18 November 2019

NGS 2020 Family History Conference Program Now Online

Program Now Online for 
NGS 2020 Family History Conference

The program for the National Genealogical Society's 2020 Family History Conference, to be held 20-23 May 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page brochure.

This year’s program, Echoes of Our Ancestors, will feature a variety of lecture tracks and topics on

  • DNA
  • Heritage 
  • Immigration and Migration 
  • Records 
  • Religion 
  • Resources and Research Techniques 
  • Women 
In addition to lectures that focus on tracing ancestors of European descent, attendees will discover lectures on African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and Polynesian ancestry.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists will again sponsor a skillbuilding track. Conference participants may also enroll in workshops on specialized collections at the world’s largest genealogical library. In all, the conference will offer family historians and genealogists more than 175 lectures, an array of social events, several workshops, and a family history expo with more than seventy exhibitors.

The program will begin with Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, who has spent a lifetime writing fiction and memoirs about the corrosive power of secrets within families. She stumbled on a secret of her own: her beloved father was not her biological father. As she writes in Inheritance, “I always knew there was a secret. What I didn’t know: the secret was me.”

The conference will take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Registration opens on 2 December 2019. NGS has planned a number of special events with limited seating, so register on 2 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend any of these events.

To learn more about our special events, see the conference brochure and our program. Participants also will want to sign up early for tickets to the NGS banquet on Friday evening, featuring Steffani Raff, an award-winning storyteller, who will take us on a journey through the history of women’s suffrage.

For up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels, visit the conference website. Be sure to sign up for the NGS conference blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

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