Plans for the NGS 2021 Family History Conference Are Underway!


The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is excited to announce that its 2021 Family History Conference is scheduled to take place 19-22 May 2021 in Richmond, Virginia, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Information about the Conference’s program—Virginia: Deep Roots of a Nation—and the many genealogical resources in Richmond are now available online as a downloadable brochure.

Conference Committee Chair Janet A. Alpert, FNGS, said, “We are acutely aware that we have to build contingency plans for any eventuality. Though we hope COVID-19 will not be a factor next spring, we are already preparing options to insure the health and safety of registrants, speakers, exhibitors, and staff. We’re confident that we will have a strong and enriching program for everyone interested in family history research.”

The program will feature a variety of lecture tracks with session topics including: African American, Native American, and other ethnic groups research; archival records in Virginia and neighboring states; immigration and migration; researching federal and local government records as well as land, military, religious, and tax records; using DNA to trace your ancestors; and much more. The Board for Certification of Genealogists will be sponsoring a skillbuilding track, and in support of NGS’s merger later this year with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a “Focus on Societies” day is also planned.

The conference will offer a number of events, tours, special workshops, a family history expo, and more. Don’t miss out! Conference registration opens on 6 January 2021. 

In 2022, the NGS Family History Conference will be on the West Coast with the California Genealogical Society (CGS) serving as the local host. Join us in Sacramento, California, 25-28 May 2022. Details will be available in the coming months on the NGS Family History Conference website and in the NGS Magazine.

Download the 2021 announcement brochure or visit our conference website to learn more!