Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Call for Presentation Proposals

OGS Toronto Branch have issued a call regarding their full day workshop
TRACING FORWARD - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times.

Proposals are sought from professional genealogists, family historians, private investigators, legal experts and heir searchers who would like to be part of this workshop and share their skills and experiences with those looking to expand their family trees to find living relatives.

The workshop is on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto and co-sponsored by The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Toronto Public Library.

Here are the details.

You are invited to submit proposals for lectures which will provide workshop attendees with new ideas, skills or tools to help them trace members of their expanded family trees, people who might still be alive or recently deceased. Not
only may these relatives possess fascinating new information and artifacts which shed new light on the lives of our ancestors, they may share an interest in family history and work with us to solve mysteries. Many of the resources for traditional genealogy are less useful for tracing forward - in part because of privacy-related data protection. But there are new strategies and techniques used by other professionals that can be successfully used.
We are looking for a mix of presentations covering topics such as:
 working forward from standard genealogical sources, to identify unknown descendants of one's ancestors' siblings etc.
 tracing or learning more about “DNA cousins” and other living or recent-generation relatives about whom one has only outdated or limited information.
 privacy and legal protections and considerations.
Workshop attendees will be most interested in lectures which provide practical examples of the usefulness of the proposed strategies in locating relatives.
Each session will be an hour or half-hour long, including 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated – we can provide a computer projector or an overhead projector. Speakers will be expected to provide a
handout of supporting material (up to four pages) which we will photocopy for all registrants. Speakers will be paid an
honorarium of $100 per lecture ($50 for a half-hour lecture) plus an allowance of $35 for travel, parking and other incidental expenses.
Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail. Please keep them brief and informal at this point. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief bio.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, May 31, 2013
For more information about the Toronto Branch, please visit www.torontofamilyhistory.orgProposals and questions should be directed to: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org

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