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2020 Election Positions

NGS 2020 Nominating Committee Invites Members to Submit Recommendations for NGS Board of Directors

The 2020 election of officers and board members for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will be held during the Annual Meeting, Saturday, 23 May 2020, 5:15 p.m., at the NGS 2020 Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Room 254B of the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple.

The following positions are open for election this year.

Officers (terms running 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2022):
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Vice President of Society Management (created as part of the merger of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Directors (terms run for four years)

The following director positions are open for election this year (terms running 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2024):

  • Director, Region 3
  • Director, Region 4
  • Two Directors-at-Large

One Directorship will become open and will be filled for the remainder of the term (term running 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2022):

  • One Director-at-Large

NGS regions are determined prior to each election to ensure regional representation of membership. The 2020 map of NGS regions is below:


The NGS Nominating Committee, Jordan Jones (Chair), Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG®, Darcie Hind Posz, CG®, and D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, invite NGS members to submit recommendations in writing to the committee at

National Genealogical Society
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22042-2318
Attn: Nominating Committee

or by e-mail to the committee at nominations2020@ngsgenealogy.org. Recommendations must be received by 2 March 2020 to be considered for the May 2020 election. All recommendations will be acknowledged and should include contact information for the person making the recommendation. It should also include the candidate’s name, a resume, and contact information. The Nominating Committee Chair will contact each person recommended.

In addition to recommendations to the committee, nominations may be made by a petition signed by not less than one hundred (100) members of the Society submitted to the Nominating Committee by 5 May 2020, two weeks before the start of the election. Persons so nominated by petition must previously have agreed to serve if elected. No nominations may be made from the floor of the annual meeting at which the Nominating Committee’s report is made.

The NGS Board of Directors is a working board. Board members spend on average twenty or more hours a month in a variety of activities. Each member is expected to chair a committee or actively participate on one or more committees. Board members pay their expenses (travel, food, and lodging) to the three in-person board meetings each year. Board meetings are typically held at the annual conference (usually the day prior to the conference), at NGS headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additional meetings are held as needed by teleconference. Attendance at the annual conference is expected of board members. No person shall be eligible for office who is not a member of the Society in good standing when nominated.