British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Call for Speakers - 2020 Conference

Irish Lines and Female Finds: Researching Your Irish Roots and Female Ancestors
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is seeking proposals for presentations at its 26th annual conference, 25–27 September 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Our main conference sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday, with workshops or seminars on Friday.
Conference themes
This year's conference will focus on  
  • Researching Irish family history
  • Finding female ancestors 
  • DNA, in particular mtDNA and use of the x-chromosome in autosomal matching
Details on the conference, together with the information required in proposals, are noted below.
BIFHSGO invites proposals for presentations on these themes and other topics of interest to our members and other genealogists. We are also seeking proposals for half- or full-day workshops or seminars on the Friday before the conference. 
Please send your proposals to before January 31, 2020.
Writing a Proposal for a Presentation/Workshop/Seminar
Please complete the Call for Presentation Proposals form for each presentation/workshop/seminar that you are proposing.
Each proposal should include (in Word format):  
  • your full name, postal address, telephone number, and email address
  • the format of the proposed presentation:
    • a lecture (or several lectures) during the conference, or
    • a seminar or hands-on workshop on the Friday before the conference―indicate if the seminar or workshop would be a half-day (three hours) or a full day
  • the title of the presentation/workshop/seminar
  • a one- or two-sentence description of your talk (for the conference brochure)
  • a 50 to 200-word abstract of each presentation outlining the objectives and content of your presentation (for the conference program)
  • a 100 to 150-word biography
  • whether your presentation would be aimed at genealogists working at the beginner (general), intermediate, or advanced (specialist) level
  • whether you would provide a two to four-page handout for your talk, including a summary, references, web addresses, etc.
  • whether you would be willing to have your presentation recorded
  • your audiovisual requirements, and
  • your internet requirements.
 A PDF version of this page is available for your convenience.