Conference FAQs

When will registration open for the conference?

Online registration for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference opens on Monday, 1 December 2014. Members will receive  the registration brochures with their December 2014 NGS Quarterly. If you are not a member, e-mail Courtney Holmes to request a brochure be mailed to you in December.

What is the proper attire for the conferences?

Most attendees dress in casual or business attire during the day and in business clothing for social events. Wear good walking shoes and bring layers; air-conditioning is difficult to regulate in large facilities, and lecture rooms can be overly warm or chilly.

Will conference sessions be recorded this year?

Yes. JAMB, Inc., will record lectures by speakers who granted permission to record. Sessions not being recorded are identified with an “R” in the conference mobile app and with a pen symbol to indicate “note taking” in the conference program. JAMB will sell audio CDs on-site during the conference and afterward from the JAMB, Inc. website. Please note that JAMB will record only the sessions of speakers who gave permission.

I am a complete beginner. Is an NGS conference suitable for me?

Absolutely. Beginners revitalize the field. NGS welcomes and encourages genealogists of all levels to attend NGS conferences. Each speaker targets lectures to a certain level of research expertise, from beginner to advanced. Beginners will especially enjoy lectures labeled “Beginner” or “All,” but they will also learn from lectures targeted to more advanced audiences. Beginners will also benefit by visiting the exhibit hall, which features genealogical software, books, research aids, genealogical and historical societies, and much more.

Click here for “Tips for First Time Conference Attendees.”

I do more than Missouri research. Will this conference benefit me?

Yes. NGS Family History Conferences are geared towards all researchers, wherever their interests lie. NGS holds conferences in different areas of the country to enable members throughout the United States to attend. Each year the main focus is on a certain geographical area and research in that area. However, all NGS conferences contain sessions on varied ethnicities, methodologies, migrations, record groups, regions, and technologies.

Where are the sessions and all events held?

The St. Charles Convention Center will accommodate the opening session, the luncheons, exhibit hall, and lectures. See the Announcement Brochure for more details.

What does my conference registration include?

The full conference registration includes admission to all sessions and lectures. Single-day registrations include admission to all sessions and lectures on that particular day. Social events (breakfasts, luncheons, and the NGS Banquet), tours, and workshops require an additional fee and must be purchased during pre-registration.

Must I be a librarian to sign up for Librarians’ Day?

No, it is not a requirement. However, the program is tailored for genealogical librarians and librarians who serve genealogists. This pre-conference event requires advance registration.

Do I have to pay for a conference registration if I just want to attend a workshop?

Yes and no. The Tuesday BCG Education Fund Workshop, and Librarians’ Day, or the Saturday Youth Camp does not require a conference registration. However, each does require registration for the particular event. All other workshops require a conference registration.

I only want to attend a luncheon or dinner at the conference. Do I have to register for the conference?

No You may select the “Meals Only” registration option and pay to attend the social event(s) you choose.

May I purchase meal tickets on-site?

Unfortunately not. All meal tickets must be purchased prior to 22 April 2015 because NGS must submit a meal count in advance.

I have registered for the conference and need to make changes. How can I do that?

To add luncheons, dinners, or workshops to your existing registration, log on at, click on My Account, and then My Events. If you are asked to select a registration type, choose Meals Only. You may print a copy of your Agenda, add workshops and meal events, or add events to your calendar. For cancellations and questions, please e-mail our conference registrar, Courtney Holmes.

I would like to Volunteer at the upcoming conference, whom should I contact?

Information will be posted shortly.

I would like to make a special request. Whom should I contact?

Contact the NGS Conference Manager at

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at

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