Registration has closed for social events, meals, workshops, and tours. Tickets for these events will not be sold on-site. However, you can still register at the Raleigh Convention Center starting Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 12pm and choose between 150+ sessions to attend.

NGS 2017 Family History Conference will feature a variety of social events and workshops. These provide great opportunities for attendees to socialize and connect with one another. Click on the titles of sessions listed below to learn more!

Already registered? Click here  to add workshops, local tours and social events to your existing registration.


There is an additional cost to attend these events and space is limited, so sign up early to ensure your participation. The sponsoring organization hosts the speaker. Plated lunches are all $32; the NGS Banquet and the NCGS “Pig Pickin” social are $45. All are inclusive of taxes and tips.

Title Date Time Speakers
NIGR to Gen-Fed: The Tradition Continues (W131)

Sponsored by Genealogical Institute on Federal Records

10 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG, MLS
FamilySearch – A Global Experience (W132) (Sold Out)
Sponsored by FamilySearch
10 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Diane C. Loosle, AG, CG
Preserving the past, protecting the future: FGS + RPAC (W133)

Sponsored by Federation of Genealogical Societies

10 May 2017 12:15 p.m Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Pig Pickin’ (W161)

Sponsored by North Carolina Genealogical Society

10 May 2017 6:00 p.m. Social
Condemnation of Memory: Recalling that African American Genealogy Is American Genealogy (T231)

Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists

11 May 2017 12:15 p.m. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
Civil War Records You Didn’t Know Existed: Pensions, Relief Funds, Hospital Records, and More! (T232) (Sold Out)

Sponsored by The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

11 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Terry Koch-Bostic
Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern (T233)

Sponsored by Palatines to America

11 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Philip Otterness
DNA Writing Workshop (T250) (Sold Out) 11 May 2017 2:30 p.m. Angie Bush
Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations (F331)

Sponsored by Association of Professional Genealogists

12 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Mary Penner
Nobody’s Daughter: A Spotlight on the Neighbors (F332) (Sold Out)
Sponsored by North Carolina Genealogical Society
12 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Helen F. M. Leary, CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS
Chromosome Mapping Workshop (F350) (Sold Out) 12 May 2017 2:15 p.m. Angie Bush
Who Is Family? (F361)

Sponsored by National Genealogical Society

12 May 2017 07:00 p.m. Stuart Watson
Citing Your Sources: Comedy or Tragedy? (S431)

Sponsored by National Genealogical Society

13 May 2017 12:15 p.m. Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas—Immigrants Who Made a Difference! (S432) (Sold Out)

Sponsored by International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

13 May 2017 12:15 p.m. David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
Lectures vs. Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale? (S433)

Sponsored by Genealogical Speakers Guild and International Association for Family History Writers and Editors

13 May 2017 12:15 p.m. John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA