NGS Family History Conferences

What is the NGS Family History Conference?

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is a premier annual event for Family Historians, Professional Genealogists, Hobbyists, and History Buffs. There are also special events planned for organizations: societies, libraries, archives, and museums. The conference typically 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. In 2020 and 2021 the annual conference has been virtual only, due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings for large groups.

The upcoming NGS 2021 Family History Conference cannot be held in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021 due to Virginia state COVID restrictions. NGS was prepared with a contingency plan and has a virtual conference ready in its place. The 2021 NGS virtual conference will offer NGS LIVE! and an expansive On-Demand series of more than 85 lectures to advance your research. Please visit the NGS conference website ( to see the full program for the virtual National Genealogical Society Family History Conference 17-21 May, 2021.

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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 dozens of 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.
  • Share your experience with fellow genealogists.
  • Explore the Family History Expo with a host of genealogy vendors of family history products and services.
  • 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

Didn't Register for 2020? No Worries. Watch On-Demand.

NGS still offers on-demand access to 2020 Virtual Family History Conference lectures. You can continue to purchase access to 2020 content from the comfort of your home.

Missed 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.