In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. Both boards approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this week and jointly announced the news at the Opening Session of the FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving the support of both individual members and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.

The organizational structure of NGS will be modified to increase functions that support genealogical societies and family organizations. Digitization projects of genealogical importance such as the War of 1812 pensions will continue. The two organizations will continue to operate independently while all details of the merger are completed, no later than October 1, 2020.

Faye Stallings, President of FGS, said: “We are excited about this opportunity to combine with a premier organization that has been in operation since 1903. This will allow for improved and expanded services to help support societies.” Ben Spratling, President of the NGS, commented, “We look forward to continuing the strong legacy of FGS as a ‘gathering point’ for family historians and societies all across the nation.”


  1. Edward Grandi on August 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations to both organizations for joining forces. There will be economies that will benefit both organizations going forward. Please let me know if I can assist.

  2. Nancy See on August 29, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    How is this going to effect membership and dues to each society?? Currently we belong to both, pay dues to both. The fiscal year for both ends 8/31/2019. Please advise.

    • Linda McCauley on September 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Those details will be worked out and announced over the next year.

  3. Emily Rusk on September 9, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    What will happen to the Forum?

    • Linda McCauley on September 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Those details will be worked out and announced over the next year.

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