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.


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.