The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:
Registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Family History Conference opens 1 February, 1:00 p.m. (EST). Plans for the forty-third annual conference include a full week of virtual events* for individuals, societies, and organizations 17-21 May 2021.
The main event for individuals runs from Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May. The NGS premier two-day virtual conference event―NGS 2021 Live! ―features award-winning authors Dani Shapiro and Ric Murphy; an opening session by esteemed genealogist and Virginia expert Barbara Vines Little; and presentations by nationally recognized speakers including
- Elizabeth Shown Mills,
- Thomas W. Jones,
- Judy Russell,
- Eric Grundset,
- Craig Scott,
- Janice Lovelace, and more.
Two full days are planned by NGS to offer exciting new ideas to energize family historians’ research, announce the winners of NGS awards, and offer a unique experience―the camaraderie of thousands of fellow genealogists from throughout the United States and the world. Program content will include bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.
In addition to NGS Live!, NGS will offer a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. Those who purchase a package may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting in June. Other programs will be priced separately. Throughout the week a virtual Expo Hall will be available.
Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.
NGS is also hosting three days dedicated to societies and organizations.
Monday, 17 May, begins the week with a Kickoff Workshop for the NGS Delegate Council, the new advisory committee for NGS member organizations. This event is invitation only.
Tuesday, 18 May, presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, which highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). This event is for individuals and organizations looking for ideas and fresh approaches in serving research constituencies.
Friday, 21 May, caps off the week with Focus on Societies, which offers expert advice for society leaders on managing and growing their genealogical or historical society.
*Note: Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS will no longer be able to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.