COVID-19: NGS Conference Updates


26 March 2020

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) would like to thank all our registrants for supporting its 2020 Family History Conference planned for Salt Lake City in May. We are in unprecedented times and we greatly appreciate the thoughtful comments and the support many of you have shown.

A number of attendees contacted the Society urging us to be patient and take a wait and see position on holding the conference. We are doing that, but we are also making contingency plans. Currently the Salt Palace Convention Center is scheduled to be open for our event, but new state and local government regulations may change that.

We learned on Wednesday, 25 March 2020, that Utah’s Governor has released a plan to help the state manage public health and its economy. Under that plan, the State is seeking to reduce the transmission or “pass-along” rate in Utah to less than 1.0. If that goal is not met, it is probable that the Salt Palace Convention Center would remain closed for the period that our event is scheduled.

We will be ready to adapt to changing government restrictions. Our main focus is to protect the health and safety of all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff involved in the conference.

Planning our annual conference takes almost three years and affects many people who invest a great deal to bring an outstanding educational event to attendees. We will continue to work diligently so we can provide you with outstanding genealogical education.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check back here frequently for any updates on the event.


16 March 2020

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) continues to closely monitor health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19. Last week a national emergency was declared to free up federal resources and improve the country’s response to the pandemic. In addition, on 15 March 2020, the CDC recommended that gatherings larger than 50 people be cancelled for eight weeks.

The 2020 Family History Conference remains more than eight weeks away. NGS continues to plan and prepare for a great experience for our conference attendees. While we remain optimistic that the event can be held, we are prudently making contingency plans. The health and safety of our members, attendees, and employees remain our priority and will continue to guide our decisions related to COVID-19.

At this time, the 2020 Family History Conference is still planned as scheduled for 20-23 May 2020 in Salt Lake City. Please keep an eye on this page since conditions on the ground are changing quickly.

The early bird registration deadline is extended until 31 March 2020. We have also waived the $50 cancellation fee, including for those who cancelled previously. If you would like to consider donating your cancellation fee to help NGS weather what may be a challenging period, please contact Matt Menashes, NGS Executive Director, by email at [email protected]

If anything else should change, speakers, exhibitors, and registrants will be notified, and all information will be posted here on the conference website at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/. In addition, if there are any changes to event schedules, we will provide information about options that may be available and/or other specific details.

Please check back here frequently for any updates on the event, including any cancellation policy changes.

 

10 March 2020

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is closely monitoring health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19. We are following recommendations by local and federal government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The health and safety of our members, attendees, and employees are our priority and will guide our decisions.

Absent mandated federal travel restrictions and/or local, state, or regional decisions to close venues, NGS has NOT cancelled the 2020 Family History Conference scheduled for 20-23 May 2020, nor any of our related pre-conference events. 

If that should change, speakers, exhibitors, and registrants will be notified, and all information will be posted here on the conference website at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/. In addition, if there are any changes to event schedules, we will provide information about options that may be available and/or other specific details.

We will work with our venues to check that they maintain appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and we encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Our cancellation policy remains in place for your benefit at this time. Please check back here frequently for any updates on the event, including any cancellation policy changes.