Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference Call for Presentations

The following is from the Texas State Genealogical Society:

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Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2016

11 March 2016 — Austin, Texas The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2016 Family History Conference. This year’s conference will be held 28-30 October 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016.

About the Proposals
We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic presenters! If you feel passionate about your area of expertise and would like to teach and inspire other genealogists, this is the venue for you. Seasoned speakers and speakers new to the genealogical lecturing arena are encouraged to submit presentations.
The areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic genealogical topics (How-To, or Getting Started)
  • Methodology and problem-solving techniques
  • Ethnic research topics (African-American, German-Texan, Czech-Texan, etc.)
  • Adoptee challenges
  • DNA
  • Researching in record groups (land records, probate records, etc.)
  • Texas- and Southern-focused research

Presenters may submit proposals for as many as five lectures.

Submission Requirements
Presentations should be one hour in length. This includes any question-and-answer period the presenter may want to allow. Please send proposals in the following formats: Microsoft Word, pdf, or rich text format (rtf). File names should include your last name and title of lecture (example: Smith – Understanding DNA Results).

Presenters should send a genealogical résumé or biography in addition to your proposals. Please include any prior speaking experience. Be sure to submit the following information for each lecture you propose:

  • Your full name
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • A lecture outline or summary (not more than one page)
  • Audio-visual requirements (projector, screen, etc.)
  • Target audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)

Email your individual proposals as file attachments to the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org. Please send one proposal per email. Proposals must be received no later than May 15, 2016.

Selected presenters will also be required to provide the following information and materials for advertising purposes and for the syllabus:

  • Photo
  • Biography (about 150 words)
  • Camera-ready handout for each lecture in PDF format (not to exceed 6 pages per lecture)

TxSGS will provide a projector, microphone and stand.

Compensation
Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $100 for each one-hour lecture.
Additionally, a $25 bonus per lecture, will be awarded to the those presenters selected for submitting syllabus materials by the syllabus material deadline. All required dates will be outlined in the acceptance letter sent to the selected presenters.
In addition each speaker will also receive a $150 stipend as reimbursement for expenses as well as a free registration to the conference. No other expenses will be provided or reimbursed. Meals that are included as part of the conference registration will be provided, as well as a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

Anticipated Timeline

  • May 15, 2016 – Proposals due
  • June 19, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance sent out
  • September 2, 2016 – Syllabus materials due

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org.

About TxSGS
Founded in 1960, the Texas State Genealogical Society promotes, assists, develops, and conserves the genealogical and historical resources of Texas.

Contact: Texas State Genealogical Society
Attn: Conference Chair
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2700
Austin, Texas 78741
conference@txsgs.org

Call for Papers for the Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair

Call for Papers – Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
Saturday April 23, 2016

Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair, which will be held Saturday April 23, 2016 at Woods Cross High School (600 West 2200 South Woods Cross, Utah) Each presentation will be 60 minutes in length which includes time for questions and answers. Presentations should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is Monday, November 16, 2015.

We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and information in the following:

  • Getting Started: Those new to family history or who have never done research, or other beginner topics
  • Online Research: Using computers, technology and the Internet for family history research, Genealogical websites, etc.
  • Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world. Including pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, LDS research, records sources, etc.
  • Technology: Family History databases and programs, getting teenagers involved, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, APPs for Smartphones, IPADs, YouTube, EBooks, digital photography, audio recording, etc.
  • Family History: Family organizations, family collaboration, writing a personal or family history, editing and publishing family history, etc.

Proposals must include:

  • Full name of the presenter, current e-mail, telephone number
  • A brief biographical sketch of the presenter for the syllabus (50 words maximum)
  • Title of the presentation
  • Short class descriptions (50 words maximum)
  • Lecture experience

Compensation:
Speakers participating in the Conference will receive:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Free lunch
  • Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.

Please e-mail presentation proposals in Microsoft Word or .PDF format to Ginny Ackerson at ugaconferences@gmail.com no later than Monday, November 16th. Completed syllabus must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 31st.

PMC 2016 – Call for Speakers – Deadline 13 September 2015

The following is from APG:

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The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 18th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 22–24 September 2016, at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2016 APG Professional Management Conference. PMC classes and workshops should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate their current business, and meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client. Classes will be one (1) hour in length; workshops two (2) hours.

Topics of Interest
Proposals should focus on topics relevant to experienced and/or transitional professional genealogists, but they do not need to be specifically genealogical. Ideas to consider include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
– Business skills and technology
– Speaker or lecturer training
– Genealogical writing and publishing
– Client relationships and communication
– Certification/Accreditation
– Organization and/or time management
– Marketing and branding strategies
– Career paths and/or creative use of traditional skills

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods. Classes which feature case studies/practical examples, or which offer hands-on learning, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics
The overwhelming majority of PMC attendees have been involved with genealogy for more than 10 years. Nearly a quarter hold advanced college degrees. Almost all attendees offer genealogical-research services for clients, and a majority are also speakers/lecturers and writers/authors. Many hold or have held leadership positions in local and national societies and/or APG.

Successful proposals will recognize attendees’ professionalism and accomplishments and seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details
Classes and workshops must be new and original; not to be presented prior to the 2016 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Sunday, 13 September 2015, and should include the following information:

– Name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of speaker
– Title of the class or workshop
– Summary of the class or workshop (less than 100 words)
– Detailed description of the class or workshop (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Explanation of how the class or workshop meets demands faced by professional genealogists (roughly 50–75 words)
– Speaker biography highlighting speaker’s qualifications or expertise in proposed topic (approx. 100 words)
– List of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic and location
– Whether you would be willing for your presentation to be recorded and broadcast for the Virtual PMC

Speaker Compensation
Selected speakers will receive a complimentary PMC registration, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all-inclusive honorarium for a one-hour class presentation or a $650 all-inclusive honorarium for a two-hour workshop presentation. Royalty payments for syllabus sales and recordings of the streamed sessions following the conclusion of the PMC will be in addition, if relevant, and will be spelled out up-front in the contract. Keynote speakers, should one or more be chosen, will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium. All non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

Cal For Papers for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2016

The following Call for Papers was received from the Ontario Genealogical Society:

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The Ontario Genealogical Society is now accepting proposals for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2016. We are looking for interesting one-hour webinar presentations.

*Topics of interest*

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • Ontario-specific topics (laws, records, land, history, etc.)
  • Ethnic research (Scottish, Irish, English, African-Canadian, German, etc.)
  • Canadian military research
  • Loyalist research
  • Ontario land research
  • DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology and trends in genealogy
  • Interesting case studies (Ontario specific)
  • Organization and project/time management

*Submission guidelines*

Each submission should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Lecture title and a brief but comprehensive outline (single page maximum)
  • Lecture summary for conference brochure (25 words or less)
  • Suggested audience level: B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
  • Brief speaker biography (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Use your last name and shortened title as a file name. Speakers may submit up to four proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to *webinar@ogs.on.ca * no later than *September 1, 2015*.

Selected speakers will be notified by the end of September. Further information will be provided at that time.

*Compensation*

Selected speakers receive an honorarium for each webinar presentation.

*About the Ontario Genealogical Society*

The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is the leading society in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation and communication. Our mission is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. The Ontario Genealogical Society is the largest genealogical society in Canada. Visit us at http://www.ogs.on.ca

RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations

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The following is from RootsTech:

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call For Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE. We encourage you to review all the information found in each of the guidelines before submitting.

Presentation submissions will be accepted from June 12 to June 30, 2015, through the Call For Presentations portal on RootsTech.org.

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:

RootsTech Categories:

Discover

  • Finding and Organizing: search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond-basic skills and resources

Preserve

  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes

Share

  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools

Innovator Summit Categories:

  • Developer: standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on.
  • Business: funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit
RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections trough technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create opportunities within the family history and adjacent industries.

Do you know a great presenter?
Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this with him or her.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at info@rootstech.org.

NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015 — Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ethnic makeup of Florida is, and always has been, diverse. Native Americans—including Miccosukees, Choctaw, Creek, Timucua, and Calusa—lived throughout the area, which became known as La Florida after the arrival of Ponce de León in 1513. The Spanish were followed by other groups such as the French, British, Irish, German, and Greeks. The importation of African slaves also affected society in Florida as did the formation of the Seminole alliance. All of these people have left many footprints in time and a rich repository of records to trace our ancestry.

NGS will consider lectures covering the following topics: Florida history (especially early settlements), records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, neighboring areas (i.e., the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina), and migration to, from, and within Florida. The Society will also consider regional topics of interest, including land and military records, especially those pertaining to the Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Civil War, and World War I. Additionally, proposals may cover broader genealogical categories, including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, genetic genealogy, analysis and problem solving, and technology.

Interested individuals and organizations should adhere to NGS guidelines. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website. Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 1 April 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Call for Papers for FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – Deadline is April 10, 2015

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The following is from Thomas McEntee, National Publicity Chair for the conference:

February 10, 2015 – Austin, TX – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

• Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

• Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

• Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

• Great Britain and the former British Empire (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India); the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

• Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

• Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

• Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

• Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

• Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

• Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; education projects and events; society leadership; team building, implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal. The Call for Presentations is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015. This deadline is for all proposal submissions, including sponsored presentations.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Presentations
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information
Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent presentations, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

2016 FGS National ​C​onference Call for ​P​resentation P​roposals​

The following news release is from FGS:

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Deadline for Submissions is 10 April 2015

February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

Great Britain and the former British Empire​:​ (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India)​;​ the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal, which will open 20 February 2015. The Call for Presentation​ Proposals is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015.

This deadline is for all proposal submissions including sponsored presentations.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Presentations
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information
Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

​For more information, please visit: ​ https://www.fgsconference.org/proposals/

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Call for Presentations at the Ogden, Utah Family History Conference

I recently received the following announcement and invitation from Shelley Felt. I can’t make it this year, as I’ve moved to Washington State, and am no longer presenting at Saturday seminars. However, my guess is that some of my readers may be interested – either in presenting, exhibiting, and just attending the Conference.

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Announcement and Call for Presentations: “Of Roots & Branches”, the Ogden Family History Conference will be held September 12, 2015 at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Building. We are happy that again we are able to offer a quality conference without requiring a registration fee from participants — FREE. This is due to the generosity of you, our presenters, who will include professionals as well as volunteers from our Ogden FamilySearch Library and vendors as well as the generosity of Weber State University.
This year we would like to offer classes dealing with FamilySearch partners, Ancestry.com, Findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com, how they “work” and how FamilySearch Family Tree users can work with them. If you know of great presenters in these areas, please share this information with them!

IMPORTANT! Please reply with your suggestions for classes you would like to present, or that you feel are most appropriate for our conference. We will try to create a balanced curriculum, serving the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher. Some of our classes are offered each year, but we always want to include something new and exciting.

Again, we are so grateful for your kindness in the past and hope to see you this September.

Shelley Felt, shelleyfelt@comcast.net

RootsTech 2015 Content Committee Issues a Call for Presentations

The following is from rootstech.org:

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The RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology.

Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on RootsTech.org.

Presentations will be accepted for both RootsTech and Innovator Summit.

  • RootsTech is a three day family history conference offering over two hundred classes for beginners, avid hobbyists and experienced researchers.
  • Innovator Summit starts with a pre-RootsTech event on Wednesday, February 11, and is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry. Classes will continue throughout the RootsTech conference.

In 2015, RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are teaming up to offer two great conferences in one venue. Speakers interested in presenting at FGS can visit their website for more information about the FGS National Conference and their call for presentations.

Presentations submissions are requested for all family history and technology skill levels in the following categories:
RootsTech

  • Finding and Organizing: search tactics, resources, specialized tools, methodologies, solutions, metadata, apps and software
  • Preserving Your Work And Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions
  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and interviewing, capturing stories, preserving stories, enhancing stories with photos, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, oral histories
    Tools: technology introductions, gadgets, genetic research, DNA, breaking down barriers
  • General: family history topics in general including geographic research, time-period research, inspirations, market trends, research trends, adjacent industries, record types. (Please note, there is still an expectation in this category that technology is a part of the presented topic.)
  • Family Traditions And Lifestyle: cultural arts, handicrafts, food, influential historical events, everyday living standards, social customs, pastimes, artifacts. (Please note there is still an expectation in this category that this knowledge assists the learner in family history and that technology is a part of the presented topic.)

RootsTech Innovator Summit

  • Developer: standards and API’s, mobile app development, social applications, record imaging and visualizations, apps for youth, software and tools that enable the work of family history.
  • Business: funding and investment, startups- success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, insights and entertainment

For more information, download the complete Call for Presentations document. It includes presentation and evaluation criteria, the submission timeline, and process details.

Questions regarding the RootsTech 2015 call for presentations can be emailed to the Content Committee at info@rootstech.org.

2015 FGS Conference Call for Presentations

The following news release is from FGS:

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Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

This innovative blending of the established tradition of FGS’s stellar conferences, focused on genealogical society management, records, and methodology, with RootsTech’s famed conferences, centered on family history, technology, and storytelling, will provide speakers the opportunity to participate in an exciting, once in a lifetime event. A separate Call for Presentations will be announced soon for the RootsTech 2015 Conference.

The conference theme “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” defines the elements FGS conference attendees will see and experience in 2015. The FGS program committee seeks original, relevant, and engaging lecture proposals that will impact, inspire, and motivate genealogists of all experience levels and skill-sets to form connections with other family historians, the larger genealogical community, and within their own personal research.

Categories for submissions include, but are not limited to:

· Back to Basics

· Tried and True Methods

· Answering Difficult Questions with Leading Questions

· The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow

·Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries

· Modern Access to Vintage Resources

· A Retro Look at Organization and Planning

· The Most Useful Hidden Records in Plain Sight

· Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations – i.e., War of 1812, Civil War

· 20th Century Migration – i.e., Dust Bowl, WW2 movements, etc.

· Wagon Trains, Railroads, and Modern Transportation

· Ethnic Groups in the West – i.e., African Americans, Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and Greek

· Missionaries and Settlers

· Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories

The FGS 2015 Conference schedule will commence with a Focus on Societies Day on Wednesday, February, 11, 2015, followed by the three-day annual conference event. The FGS Program Committee seeks proposals for the Focus on Societies Day and the annual conference. Submissions for sponsored talks from societies, businesses, and organizations within the family history community are greatly encouraged.

Submissions
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2015 Conference will be very different from previous years, as FGS now utilizes an online submission system. Interested speakers must submit all lecture proposals using the online forms. The Call for Presentations opens May 1, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014.

Camera-ready handout materials are due for all lecture presentations on October 1, 2014.

Questions concerning the Call for Presentations should be sent to program2015@fgs.org.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. Speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=44.

Sponsored speakers’ costs are compensated by the sponsoring organization. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

For more information, to download a PDF copy of the Call for Presentations, or to submit lecture proposals, please visit https://www.fgsconference.org/proposals/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

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2014 FGS National Conference Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

The following is from Caroline M. Pointer, Director, Federation of Genealogical Societies, FGS Marketing & Publicity Chair:

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In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and findmypast.com,
the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San
Antonio, Texas.

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit
hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour
presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute
presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a
special focus on beginners or the casually curious. The challenge for presenters will be
to excite and convert participants in a short period of time.

The deadline for submission of exhibit hall proposals is Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Storytelling and interviewing
  • Preserving for future generations
  • DNA and family medical history
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Benefits of joining a local genealogy society
  • Online pitfalls

As there will also be a separate vendor presentation stage, vendor specific topics or
sponsors are outside the scope of this call for presentations.

Submission Requirements
Presentations will be 30 minutes long. Send proposals in Microsoft Word, RTF or similar
format. File names should include your last name, first initial, and proposal topic.
(Example: SmithR – TechStrategies). Please submit one file per proposed topic. Each
proposal document should include:

  • Speaker(s) name.
  • Speaker(s) contact information, including mailing address, phone, email and
    website, if applicable.
  • Prior speaking experience.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Presentation outline/summary (1 page or less)

Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations” in the subject line, to 2014program@fgs.org no later than Sunday, 18
May 2014
.

Invitations to speak will be extended by 1 July 2014. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 15 July 2014.

Compensation
Due to the structure and location of the presentations, speakers will be compensated for
their time only at a rate of $75 per 30-minute presentation.

Society Sponsored Presentations
Societies are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring
organization will cover its speaker’s compensation. Sponsored speakers will abide by all
speaker deadlines.

Additional Information
Handouts and other reference material will not be compiled in the printed syllabus
distributed to conference participants. However, syllabus materials will be made
available online and via the FGS mobile app. These materials will be limited to two
pages per session. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to all speakers upon receipt
of their signed contract. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 25
July 2014.

About the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS)
The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) was founded in 1960, in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as an educational and
literary corporation. The purpose of TSGS is to promote, assist, develop, and conserve
the genealogical and historical resources of Texas and to cooperate with local, regional,
and state wide groups in promoting an awareness of the need to preserve family
heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.txsgs.org/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents
the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical
community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources
available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society
management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering
topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the
genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures,
including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit
http://www.fgs.org.

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com is a leading global family history website, offering more than 1.8 billion
records from 875 AD to the present day. Findmypast offers family historians
comprehensive collections of newspapers, periodicals, military, census, migration,
parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth,
marriage and death records from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland.

NGS Call for Papers Deadline is 1 April 2014 for the 2015 St. Charles, MO Conference

The National Genealogical Society

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

National Genealogical Society Call for Papers Deadline is 1 April 2014 for the 2015 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri

Arlington, VA, 25 March 2014: The National Genealogical Society continues to accept lecture proposals from speakers and organizations for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, Crossroads of America, to be held 13–16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. Topics sought include federal and state records, military and pension records, land records, methodology, analysis and problem solving, and the use of technology. NGS will also consider lectures on immigration and migration in and out of a region or country, transportation, and ethnic and religious groups. Proposals about Midwestern states and its feeder states, plus lectures on the “old country,” are encouraged.

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website, http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website, http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/submit-your-proposal/, no later than midnight EDT, 1 April 2014.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/ngs-2015-family-history-conference-sponsored-call-for-papers/. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2014.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Call for Papers for the Florida State Genealogical Society Webinar Series

The following was received from Ann Staley:

Webinar presentation proposals are welcome by 1 May 2014 for the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) 2015-2016 “Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series“. The webinars are presented to the FSGS membership and to the public on a monthly basis.

Among the topics being considered are presentations on Computers/Technology, Beginning Genealogy, Research Sources, Immigration/migration, Florida Research (i.e., history, available records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, etc.), Society Management and broader genealogical topics including methodology, problem solving, publishing, military records, land records, etc.

Compensation will be limited to $100 for selected presentations.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Speaker’s Name, address, and telephone number
  • Speaker’s Email address and website URL
  • Title of the Presentation
  • Summary of the presentation
  • Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • Audience skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)
  • Biography of 150 words for publicity
  • Resume of previous (within the last 18 months) experience

Each presentation will be limited to a total of one hour (50 minute presentation and a brief five-minute question-and-answer period). Handout material will be required for each presentation and will be hosted on the FSGS website on the “Members [Only]” page.

Interested individuals should submit up to six proposals to the FSGS e-mail: Trustee3@flsgs.org

Email submissions on or before 1 May 2014 in a PDF file or an MS-Word Doc file.

Call For Papers for the 2015 NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:
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Speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals between 1 January 2014 and 1 April 2014 for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, Crossroads of America. The conference will be held 13–16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, where Lewis and Clark officially started their two-year expedition. As the country expanded, primitive trails and waterways made settlements robust. Early pioneers left footprints creating pathways that soon became roads and rails, which carried families to many frontier destinations. The new areas offered those families many opportunities along with many challenges.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on migration, transportation, immigration, and ethnic and religious groups. States of interest include, but are not limited to, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, plus some feeder states such as Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Regional topics include territorial records, land records, and military and pension records including the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Civil War as well as regional conflicts. Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including federal records, national and state laws pertaining to the location and era, methodology, and analysis and problem solving, plus the use of technology for genetics, mobile devices, and apps in genealogical research.

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website, http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website, http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/submit-your-proposal/ no later than 1 April 2014.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/ngs-2015-family-history-conference-sponsored-call-for-papers/. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2014.