While many think of "NERGC" as a Conference, it is really much more. Originally formed over twenty years ago as an association of genealogical societies seeking to bring affordable, cutting edge, National quality genealogical education within the reach of New England genealogists and family historians at an affordable regional price, in 2006 the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Connecticut as a non-profit educational organization with the following objectives:
|• To promote an interest in genealogy,|
|• To promote skills and a level of expertise of genealogists through sponsorship of educational conferences and other periodic educational activities as the Board may determine,||• To promote harmony and cooperation among genealogical societies,|
|• To promote adherence to accepted standards for the use and care of genealogical records.|
In 2009, the Internal Revenue Service determined that NERGC was exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that contributions to NERGC are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
To date, NERGC has produced eleven conferences in every state in New England:
|25-26 April 1992||Sturbridge, Massachusetts||21-23 April 1994||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|12-14 October 1995||Burlington, Vermont|
|24-27 April 1997||Cromwell, Connecticut||22-25 October 1998||Portland, Maine|
|31 May – 3 June 2000||Providence, Rhode Island (local host for the National)||5-9 November 2003||Falmouth, Massachusetts|
|31 March – 3 April 2005||Portland, Maine||26-29 April 2007||Hartford, Connecticut|
|22-26 April 2009||Manchester, New Hampshire||6-10 April 2011||Springfield, Massachusetts|
Attendance at each of the past four conferences has exceeded 700, with 720 attending the 2005 Portland conference, 745 in Hartford in 2005, and 739 in Manchester in 2009. The 2011 Springfield conference had 830 attendees, speakers, and exhibitors on hand.