Call for Speakers for NGS 2021

January 11th, 2020 by Valerie Elkins

Call for Speaker Proposal for NGS 2021

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference is returning to Richmond, Virginia, May 19-21, 2021. The theme for the conference is Virginia: The Deep Roots of the Nation. Richmond, Virginia is a popular venue and will be sure to attract many NGS members.

Call for Proposals for 2021 NGS Family History Conference

NGS has opened the call for proposals and will be accepting them until 1 April 2020. Conference tracks under consideration include the following:

  • DNA
  • government records
  • heritage
  • immigration, naturalization
  • passenger records
  • land
  • maps
  • migration, trails and events that affected patterns of settlement
  • military
  • organizing methods
  • repositories
  • Virginia and her neighbors
  • the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem-solving
  • Methods that demonstrate: using reasonably exhaustive research; proper source citations; analysis and correlation; resolution of conflicts; and sound reasoning and coherent writing

The NGS 2021 Family History Conference will be the first conference after the merger of the Federations of Genealogical Societies (FGS) into the National Genealogical Society. Therefore the NGS 2021 call for proposals include the need for a full day of society management topics to be held on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. Topics under consideration include best practices, leadership, memberships, programs, publications, disaster plans and record preservation. NGS members receive first consideration as speakers. Notification of selected speakers will be announced in August 2020. For more details about speaking, please go to the website.


Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals may submit up to eight proposals electronically. The speaker compensation is described in detail on the NGS website.


NGS offers a free webinarBecoming a Better Conference Speaker: Proposals and Preparations to help speakers be successful in their submissions and navigate the proposal process.

Sponsored Lecture Proposals

If your genealogical organization would like to sponsor a lecture, submit proposals to NGS, or if your organization would like to sponsor a luncheon, please contact and do not use the speaker proposal form.

We look forward to your proposals!