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Call for Papers
October 13, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Oral History, Slavery





October 13-16, 2016  

Atlanta, Georgia  




Call for Papers  

AAHGS is pleased to announce an invitation to submit lecture proposals for the 37th National AAHGS Conference to be held at   

The Westin Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-16, 2016, hosted by the Metro Atlanta ChapterThe conference theme is:

The Ancestors on Our Minds: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER  

The 37th National AAHGS conference will celebrate the unique place of AfricanAmerican family history within local and national episodes in the American history narrative.   

The 2016 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for lectures and workshops that illuminate:  
  • Original Family and Community Historical Research  

  • Research Methodology and Strategies  

  • Best Research Practices in Family History  

  • Efficient Use of Genealogy Websites and Software  

  • Using Social Media for Genealogical Research  

  • The Best Use of Records and Repositories  

  • Effective Strategies for Researching, Writing, and Publishing Family Histories  

  • Research, Identifying and Using Antebellum Plantation Records  

  • Analysis of the Current State, Limitations, and Future of DNA and Genetic Genealogical Research  

  • Researching Church Membership Records  

  • Cohabitation Records/Lists, Marriage Certificates, Bonds and Licenses  

  • Topics specifically related to African-American Genealogy and History  (e.g. Miscegenation Records; Finding Your White Ancestors, Race-Mixing;  Passing; Relations of Blacks and Indians; Slave Labor and Work Habits; Slave Markets and Sales; Researching Plantations Records  

  • Impressment, Military, and Pension Records  

  • African Americans During Enslavement, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement  

  • African-American Labor, Migration, or Organizational History  

  • Tracing and Mapping Family Histories Across the Color Line  

  • Other topics relevant to the conference theme or the AAHGS Mission   

We are looking for presenters who have solidly researched their topic areas and are able to inform a diverse audience, and are able to deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations. We encourage the submission of advanced-level sessions for experienced researchers as well as beginner and intermediate-level sessions.  

Submission of Proposals  

Proposals must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format only, to ; hard copies will not be accepted Proposals must contain complete information suitable for submission in the printed version of the conference syllabus.    

Please submit the following information in its entirety:   

  • Name(s) of Presenter, address, telephone and email address  


Name: _______________________________________________________  

Company/Institution: ___________________________________________  

Address: _____________________________________________________  

City, State, Zip Code: ___________________________________________  

Telephone: ____________________ (cellular) _______________________ (evening)  

Email: _______________________________________________________  

 Will you allow audio or video recording of this session? ________________  

  • Session Title  

  • Research skill level of audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced)  

  • Presenter’s biography, not to exceed fifty words  

  • Recent headshot of presenter; photos should be sent as jpeg, tif, gif, or bmp.    

  • A two to four page summary of the proposed session (required), to include resources and/or bibliography, for inclusion in the conference syllabus. One or two paragraph summaries will not be accepted.  

  • Description of presentation, not to exceed fifty words, for inclusion in program brochure, website, press and news releases or other materials Summary of presenter’s recent speaking experience 

Deadline and Expectations  

The deadline for submission of conference proposals has been extended to February 29, 2016.  Proposals must be submitted by email to Each person may submit no more than three proposalsReceipt of all proposals will be acknowledged by email.All persons who submit proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by email promptly thereafter by March 31, 2016.  

AAHGS will provide:  

  1. An honorarium of $100 for each lecture or workshop session; if a presentation or workshop is conducted by more than one person, the honorarium will be divided among the speakers.  

  1. Complimentary Basic Registration (without meals), with conference syllabus  

  1. An LCD projector with standard laptop and standard projector-to-laptop connection/support. However, presenters using tablets must secure their own cables/connectivity. AAHGS cannot guarantee LCD projector-to-tablet connectivity, and encourages presenters to use laptops exclusively.   

  1. Internet access.    

  1. Promotion of the presenter and their lecture in internal and external conference materials, subject to consideration of the Conference Proceedings in the AAHGS Journal.  

Conference speakers will:  

  1. Present for one hour, including time for questions and answers  

  1. Provide high quality electronic presentations that are clear and readable  

  1. Provide their own laptop computers  

  1. Provide helpful and educational handout material at their own expense, if desired 

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