The National Genealogical Society | NGS was organized in Washington, DC, in 1903 and has a long history of leading the way in genealogy and produced some remarkable achievements. It was the first national genealogical organization. The society published the first national genealogical journal (NGSQ) and co-created the Board for Certification (BCG). Twelve of the original BCG board members were current or former NGS officers or NGSQ contributors.


The society introduced the acclaimed NGS Home Study Course in American Genealogy in 1981 and now offers cloud-based, online courses in American Genealogy plus special subject matter courses developed by leading experts in the field.


GenTech, a division of NGS, helped to facilitate a bridge between genealogy and technology, and is known for the GenTech Genealogical Data Model, which is of use to software developers who write genealogy software. And the NGS Book Loan Collection is the largest free lending library of its kind, among the 20,000 books available for research, many in the collection may be borrowed by lending through ILL including a wide range of family histories; state, county and local histories; abstracts of records of cemeteries, churches, courts, deeds, marriages, wills and other probate records.

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The NGS Membership Year is twelve months following sign-up or renewal. To provide uninterrupted service, Members are notified two months before their Membership expiration date. NGS does not automatically renew Memberships nor will we ever sell your information.

NGS Membership (US) Description One Year Two Years Three Years
Individual NGS Membership (US) Membership for one individual. $70 $130 $190
Family Membership Membership for two individuals living at the same address. One set of mailed materials; discounts apply to both members. $90 $170 $250
Individual Lifetime Membership (US) Lifetime membership for one individual. One-time payment, membership is non-transferable. $2,500 (One-Time Payment)