Saturday, May 30, 2015


ARLINGTON, VA, 27 MAY 2015: The 2016 NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,4-7 May, is one year away, but it is not too soon to think about hotel reservations. Attendees have a choice of three different hotels in the area with a variety of room rates. The conference, which will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, will be well attended, so plan to make your reservations early.

The three conference hotels are the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (Conference Hotel), Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, and Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. They will apply the special conference rates for three days before and after the conference. Each hotel offers a variety of amenities and dining options, so choose the one that best fits your needs. You may book your hotel rooms beginning 27 May 2015 through the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Reservations must be made through the CVB to receive the NGS rate. Visit the NGS Accommodations page to begin booking your hotel reservation.

The conference theme, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will delve into the records and history that define the ethnic diversity of Florida, as well as the records that have been created because of the migrations into, within, and out of the state.

The four-day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally recognized experts on topics including the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Florida and the neighboring areas of the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem solving, and technology.

An Exhibit Hall with more than 100 vendors will be free and open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, directly across from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

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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.

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