Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2018 Family History Conference. The upcoming NGS 2018 Family History Conference will be the first national genealogical conference held in Michigan. As the second largest city in the state, Grand Rapids is a one day drive or less from most Midwestern cities, has a thriving economy with a small-town feel, friendly people, and safe walkable streets. The NGS Family History Conference, 2–5 May 2018 is your opportunity to choose from more than 175 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with over 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always much new to learn and discover. Registration and Key Dates Registration for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference, including tours and events, will begin 1 December 2017. Sign up for the NGS conference blog so you receive notification of new information as it is posted and Like NGS on Facebook! KEY 2018 Conference DATES NGS 2018 Online Conference Registration—NOW OPEN! (Early Registration Rate Before 20 April) > NGS 2018 Conference Program—FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM NOW LIVE > NGS 2018 Conference Registration Brochure (with Mail-In Registration Form)—VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF > Conference Hotels—Conference-Rate Reservations NOW OPEN! > Exhibitor and Sponsors—Information and Registration NOW OPEN! > Society Night—Reserve A Table for Your Organization > 2018 NGS Family History Conference—Explore Your Ancestors’ Paths to the Past In the nineteenth century, the Great Lakes were strategic waterways that aided Americans moving west and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest. Cheap land, mining, and the timber industry made the area attractive. Water power from rivers and rapids and access to grain and lumber furthered Michigan’s growth. The cereal and furniture industries, breweries, and ultimately, automobile manufacturing brought wave after wave of migrants from the South and immigrants from abroad. During the second half of the twentieth century, manufacturing slowed down and many left Michigan, moving west and south. These migrations inspired our conference program, Paths to Your Past. The program will focus on ancestors’ migration paths with an emphasis on the states that border the Great Lakes. Some lectures will enhance your proficiency as a researcher and your methodological and analytical skills. Other presentations will broaden your understanding about your ancestors’ ethnicity, occupation, religion, military experience, economic status, and associations. In addition, the program will also feature tracks that highlight DNA and technology.