27 March 2020

BIFHSGO Conference 2020 – Postponement Announcement

This is a message from the conference co-chairs.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertain situation over the coming months, BIFHSGO’s Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee regret to announce the postponement of the annual family history Conference, scheduled to be held 25–27 September 2020.

Many factors have been carefully considered: the risks to our speakers, attendees and volunteers; uncertainty about international travel for our main speakers; and the costs, time and effort of our volunteers to put together a conference with no guarantee that circumstances will allow the event to be held. Although we could have carried on, hoping for improved conditions, we felt it was best for the safety and well-being of all concerned to make the decision early.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to all those involved with planning the conference, particularly the dedicated volunteers who have already put significant efforts into planning this year’s event. To our speakers, regular exhibitors and partners, thank you for your understanding and continued support. We would especially like to thank the staff of Ben Franklin Place for their appreciation of our situation and generosity in minimizing our losses.
Although this is disappointing, it is only a postponement. The conference will be scheduled for the fall of 2021 with the same themes and, hopefully, the same speakers. We will notify you (BIFHSGO members) of next year’s exact dates as soon as they can be determined (likely this October).

BIFHSGO’s Board is working on other ways to connect with members while the restrictions remain in place and we look forward to gathering together again when it is safe to do so.

In the interim, please stay safe and be well.

Duncan Monkhouse, President BIFHSGO and Conference Co-Chair (Program), and Jane Down, Conference Co-Chair (Administrative)

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