Tuesday, 12 December 2017

BIFHSGO Conference 2018: call for presentation proposals

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is soliciting proposals for presentations at its 24th annual conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario in September 2018
(dates to be announced in January).

Main conference sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday, with workshops or seminars on Friday.

This conference will focus on two main themes, plus other areas of interest:

• Scottish family history
• Genetic genealogy

• Family history-related topics, such as military, immigration, technology, photographs.

BIFHSGO seeks proposals on these topics for lectures on Saturday and Sunday, as well as for workshops or seminars Friday.

A lecture is expected to be about 60 minutes in length, followed by a 10 to 15-minute question period. A workshop or seminar should last three hours.

Please send proposals to conference@bifhsgo.ca before January 31, 2018.

Each proposal must be submitted using the conference proposal form that includes:

  • Your full name, postal address, telephone number, and email address;
  • Format of the proposed presentation:
    - a lecture (or several lectures) during the conference on Saturday and Sunday. 
    - a seminar or hands-on workshop on Friday.
  • Presentation title (nine-word maximum);
  • An abstract of up to 200 words describing the presentation;
  • A 50-word description of your presentation for the conference brochure;
  • A 100-150 word biography;
  • Whether your presentation would be aimed at genealogists working at the beginner,
     intermediate, or advanced (specialist) level;
  • Your audiovisual requirements.

Comment: Over the years BIFHSGO has presented top genealogists at its conferences. This year will be no exception. In past years, when I've been on the program committee, proposals from members and others locally have been especially welcome.

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