also include a fascinating breakdown of your ancestral ethnicity. You can see the percentage of your DNA that comes from different populations around the world displayed in a list or a world map. Your Ethnicity Estimates may confirm long-held beliefs about your family origins, or perhaps reveal family roots in unexpected places.

1.30pm – Challenges in Jewish Family Research – Garri Regev
description to come

2.20pm – MyHeritage: topic to be advised – Daniel Horowitz
description to come

3.00pm – The Jews in Eretz Israel in WWI – Rose Feldman
Eretz Israel was a battle front during World War I. There were Jewish soldiers serving in the British Army, the Turkish Army and then there was the Jewish population of Eretz Israel who had the battle front sweep over them from south to north. There were five Jewish battalions that served in the British Army during World War One. They were made up of over 5,000 volunteers, mainly from Palestine, Britain and the United States and were called the “Jewish Legion”. But there are other stories that also connect to World War One in Eretz Israel such as the clandestine organization called NILI that spied for the British, the Jewish males that were inducted into the Turkish Army and the Jewish population of Eretz Israel as Eretz Israel became one of the fronts for the war in the Middle East. Some families even found themselves fighting on both sides. This lecture will be based upon material found in the museum Beit Hagedudim [Home of the Battalions] in Moshav Avihayil in Israel, and other archives throughout Israel and the UK.

3.30pm – Jews in the trenches: a review of sources about Jewish soldiers in WWI – Daniel Lipson
During the First World War, about a million and a half Jews joined the participating armies. Sometimes they found themselves fighting each other on the battlefield. European Jewry felt the need to prove their loyalty to their homelands and fight anti-Semitic accusations. Most of them enlisted with much enthusiasm. Information about these soldiers, their numbers, their bravery and the difficult times they encountered, can sometimes be found in personal letters, diaries or in reports written by Jewish chaplains. After the war, lists of Jewish participants were published by the various armies. They include names of the fallen soldiers and recipients of medals and military citations. There were also many prayers composed during the war. Some of them were printed in special prayer books or leaflets. Some recited in the synagogue by the soldiers’ families, others in the trench before charging into no man’s land. Over the years, many items related to WW1 made their way to the collections of the National Library of Israel. In this lecture, we will try to use these items to understand the involvement the of Jews fighting in the trenches.

4.00pm – The British/Australians Sinai to Jerusalem? to be confirmed

THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017

9.30am – British genealogy research – Caroline Gurney
description to come

11.00am – How to pass your ancestors’ legacy to your grandchildren – Jessica Taylor
description to come

11.50am – Discover your family history with MyHeritage unique technologies – Daniel Horowitz
In the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. MyHeritage’s key technologies are the precisely the intersection of technology and genealogy: Smart Matches, Record Matches, Instant Discoveries, SearchConnect, Global Name Translation, DNA Matching and the very new Photo Discoveries and Consistency Checker are just a few. Daniel will share how these technologies were invented and improved, describe the challenges they solve, and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research.

1.30pm – GPS: five steps to better genealogy – Judy Russell
We use GPS to guide us down the road when we drive, but we can also use the GPS to guide us down the right path in our research. Following the five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard will help make us better genealogists.

2.20pm – MyHeritage: overview of British resourcesMyHeritage
description to come

3.00pm – UK topic 2 – Caroline Gurney
description to come

3.50pm – MyHeritage – overview of Scandinavian resourcesMyHeritage
description to come

4.10pm – Just three generations – Judy Russell
Our oral family history can be completely lost in just three generations. Following genealogy’s best practices can help us keep those losses from happening in our own families – and with our own stories.