Thursday, April 17, 2014

2015 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations


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.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 FGS National Conference - Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations


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 the 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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

GeneaQuest - The Future is Now, 17 May 2014


CAGGNI is proud to announce our First All Day Conference

Register now for CAGGNI's first ever day-long conference, GeneaQuest! GeneaQuest 2014 features nationally-acclaimed genea blogger and genealogy-tech professional Thomas MacEntee. Thomas's keynote address, Genealogy: The Future Is Now will present the programs, apps, and websites that are hot now and how you can prepare for the genealogy technology of the future.

Breakout sessions and computer labs featuring CAGGNI's own presenters Caron Primas Brennan, Nancy R. Thomas, John Stryker, Sandra Trapp and Michelle Bray Wilson will deep-dive into Genealogy Apps, Google Tools, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Family Tree Maker, Genetic Genealogy, Picasa and Flip-Pal.

Visit our GeneaQuest page for complete program and speaker information.

Join us also at GeneaQuest's exclusive GeneaUs Bar for informal discussion in your favorite genealogy or technology specialty area.

This event will be held at Elgin Community College building E. Map.

Societies and Vendors: Please share this Program Brochure with your membership. Contact Events@caggni.org for conference handouts, to host a society table, or for further information.

Already registered? When you refer a friend who signs up, you will receive a free Raffle Ticket, a $2.50 value and a chance to win one of our exceptional raffle prizes, including 1 year subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold3, Lynda.com, GenealogyBank, Newspapers.com, FindMyPast, or an iPad Mini or a Mini Living Stories Project from LivingStories.us. The friend must list your name when signing up. This promotion runs thru April so don't delay!

Federation of Genealogical Societies calls for Award Nominations


Nomination Deadline is June 15, 2014

April 10, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) calls for genealogy contribution award nominations through June 15, 2014. The specific award categories and a link to the submission form can be found at the FGS website: www.fgs.org/awards/awards.

Each year the Federation of Genealogical Societies recognizes and thanks genealogical and historical organizations as well as individuals who make significant contributions to family history. The FGS awards program honors the award winners’ activities and products, highlights their efforts, and provides examples and ideas on how others can accomplish similar goals.

FGS awards are given to societies and members of societies for outstanding and notable service to the genealogical community. Other awards may be presented throughout the year and announced in FGS publications.

Paula Stuart-Warren, FGS Director and Awards Committee Chair, adds, “The Federation has a long history of honoring its member societies, individual members of those societies, and others who give so much to our family history community. The awards program helps gain public recognition of the valuable work of dedicated volunteers. We each know of individuals and groups that deserve to be honored by their peers. Let FGS know about them and we will share the knowledge of their efforts with genealogists across the globe.”

The Federation especially encourages its member societies to recognize their great volunteers. The deadline for submission of award nominations is June 15, 2014. FGS Delegates should make their society boards aware of this opportunity. Further, please check the FGS awards page after May 1st to see some exciting additions to the lineup of FGS award categories.

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).