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. […] You can read the full press release of the announcement on the FGS Voice blog. […]

  2. 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.

  3. Kerry Bailey on August 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I think it’s wonderful. Has there been a consideration to move the date to a more weather conducive location for travel and attendance? Why not move it to the St Louis area or there about.

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      Conferences are planned as far as 5 years out.
      We hope to continue to provide positive conference experiences for all.

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  5. Theresina Lloyd on August 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I’m stunned, amazed, and happy to hear this news, glad everyone feels this is a good merge. I’d like to say congrats to you both, NGS and FGS. I’m hopeful I’ll to be able to be a big part of this combined organization in the future. This merge does allow me not to have to choose which one to join…I had been struggling with this for the last few months. Hopefully the dues for this combined organization will be reasonable enough for people having the same dilemma as I, not having enough money for both, to be able to afford joining.

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you for your positive reaction to the merger.
      The goal is to continue supporting the members of both organizations.

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Talks are in the works with NGS and FGS. The FORUM articles will be added to the NGS Magazine.

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    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      As you may have heard, the conference will not be virtual. Hope you’ll plan on joining us.

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