On August 21st, 2019, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced during the opening session of their conference that the boards of FGS and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) have voted this past week and decided to merge organizations.
The primary benefits of merging the societies will be:
1. Improved focus on society needs
2. One large national conference
3. Reduction of duplicate costs
The expected completion of the merger is October 1, 2020.
NGS President Benjamin B. Spratling and FGS President Faye Stallings held a press conference later in the morning where attendees could ask questions.
The merged society is going to be called NGS. Both organizations will have a separate conference in 2020 but will be combining their conference starting in 2021.
The 2020 separate conferences are:
NGS – May 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah
FGS – August 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri
The first combined conference will be in 2021:
NGS – May 2021 in Richmond, Virginia
They plan on increasing the current NGS 4-day conference format to a a 5-day conference to add in the FGS format of having a Society Management Day.
The FGS magazine, Forum, will be incorporated into the NGS Magazine and then discontinued. The FGS Preserve the Pensions Project will continue under its existing arrangements.
More information can be found at the organization’s websites:
FGS – https://fgs.org/
Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.