NGS Annual Meeting Tonight 5:15 p.m.


NGS will be holding their annual meeting tonight in Room 222.  You will have the opportunity to vote for the 2016-2018 NGS officers and board members at the meeting.

The following is a list of the nominations made by the NGS Nominating Committee:

President Benjamin B. Spratling, JD Alabama 2016–2018
Vice President Teresa Koch-Bostic New York 2016–2018
Secretary B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CGSM Michigan 2016–2018
Treasurer Daryl S. Johanson, CPA Texas 2016–2018
Director Region 3 Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG South Carolina 2016–2018
Director Region 4 Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG Maine 2016–2018
Director at Large Kathryn M. Doyle California 2016–2018
Director at Large Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD Virginia 2016–2018


The list of Nominating Committee members and additional biographical information on board nominees can be found at

Conference Moments 2016

A big thanks to NGS photographer Scott Stewart for capturing these conference moments!


Live Streaming available for sale outside the Exhibit Hall

Stop by the PlayBackNow Booth just outside the Exhibit Hall to Purchase Live Streaming

 Play Back


Can’t make it to the NGS 2016 Family History Conference? You can still watch ten lectures from the comfort of your home or office! NGS will stream these lectures live as it happens and you will continue to have access for three months following the end of the conference, through 7 August 2016. Not sure you can view live on 5 and 6 May?  No problem. Your access credentials allow you to view the video recordings any time until 7 August.

The Live Streaming sessions take place 5–6 May 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, (Eastern Standard Time) at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. NGS members receive discounted pricing.

Registration Details for Live Streaming or Video Recordings

Purchases must be made through PlaybackNow at

All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Syllabus. 

Conference attendees can also benefit from NGS live streaming. By registering to view either day or the bundled package, which you can then view after you return home, you can expand your overall conference experience. If you didn’t make the deadline for Live Streaming access, you can still buy the video recordings at any time up until 31 July from PlaybackNow at

The live streaming sessions are intended for individuals only. Sharing the broadcast with groups of people is prohibited and risks copyright infringement.

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and cannot be cancelled.

  • Track One: Viewers will be able to screen five lectures on “Land Records and Maps” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 May 2016. The lectures will cover deed books and private land claims, how to utilize mapping apps, Google Earth, and GPS to enrich your research, and maps and gazetteers for English and Welsh research.
  • Track Two: Five “Methods for Success” lectures will be live streaming from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 6 May 2016. They will address methodology techniques for use with historical context and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.


Track Descriptions
Track One or
Track Two
Live Streaming
with three months access to Track One or Two
$65.00 $80.00 Land Records and Maps. Five lectures on Thursday, 5 May 2016, or

Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

Bundled Package

Track One and
Track Two

Live Streaming
with three months access to both tracks
$115.00 $145.00 Land Records and Maps. Five lectures on Thursday, 5 May 2016, and

Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

Opening Session

Big Crowd at Opening Session!



We are getting ready! Attendee check-in starts tomorrow.

A big thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who came out today to help us stuff the registration bags!  


Attendee Check-In Hours:
(Located in room 207-210 pre-function area)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016
12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016
7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Thursday, 5 May 2016
7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Friday, 6 May 2016
7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7 May 2016
7:00 a.m.–12 noon

It’s time to pack your bags and head to Ft. Lauderdale.


 What to Pack

  • Business casual clothes are proper attire for most of the conference. If you registered for the NGS Banquet, business attire or a cocktail dress is appropriate. You will notice the speakers wear business attire.
  • Conference centers can be cold, so be sure to bring a sweater or jacket to wear during the day. Comfortable shoes are a must.
  • Umbrella- looks like some rain this week.

Check out the 5 day weather forecast below.

NGS Airport Shuttle Discount


Aiport is offering a 5% discount for NGS 2016 Family History Conference attendees. 

Click on one of the following links and enter the discount code ROHWA upon checkout. Once you make your reservation a confirmation with instructions for when you arrive or depart will be emailed to you:  Select a one-way transfer or a round trip before proceeding. Once you have chosen the service you would like to book, click on the “book trip” button. On the reservation page locate the coupon code  entry field on the right-hand side of the screen in the booking overview section and click on the “ADD” button. Then enter your coupon code to receive your group discount:
Once you finish booking your reservation an email confirmation will be sent to you which will include all of the details of your reservation including your confirmation number. It will also include instructions on where to meet your shuttle when you arrive at the airport. Remember, to receive your discount and to be guaranteed a spot will be reserved for you, you must make your reservation online prior to your trip.

Conference Shuttle Information and Schedule

           shuttle bus

NGS 2016 Conference Hotels (in order):

  • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
  • Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
  • Hyatt Place 17th Street
  • Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites
  • Extended Stay America


AM Shuttles (every 20 minutes)

Wednesday, May 4th NGS Shuttle #1 6:30am – 11:05am
NGS Shuttle #2 6:40am – 11:10am
Thursday, May 5th NGS Shuttle #1 6:30am – 11:05am
NGS Shuttle #2 6:40am – 11:10am
Friday, May 6th NGS Shuttle #1 6:30am – 11:05am
NGS Shuttle #2 6:40am – 11:10am
Saturday, May 7th NGS Shuttle #1 6:30am – 11:05am
NGS Shuttle #2 6:40am – 11:10am
Service begins at the Hilton Marina, pick up/drops off at each hotel, arriving at the GFL/BCCC. End time reflects last departure from Hilton Marina.


PM Shuttle (every 30 minutes)

Wednesday, May 4th NGS Shuttle 4:00pm – 6:10pm
Thursday, May 5th NGS Shuttle 4:30pm – 9:10pm
(last departure from Hilton Marina post Taste of Florida event)
Friday, May 6th NGS Shuttle 4:30pm – 10:10pm
(last departure from Hilton Marina post NGS Banquet)
Saturday, May 7th NGS Shuttle 4:00pm – 6:10pm
Service begins at the GFL/BCCC; picks up/drops off at each hotel. End time reflects last departure from GFL/BCCC unless otherwise noted.


Transportation provided by:

Dispatch: (305) 688-7700 – option 2

After Hours/Special Needs:

Yellow Cab: 954-777-7777

Ft. Lauderdale Area Local Attractions and Research Facilities


Are you interested in experiencing some of the other wonderful things Florida has to offer? Visit NGS 2016 Local Attractions (1)  for local attractions like the Airboat Everglades Tour or the Fort Lauderdale Ghost Tour.


Visit NGS 2016 Local Research Facilities-Resources for information about the African-American Research
Library and Cultural Center and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County and much more.  Enjoy your stay!

Mobility Assistance-NGS Conference

If you are in need of a Mobility Assistance-NGS Conference for getting around at the conference, Special Needs at Sea provides scooter, wheelchair and powerchair rentals. For more information and to get a price quote contact them at 1-954 585-0575 or 1-800-513-4515. To reserve equipment online visit They can also provide certain other specialty items such as walkers and oxygen cylinders.

A limited number of manual wheelchairs are rentable through the Central Security Office of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center – at the event only; they cannot be reserved.
The back row of lecture rooms will be reserved for wheelchairs and scooters. Signs will be posted on the back of the chairs that are directly in front of this row. Attendees in wheelchairs and scooters will be able to wheel in and out easily. Wheelchairs and scooters cannot be parked in aisles. Room monitors will be available to help with placement.

Attendees who are in a wheelchair or scooter and have hearing difficulties may request a place in the front of the room. Please arrive at the lecture room at least 25 minutes before the session begins so the room monitor can arrange to seat you in the front.