The 2020 NGS Family History Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center, one block from the Family History Library. The conference program is now available online and as a downloadable conference brochure. This year’s program, Echoes of Our Ancestors, features exciting new lecture tracks including Women, Organizing Research, Occupations, and Out West. Several new locality research areas to be highlighted are Asian, Pacific Islanders, Danish, Jewish, Portuguese, Hispanic and Swiss. Italian, Scottish, and German lectures and workshops will also be offered. Other popular tracks include BCG Skillbuilding, ICAPPGen sessions, DNA lectures, Immigration and Migration, Military, Religion, Religion, Technology, Resources. In all, the conference will offer more than 180 lectures, an array of social events, numerous workshops, and a family history expo with more than seventy booths.
The conference will begin with keynote speaker, Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. Shapiro has spent a lifetime writing fiction and memoirs about the corrosive power of secrets within families. She stumbled on a massive secret of her own: her beloved father was not her father. As she writes in Inheritance: “I always knew there was a secret. What I didn’t know: the secret was me.”
Conference Registration opens on 2 December 2019 at 11:00 am EDT. A number of special events have been planned with limited seating, so register early on 2 December, if you plan to attend any of these events. Learn more about our special events in the program. Early sign up is recommended for tickets to the NGS banquet featuring Echoes of the Women Who Have Gone Before – Celebrating Women’s Suffrage. Enjoy hearing from Steffani Raff, award-winning storyteller, as she takes you through the history of women’s suffrage.
Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found on the conference website hotels fill up fast, so make reservations now. Be sure to sign up for the NGS conference blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements!