2014 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers

March 3, 2014—South St. Paul, MN. The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) announces a Call for Papers for breakout sessions for the 7th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference, to be held October 3–4, 2014, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The deadline for submission of proposals is Saturday, March 15, 2014.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, the Legal Genealogist, plus 12–16 breakout sessions led by other speakers. Because MGS can offer only a modest honorarium, this call will be most attractive to genealogical educators 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 “New Frontiers in Genealogy.” Judy Russell will be speaking on using legal records, and knowledge of the law for solving genealogical problems. Her topics are

  • Facts, Photos, and Fair Use
  • Don’t Forget the Ladies
  • Blackstone to Statutes at Large
  • Where There Is or Isn’t a Will.

The program committee will give strong consideration to presentations related to these themes. The Committee also encourages proposals for educational presentations on:

  • Genealogy records and genealogical sources
  • Libraries and archives
  • Genealogical research on the Internet
  • Managing the genealogy research process and results
  • Using technology to advance genealogical research
  • Problem-solving techniques.
Audience: The North Star Genealogy Conference is a small conference with high standards for program content. Expected attendance is approximately 150–200. 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 also be considered.

Compensation: MGS offers a $50 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 2014 will be replaced on the program.

Technology: Speakers must provide their own laptop computer. MGS will make projectors available, but speakers are encouraged to provide their own projector when possible.

Key dates for presenters:
15 March 2014: Lecture proposals due
15 April 2014: Notification of acceptance of proposals
15 August 2014: Handouts due to MGS
3–4 October 2014: Conference

Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals by 15 March 2014 on MGS’ PDF speaker proposal form, available at http://www.heritagehunters.com/mgs/rfp.pdf. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. Be sure to use the latest version of Adobe Reader XI (downloadable here) when you fill out the form; using earlier versions of Reader or a different PDF reading program may cause the form to work incorrectly.

After you have filled out the form, save it with your name and lecture title and email 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://mngs.org/pdf/NorthStarConf2014callforpapers.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.