RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations

RootsTech 2016 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah 3-6 February 2016 - the call for presentations will take place from 12-30 June 2016.

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events, that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call For Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE. We encourage you to review all the information found in each of the guidelines before submitting.

Presentation submissions will be accepted from June 12 to June 30, 2015, through the Call For Presentations portal on

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:

RootsTech Categories:


  • Finding and Organizing: search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond-basic skills and resources


  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes


  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools

Innovator Summit Categories:

  • Developer: standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on.
  • Business: funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship.

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections trough technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create opportunities within the family history and adjacent industries.

Do you know a great presenter?

Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this email with him or her.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at

I Am SO There! Blogger Badge Contest – Genealogy Jamboree

If you are attending the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree June 5-7, 2015 in Burbank, then get your special blogger badge!

If you plan on attending the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank, California to be held June 5-7, 2015 AND you have a genealogy blog, then grab your special badge!

Click here to visit the SCGS Jamboree blog (yes, this event is so big it has its own blog!) and follow the instructions to add the badge to your site with a link to Jamboree.

Enter the Blogger Badge Contest

Once you’ve set up your badge, then send an email to the Jamboree social media staff at and you’ll be entered to win a free Jamboree registration!

Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors Invited Too!

I am one of several speakers at this year’s Jamboree and I hope to see many of my readers there.  I’m proud to display the Speaker badge on this site so others will know to find me at this year’s Jamboree.

Visit the Jamboree blog for more information on how to download badges for your site!

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2016 FGS National ​Conference: Call for ​Presentation Proposals

The Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2016 Conference will be held in Springfield, IL 21 Aug - 3 Sept 2016. Here are details on the call for presentations.

[Editor’s Note: Once again the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ national conference returns to Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – and I am serving as the National Publicity Chair. If you are a genealogy speaker, please consider submitting one or more proposals for the conference. For non-speakers, please save the date!]

February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

“Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

  • Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.
  • Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.
  • Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.
  • Great Britain and the former British Empire​:​ (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India)​;​ the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.
  • Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.
  • Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.
  • Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.
  • Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.
  • Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.
  • Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; education projects and events; society leadership; team building, implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal, which will open 20 February 2015. The Call for Presentation​ Proposals is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015.

This deadline is for all proposal submissions including sponsored presentations.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at

Sponsored Presentations

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

​For more information, 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. To learn more visit

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