NGS Family History Conferences

What is the NGS Family History Conference?

The NGS Family History Conference is a premier four-day event for Family Historians, Professional Genealogists, Hobbyists, and History Buffs. It takes place in a different US city each year in the month of May, with a new theme, a new program of lectures, sessions, workshops, luncheons, and events.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 NGS Family History Conference became a virtual event. NGS 2020 On-Demand! offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase and viewing at

The upcoming NGS 2021 Family History Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, and will offer the best and most expansive series of lectures to advance your research. Richmond is easily accessible and has several outstanding genealogical research facilities, including the Library of Virginia just a few blocks away. We hope that COVID-19 will not be a factor in May 2021; however, contingency plans will be in place for any eventuality and to ensure the health and safety of registrants, sponsors, exhibitors, and staff. We’re confident that we will have a strong and enriching program for everyone interested in family history research.

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Do You Want An Incredible Way to Kick-Start Your Genealogy Research? Reap the Rewards of Attending the NGS Family History Conference:

  • Choose from more than 175 educational lectures from the basics to advanced.
  • Select subject areas you want to learn more about that include
    • how to build a family tree and organize your findings;
    • understanding the use of DNA and genetic genealogy;
    • immigration, naturalization, and passenger records;
    • how to accurately identify your ancestors;
    • census, religious, civil, court, and land records;
    • how to find family among the thousands of results in online databases;
    • building your skills for certification;
    • how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard;
    • documentation and writing proof arguments;
    • military and ethnic research; and much more.
  • Attend hands-on workshops.
  • Share your experience with fellow genealogists.
  • Explore the Family History Expo with a host of genealogy vendors of family history products and services.
  • Sign up for pre-conference events and tours.
  • Learn from leading speakers in their field.
  • Get inspired with new ways to approach your research.

All this and more takes place at the National Genealogical Society’s annual Family History Conference. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced researcher, you will find attending the conference is an excellent way to improve your research skills and build a network of colleagues within the genealogy field.

Learn more about the next NGS Family History Conference at

  • Registration
  • Online Program
  • Live Streaming and Recordings
  • Accommodations and location
  • Expo Hall and Exhibitors

Visit the 2021 NGS Conference Site. Registration opens 13 January 2021 >

Can’t Attend? No Worries. Watch and Listen Live.

NGS offers Live Streaming of ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics during the conference. When you sign up, you can experience the conference from the comfort of your home. Delayed viewing is also available on video recordings.

Missed This Year’s or Previous Conferences? Listen to Audio Recordings of Lectures.

If you would like to listen to lectures from past conferences, you can purchase access to hundreds of audio recordings of individual lectures or of an entire conference’s lectures.