15 March 2016

Texas State GS Conference, Call for Papers, Deadline 15 May 2016

This press release was received today from Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS).

Texas State Genealogical Society
2016 Family History Conference
Call for Presentations
Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2016

11 March 2016—Austin, Texas The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2016 Family History Conference. This year’s conference will be held 28-30 October 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016.

About the Proposals

We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic presenters! If you feel passionate about your area of expertise and would like to teach and inspire other genealogists, this is the venue for you. Seasoned speakers and speakers new to the genealogical lecturing arena are encouraged to submit presentations.

The areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Basic genealogical topics (How-To, or Getting Started)
  • Methodology and problem-solving techniques
  • Ethnic research topics (African-American, German-Texan, Czech-Texan, etc.)
  • Adoptee challenges
  • DNA
  • Researching in record groups (land records, probate records, etc.)
  • Texas- and Southern-focused research
Presenters may submit proposals for as many as five lectures.

Submission Requirements

Presentations should be one hour in length. This includes any question-and-answer period the presenter may want to allow. Please send proposals in the following formats: Microsoft Word, pdf, or rich text format (rtf). File names should include your last name and title of lecture (example: Smith – Understanding DNA Results).

Presenters should send a genealogical résumé or biography in addition to your proposals. Please include any prior speaking experience. Be sure to submit the following information for each lecture you propose:
  • Your full name
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • A lecture outline or summary (not more than one page)
  • Audio-visual requirements (projector, screen, etc.)
  • Target audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)

Email your individual proposals as file attachments to the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org. Please send one proposal per email. Proposals must be received no later than May 15, 2016.

Selected presenters will also be required to provide the following information and materials for advertising purposes and for the syllabus:
  • Photo
  • Biography (about 150 words)
  • Camera-ready handout for each lecture in PDF format (not to exceed 6 pages per lecture)

TxSGS will provide a projector, microphone and stand.


Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $100 for each one-hour lecture.

Additionally, a $25 bonus per lecture, will be awarded to the those presenters selected for submitting syllabus materials by the syllabus material deadline. All required dates will be outlined in the acceptance letter sent to the selected presenters.

In addition each speaker will also receive a $150 stipend as reimbursement for expenses as well as a free registration to the conference. No other expenses will be provided or reimbursed. Meals that are included as part of the conference registration will be provided, as well as a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

Anticipated Timeline
  • May 15, 2016 – Proposals due
  • June 19, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance sent out
  • September 2, 2016 – Syllabus materials due


If you have questions, please contact the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org.

About TxSGS

Founded in 1960, the Texas State Genealogical Society promotes, assists, develops, and conserves the genealogical and historical resources of Texas.

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Contact: Texas State Genealogical Society
Attn: Conference Chair
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2700
Austin, Texas 78741

To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Texas State GS Conference, Call for Papers, Deadline 15 May 2016," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 15 March 2016 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2016, Debbie Parker Wayne, Certified Genealogist®, All Rights Reserved

01 March 2016

GRIP Registration Starts Tomorrow for July Courses

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) will open registration for its July 17-22 courses on Wednesday, March 2 at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific). The registration page is at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=73M. Course descriptions are available at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=1900.

Two DNA courses are offered this year:

Other courses available include:
  • Diving Deeper into New England: Advanced Strategies for Success, coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments, coordinated by Harold Henderson, CG, and Kimberly Powell
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper, coordinated by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA
  • Resources and Strategies for Researching Your Italian Ancestors, coordinated by Melanie D. Holtz, CG
  • Advanced Research Methods, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA

Great location, (usually) great weather, dorm and cafeteria within feet of classrooms. What a great educational environment.

If you can't come in July, check to see if there are still openings in the June courses described at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=1897:
  • Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age, coordinated by Denise May Levenick
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy for the 21st Century, coordinated by Cathi Desmarais, CG, Kelvin Meyers, and Michael Ramage, J.D., CG
  • German Research Resources, coordinated by Warren Bittner, CG, and Baerbel Johnson, AG
  • Master the Art of Genealogical Documentation, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
  • Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State, coordinated by Sharon MacInnes, Ph.D., and Michael Lacopo, D.V.M
  • Women and Children First! Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family, coordinated by Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "GRIP Registration Starts Tomorrow for July Courses," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 1 March 2016 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2016, Debbie Parker Wayne, Certified Genealogist®, All Rights Reserved