[APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

Jeanette Daniels jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 1 22:52:40 MDT 2009


Donn,

Thank you for bringing this up.  I agree that there needs to be more flexibility .

Jeanette




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From: "DonnDevine at aol.com" <DonnDevine at aol.com>
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Subject: [APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings


I just received an invitation from a large professional organization in another discipline to submit an abstract for a possible presentation at its March 2010 national meeting. The lead time is four to five months, depending on the subject matter, with the applicable cutoff dates set by the committees responsible for different portions of the program.

Our national genealogical organizations have submission deadlines up to 14 months in advance of the meetings, with the result that there is little or no opportunity for recent developments and discoveries to be considered for the program.

In most professions where research plays an important role, national conferences are the means by which practitioners stay on the cutting edge. Conference presentation usually precedes publication in peer-reviewed journals. However, in genealogy the very early conference proposal deadlines give print journals a clear edge on timely reporting of new findings.

Can anyone explain why genealogy is so different from other scholarly disciplines? Are presenters unable to propose recent discoveries because of the early deadlines? Or do conference planners even look for previously unpublished research findings and breakthroughs, like more effective methodologies, discovery of old errors, or use of novel sources?

Donn Devine, CG, CGL
Wilmington DE 

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.


      
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