Focus on Societies

TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2022

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Lecture Levels: B—Beginner, BI—Beginner Intermediate, I—Intermediate, IA—Intermediate Advanced, A—Advanced, All—All Levels

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) recognizes that genealogical societies, historical societies, and family organizations are the backbone of the genealogy community and are an important source of information and knowledge for budding family historians. The new NGS is the place to share the successes of genealogy societies and launch a new era of collaboration to make our community even stronger and support all families in search of their personal stories.


12:00 p.m. (Included with Focus on Societies registration)

Relevant Society Leadership in the Twenty-first Century
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
Leading a society with passion, vision, and skills is an attainable goal. Learn how to stay relevant to the changing needs of your society!


2:30 p.m.

Preparing for Your Future: New Realities for Societies in 2022| ALL
D. Joshua Taylor
The session discusses the impacts of the pandemic, demographic shifts, and other changes that will shape the future of genealogical societies.


Who are We? Where Does Our Society Go from Here? | ALL
Janice Lovelace, PhD
Is your society struggling with membership growth? Are you offering new programming—content and production? This session offers tips for successfully growing your society.


Society Support: Using the NGS Society and Organization Resource Page | ALL
Cheri Hudson Passey

Help your board and members understand what the New NGS offers through its resource page especially for societies and organizations.


4:00 p.m.

Organizing and Carrying Out a Society Project | ALL
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Taking on a society project, big or small, can be a daunting task. Hear answers for project selection, budgeting, committees, timelines, record-keeping, and more.


Duty of Care: Society’s Responsibility When Booking Speakers | ALL
Kathleen Kaldis
Societies have a responsibility to honor and protect the intellectual property of speakers. Simple checklist systems can protect your society from copyright violations.


Email Marketing Foundations for Genealogy Societies | B
Anne Merrell
Use email marketing to increase member engagement and public reach. Leave with actionable steps for selecting an email platform, creating campaigns, and building a following.

Questions? Contact the NGS Registrar at [email protected]