The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society invites proposals for our series of 2023 genealogy webinars. The webinars are presented via the GoToWebinar software platform, 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 Canadian, Yankee, 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 patterns1
f) Midwest libraries and archives
g) Church and cemetery records
h) Maps and Midwest geography
2) Webinars demonstrating current and emerging technologies such as:
a) DNA and apps for working with DNA test results
b) Software for organizing and analyzing genealogical information such as Evernote, Mind Maps, and Evidentia
c) Effective use of specific online sites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, 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 the GoToWebinar platform. 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 permanently archived on the members-only section of our website.
Webinar dates for 2023 are:
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.
Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals no later than September 1, 2022 on the WSGS Webinar Proposal form. If you have months you are not available, or a preference for months, please indicate that on the form. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. After completing the form, please 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 Microsoft Word version, please contact Jonah at JonahJung3233@yahoo.com for assistance.
Submit proposals to: Jonah Jung, JonahJung3233@yahoo.com
Questions: Please direct questions about the webinars or the call for proposals to Jonah Jung at JonahJung3233@yahoo.com