Illinois State Genealogical Society


Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces

Call for Proposals for 2019 Fall Conference


February 1, 2019 — Springfield, IL: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their Call for Proposals for the Fall 2019 Conference – Connecting the Dots . . . Research, DNA & Ethnicity – to be held October 25 & 26, 2019 at Chicago Marriott Naperville, Illinois.


The ISGS Conference draws attendees of all experience levels, from 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
  • 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 for consideration. Submission must be made 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) depending on location of speaker's residence and based on the number of days lectures are presented.


Submission Deadline and Notification

The deadline for submission of proposals is March 15, 2019.


Notifications will be sent via email to all speakers who submitted proposals no later than March 21, 2019. 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.