Call For Speakers: Sponsored Programming

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Press Release: JANUARY 25, 2024, Toronto, ON

Call for Speakers: Ontario Ancestors’ 2024 Centralized Programming

Ontario Ancestors is currently accepting proposals for our Branch and Special Interest Group centralized programming for 2024. Our live webinars will primarily take place on the second and third Thursdays of the month at 7pm ET using the Zoom platform.

Topics of Interest

A) We specifically invite proposals on the local genealogy, history, immigration, county-specific research resources, newspapers, religious & cultural communities, cemeteries… of the following areas of Ontario:
1. Elgin County
2. Haldimand and Norfolk Counties
3. Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Municipality
4. Perth County
5. Sault Ste Marie and District of Algoma

B) We specifically invite proposals on the following genealogy topics:
1. British Home Children
2. Ireland (excluding Irish-Palatine)
3. DNA/Genetic Genealogy

C) We also invite proposals on a wide range of topics, including intermediate/advanced levels. Some areas of interest from our 2024 Webinar Topic Survey were:

1. Methods and Tools for Research – Where to Research – Archives, Digital Collections, Libraries… Organizing & Storing Digital & Physical Records, Research Methodology (proof standards, copyright…)
2. Preserving and Communicating Our Family History – Preserving Family Heirlooms & Photographs, Genealogy Legacy/Will, Contributing to Your Genealogy Community (transcribing, donating…)
3. Researching Ethnic, Religious, and Cultural Communities – Protestant Ancestors, Female Ancestors / Women’s History, Catholic Ancestors, Quaker Ancestors, Indigenous Ancestors

Speakers may submit up to 3 proposals for consideration. All submissions will be reviewed, but only those chosen will be contacted by March 1, 2024. All other submissions will be retained and reviewed throughout the year for potential series, mini-conferences, or special topic webinars in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact: Kim Barnsdale at [email protected]

Submissions: Please use this link:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 15, 2024, at 11:59pm ET.

Compensation: Those chosen speakers will receive an honorarium for their webinar presentation.

About The Ontario Genealogical Society – Ontario Ancestors
The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is the leading society in all aspects of Ontario-related family history research, preservation, and communication. Our mission is to encourage, bring together, and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. The Ontario Genealogical Society is the largest genealogical society in Canada. Visit us at