Webinars 2019 RFP

Minnesota Genealogical Society
Call for Presentation Proposals
2019 Genealogy Webinars
The Minnesota Genealogical Society invites proposals for its 2018 MGS Genealogy Webinars. Webinars are scheduled at 7 p.m. (Central Time) the first Wednesday of
  • February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December
The MGS Education Committee especially encourages proposals for presentations with content relating to Minnesota and Upper Midwest resources and important Upper Midwest ethnic groups, including, but not limited to, Swedish, German, Norwegian, French Canadian, and Yankees.
The Committee invites proposals for any of three kinds of topics.
a) "how-to" lectures dealing with a variety of genealogical sources, including, but not limited to such topics as:
  •  Midwest land and tax records
  •  Immigration and naturalization records
  •  Midwest migration and settlement
  •  Vital records
  •  Midwest church and cemetery records
  •  Midwest State censuses
  •  General courthouse research
  •  Wills and probate records
  •  Genetic Genealogy
  •  Midwest libraries and archives
  •  Remote access to Library of Congress and National Archives records.
b) webinars demonstrating emerging technology for genealogy, including, but not limited to, such topics as:
  •  Social media as a research tool
  •  Getting the most from updates in Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, or other widely used genealogy sites
  •  Creative Internet research strategies
  •  Cloud computing for genealogy
  •  Software for managing, organizing and analyzing genealogical information
  •  Genetic genealogy data analysis
c) Lectures focusing on methodology and problem-solving case studies, including, but not limited to, research and analysis skills and tools such as:
  •  Combining DNA with traditional analysis
  •  Land platting
  •  Mapping
  •  Timelines and spreadsheets
  •  Writing proof arguments, and
  •  Solving problems with indirect evidence
Audience: The typical audience includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists. Ideally, lectures should offer something of value for all experience levels. Participants may be MGS members, but live webinars are also open to nonmembers.
Format: Webinars are delivered through GoToWebinar. Webinars are scheduled for one hour. Lectures of 45 to 50 minutes are preferred, leaving time for questions. Lectures should be illustrated, using Powerpoint or a similar slide presentation program compatible with GoToWebinar. MGS provides a moderator who will introduce the webinar and manage the Q&A. MGS's GoToWebinar contract permits attendance of up to 100 registrants.
Recording: Webinars will be recorded, and recordings will be posted online in the members-only section of the MGS website, for up to three years following the event.
Handouts: Speakers are expected to provide handouts for attendees in digital format (preferably PDF). The length of handout can vary, but four pages should be adequate for most presentations. The handout should include more than a topical outline of the presentation. The handout must be emailed to the specified MGS representative at least five days prior to the webinar.

Compensation: MGS offers a $100 speaker honorarium. Speaker expenses are not reimbursed. Payment will be made upon receipt of an invoice from the speaker.
Submission Requirements: Submit proposals no later than November 15, 2017 using the online submission form at http://mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=124. If you have a preference for month of presentation, please indicate. Submit a separate entry for each lecture proposal. Please submit no more than three proposals.

Proposal Acceptance: Invitations to present 2018 webinars will be issued by January 5, 2018.
Please direct questions about the webinars or this call for presentations to mgswebinars@gmail.com or webinars@mngs.org.