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NCGS 2019 Fall Conference

1-2 November 2019
at McKimmon Conference and Training Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC.

Join us for an exciting two-day genealogy journey to learn more about what DNA and traditional research can tell us about our ancestors and their history. Enjoy the insights of eight national and regional experts along the way.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m

8:20 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. each day

Full Conference Registration
– $158 members/$178 non-members.

Single-day (either Friday or Saturday) Registration
– $104 members/$124 non-members.

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Keynote by Roberta Estes
”The Lost Colony: Is It Still Lost?”

We will start on Friday morning with a keynote on the 400-year-old mystery of North Carolina’s own Lost Colony of Roanoke. You will find out what is now known about America’s oldest known cold case from a pioneer in genetic genealogy.

Following the keynote, there will be four additional sessions on Friday, and five sessions on Saturday, with two lectures to choose from each session. Lecture topics will include DNA, African American, Civil War, Native American, methodology, migration, medical records, and more.

Your registration includes

  • a multi-track conference with two lectures to choose from during each session,
  • a digital version of the syllabus, which will be available for download prior to the conference,
  • an exhibit hall showcasing local and regional vendors of books and other items of interest to genealogists, and
  • a catered buffet luncheon each day (vegetarian options will be available).

The ticket purchase section to register is at the bottom of this page.
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Read more about the lectures by downloading the PDF, “2019 NCGS Expanded Lecture Descriptions.”

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Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. We cannot accept walk-ins.

Pre-registration will close at midnight on 24 October 2019. All checks submitted as payment must be received no later than 24 October 2019.

Refund policy: A full refund will be given if request is received on or before 24 October 2019. There will be no refunds for requests received 25 October 2019 or later.

Hotel information: If you need accommodations, please visit the McKimmon Center website (https://mckimmoncenter.ncsu.edu/mctc/hotels/) for a list of hotels and contact information.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org.

“Land Mapping” Workshop, Friday, 2:15 – 4:45 p.m.

If you always wanted to learn how to find and map your ancestor’s land, then this is the workshop for you. This hands-on workshop teaches how to use land records to locate that land and to draw plats and maps using both traditional pencil and paper, and software. The workshop will be led by David McCorkle, a genealogical researcher specializing in North Carolina land records who created the free website, http://www.nclandgrants.com.

Everyone attending the workshop must be registered for the Fall Conference, either by purchasing a Full Conference registration or a Single Day Friday registration.

Workshop registrants will attend the workshop instead of the two Friday afternoon Conference sessions.

The workshop is limited to 25 people and requires a separate workshop registration fee of $30.

2019 Fall Conference Banquet, Friday, 6:00 p.m.

Randell Jones photo

Banquet Speaker: Randell Jones
“Daniel Boone of North Carolina”

Share an evening of good food and engaging storytelling with your fellow genealogists and historians. Our guest speaker for the evening is Randell Jones, who will present revealing episodes from the life of the legendary American hero, Daniel Boone, during his twenty-one years in North Carolina. Those years, 1750-1771, include when Boone married and lived in the Yadkin River Valley during the French and Indian War.

Randell Jones is an award-winning history author and invited Road Scholar speaker for the NC Humanities Council. He is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain.

The banquet, which will be held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, requires a separate registration fee of $36. Select one of two entrees:

  • Oven Roasted Chicken Breast topped with a mushroom Madeira sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Vegetable Tagine (vegetarian option): a Moroccan tomato and roasted vegetable stew with garden vegetables, apricots, and raisins over couscous.
  • Each meal includes a house salad, rolls, dessert (cheesecake with fresh fruit), sweet tea, ice water, and coffee.


Every year NCGS strives to bring to North Carolina top-notch speakers who are recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and contributions to the field of genealogy research.

Roberta Estes, a founding pioneer in the field of genetic genealogy, speaks and writes about DNA and is founder of the Lost Colony DNA research projects.

Larry W. Cates is a librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point [NC] Public Library. He has written, lectured, and edited extensively.

Janice Lovelace, PhD, has 25 years of experience researching family history and has presented a variety of topics including Ethic group, DNA, and Health research.

David McCorkle created nclandgrants.com providing images and data for all NC land grants. He lectures on various topics at the national, state, and local level.

Jill Morelli, CG®, lectures nationwide about intermediate and advanced methodologies and unique record sets, which she encounters with her personal and client research and writing.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG ® CGL(SM), is co-director of Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), instructor at IGHR, past president of BCG, past instructor BU and SLIG.

Diane L. Richard has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and the Southern states.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA, has been a researcher for over thirty years, specializing in problem solving, military records, Quaker records, and publishing.

Read more about the speakers by downloading the PDF, “2019 NCGS Full Speaker Bios.”

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