Monthly Archives: November 2011

Paris 2012

The next IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place next year, July 15-18, 2012 in Paris, France. Hopefully the fact that it starts the day after Bastille Day will not be a problem. If you are planning to attend, I suggest booking your flight and hotel as early as possible.

The conference has officially opened up registration, and has set up a website to get further information, to register, and to find out information about the hotel (the Hotel Marriott Paris Rive Gauche).

The conference is being hosted by the IAJGS and the Cercle de Généalogie Juive, in partnership with the Jewish genealogical societies of Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

There is also a call for lecture proposals. Proposals can be submitted until April 30, and should include a 10-20 line abstract and short bio. Decisions on lectures will be made before May 30.

FamilyTreeDNA 2011 Holiday Sale

I’ve discussed genetic genealogy a few times before (in this introduction to a previous sale, and in an article on Y-DNA and mtDNA). If you’ve been interested in trying it out, you can take advantage of FamilyTreeDNA’s Holiday Sale through the end of December. Examples of price reductions include:

Y-DNA37 for $119 instead of $169 ($50 off) – men only
Y-DNA67 for $199 instead of $268 ($69 off) – men only

mtDNAFullSequence for $239 instead of $299 ($60 off) – men and women

FamilyFinder for $199 instead of $289 ($90 off) – men and women

FamilyFinder + Y-DNA37 for $318 instead of $438 ($120 off) – men only
FamilyFinder + mtDNAPlus for $318 instead of $428 ($120 off) – men and women
FamilyFinder + mtDNAFullSequence for $435 instead of $559 ($124 off) – men and women

SuperDNA (Y-DNA67 + mtDNAFullSequence) for $438 instead of $548 ($110 off) – men only
Comprehensive Genome (SuperDNA + FamilyFinder) for $627 instead of $837 ($210 off) – men only

No special coupon is needed. Just go to the Products page and the price reductions should already be shown.

If you’ve successfully used DNA testing to further your genealogy research, post about it in the comments.

Tying together my last two posts

Two posts earlier, I launched into a discussion on the future of eBooks based on my interest in reading the book Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community by Eviatar Zerubavel, and if it made sense at this stage to get it as an eBook, or whether I should order it by mail.

My last post was about how we are connected to our relatives, both physically (objectively) and how we perceive ourselves to be related. How close is a first cousin once removed compared to a second cousin? Can we come up with an objective measure of such relatedness, or are such measures inherently subjective?

Now an article published yesterday contains an excerpt of the book mentioned in the first post that goes into detail on the topic I brought up in my second post. The article, published in Salon, is called Why do we care about our ancestors? and discusses how our perception of our ancestry in many ways helps define our perception of ourselves. An interesting read, it makes me look forward to reading the full book when it arrives.