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Find Your Ancestors

Proposal submissions for our 2025 genealogy webinar series,
Find Your Ancestors,
will open soon.

Thanks for your interest in being a presenter for the popular Find Your Ancestors series at APL. Check back here this summer for when we re-open calls for presentations. The submission form will appear in this spot.


Since 2014, the Find Your Ancestors series has provided genealogy education to over 10,000 attendees. The series reaches an average of over 150 national and international attendees each month. Returning to a renovated library in 2025, we are excited to offer a hybrid program environment for both in-person and virtual presenters. Presentations are free and open to the public.

We encourage proposals on a wide range of genealogy topics geared toward an audience of genealogists of all skill levels. Ideally, presentations should include content for all levels. Here is a list of topics covered in the series. We are committed to offering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We welcome proposals from in person and virtual speakers of all skill levels to submit a proposal.

Please direct any questions about the series or call for presentations to Katie Stilp, Local History Librarian, via the General Contact Form or call 920-832-6173.

Thank you for your interest in providing a presentation to our community.


Please submit your proposal here no later than Sunday, September 1, 2024.


Programs are conducted virtually or in-person at the library (225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI). The sessions are simultaneously streamed via Zoom.

Programs are scheduled for up to 2 hours, with a brief introduction by library staff, 45-75 minutes devoted to the lecture, and a Q&A session facilitated by library staff. Presentations longer than 45-75 minutes will be considered on an individual basis, and estimated length should be noted in presentation proposal.

Presentations should be illustrated using a slide presentation program such as PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, or Keynote. Virtual presenters should be prepared to use their own computer, webcam, and microphone, and make sure equipment is working properly prior to the start of the program. In-person presenters will be provided with equipment or may choose to bring their own.


Selected presenters should be prepared to provide a handout for attendees. Handouts could be a simple outline, a listing of resources referred to, and/or a copy of the slide deck.


If the speaker allows, presentations are recorded and archived on our YouTube channel for later viewing.

Recording preferences are negotiable and can be discussed with selected presenters.


We offer an honorarium to presenters (or their affiliate organization) to be paid after successful completion of the program. Honorariums are provided by the Friends of the Appleton Public Library.


Presentations will be selected in accordance with our budget and our programming policy.

Library staff will review proposals in September and contact selected speakers via email. Presenters will be required to electronically sign a performance contract and provide a completed W9 form. Letters of regret will not be sent out until all invited speakers have responded.