Friday, January 27, 2012

FGS Seeking Lecture Proposals for 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is now accepting lecture proposals for their 2013 conference, which will be held August 21-24, 2013 in Fort Wayne. The conference theme is "Journey Through Generations," which has dual meaning. It symbolizes the literal journey our ancestors took through America's heartland, on rivers, railroads, Indian trails, wagon roads, canals and the Underground Railroad. The theme also infers the virtual journey that genealogists take through bygone times and distant places as they explore the lives of their ancestors generation by generation.

Topics relating to the Midwest, migration patterns, technology, regional repositories, and religious and ethnic groups are encouraged. Wednesday, 21 August 2013, will be an all-day "Focus on Societies" program for genealogical society officers, board members, volunteers, and other interested parties. The program committee is specifically seeking new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional and unique educational experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are also encouraged.

Categories for submissions include:
--Focus on Society Management
--Methodologies and Strategies
--Transportation (e.g. canals, Great Lakes, railroads)
--Midwestern Records (e.g. land records, early forts and settlements)
--Military Records
--Record Types
--Religious Groups (e.g. Quakers, Amish, United Brethren)
--Ethnic Groups (e.g. German, African American, Native American, Polish, Irish)
--Genetics and DNA

Speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals (more than four), as most speakers will be invited to present a minimum of three lectures at the conference. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

For more information, including the submission requirements and compensation, see the FGS blog post.

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