NGS 2021 Live! is 19─20 May 2021

All conference packages include:

  • SLAM! Idea Showcase on 18 May
  • Two days of Live! content, 19-20 May, streamed straight to your computer or mobile device
  • Sessions by award-winning authors Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, and Ric Murphy, author of Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia
  • Ability to repeat or delay viewing NGS 2021 Live! content including break-out sessions (beginning 15 June 2021) *
  • An additional 20+ Sponsored Bonus Sessions (beginning 15 June 2021)

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference always offers the opportunity to learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills. NGS’s 2021 Live! gives you the chance to enjoy the benefits of learning from your home, streamed directly to your computer or mobile device. This two-day feast of excellent speakers and new lecture topics, plus live interaction with speakers via chat and Q&A, also features the announcement of winners for NGS Awards, the newest genealogical products and services from exhibitors in our virtual expo hall, drawings for exciting genealogy-related prizes, and more!

On Wednesday, 19 May, attendees will enjoy a full-day program including special guest speaker Dani Shapiro and keynote speaker Barbara Vines Little, as well as experts Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, and Craig Scott.

On Thursday, 20 May, all attendees will join general sessions by Crista Cowan, special guest Ric Murphy, and even the Marquis de Lafayette will be joining us! Attendees will also choose the lecture they want to hear in several breakouts (three), each breakout offering a choice of four different lecture sessions.

View the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did or did not choose from the breakouts along with 20+ sponsored bonus sessions beginning 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. All packages come with an electronic copy of the virtual conference syllabus. Sessions will be closed captioned.

*Dani Shapiro’s presentation is available to view on 19 May only. All other sessions from NGS 2021 Live! are available on-demand including any breakout sessions you did not view.


Browse the NGS 2021 Live! program below or download the NGS Family History Conference program.

NGS Live! 19 May 2021 – Day One

11:15 a.m. Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGSOpening Session, Beyond the Blue Mountains. (NGS2104-LV-01)
12:35 p.m. Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA― Elusive Ancestors: Never Too Poor to Trace. (NGS2104-LV-02)
1:40 p.m. Dani ShapiroSpecial Guest, Family Secrets. (NGS2104-LV-03)
2:45 p.m. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS―Writing About and Documenting Genealogical Conclusions Using DNA Test Results. (NGS2104-LV-04)
4:05 p.m. Craig Scott, CG, FUGA― Establishing Identity and Kinship with Military Records. (NGS2104-LV-05)

NGS Live! 20 May 2021 – Day Two

11:05 a.m. Crista Cowan―AncestryDNA: Putting Your DNA Results to Work to Further Your Research. (NGS2104-LV-06)

12:15 p.m. First Breakout

Eric G. Grundset, MLS―Virginia’s Anglican/Episcopal Church Parishes and Their Surviving Records. (NGS2104-LV-07)
Janice Lovelace, PhD―Going Offline: Finding African American Resources. (NGS2104-LV-08)
Cheri Hudson Passey―Ancestors in Southern Claims Commission Records. (NGS2104-LV-09)
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA―Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Paramours. (NGS2104-LV-10)

1:30 p.m. Ric Murphy―The Story of Virginia: Arrival of the First Africans. (NGS2104-LV-11)

2:30 p.m. Second Breakout

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL―Wilde Beasts, Sabbath Breakers, and Incorrigible Rogues: Early Virginia Laws. (NGS2104-LV-12)
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS―After the Fire: Reconstructing a US World War I or II Military Service Record. (NGS2104-LV-13)
Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS―Alien Registrations Records. (NGS2104-LV-14)
David McCorkle―Easily Find Your North Carolina Ancestor’s Land History and Neighbors Using (NGS2104-LV-15)

3:45 p.m. Third Breakout

Angie Bush, MS―Leveraging Genetic Networks to Break Down Brick Walls. (NGS2104-LV-16)
Mary Kircher Roddy, CG―Flying Under the Radar: Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias. (NGS2104-LV-17)
Vic Dunn, CG―Scotch Irish from Pennsylvania Through Virginia and the Carolinas. (NGS2104-LV-18)
Shelley Viola Murphy, DM―Virginia Burned Counties: So What? (NGS2104-LV-19)

5:00 p.m. Marquis de Lafayette―Hear stories about America’s fight for independence from the young general Marquis de Lafayette. (NGS2104-LV-20)

Questions? Contact the NGS Registrar at [email protected].