Call for Proposals: 2021


The Missouri State Genealogical Association Announces

Call for Proposals:   2021 Virtual Family History Conference

 The Missouri Sate Genealogical Association 2021 Virtual Family History Conference,  

1821-2021 - Two Hundred Years of Missouri Statehood, will be live on Zoom 6-7 August 2021, and recorded and made available to attendees for three months following the conference. MOSGA  opens the call for proposals on 15 February 2021, and proposals will be accepted until 15 April 2021.

Our forebears shaped us, and continue to shape us in manners of thinking, working, living and believing that parents taught and passed down to their children from generation to generation. Genealogical research is the tracing of an individual's ancestral history using historical records, both official and unofficial. Understanding records, and how to use them, enables researchers to move beyond names and dates to discover the lives of our ancestors.

 The goal of the 2021 MOSGA conference will be to celebrate 200 years of statehood by helping us learn of our connections to our ancestors, and what we can learn about them. Conference subjects of interest include:

·                     Historical migrations, trails, and events that affected patterns of settlement

·                     Hard-to-find ancestors who seem to disappear from records

·                     Approaches to rural and urban research

·                     Military records

·                     Occupations and trades

·                     Religions and related record collections

·                     Ethnic resources and research techniques

·                     Postcards, letters, diaries, manuscripts, and artifacts

MOSGA encourages proposals that demonstrate methods to help genealogists accurately identify ancestors through reasonably exhaustive research, proper source citations, analysis and correlation, resolution of conflicts, and sound reasoning and coherent writing.

Speakers may submit up to four lecture proposals electronically. The speaker compensation will be $100 for each accepted lecture plus an additional $50 per lecture for syllabus material if submitted by the due date.

MOSGA members will receive first consideration as speakers. Notifications for acceptance will be issued in May 2021. Syllabus material, due 15 July 2021, (either 2 or 4 pages) is required for each lecture or workshop presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants. PowerPoint or similar presentation programs are expected from the speakers. Presenters must be able to access zoom from their home or office to make the presentations and supply their own web camera and microphone.

Sponsored Lecture Proposals
If your genealogical organization would like to sponsor a lecture at the 2021 MOSGA Conference, email us at

Please consider preparing a proposal for the 2020 MOSGA conference.

—The MOSGA Conference Committee