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2020 Election Positions

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Nominating Committee announced the 2020 slate for the election on 31 July 2020. This year the election of officers and board members for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is being managed by Intelliscan, an online voting service.

The election will open at noon (CDT) on Friday, 28 August 2020, and close at 5:45 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

Results of the election will be announced at the NGS Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 5:30 p.m. CDT.

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 & Organization 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 2022 or 30 September 2024):

  • Director, Region 2 (two-year term, completing an unexpired four-year term)
  • Director, Region 3
  • Director, Region 4
  • Three Directors-at-Large (one of these seats is for a two-year term, completing an unexpired four-year term)
  • Two new Director-at-Large positions.
    These new seats are designed to expand the ability and capacity of the board during the merger with FGS and will continue as long as required. These board seats have all the same rights and responsibilities of the other seats on the board. One of the new seats has a four-year term and the other has an initial term of two years in order to have a balanced number of board seats up for election each cycle.

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

NGS Map
The Nominating Committee

The members of the NGS Nominating Committee are:

  • Jordan Jones, Chair
  • Deborah A. Abbott, PhD
  • B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG®
  • Darcie Hind Posz, CG
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Nominations by Petition

In addition to nominations made by 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 14 August 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. To start the process of nomination by petition, contact Matt Menashes, the executive director of NGS at 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

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.