The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Illinois State Genealogical Society are pleased to announce the official call for lecture proposals for our 2011 national conference, "Pathways to the Heartland," to be held in Springfield, Illinois, 7-10 September 2011. The conference will explore the resources of America's Heartland through a variety of regional and national topics aimed at engaging genealogists and family historians of all levels and experience. Topics relating to the Midwest, migration patterns, and religious and ethnic groups are encouraged. Wednesday, 7 September 2011, will include "Focus on Societies," with lectures, focus groups, and other special events devoted to assisting genealogical societies, lineage societies, historical societies, and family associations succeed and thrive in their activities.
The program committee is specifically seeking new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional and unique educational experiences for conference attendees.
Potential categories for submissions include:
- Focus on Societies
- Methodologies and Strategies
- Record Types
- Religious and Ethnic Groups
- Midwestern Records
- Speaker(s) name
- Speaker(s) contact information (including mailing address, phone, fax, e-mail).
- Please add your website, if applicable.
- Prior speaking experience (speakers who have not spoken at a national conference are encouraged to submit a video, audiotape, or CD recording of a recent lecture by mail).
- Speaker(s) biography
- Speaker(s) brief brochure biography (50 word maximum)
- Lecture title (titles should not exceed 10 words: title your presentations carefully, as the title that is submitted is the title that will be used in the conference program).
- Lecture brochure description (40 word maximum)
- Lecture outline/summary
- Lecture audio-visual requirements (FGS does NOT provide LCD/digital projectors, computers, or Internet access for speakers).
- Intended audience level
If you are interested in more information about how to respond to this Call for Lecture Proposals, there's a great article in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) titled Making Your Mark: Responding to Calls for Lecture Proposals, by George G. Morgan, in the March 2010 issue, Vol. XXV, Number 1.