Call for Proposals for the National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina

The following announcement was written by the (US) National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 29 MARCH 2016—Time is running out for speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference, Family History Lives Here, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 10–13 May 2017. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the NGS website by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2016.

Throughout its history, North Carolina has been home to a diverse population including Native Americans and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. During colonial times, it was one of a few colonies that embraced religious diversity, welcoming Quakers, Huguenots, Methodists, and Moravians. It is a land rich in cultural traditions. From the lighthouses on the outer banks to the falling waters on the Piedmont, to the dramatic overlooks in the mountains, this land calls us back to take a closer look. The Tar Heel story is vibrant, shared through the words of each family, and recorded in the wonderful records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous North Carolina archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records and repositories; land grants and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within the Carolinas. The Society also will consider other topics of interest reaching from the Colonial era to the 21st Century. In addition, NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page:

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically via

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals via

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, 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.


Michael Lafreniere March 30, 2016 at 2:36 am

No thanks. I would not consider attending this Conference as it’s going to be in a state that promotes HATE and condones discrimination. I’ll encourage my fellow genealogists to skip the 2017 NGS Conference.

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I agree with Mr Lafreniere and will encourage others not to attend.

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It looks like I’ll be skipping this one. Maybe try again in 2018, in a different state.

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    Even the NBA is considering pulling out of N. Carolina for the All Star game next year. Hope the NGS does the same. Discrimination is not to be supported.

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I, for one, WILL plan to attend next year’s conference in Raleigh, NC. I despise putting politics into everything, including genealogy. I DO NOT support discrimination, but boycotting an entire state is totally disingenuous.


    No Michelle, it is North Carolina’s government that has injected politics into genealogy, by passing laws which take the position that members of my family and some of my ancestors (and no doubt yours) are less than fully human and not entitled to basic human rights.


I have called the conference number for NGS to tell them to move the conference because many, many genealogists will NOT attend anything in North Carolina. I certainly will not attend.

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I can only agree that now is a good time to seek another state for the conference; North Carolina’s retrogressive legislation should clearly be protested.


Especially as an NGS member, I am saddened that North Carolina continues to be the conference location for next year. I will not even think about attending.


Just because a boy cant go in a girls’ restroom, people are acting all high and mighty and thinking all of NC is bad. NC is full of people; full of good people, and even full of people like you, who want to protest the whole state. What morals do you have? You want others to respect you, and your opinions or beliefs, but you who do not respect someone’s privacy and safety need to look within yourself. In essence, you are doing what you accuse others of. You are discriminating against the whole state if NC; where people live, work, fellowship, and thrive. You want people to buckle and give in to your desires, or you will boycott the whole state. Well, take your toys and go home; it’s fine if you don’t come to NC.


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