18 April 2019

Hurry! 50% off MyHeritage Ends Sunday 21 April for NGS Members, Family, and Friends


Time is running out! The National Genealogical Society exclusive offer for members, friends, and family—50% off the ultimate subscription to MyHeritage—ends Sunday, 21 April 2019.

MyHeritage is an industry-leading platform that makes family history research easy and offers you some of the most advanced tools on the market to overcome genealogical brick walls. MyHeritage search and matching technologies enable you to grow your family tree effortlessly and make fascinating discoveries about your ancestors.
Get 50% off the MyHeritage Complete subscription
The Complete plan gives you full access to all MyHeritage advanced features, including:
Unlimited family tree size (option to upload a GEDCOM file)
9.6 billion international historical records
Automatic Smart Matches™ with millions of family trees
Automatic Record Matches
Instant Discoveries™, which can add an entire branch to your family tree with 1 click
Consistency Checker, which automatically identifies inaccuracies in your tree
Advanced DNA features
PedigreeMap™
Family Tree Builder software premium edition
Priority customer support via phone and email 24/7
Hurry! For a limited time, every NGS member can get a one-year Complete subscription for 50% off. Grab this deal before it’s gone!

Your purchase can help advance your family history and help NGS too.  MyHeritage makes a donation to our society for every new subscription purchased.
Save 50% off now
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only, valid through 4/21/2019.

16 April 2019

Online Pre-Registration Ends 19 April for NGS Conference and Events



Online Pre-Registration for the NGS Conference
and All Ticketed Events Closes 19 April 2019


There are only a few days are left to pre-register online for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8‒11 May 2019. Pre-conference registration ends 19 April. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 7 May, in the St. Charles Convention Center. For conference information and to register, go to https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/.

Registration for all social meal events and pre-conference tours also closes on 19 April. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for social meal events, workshops, or tours. Only a few spots remain for the St. Louis Research Trip and the Civil War Museum Tour. Seats are still available for meal events including the Friends of the Missouri State Archives lunch, the GSG-ISFHWE co-sponsored lunch, and the NGS lunch. There are also seats available in the pre-conference African American Seminar and the Librarians’ Day event.

Be sure to make your reservations now at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on Store>My Account>Select View next to 2019 Conference>Select View Again>Select Add Sessions.

The conference, “Journey of Discovery,” will showcase more than 150 lectures featuring a variety of tracks and topics including ethnicity, genetics, immigration and migration, military, Missouri, religion, technology, and more. The program will include all levels of genealogical skills from basic to advanced, as well as four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will feature eighteen presentations on genetic discoveries, science, and methodology.

The Family History Expo will feature more than seventy-five exhibitors and be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Check the website for a list of exhibitors and the accompanying floor plan. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program. Register today!

Hope to see you soon in St. Charles!

12 April 2019

Free Mobile App for the NGS 2019 Conference

Mobile Conference App Now Available for the
NGS 2019 Family History Conference


Whether you plan to go to the NGS Conference or not, you may want to take a look at our free NGS Conference App. The Mobile Conference App for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2019 Family History Conference is now available. With thousands of family historians and genealogists attending more than 150 lectures, special programs, luncheons with guest speakers, and an expansive Family History Expo, the NGS Conference App will enable you to stay organized and on top of the latest information. If you have not yet registered for the conference, which is being held in St. Charles, Missouri, 8‒11 May 2019, visit https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

If you cannot attend, the app is a good way to take a look at the fantastic program NGS has prepared and you can order our video or audio recordings from the PlaybackNGS website.

The free NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Go to the NGS Conference website to download the app or search your app store for NGS Family.

If you already have the NGS mobile app on your phone from a past conference

  1. go to Settings within the app, 
  2. tap “Exit to Conference,” or “Exit to Show List” 
  3. choose NGS 2019, and 
  4. scroll down and tap download.
Some of the convenient features on the app allow users to:
  • stay organized with the Dashboard’s up-to-the-minute information
  • notate every speaker, their lecture topics, and descriptions to plan your day, or perhaps you want to remember to order a recording for a session you miss
  • find all conference information in one place with “About NGS 2019 Family History Conference”
  • receive important real-time communications from NGS with Alerts
  • follow and join in on the conference chatter with the built-in Twitter feed, #NGS2019GEN
  • sync your schedule across multiple devices
  • locate sessions and exhibitors on the convention center’s maps
  • connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature
  • link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available beginning in late April 
  • take and save notes
If you have already registered, we encourage you to begin using the app now so you can improve your conference experience in St. Charles. If you haven’t registered, we invite you to discover all the NGS 2019 Family History Conference has to offer. Online registration closes 19 April 2019.

11 April 2019

MyHeritage Promotion dates: 11 April to 21 April 2019


The National Genealogical Society is excited to share an exclusive offer for members, friends, and family: 50% off the ultimate subscription to MyHeritage, valid through 21 April 2019.

MyHeritage is an industry-leading platform that makes family history research easy and offers you some of the most advanced tools on the market to overcome genealogical brick walls. MyHeritage search and matching technologies enable you to grow your family tree effortlessly and make fascinating discoveries about your ancestors.
Get 50% off the MyHeritage Complete subscription
The Complete plan gives you full access to all MyHeritage advanced features, including:
Unlimited family tree size (option to upload a GEDCOM file)
9.6 billion international historical records
Automatic Smart Matches™ with millions of family trees
Automatic Record Matches
Instant Discoveries™, which can add an entire branch to your family tree with 1 click
Consistency Checker, which automatically identifies inaccuracies in your tree
Advanced DNA features
PedigreeMap™
Family Tree Builder software premium edition
Priority customer support via phone and email 24/7
Hurry! For a limited time, every NGS member can get a one-year Complete subscription for 50% off. Grab this deal before it’s gone!

Your purchase can help advance your family history and help NGS too.  MyHeritage makes a donation to our society for every new subscription purchased.
Save 50% off now
*Offer valid for NEW MyHeritage subscribers only, valid through 4/21/2019.

08 April 2019

Live Stream Registration Now Open for 2019 NGS Conference


NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures
During its Family History Conference in May


The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2019 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 135 offered at the conference, 8−11 May 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Register Now for NGS Live Stream

On 9 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Also on 9 May, two other talks will discuss ethnic research. The five selections on 10 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.



Thursday, 9 May 2019: Viewers will be able to stream five lectures from 8:00 a.m.
through 5:00 p.m. (CDT), including:
  • The Fisherman Who Wanted to Marry the Executioner’s Daughter: Stories From German Marriage Sources—Warren Bittner, CG®
  • UK Sources for Irish Immigrants—John Grenham, FIGRS, FGSI 
  • Using a DNA Map to Navigate Your Brick Walls—Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD 
  • Finding Relatives Through DNA When Family Trees Do Not Exist—Bernice Bennett 
  • DNA: King Arthur’s Mighty Genetic Lightsaber—Roberta J. Estes

Friday, 10 May 2019: Five BCG Skillbuilding lectures will be live streamed from 8:00 a.m.
through 5:00 p.m. (CDT), including:

  • Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem-Solving—Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • Writing the Family Narrative: A Strategy for Breaking Down Brick Walls—Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL 
  • Building a Credible Lineage Despite Missing Information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records, and Undocumented Publications—Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA 
  • Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication—Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL 
  • Writing a Conclusion Incorporating DNA Evidence—Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
Family historians can find details about the live stream program, plus additional conference recordings, on the PlaybackNGS Website.

Registration for the live stream will close at midnight on 8 May 2019, to watch the sessions in real time and as they happen. NGS will offer all ten lectures as video recordings after the conference. Special value pricing for conference packages of video and audio recordings will be available for purchase only from 8─11 May. After 11 May, normal pricing will resume for video and audio packages. Live stream, conference specials, and post conference packages are available to order on the Conference Recordings page. All registrants of packages will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference syllabus.

Registrants will receive instructions for viewing the live stream about a week prior to the conference.


PRE-CONFERENCE & ON-SITE LIVE STREAM PASSES
*Delivered live; Access live streamed videos for one year through 11 May 2020


Live Stream PassesLive Stream DetailsPre-Conference & On-Site Sale
Lectures
One Day Pass5 Video Sessions –Choose Either Day$95DNA(three), Ethnic(two). Five lectures on Thursday, 9 May 2019, or

BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 10 May 2019.
Two-Day Pass10 Video Sessions –Both Days$149DNA(three), Ethnic(two). Five lectures on Thursday, 9 May 2019, and

BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 10 May 2019.

NGS has selected Playback Now to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Conference participants can benefit by selecting different presentations while attending the conference and expanding their overall conference experience.

Reminder: If you are attending the 4-day event in St. Charles, online conference registration will close on 19 April 2019. Registration by mail must be postmarked by 19 April. Registration in person opens at noon on Tuesday, 7 May, at the St. Charles Convention Center.


Please consider joining us in person or by live stream starting 9 May. And you can also check back and order recordings from the 2019 conference at the PlaybackNGS Website.

15 March 2019

Hurry! Early Bird Discount Ends for NGS Conference on 19 March

Hurry! Early Bird Discount Ends 19 March
for 2019 Family History Conference


Please don’t miss this opportunity! Time is running out for family historians to receive a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8−11 May 2019. After 19 March, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists will also no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, you must register online by 19 March or mail your registration postmarked 19 March. 

The conference, “Journey of Discovery,” will showcase more than 150 lectures featuring a variety of tracks and topics including ethnicity, genetics, immigration and migration, military, Missouri, religion, technology, and more. The program will include all levels of genealogical skills from basic to advanced, as well as four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will feature eighteen presentations on DNA discoveries, science, and methodology.

The Family History Expo will feature more than seventy-five exhibitors and be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Check the website for a list of exhibitors and the accompanying floor plan.

The NGS Conference will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will run from 8−11 May. For conference information and to register, go to the NGS 2019 Family History Conference website.

Registration for local area tours and social meal events closes on 19 April 2019.

You will not be able to purchase tickets on-site at the conference. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on Store>My Account>Select View next to 2019 Conference>Select View Again>Select Add Sessions.

See you in St. Charles in May!

12 March 2019

Reminder for 2020 Call for Proposals Deadline

Last Chance to Submit Lecture Proposals for
NGS 2020 Family History Conference


Time is running out for speakers—as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures—to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society 2020 Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, 20‒23 May 2020. All proposals must be submitted electronically at https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/call-for-proposals/ by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2019.

The study of family history gives greater meaning and dimension to our lives. As the prior generations fade from view, the results of our research illuminate the pale echoes of the past and bring our ancestors back to life to resonate for future generations. The NGS 2020 Family History Conference in Salt Lake City will explore our connections to our ancestors and the vestiges of their lives that we can discover through records that still exist. Conference tracks under consideration include the following:
  • Impact of wars, poverty, famine, persecution, and the industrial revolution on movement from ancestral homes in the Americas and abroad
  • Immigration, naturalization, and passenger records 
  • Historical migrations, trails, and events that affected patterns of settlement
  • Hard-to-find ancestors who seem to disappear from records
  • Approaches to rural and urban research
  • Military records
  • Occupations and trades
  • Modes of transportation
  • Religions and related record collections
  • Ethnic resources and research techniques
  • Postcards, letters, diaries, and manuscripts
  • Immigrant, benevolent, and religious associations
  • Specialized collections of the Family History Library and other repositories
NGS also requests proposals that include the integration of DNA and technology into family history research as well as methodology and problem solving. NGS encourages proposals that demonstrate methods to help genealogists accurately identify ancestors through reasonably exhaustive research, proper source citations, analysis and correlation, resolution of conflicts, and sound reasoning and coherent writing.
Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals may submit up to eight proposals electronically. The speaker compensation is described in detail on the website. Visit the website for details about required speaker information and each submitted proposal. NGS has a free webinar, Becoming a Better Conference Speaker: Proposals and Preparations, which can be found on the National Genealogical Society YouTube channel that can help you prepare your proposal.

If your genealogical organization would like to sponsor a lecture, submit proposals to NGS. If your organization would like to sponsor a luncheon, please contact [email protected]. Do not use the sponsored lecture form.