The Manitoba Genealogical Society would like to invite speakers to submit lecture proposals for our first provincial conference being held in Winnipeg on June 12-14, 2020.  The theme is “Celebrating 150 years of Manitoba”.

Please include an introduction letter with the following information:

  1. Speaker’s name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number
  4. Email address
  5. Brief speaker biography (not to exceed 50 words)
  6. List of recent lecture experience, if any

Each session will be 60 minutes including questions and answers.  Each speaker may submit up to six proposals.  For each session you are submitting please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Lecture title, not to exceed ten words, and a brief, but comprehensive outline
  • Topic
  • Short summary (not to exceed 50 words) to be used in the syllabus
  • Topic(s) from the list below
  • Audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • A/V or support requirements needed (ie: laptop, WiFi, LCD projector, screen, flipchart, connection to sound system).

In keeping with our conference theme, “Celebrating 150 years of Manitoba”, successful proposals should address these topics:

  • Local area in Manitoba
  • Manitoba
  • Canada
  • Back to basics
  • General research tips
  • Problem solving, methodology and new approaches to traditional research
  • Successful research planning and project implementation
  • Research specifically focused on social, cultural, racial and ethnic groups
  • Sharing and preserving your family history through writing, photography, digital media, etc.
  • DNA: beginner, intermediate and advanced lectures on DNA, genetic genealogy and the application and integration with traditional family history
  • Interesting uses of records including religious, civil, land, probate, military, maritime and newspaper
  • Technology: Providing solutions to improve genealogical research

Submissions should be contained to one email to  Subject line should read “Call for Papers Conference 2020”.  The email should include a PDF of your presentation’s introduction plus outline.  One session per page.  Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019.  You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submissions.

Your speaker biography and photo will be displayed on our website, used in social media and promotional advertising.

Speakers should plan to submit a handout of no more than four pages by 31 January 2020 in MS-Word.  This handout and the speaker biography will be included in the conference syllabus.  Please note: handout materials should not contain advertisements.  If you wish to include graphics, PDF your handouts.  The graphic designer will contact you with any questions.

Selection Process and Notification of Acceptance

Each submission will be reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Completeness and accuracy of submission
  • Category/relevance to intended conference audience
  • Schedule availability. Space is limited.  Please indicate your preference date and time (ie. Morning or afternoon, June 13 or 14)
  • Level of presentation. The organizers encourage presentations aimed at different levels of knowledge; beginner, intermediate or advanced.
  • Style of presentation (so we can provide attendees with a variety of session formats to choose from).

As this will be our first provincial conference, MGS has limited funds to provide for honorariums, accommodations and travel expenses.  Submitters whose proposals are selected will receive the following:

  • Complementary speaker registration and digital syllabus
  • Meals during the conference


Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored presentations for the 2020 MGS conference.  The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the lecture, which includes travel, accommodations, meals and other associated costs.  Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements and will receive complimentary registration and electronic syllabus materials.  The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 31 May 2019.  The program committee reserves the right to discuss with any interested sponsoring organization alternate options to participate in the program.


Please email with any questions.

About the Manitoba Genealogical Society

The Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is a provincial genealogical organization that endeavours to promote genealogical research and the writing of family histories.  It is a registered charity formed in 1976 and incorporated in 1982.

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