Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces

Call for Proposals for 2018 Fall Conference – UPDATED



February 1, 2018 — Springfield, IL: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their Call for Proposals for the Fall 2018 Conference – Celebrating Our Ancestors – to be held October 26 & 27, 2018 at President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Springfield, Illinois.


The featured genealogical speaker will be Thomas W. Jones PhD, CG®, CGLSM, FASG, FUGA, FNGS.


ISGS will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary and the State’s Bicentennial. The ISGS Conference draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional as well as the hobbyist from Illinois and the surrounding states.


The program committee is seeking new, charismatic and engaging presentations. Suggested topics include:

  • Illinois History, Immigration, Records, and Repositories
  • Brickwall Strategies
  • DNA
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Methodology
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Technology


Criteria for Presentations

Presentations will be 60 minutes, with 10 minutes reserved for questions and answers. Speakers must provide their own digital projector and laptop.


Submission of Proposals

Speakers may submit up to 6 presentations.  Those interested in presenting lectures must submit their proposals through the online application form, click here. All submissions must include: 


  • Speaker's full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • Speaker biography, not to exceed 25 words
  • Title of presentation, not to exceed 15 words
  • Detailed presentation summary, not to exceed 25 words
  • Brief, but detailed outline
  • Audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all
  • Current and previous speaking/presentation engagements


Speaker Compensation

Selected speakers will receive complimentary conference registration and digital syllabus; honorarium OF $150.00 per lecture; travel compensation depending on location of speaker's residence; and hotel accommodation(s) based on the number of days lectures are presented.


Submission Deadline and Notification

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 23, 2018.


Notifications will be sent via email to all speakers who submitted proposals no later than March 23, 2018. Syllabus format guidelines and deadline will be sent to selected speakers at that time. 

Contact the Conference Committee at with any questions.


About the Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was founded in 1968 to stimulate a public interest in the people and families that contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.