2013 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013

2013 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2013

January 22, 2013—South St. Paul, MN. The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) announces a Call for Papers for breakout sessions of the 6th annual MGS North Star Conference, “Discovering and Telling Family History,” to be held October 4–5, 2013 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, March 1, 2013.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts, as well as 12–16 one-hour breakout sessions. Because MGS can offer only a modest honorarium,this call will be most attractive to genealogists in the Upper Midwest, but MGS welcomes proposals from any genealogists who would like to join us in the Twin Cities in October.

The program theme is “Discovering and Telling Family History.” The program committee will give strong consideration to presentations related to genealogical writing and publishing (both in print and online). The Committee also encourages proposals for educational presentations on:
  • Genealogy records and genealogical sources
  • Libraries and archives
  • Genealogical research on the Internet
  • Publishing options (print-on-demand, online, offset printing)
  • Software for managing genealogy research
  • Software for managing genealogy research
  • Technology for creating, capturing, and managing images
  • Genealogy research methods (including application of DNA and case studies that illustrate successful problem-solving)
Audience: The North Star Genealogy Conference is a small conference with high standards for program content. Expected attendance is approximately 125–175. The audience includes beginning, intermediate and advanced genealogists.

Format: Standard sessions are approximately 50–60 minutes. Illustrated talks are preferred. Proposals for two-hour, workshop-type sessions will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Compensation: MGS offers a $50 per session speaker honorarium, plus free conference
registration and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the speaker. Consideration may be made for special travel circumstances.

Handouts: MGS will provide handouts to registrants in digital format (.pdf). Handout material, limited to four pages per talk, is required for each lecture presentation. Handouts should be submitted in .pdf format . Speakers who do not submit handouts by 15 August 2013 will be replaced on the program.

Technology: Speakers must provide their own laptop computer. MGS will make overhead
projectors and digital projectors available as needed; speakers are encouraged to provide their own projector when possible.

Key dates for presenters:

1 March 2013: Lecture proposals due
15 April 2013: Notification of acceptance of proposals
15 August 2013: Handouts due to MGS
4–5 October 2013: Conference

Submission Requirements:

Submit proposals by 1 March 2013 on MGS’ .pdf speaker proposal form, available at

Use a separate form for each lecture submitted, and fill it out in Adobe Reader (downloadable here) for best results. After filling out the form, save it with your name and lecture title and send it to the address below.

Submit proposals to:
MGS Education Committee
c/o Tom K. Rice
Email: info@heritagehunters.com

The Call for Papers is viewable in digital format at http://www.mngs.org/pdf/NorthStarConf2013callforpapers.pdf.

About the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS)

The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) was organized in 1969 to help Minnesotans and people with Minnesota connections research and discover their family history. MGS collects and publishes genealogical, biographical, and historical material, offers educational classes and conferences to support interest in family history, and promotes family history and genealogy as a rewarding hobby and area of lifelong learning.