[APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

barb at johnwylie.com barb at johnwylie.com
Fri Oct 2 12:15:46 MDT 2009

If I'm understanding Donn's message correctly, his question was why are
potential speakers required to submit lecture proposals more than a year
before the conference. With technology advancing at lightening speed, during
the long lead time, many resources become more accessible, more restricted,
or completely overshadowed by the conference date. Websites maintained by
volunteers may have been abandoned or the new webmaster may have made a weak
website into a treasure trove of information.

As a speaker, I've had to take time from my prepared lecture to point out
that Item #4 on the handout's resource list is no longer current.


Barbara Brixey Wylie

Grand Prairie, Texas

APG Member



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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unpublished research findings and breakthroughs, like more effective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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