National Genealogical Society to Showcase Societies, Libraries, Archives, and Museums

National Genealogical Society to Showcase Societies, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Register Now for NGS Live! Dear , Join us on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, when we dedicate an entire afternoon during the weeklong 2021 NGS Family History Conference to highlight creative and innovative genealogy research projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs).
Family historians are welcome to attend the SLAM! Idea Showcase and learn about research projects and programs around the country. During this free event, attendees will be able to view and browse virtual posters (short videos featuring the projects and programs), download handouts, and chat with individual poster presenters.
Guest host Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist, will open the event and announce the winner of the 2021 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship and the top poster winners. Community OutReach Specialist, Ashley Ramey, from the Library of Virginia will provide an overview of the library and its offerings. Scott Holl, Manager, History & Genealogy Department, at the St. Louis County Library will offer closing remarks. How to Attend SLAM! I’m Attending NGS Live! – You are automatically registered for SLAM! when you register for NGS 2021 Live!

I’m Not Attending NGS Live! – You can register for SLAM! separately for FREE.
  Register Now for NGS Live! To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s weeklong events, 17-21 May, visit the conference website and
download a copy of the program brochure.

A discounted Early Bird registration fee is available through 15 March 2021. Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

NGS 2021 Family History Conference

NGS is Excited to Announce
Thomas W. Jones
Speaking at NGS 2021 Live! Dear , We’re excited to announce Tom Jones’ NGS 2021 Live! session: Writing About and Documenting Genealogical Conclusions
Using DNA Test Results
Tom Jones will describe and demonstrate how authors present DNA test results, how they weave them into genealogical conclusions, and how they document DNA-related sources.

In this session Tom also discusses ways that genealogical articles, including DNA test results, differ from articles that do not include any DNA data. He also includes suggestions for handling test results from unresponsive test takers. You will learn how to structure and document articles, blog postings, and other genealogical writing that incorporates DNA test results. You will also will learn how to organize and present your own DNA test results along with documentary sources. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, is an award-winning genealogical author and researcher, and a popular speaker at conferences, institutes, and seminars. He wrote Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation, published by NGS and available for sale on our website. To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s weeklong events, 17-21 May, visit the conference website and
download a copy of the program brochure.

A discounted Early Bird registration fee is available through 15 March 2021.

NGS Delegate Council Virtual Kickoff Workshop

Dear Friends of Washington State Genealogical Society,

The NGS Delegate Council Virtual Kickoff Workshop is the first opportunity for NGS member organization delegates to work and learn together. The workshop is an opportunity to collaborate with peers from other genealogy organizations and learn more about the role of a delegate.

Scheduled for 17 May 2021, it is one of several new components of our week long virtual NGS 2021 Family History Conference focused on genealogy organizations.

Each NGS member organization is invited to “send” its delegate to the workshop which will be held entirely online. There is no fee to register. Delegates will receive their invitations soon.
The Virtual Kickoff Workshop is a time to learn about the Delegate Council–the new advisory body for genealogical organizations that are members of NGS. The Delegate Council provides a unique perspective and guidance to the NGS Board of Directors on genealogy and family history matters, and how NGS can best serve genealogy and family history organizations.

It’s also time to get to work! Delegates will share ideas and thoughts on genealogy organization management while charting a course for how the Council will work together.
The workshop will: Provide information about the structure and function of the Delegate Council Facilitate understanding of Delegate Council member roles Prepare members for effective collaboration on the Delegate Council. If you are unsure of your organization’s NGS membership status or its assigned delegate, please contact

NGS will record some portions of the workshop and make them available to member organizations on its website.
Learn more about the week-long events planned for NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference, 17-21 May. And be sure to take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.

Did you know NGS has a Facebook group for genealogy organization leaders?
Visit to join.

NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference

Registration Opened for NGS 2021 Family History Conference View this email in your browser NGS Announces Virtual 2021 Family History Conference
Registration Opens 1 February 2021

Registration for the NGS 2021 Family History Conference opened 1 February 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Plans for our forty-third annual conference include a full week of virtual events* for individuals, societies, and organizations 17-21 May 2021.
Monday, 17 May, begins the week with a Kickoff Workshop for the NGS Delegate Council, the new advisory committee for member organizations including yours. This inaugural workshop will focus on helping delegates understand their role within NGS. Please make sure the name of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society’s delegate is on file with NGS.
Tuesday, 18 May, presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, which highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). The day will also include presentations that assist librarians and others who serve genealogists.
In the coming days, we’ll be sending you a “call for proposals” for the SLAM! Idea Showcase.
On Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May, our premier two-day virtual conference event―NGS 2021 Live! ―features award-winning authors Dani Shapiro and Ric Murphy; an opening session by esteemed genealogist and Virginia expert Barbara Vines Little; and presentations by nationally recognized speakers including Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, Judy Russell, Eric Grundset, Craig Scott, Janice Lovelace, and more. Two full days are planned by NGS to offer exciting new ideas to energize family historians’ research, announce the winners of NGS awards, and offer a unique experience―the camaraderie of thousands of fellow genealogists from throughout the United States and the world. Program content will include bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.
The week ends with Focus on Societies on Friday, 21 May. This all-day event is devoted to presentations offering expert advice for genealogy society leaders—on managing and growing your genealogical or historical society. The day will feature fourteen session topics including Jill Morelli’s kickoff with ideas and opportunities based on lessons learned during the pandemic, and the Society Shoutout.

A group registration rate is available for Focus on Societies.
In addition to NGS Live!, we will offer a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. Those who purchase a package may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting in June. Other programs will be priced separately. Throughout the week a virtual Expo Hall will be available.
Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.
*Note: Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS will no longer be able to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.

FGS-NGS Merger Party

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are extremely pleased their merger will be finalized on 1 October 2020. We invite you to join us as we celebrate “the new NGS” on 1 October at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at a virtual merger event, featuring host Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. Grab some snacks, put on your party hat, get your noisemaker ready, and join us for an exciting evening of fun! Share the experience by posting a photo of yourself on social media using #NewNGS. To attend, simply click the link below and use passcode newngs.

Help us commemorate FGS and salute the new NGS by creating a digital card with Vivid-Pix. Submit by 5 October to see your card live on the NGS website.

FGS-NGS Merger Vote

A Toast to the Future! FGS Membership Approves Decision to Merge with NGS
The boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) are thrilled to announce that the FGS membership has voted to approve the merger with NGS. The final tally of eligible voters expressed unanimous support for the merger.
“We are so excited about the bright future of the combined organization that is the new NGS. During the process of preparing for this merger, we have seen a unified commitment and huge enthusiasm of the leaders for serving family history organizations,” said Faye Stallings, FGS President.
“We are so thrilled to be ready to welcome all of the FGS membership to the new NGS,” said Ben Spratling, NGS President. “This merger is all about building a strong, vibrant community of family history organizations that assist people as they discover their ancestors, connect with their relatives, and learn their family stories. This is an exciting time to be part of the genealogy community.”
While there are still several steps before the merger is effective on 1 October 2020, the vote was a big milestone on the way to creating the “new” NGS. The next big step is the NGS election, which will take place from noon (CDT) on Friday, 28 August 2020, and close at 5:45 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, 1 September 2020. 
The slate of candidates includes several candidates with connections to FGS. Cheri Hudson Passey, the FGS Secretary, is the candidate for the new NGS role of Vice President of Society & Organization Management. Current FGS Board member Ed Donakey is nominated as Secretary of NGS, and current FGS President Faye Jenkins Stallings is nominated as a director. Former FGS President David Rencher, who replaced Mike Hall on the NGS Board earlier this year, is also again nominated. Three other first-time nominees to the NGS Board are Colleen Robledo Greene of California; Marlis Humphrey of Florida; and Andre Kearns of Washington, DC.
Keep an eye on the NGS-FGS Merger Gathering Place for more exciting merger news!

NGS 2020 Conference Salt Lake City

The National Genealogical Society will hold its annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, in Salt Lake City, May 20-23, 2020.

Pre-registration is open until April 17, and there is an early-bird discount of $35 for registrations postmarked / submitted by March 17th. On-site registration will begin on Tuesday, May 19th.

There will also be special student pricing available for the conference. 

Registration is available by mail or online at:

Click Here for Conference Brochure

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Erin Pritchett
Host Committee Publicity Chair

Utah Genealogical Society/NGS 2020

FGS & NGS Plan to Merge

Today is a landmark day in the history of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. We are excited to tell you that this morning, at our national conference in Washington D. C., we announced our intent to merge with the National Genealogical Society.

The Federation was formed in 1976 in order to provide support to genealogical and historical societies. Key objectives during the past four decades have been to: promote the study of genealogy, stimulate the activities of state and local organizations, provide resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions, advocate for the preservation of records. The intended merger with NGS will enhance our ability to support societies and offer services that will help strengthen them and help them to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing, technology-driven, volunteer-challenged environment.

You can read the full press release of the announcement on the FGS Voice blog.
  Preserve the Pensions Project You may be wondering how the merger will affect the Preserve the Pensions project. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 and raised more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising for the project was completed in 2016.

The Preserve the Pensions project will continue under its existing arrangements. FGS has an agreement with NARA for the preservation and digitization of the records and Ancestry is coordinating the digitization process. The funds for completing this project are set aside in restricted accounts.
  Conferences We also wanted to let you know that plans are still in place to hold our annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2020. Starting in 2021, the combined organization will hold one conference with four full days of genealogical lectures and a fifth day dedicated to society management topics.

I believe this merger will serve our members and the genealogical community by improving the support of both individuals and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.


Faye Stallings
FGS President