Two Big Genealogical Organizations will Merge

The boards of the Federation of Genealogical Studies (FGS) and the National Genealogical Society (FGS) announced their intention 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), and jointly announced the news at the Opening Session of the FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C.. Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving 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 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.”

The FGS was established in 1975 to help genealogical societies. The organization is well known for its conferences, its newsletter Forum, its preservation efforts and its projects, such as the indexing project for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

NGS was started in 1903, and its headquarters are at Falls Church, Virginia. The goal of the group is to help researchers. NGS is known for its publications of guidebooks for research. Guidebooks have been completed for 27 states.

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