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About Us

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) was created in the late 1980's to advance our genealogical avocation, to ensure the excellence of the annual Jewish Genealogy Conference and to advocate for continued access to source records worldwide. Approximately 80 Jewish Genealogical Societies (JGSs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are members of the IAJGS. It is lead by an 11-person board elected by its membership.

Annually the IAJGS presents achievement awards to recognize excellence in the Jewish genealogical community. Additionally, the IAJGS periodically grants a monetary award honoring the late Rabbi Malcolm Stern, who provided unique leadership in the establishment of modern Jewish genealogy. This award is to encourage the creation of new resources for Jewish genealogy.

Key activities of the IAJGS include:

  • Coordinates efforts to ensure continued availability of governmental records worldwide through its Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC).
  • Maintains an ongoing agreement with the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles making available its film library to IAJGS members at no cost.
  • Provides access to non-profit status and to pre-arranged liability insurance for its US-based member organizations.
  • Issues various publications of value to the overall Jewish genealogical community. This includes a How to "Create a JGS" in Your Hometown, a JGS brochure template, a Conference Manual and the Jewish Genealogical Yearbook.
  • Maintains a website with information on IAJGS member societies, legislative alerts, past, and future conference information, CHAT Room with periodic scheduled CHATS for IAJGS Leadership, and a Forum for members to post questions of common interest for discussion.
  • Maintains a growing catalogue of Jewish cemeteries worldwide through its Jewish International Cemetery Project.
  • Sponsors various projects providing resources to our member organizations and for the overall Jewish genealogical community.
  • Enhances Jewish genealogical professionalism by honoring excellence and by providing ethical guidance.
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