Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and National Genealogical Society (NGS) Merging!

Today at the FGS 2019 conference in Washington DC, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced their intent to merge by the end of 2020

FGS and NGS agree to merge as one organization by the end of 2020

This is HUGE NEWS! Today at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2019 conference in Washington, DC, it was announced that it will be merging with the National Genealogical Society by the end of 2020! See the press release below from FGS and also links to the FGS and NGS announcements!


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.”

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