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Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 15

It’s one of the lead-off events of the 2022 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, Our American Mosaic.

It’s going to be fun.

It’s going to be free.

And the deadline for being part of it is coming up fast.

As in five days away fast.

As in Tuesday, March 15.

It’s the SLAM! Idea Showcase — scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the NGS conference in Sacramento — and it’s the second-ever opportunity for key parts of the genealogical community to highlight their creative and innovative projects or programs through poster or video submissions.

NGS SLAM event graphic

SLAM is the acronym for Societies, Libraries, Archives and Museums. This key sector of our community is often the engine of innovation and, too often, doesn’t get the attention and credit it deserves.

Therefore, the SLAM! Idea Showcase: a chance for societies, libraries, archives and museums to — um, what’s the technical term here? oh yeah — strut their stuff. To show off what they’re doing to serve the genealogical community.

The showcase, sponsored by Vivid-Pix, will consist of informational presentations and “how-to” demonstrations (maximum five minutes) that give these folks a chance to get their names out there, share what they’re doing, and help others learn what can be done. Submissions can be in one of two formats: posters or MP4 videos with closed captioning. (There’s more information about both formats on the NGS website submissions page.)

The top submissions get cash prizes, and everybody gets a chance to show off what they’re doing to the conference attendees. And all SLAM! videos will be posted to the NGS YouTube channel in June 2022.

As with last year, The Legal Genealogist gets to play emcee for this part of the NGS conference and I can tell you this will be fun. And — just showing how important this is to us all — it’s free to conference attendees.

But… time is running.

If you or your society, library, archives or museum wants to be part of this, a PDF of your poster or your complete no-longer-than-five-minute video and submission has to be in on Tuesday, March 15.

Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. To share your great ideas and how you did it with others so they can learn from you. The SLAM Committee would particularly love to see submissions featuring partnerships with other organizations, as well as programs and resources for under-served communities. You don’t have to be a member of NGS — all nonprofits and public institutions serving genealogists and family historians are eligible.

So check out the submission details at the NGS website. Remember that submissions aren’t being judged for fancy — they’re being judged on being good ideas for genealogy.

And if you personally aren’t a potential submitter, please send this post along to the folks from your favorite society, library, archives or museum.

Let’s see what our societies, libraries, archives and museums are doing for us — and they can do for each other.

It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s got a deadline for submissions.

Tuesday. March 15.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “NGS and its grand SLAM,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 11 Mar 2022).

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