Thursday, April 17, 2014

FGS 2015: Call for presentations

Nexgt year RootsTech 2015 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold a joint conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now there is the call for presentations from FGS as follows:

Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

This innovative blending of the established tradition of FGS’s stellar conferences, focused on genealogical society management, records, and methodology, with RootsTech’s famed conferences, centered on family history, technology, and storytelling, will provide speakers the opportunity to participate in an exciting, once in a lifetime event. A separate Call for Presentations will be announced soon for the RootsTech 2015 Conference.

The conference theme “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” defines the elements FGS conference attendees will see and experience in 2015. The FGS program committee seeks original, relevant, and engaging lecture proposals that will impact, inspire, and motivate genealogists of all experience levels and skill-sets to form connections with other family historians, the larger genealogical community, and within their own personal research.

Categories for submissions include, but are not limited to:
·       Back to Basics
·       Tried and True Methods
·       Answering Difficult Questions with Leading Questions
·       The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
·       Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
·       Modern Access to Vintage Resources
·       A Retro Look at Organization and Planning
·       The Most Useful Hidden Records in Plain Sight
·       Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations – i.e., War of 1812, Civil War
·       20th Century Migration – i.e., Dust Bowl, WW2 movements, etc.
·       Wagon Trains, Railroads, and Modern Transportation
·       Ethnic Groups in the West – i.e., African Americans, Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and Greek
·       Missionaries and Settlers
·       Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories
The FGS 2015 Conference schedule will commence with a Focus on Societies Day on Wednesday, February, 11, 2015, followed by the three-day annual conference event. The FGS Program Committee seeks proposals for the Focus on Societies Day and the annual conference. Submissions for sponsored talks from societies, businesses, and organizations within the family history community are greatly encouraged.

Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2015 Conference will be very different from previous years, as FGS now utilizes an online submission system. Interested speakers must submit all lecture proposals using the online forms. The Call for Presentations opens May 1, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014.
Camera-ready handout materials are due for all lecture presentations on October 1, 2014.
Questions concerning the Call for Presentations should be sent to

Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. Speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at
Sponsored speakers’ costs are compensated by the sponsoring organization. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.
For more information, to download a PDF copy of the Call for Presentations, or to submit lecture proposals, please visit

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics.

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