For Immediate Release
The Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces
2020 Family History Conference is Going Virtual

6/15/2020 – Austin, TX.
Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 around the nation and our concern for the health and well-being of attendees and volunteers involved with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2020 Family History Conference, we are pleased to announce that the conference is going virtual. “Although we are very saddened that the last FGS conference will not be an in-person celebratory event in Kansas City, the well-being of everyone involved with the conference is our utmost priority,” said FGS President Faye Stallings.

FGS is developing a virtual conference event that will be a combination of both live and on-demand programming. FGS 2020 Live! will be a full-day event planned for Wednesday, September 2, and will include popular genealogy lecturers such as Thomas W. Jones, David E. Rencher and Judy G. Russell. In addition to this full-day event, many more lectures will be made available to participants starting later in September as well as some of the workshops we had planned. All conference registrations will be converted to virtual registrations, and fees for any add-ons such as special events and luncheons will be refunded. If you haven’t already registered, you will be able to register for the virtual event in coming days. More details concerning the virtual conference will be coming soon.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising was completed for that project in 2016 and the digitization continues. FGS was also the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service. To learn more visit
Contact: Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350


  1. Shirley Rogers on June 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Totally understand cancelled the conference. I will have to cancel since I am not set up for a virtual conference. Itis a shame that the last FGS conference will not happen. Was really looking forward to it.

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you for your understanding. We too wish we could have had our conference as planned.

  2. James Hurst on June 17, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for all the hard work adapting the conference to virtual. Good luck. Hope it turns into the best attended conference ever

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you! We appreciate your support.

  3. Belinda Kay Luke on June 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I do not plan on attending the virtual conference so please send a complete refund of my conference registration and other fees. Thank you.

    • FGS Publications on June 17, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      All those who previously registered will be receiving a refund if they choose not to attend the virtual conference. Stay tuned for further information to be announced.
      Thank you.

      • FGS Publications on July 1, 2020 at 7:01 pm

        Please use the address: to request a refund for the 2020 FGS Conference.
        Thank you.

  4. Pixie Bolles on July 14, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I would like to advertise this conference in our genealogy newsletter. Do attendees have to be members of FGS to participate? Thank you!

    • Faye Stallings on July 17, 2020 at 12:07 am

      Attendees do not have to be members. Thank you for passing the information along regarding the virtual conference! We have something for everyone!

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