The following announcement was written by the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium:
11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference
Exploring New Paths to Your Roots
6-10 April 2011
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place and Springfield Marriott
Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held 6-10 April 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 March 2010. Lecture proposals may be submitted at any time prior to that date by email or regular mail to the addresses listed below.
The Conference is sponsored by The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC); an umbrella organization comprised of over twenty genealogical and historical societies in the region. In keeping with the Conference theme, Exploring New Paths to Your Roots, NERGC 2011 will help genealogists explore:
- New research pathways, methodologies, and strategies, including technology and online resources;
- The “pathways” their ancestors followed into and out of New England (including where and why they moved and settlement and migration patterns);
- Ethnic genealogy of all types, especially British Isles, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, African American, and Native American;
- New approaches to discovering their ancestors’ worlds through directories, maps, atlases, gazetteers, and online imagery;
- Systematic approaches for finding and utilizing record sources (such as religious, civil, cemetery, military, newspapers, etc.);
- The wealth of information available in New England's repositories (archives, libraries, historical societies, etc.);
- New ways to plan and prepare for a successful research trip, including resources close to home;
- General genealogical skills and techniques;
- Family history writing and publishing
Preference will be given to topics relating to the Conference theme. NERGC will also consider proposals for hands-on workshops relating to the above areas. Advanced research topics are especially welcome.
Each session will last one hour, including questions and answers. Hands-on workshops should last 2-3 hours. Speakers must provide camera-ready syllabus material by 1 December 2010. The syllabus will be distributed at the conference in print and/or digital format.
There is no limit to the number of proposals that each speaker can submit. Each participating NERGC society must propose one speaker (who does not need to be a member of that society) for one session; proposals for sponsored speakers must be approved by the program chair. The honorarium for sponsored speakers is determined by the sponsoring society. The honorarium for non-sponsored speakers is $225 per lecture. All speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration. NERGC does not cover travel, hotel, or per diem expenses.
Please include the following information with each one-page proposal. Submissions not containing the following information or not adhering to the following guidelines may be disqualified from consideration.
- Title of the lecture
- Brief but comprehensive lecture outline or abstract demonstrating the relationship to Conference theme
- Short lecture summary (50 words or less) for the Conference brochure
- Audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced
- Audio/visual requirements (NERGC supplies a screen and microphone; speakers must supply their own LCD projectors)
- Speaker's full name, address, email, telephone, and fax
- Society or organization sponsorship (if applicable)
- Brief speaker biography (75 words or less) for the Conference brochure
- Resumé of previous lecture experience
Submissions may be mailed or emailed to the program chair at the following address on or before 1 March 2010:
Allison L. Ryall - NERGC 2011 - 32 Arundel Road - Raymond, ME 04071
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put NERGC 2011 in the subject line)