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Learn new techniques, resources, and strategies to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2021 Family History Conference.

The upcoming NGS 2021 Family History Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, and will offer the best and most expansive series of lectures to advance your research. Richmond is easily accessible and has several outstanding genealogical research facilities, including the Library of Virginia just a few blocks away.

The NGS Family History Conference, 19–22 May 2021, is your opportunity to choose from more than 175 lectures, presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with a host of exhibitors, and network with fellow genealogists. With the merger of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and NGS in the fall of 2020, NGS is excited to announce a new program called Focus on Societies which includes a full day of lectures, workshops, and panels on Tuesday, 18 May. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover.

We hope that COVID-19 will not be a factor in May 2021; however, contingency plans will be in place for any eventuality and to ensure the health and safety of registrants, sponsors, exhibitors, and staff. We’re confident that we will have a strong and enriching program for everyone interested in family history research.

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  • KEY Conference DATES
  • 2021 CONFERENCE HOTELS—RESERVATIONS OPEN 10 SEPTEMBER

  • 2021 ONLINE PROGRAM—AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2020

  • 2021 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS — 6 JANUARY 2021

There Are Many Benefits of Attending NGS Conferences:

  • Choose from more than 175 educational lectures from the basics to advanced.
  • Discover a variety of lecture tracks to help further your research including:
    • African American, BCG Skillbuilding, DNA, Heritage, Immigration/Naturalization, Land and Maps, Methodology, Migration, Military, Research Foundations, Organizing Your Research, Records and Repositories, Reference Services, Religion, States, Tech Tips, Virginia, Women, and Writing.
  • Attend hands-on workshops.
  • Share your experience with fellow genealogists.
  • Explore the Family History Expo with a host of genealogy vendors of family history products and services.
  • Attend Focus On Societies to enrich your organization and engage your members.
  • Sign up for pre-conference events and tours.
  • Learn from leading speakers in their field.
  • Get inspired with new ways to approach your research.
  • Select subject areas you want to learn more about that include:
    • how to build a family tree and organize your findings;
    • understanding the use of DNA and genetic genealogy;
    • immigration, naturalization, and passenger records;
    • how to accurately identify your ancestors;
    • census, religious, civil, court, and land records;
    • how to find family among the thousands of results in online databases;
    • building your skills for certification;
    • how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard;
    • documentation and writing proof arguments;
    • military and ethnic research; and much more.

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