The following announcement was written by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society:
The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch will be holding a day-long workshop on Saturday, August 11, 2007, that will acknowledge the important and very long-standing contribution of people with ancestry from the Netherlands.
We are looking for proposals for presentations on any aspect of Dutch family history, including (but not limited to) sources, research techniques, historical background, Dutch migration or settlement in Canada or other parts of the world, language or paleography, libraries, archives, and online resources.
Workshop participants may have emigrated from the Netherlands themselves, while others will have much more distant Dutch ancestry—perhaps through New Netherlands or other Dutch colonies. We hope to include topics of interest to all these groups.
We are looking for both very focused, and more general presentations, at various skill levels. Each session will be one hour long, including five or ten minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated—we can provide a computer projector or an overhead projector. Speakers will also be expected to provide a handout of supporting material (up to four pages) which we will copy for all registrants.
Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture, plus modest expenses.
Please send your proposal(s) by e-mail. Keep them brief and informal, at this point. (We may ask for more details later.) Be sure to include your postal address and telephone number, and a brief biography.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, May 4, 2007
To submit proposals or ask questions about the event, please contact Jane MacNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: All presentations will be in English, but if you would prefer to correspond with us in Dutch, we have the ability to translate.