Minnesota Genealogical Society - Call for Papers - 2015 Genealogy Webinars

The Minnesota Genealogical Society invites proposals for our 2015 genealogy webinars. The webinars are via our GoToWebinars.com account on the 1st Wednesday of February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December.

The MGS Education Committee especially encourages proposals for presentations with content relating to Minnesota and Upper Midwest resources and important Upper Midwest ethnic groups, including, but not limited to, Swedish, German, Norwegian, French Canadian, and Yankees.

The Committee invites proposals for any of three broad topical areas.

a) "how-to" lectures dealing with a variety of genealogical sources, including:

  • Midwest land and tax records
  • Immigration and naturalization records
  • Midwest church and cemetery records
  • Midwest State censuses
  • General courthouse research
  • Marriage records
  • Wills and probate records
  • DNA as a genealogy research tool
  • Midwest libraries and archives
  • Remote access to Library of Congress and National Archives records.

b) webinars demonstrating emerging technology for genealogy, including such topics as:

  • Social media as a research tool
  • Getting the most from updates in Ancestry.com and FamilySearch
  • Creative Internet research strategies
  • Cloud computing for genealogy
  • software for managing, organizing and analyzing genealogical information

c) Lectures focusing on methodology and problem-solving case studies are also welcome.

Audience: Our audience includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists. Ideally, lectures should offer something of value for all experience levels.

Format: MGS uses GoToMeeting for webinar delivery. Webinars are scheduled for one hour. We prefer lectures of 45 to 50 minutes, leaving time for questions. Lectures should be illustrated, using Powerpoint or a similar slide presentation program compatible with GoToMeeting.

Handouts: MGS asks speakers to provide handouts for attendees in digital format (PDF). The length of handout can vary, but four pages should be adequate for most presentations. The handout must be emailed to the specified MGS representative at least 5 days prior to the webinar.

Compensation: MGS offers a $125 speaker honorarium. Speaker expenses are not reimbursed.

Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals no later than 9 October 2014 on the MGS PDF speaker lecture proposal form available at http://mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=75. If you have a preference of months, please indicate. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. 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, CG

Please direct questions about the webinars or the call for papers to mgseducation@gmail.com.