Call for Papers—Speakers and Organizers

NGS 2015 Family History Conference, St. Charles, Missouri

Deadline for Submissions—2 April 2014 (12:00 a.m. EST)

2015conf.logoNGS invites speakers and sponsoring organizations to submit lecture proposals for the 2015 Family History Conference, Crossroads of America. The St. Louis Genealogical Society is the local host for this conference, held in St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015.

As pioneers migrated across the country along the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the east while others traveled directly from Europe. Some arrived at east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then used the Mississippi River to reach points north. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America.

NGS is considering the following lecture topics; emigrants, ethnic groups, history, immigration, land, migration, military, neighboring states, records, religious groups, and repositories. NGS also seeks proposals for broader genealogical categories including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem solving, and technology including genetics, mobile devices, and genealogical apps.

Sessions are generally limited to one hour. Camera-ready syllabus material, due 16 February 2015, is required for each lecture or workshop presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.

Proposals should be submitted electronically through the NGS website and should include the following information:

  • speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • speaker’s NGS membership status and member number
  • lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words, to be used in the program brochure
  • identification of the audience level: beginner, beginner-intermediate, intermediate, intermediate-advanced, advanced, or all
  • speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • résumé of recent lectures by the speaker—audio or video tape of a recent lecture may also be submitted

Speakers should submit each proposal electronically here between 1 January and 1 April 2014. The same deadline applies to sponsoring organizations which should submit each proposal electronically here. Sponsoring organizations are asked to provide additional information

Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital projectors. NGS will provide the VGA cable, cart, power strip, and projector support.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals. NGS members will be given first consideration as speakers. Speaker compensation is described in detail here.

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