Register 5 Members or Staff for only $100 Focus on Societies

Register 5 Members or Staff for only $100
Dear Friends at Washington State Genealogical Society,

We are so excited about this year’s virtual Focus on Societies program that we are offering societies a special group discount of more than 42% off the regular registration fee. Focus on Societies is virtual 21 May 2021.
 
Register five representatives by 12 May for Focus on Societies and you will pay only $20 per person. That’s $15 off the registration fee of $35 per person and a total discount of $75.

NGS is offering such a generous discount to insure that your officers and staff can attend all twelve lectures in three separate breakout sessions. Registrants also will be able to access the lectures on-demand in mid-June.
 
Communications to Members Finding Good Material for Society Newsletters Focused Learning and Collaboration: Special Interest Groups in Your Genealogical Society Website and Social Media Communications and Content Strategies for Societies Using Your Genealogical Society’s Email List to Nurture and Grow Your Society  Managing Events Society Management—Volunteer Motivations: Getting and Keeping Your Volunteers A Walk Among the Tombstones: Preparing for and Presenting a Cemetery Tour Event Management Intro for Local Genealogy Societies Grow Your Society with Quality Events  Going Virtual! Online Meetings: Helping Your Society Move into a Virtual World Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Use the TxSGS Preservation Capture System for Your Society’s Digitization Going Virtual with the Next Generation: Involving Younger People in Virtual Meetings Digital Marketing for the Modern Society Jill Morelli’s opening talk on how challenges and lessons learned during the pandemic led to innovative ideas and new opportunities; Society Shout Out, when we’ll share the best ideas from societies and organizations; and Cheri Hudson Passey’s update on how NGS is supporting societies after its merger with FGS, including plans for new benefits and initiatives.  Your leadership team also will enjoy By the way, spread the word since this offer is available to all genealogical and historical societies. Membership in NGS is not required.
Register 5 Members of Staff for only $100
To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference website and
download a copy of the program brochure.
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.

Twelve Days to Register for NGS 2021 Live!

Twelve Days to Register for NGS 2021 Live!
Register Today! You have only twelve days left to register for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Live! We can give you twelve great reasons to attend. Nineteen Sessions with live Q&A and later available on-demand presented by nationally recognized speakers including Barbara Vines Little, Thomas W. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and more.
  Exclusively for NGS Live!—A presentation by special guest speaker and award-winning author Dani Shapiro. Her talk, Family Secrets, will not be available later.
  Twenty-one, free On-Demand!, sponsored bonus sessions.
  A Conference Syllabus including more than 130 session handouts for future reference.
  Admittance to the NGS four-day Virtual Expo Hall, 18-21 May, with more than thirty exhibitors
  Free Access to Ancestry, 18-21 May, including Ancestry, Fold3, and Newspapers Publishers Extra. 
  Inclusion in drawings of terrific giveaways, including:  Five, Annual World Explorer memberships to Ancestry Five, Annual Fold3 subscriptions Five, Annual Newspapers.com Publisher’s Extra subscriptions Five, Ancestry DNA kits Three, One Year MyHeritage Complete Plans Two, MyHeritage DNA Kits Two, Free registrations for the NGS 2022 Family History Conference in Sacramento, CA Two, One-year NGS Memberships
  Free access on 18 May to the SLAM! Idea Showcase highlighting innovative projects and programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs) around the United States.
  The first of fourteen BCG Skillbuilding Lectures. During Live! Craig R. Scott discusses establishing identity and kinship with military records. On-Demand features thirteen additional BCG sessions. 
  Ten lectures on DNA. Leading off our DNA session during Live! are Angie Bush and Crista Cowan, whose lectures are Leveraging Genetic Networks to Break Down Brick Walls and AncestryDNA: Putting Your DNA Results to Work to Further Your Research, respectively. Eight more sessions on DNA will be available on-demand.
  Eight sessions focused on African American genealogy. The Live! lectures feature Ric Murphy, The Story of Virginia: Arrival of the First Africans; and Janice Lovelace, Going Offline: Finding African American Resources. Another six sessions are included in On-Demand!  
  Thirteen sessions on the rich genealogical history of Virginia, America’s first permanent English colony. Four leading genealogists open up discussions during Live! They include:  Eric G. Grundset, Virginia’s Anglican/Episcopal Church Parishes and Their Surviving Records;  Judy G. Russell, Wilde Beasts, Sabbath Breakers, and Incorrigible Rogues: Early Virginia Laws;  Vic Dunn, Scotch Irish from Pennsylvania Through Virginia and the Carolinas; and Shelley  Viola Murphy, Virginia Burned Counties: So What? An additional nine lectures are included in the On-Demand Virginia track.
Additional On-Demand sessions are available in packages of twenty or forty sessions of your choice. 

These are just some of the highlights of NGS Live! Don’t miss out on a rich array of learning opportunities for every area of interest and every level of expertise in family history.
  Register Today!
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.

A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: NGS Conference

A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift:
The National Genealogical Society
2021 Family History Conference
Register a Special Mom Today Dear Friend,

Are you at a loss over what gift to give for Mother’s Day? Dinner out at a special restaurant may still not work this year. Round-trip airline tickets to visit you may not be an option for everyone just yet either. But, if your special mom is interested in her family’s history, a gift of registration to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual 2021 Family History Conference might be the perfect gift for her.
 
On Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May 2021, from the comfort of home she can participate in NGS’s premier, two-day, virtual conference event― NGS 2021 Live!. Speakers include two award-winning authors and nationally recognized speakers who explore a wide variety of topics on researching family history. The two-day event also features a virtual expo hall with the newest genealogical products and services and drawings for exciting genealogy-related prizes.
 
In addition to NGS 2021 Live!, NGS offers a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. With these options, she may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting on 15 June. Program content also includes more than twenty additional bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.
 
As a free bonus, she can participate in the SLAM! Idea Showcase on 18 May. This debut showcase highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs) from around the country.
 
Why not get your special person a wonderfully unique Mother’s Day gift. Purchase a registration for her to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual Family History Conference. Register a Special Mom Today
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 Annual Meeting

In conjunction with the 2021 Virtual Family History Conference, and instead of our traditional in-person gathering (for the second year in a row), the 2021 Annual Meeting will be hosted online. The meeting will be held at 5:15 pm ET on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. Additional details on how to access the meeting will be provided at www.ngsgenealogy.org. You do NOT need to register for the Family History Conference to attend.  
Speakers will include NGS President Kathryn Doyle; Treasurer Deborah Lebo Hoskins; Vice President of Society & Organization Management Cheri Hudson Passey; Membership Chair Bernice Bennett; board member Andre Kearns; and Executive Director Matt Menashes, CAE.
 
If you are unable to join us on 19 May you will be able to view a recording via our YouTube channel at a later date.
 
The purpose of the Annual Meeting is: to provide updates on the direction of the National Genealogical Society, including information about new programs and activities focused on genealogy organizations following the completion of the merger with the Federation of Genealogical Societies last October to provide a financial update to take questions from attendees. We look forward to seeing you online for the annual meeting next month.
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.
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.

Help Your Genealogy Society to Thrive

Help Your Genealogy Society to Thrive
Genealogy societies provide an indispensable and invaluable service to aspiring and experienced genealogists alike. Continuous development of volunteer leaders is necessary for every society to not only survive, but also to thrive and grow membership.
 
Focus on Societies, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) all-day virtual program on 21 May, offers an excellent opportunity for genealogy societies. Current society leaders will learn new management strategies, and attendance may encourage other society members to step up to serve on a committee or the board.
 
Registration for individuals is $35 for the 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. event, or take advantage of the NGS group rate of $100 to register up to five society members. Societies do not need to be a NGS Member to register and attend this event. Registration closes 12 May. Learn more at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/focus-on-societies/.
 
Lecture topics include:
Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
Finding Good Material for Society Newsletters
Incorporating Special Interests and Study Groups in Your Society
Website, Content, and Social Media Strategies
Using Your Email List to Grow Society Membership
Getting and Keeping Your Volunteers
Preparing and Presenting a Cemetery Tour
Introduction to Event Management for Local Societies
Growing Your Society with Quality Events
Moving into the Virtual World of Meetings
Using an Open-Sourced System for Your Society’s Digitization
Digital Marketing for Societies
Register today at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/focus-on-societies/. # # #
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.

Conference Week Tips for NGS Member Orgs

Delegate Workshop Registration Register for SLAM! Register for NGS Live! Register for Focus on Societies Download the Prospectus Now Did you know NGS has a Facebook group for genealogy organization leaders?
Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/ngsmemberforum to join. 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.

Register for Focus on Societies at NGS

Register for Focus on Societies

Are you on the board of your local genealogical society? Or do you know someone who serves on the board of a genealogical society? If so, be sure to share the news that NGS is hosting an extraordinary day of learning and networking on Friday, 21 May 2021. Focus on Societies is a virtual event exclusively for society leaders and key volunteers. Registration is only $35 per person. For $100, five of your organization’s leaders can attend; that’s just $20 each.
Jill Morelli will kick off the all-day event with ideas and new opportunities based on the challenges and lessons learned during the pandemic. Then society leaders can choose from four lectures during three separate breakout sessions on communications, events, and going virtual:
Communications to Members Finding Good Material for Society Newsletters Focused Learning and Collaboration: Special Interest Groups in Your Genealogical Society Website and Social Media Communications and Content Strategies for Societies Using Your Genealogical Society’s Email List to Nurture and Grow Your Society Managing Events Society Management—Volunteer Motivations: Getting and Keeping Your Volunteers A Walk Among the Tombstones: Preparing for and Presenting a Cemetery Tour Event Management Intro for Local Genealogy Societies Grow Your Society with Quality Events Going Virtual! Online Meetings: Helping Your Society Move into a Virtual World Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Use the TxSGS Preservation Capture System for Your Society’s Digitization Going Virtual with the Next Generation: Involving Younger People in Virtual Meetings Digital Marketing for the Modern Society Society leaders won’t want to miss Society Shout Out, when we’ll share the best ideas from genealogy societies across the country. Be sure to fill out an online form to hear your society mentioned during the event.
Cheri Hudson Passey will conclude the program with an update on how NGS is supporting societies after its merger with FGS including plans for new benefits and initiatives.

Join us in May for Focus on Societies!
Register for Focus on Societies
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.

NGS 2021 Live!

Shelley Viola Murphy to Present at
NGS 2021 Live! Register Now Dear , We’re excited to announce Shelley Viola Murphy’s NGS 2021 Live! session: Virginia Burned Counties─So What? In this session, Shelley will discuss Virginia’s “burned counties,” meaning there are lost records you will have some challenges finding along your research path. Learn tips and strategies to combat these roadblocks and change your thinking about burned counties by seeking alternative records to help provide information. Shelley Viola Murphy, DM, aka “familytreegirl”, is a native of Michigan residing in Virginia researching her African-American & European lines. Murphy presents at local and national conferences presenting problem-solving methodology lectures using her “So What” principles. Shelley’s blog is familytreegirl.com, and her tagline is “Know your roots, they are long and strong.” Register Now To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week long 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 Early-Bird Discount Ends Soon

Early-Bird Discount Ends
15 March for
NGS 2021
Virtual Family History Conference
Register Now
Dear ,

Only a few days are left for three representatives from Eastern Washington Genealogical Society to receive a discount on registration for the NGS Virtual Family History Conference, 17−21 May 2021. After 15 March, the price of registration for NGS 2021 Live! and On-Demand! will increase $50 across the various packages. To qualify for the early-bird discount, you must register online by 15 March.
 
Join us on Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May, for NGS’s premier two-day virtual conference event― NGS 2021 Live!. Speakers include two award-winning authors, Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, and Ric Murphy, author of Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia. Other nationally recognized speakers will join them, including Barbara Vines Little, the keynote speaker for the opening session, Eric Grundset, Thomas W. Jones, Janice Lovelace, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Judy Russell, Craig Scott, and more. The two-day event also features the announcement of winners for NGS awards; the newest genealogical products and services from exhibitors in our virtual expo hall; and drawings for exciting genealogy-related prizes.
 
In addition to NGS 2021 Live!, we 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. Program content includes twenty-one bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.
 
NGS will host additional events throughout the week for NGS member societies and organizations.
 
Monday, 17 May: The Delegate Council Kickoff Workshop focuses on helping delegates understand their role within NGS. Be sure to send us the name and contact email of your delegate today! Email the name of your delegate to Susan Yockey on our staff by clicking here.
 
Tuesday, 18 May: NGS presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, included in all NGS 2021 Live! packages, which highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). The deadline to submit a Video Poster Session is also 15 March.
 
Friday, 21 May: The week ends with Focus on Societies on Friday, an all-day event devoted to presentations offering expert advice for society leaders on managing and growing their genealogical or historical society. There is a group rate of $100 for up to five society leaders.
 
Finally, take advantage of the discounted Early-Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up for the Virtual Family History Conference by 15 March 2021. You can also have your representatives contact our Conference Registrar at registration@ngsgenealogy.org to have up to three officers or directors register at the member rate.
 
Register Now
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.

Be an NGS Virtual Exhibitor

As you know, the National Genealogical Society is going fully virtual for the 2021 NGS Family History Conference. As a member organization of NGS, this is a really fantastic opportunity for your genealogy society, library, or organization to have a virtual exhibit this year. We offer nonprofit exhibitors a $300 package that includes a virtual booth, inbound leads, and more. We’ll even set up your booth for an additional $50 (you provide the content).

While the pandemic makes it difficult to deliver the type of expo experience we are all used to, we are doing everything we can to provide great opportunities to highlight your organization and its programs and services to our attendees.

We will do all we can to connect you and your organization to our attendees. The conference will be packed with engaging events and sessions for experienced genealogists as well as first-timers. We have a suite of sponsorship opportunities and can package various custom options to help you meet your objectives.

Here are some important things we want you to know:

  • Our primary objective is to showcase your efforts with video and digital documents.
  • Everything we are doing for this virtual expo is designed to put leads in your hands.
  • We chose the Grip platform, a sophisticated system designed not only to stream our content but to allow you to connect with attendees, get inbound leads, and highlight your organization.
  • We will share attendee information as well as insights to the extent we can.

The attached prospectus has information to help you determine your options. You can place your order via web form and we will send you a contract soon thereafter. We are also open to discussing additional ways we can help you meet your objectives.

If you have any questions about exhibiting at the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference, you can email me at any time at mattm@ngsgenealogy.org.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to working with you,

Matt Menashes

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Matt Menashes,

CAEExecutive DirectorNational

Genealogical Society703-525-0050

mattm@ngsgenealogy.org