FGS and NGS Announce Intent to Merge

Jan Meisels Allen






At the opening session of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in Washington D.C  it was announced that the  FGS and National Genealogical Society (NGS) intend to merge.  The two organizations, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. The merger will be completed October 1, 2020. Until then, both organizations will continue discussions and both will hold their 2020 conferences as planned: FGS in Kansas City and NGS in Salt Lake City. The first merged conference will be held in May 2021 in Richmond Virginia. That conference will expand from 4 to 5 days allowing for a society management additional day.


The FGS is an umbrella organization for genealogy societies and the NGS is an organization predominately of individuals with organizations allowed to join but without a vote. At the joint press conference conducted by both societies’ presidents, Ben Spratling, President of NGS, said  NGS will incorporate FGS in society related activities and societies will have voting rights. The difference between societies and individuals in voting  is still being worked on during this “engagement” period.


The periodicals will be “merged” with the FGS Forum being incorporated into the NGS Magazine.


FGS, NGS and IAJGS jointly sponsor the Records Preservation and Access Committee  which will continue, but after the merger/marriage with two sponsors not three.


To read the press releases see:






Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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