Friday, January 2, 2015

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Arlington, VA, 2 January 2015: Beginning 1 January 2015, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will begin accepting proposals for the 2016 Family History Conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. The conference will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Long before Plymouth Rock, the Boston Tea Party, and the Declaration of Independence, the story of America began on the beaches of Florida. Beginning with the Spanish discovery in 1513, many significant events have shaped Florida’s history—including the exploration by the French and Spanish, the colonization of Florida’s interior, the state’s involvement in military conflicts, and recent contributions to science, technology and entertainment. Follow the footprints of the American saga in the sands of Florida.

Among the topics being considered by NGS are lectures on Florida history (especially early settlement), records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, neighboring areas (the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina), and migration to, from, and within Florida. The Society will also consider regional topics of interest, including land and military records, especially those pertaining to the Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Civil War and World War I. NGS is also soliciting proposals for broader genealogical categories, including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, genetic genealogy, analysis and problem solving, and technology.

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically via http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/submit-your-proposal/. Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures may submit proposals via http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/ngs-2016-family-history-conference-sponsored-call-for-papers/.

All submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.