FGS and NGS have announced that they are going to merge. I received the following press release via FamilySearch. They stated that: ” David Rencher, FamilySearch CGO, said this is a significant move forward for both organizations. FGS has wanted to better serve individuals, and NGS has been seeking ways to better serve societies. Combining their efforts is a win/win for all genealogists at the local, state and international levels. FamilySearch is thrilled with the leadership of both organizations coming together to better serve all genealogists and family historians. “
What do you think of the merger? How do you think this will change the world of family history and genealogy conferences?
NGS AND FGS ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE
(21 August 2019)–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
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.”
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to
genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the
preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based
nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the
beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in
publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also
offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.