Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Call for Proposals

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society invites proposals for our series of 2020 genealogy webinars.  The webinars are via the GoToWebinars.com software, and are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. central time.
The Society is particularly interested in proposals with content relating to Wisconsin and upper Midwest resources, including ethnic groups prominent in Wisconsin such as German, Polish, Scandinavian, French Canadians, Yankees, Czech, and Irish.
We encourage proposals on a wide range of topics in three broad types:
1.       “How-to” lectures dealing with types of genealogical sources, including:
a.       Land and tax records for Wisconsin/the Midwest
b.       Midwest church and cemetery records
c.       Court records
d.       Immigration and naturalization records
e.       Migration patterns
f.        Midwest Libraries and archives
g.       Church and cemetery records
h.       Maps and Midwest geography

2.       Webinars demonstrating current and emerging technology such as:
a.       DNA and apps for using DNA test results
b.       Software for organizing and analyzing genealogical information such as Evernote, Mind Maps, Evedentia
c.       Effective use of specific online sites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, etc.
d.       Social media tools
3.       Lectures on methodology and problem-solving case studies, particularly with a Midwest/Wisconsin focus.
Audience:  Our audience includes genealogists of all skill levels.  Ideally presentations should include content for all levels.  Please indicate audience skill level in your proposal—B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
Format:  WSGS uses GoToMeeting for webinar delivery.  Webinars are scheduled for one hour.  The preferred format is a lecture of 45 to 50 minutes, with the remainder of the time for audience questions.  Lectures should be illustrated using PowerPoint or a similar compatible slide presentation program.  Live webinars are free and open to all.  Recorded webinars are archived in our members’ only section on our website.
Webinar dates for 2020 are:       January 21st         February 18th     March 17th          April 21st 
May 19th              June 16th              July 21st                 August 18th         September 15th
October 20th       Nov. 17th              December 15th
Handout:  Speakers will provide a 2-4 page PDF handout two weeks prior to the webinar.
Compensation:   WSGS offers a negotiable honorarium to presenters to be paid after completion of the webinar. Because we are a small non-profit striving to provide an array of quality webinars, any reduction in your normal charge is appreciated.
Submission Requirements:  Submit your proposals no later than October 9th, 2019 on the WSGS PDF speaker lecture proposal form available at:    https://wsgs.org/cpage.php?pt=282  If you have months you are not available, or a preference for months, please indicate.  Use a separate form for each lecture you submit.  After completing the form, save it FIRST with your name and lecture title and then e-mail it to the address below.  If you have trouble with the form or need a MS Word version, please contact Jonah at JonahJung3233@yahoo.com for assistance.  
Submit proposals to: Jonah Jung JonahJung3233@yahoo.com
Please direct questions about the webinars or the call for papers to Jonah Jung at JonahJung3233@yahoo.com

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