Arts, Culture, and Humanities


For Generations Past, Present, and Future

aka NGS

Falls Church, VA


To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.

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Ben Spratling JD

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6400 Arlington Blvd. Suite 810

Falls Church, VA 22042 USA


genealogy, ancestry, family history, historical societies





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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NGS seeks to promote sound genealogical research through various educational tools – publications, online courses and an annual conference. NGS also advocates for access to and preservation of genealogical records through a coalition of other nonprofit genealogy organizations

The Society continues to refine its educational tools namely print publications, the NGS Quarterly and the NGS Magazine. The society also publishes the electronic NGS Monthly to serve as a bridge between the Quarterly and the Magazine. NGS offers a Special Topics Series of textbooks including "Genealogy and the Law," "Mastering Genealogical Proof," "Mastering Genealogical Documentation, and "Genetic Genealogy in Practice." Educational courses are accessed through Distance Learning online. New courses for beginner and intermediate genealogists are always in development. The annual four-day NGS Family History Conference provides up to 2,000 attendees more than 150 educational sessions on genealogical research. Many of the presentations recorded and are available for download after the conference. Ten presentations are live-streamed during the conference for those who cannot attend the event. These presentations are recorded as well and available for three months after the conference.

NGS capability comes in part from the century-old history of the organization. From this foundation comes the Society's scholarly journal—The National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Also a part of this foundation is the legacy of the annual family history conference that has brought together tens of thousands of interested learners with the best educators in the genealogy community.

There are three metrics that will demonstrate whether NGS is making progress. As a membership organization, the first metric is whether there is an increase in the number of members of the Society. The second are the evaluations from attendees at the annual Family History Conference, attendees at our research trips, and from purchasers of our educational courses. Favorable responses demonstrate NGS has succeeded in providing a meaningful educational experience to those who participated. Third are the sales of the publications and online courses. Purchases of either or both are evidence of progress in providing valuable educational content to member and nonmember alike.

NGS continues to transition from an older style educational platform to one using the latest in distance learning technology. Existing courses have migrated from CDs to the Instructure Canvas program and new courses are in development using the cloud-based learning environment. The society launches new and updated volumes of the "Research in the States Series" each year at the annual conference. These research guides highlight the genealogical resources available in a particular state. The new 2018 offerings are: "Research in Massachusetts" and "Research in Rhode Island." Updated this year is "Research in Michigan." These guides are three of 28 U.S. states released so far. Pending is work to update the Society's website to make it easier to navigate and to update the content. NGS is expects to have this accomplished by October of 2018.

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