National Genealogical Society

Awards & Competitions

Competitions

The National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence in various aspects of genealogical scholarship and service by supporting several annual competitions, which are administered by committees operating under the NGS Awards Committee. Explore the competition requirements and prizes to decide if one is right for you. 

Family History Writing Contest

A three- or four-generation family history is required. The prize is an expense-paid trip to the next NGS Family History Conference and possible publication in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Learn more

The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

Sponsored by ProQuest, this competition honors a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually. Learn more.

Award for Excellence: Genealogy & Family History Book

Presented to an individual or nonprofit organization for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book published during the past three years that serves to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advances or promotes excellence in genealogy. Learn more.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods & Sources

Presented to an individual or nonprofit organization for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a book, an article, or a series of articles published during the past three years that discusses genealogical methods and sources and serves to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advances or promotes excellence in genealogy. Learn more.

Home Study Course Scholarship Award

Encourages those pursuing a career in genealogy who have demonstrated serious interest in genealogy by attending regional and/or local conferences, undertaking genealogical training, and subscribing to genealogical publications, this award is given annually. The prize is a full scholarship for the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course. Learn more about the scholarship requirements.

NGS Newsletter Competition

Recognizes  the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. Winning organizations or associations receive a one-year organizational membership in the National Genealogical Society. Learn more.

Rubincam Youth Award

This award encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. There are two categories, senior and junior. The senior category winner (high school student in grades 10–12 or ages 16–18) receives a $500 cash prize, a plaque, the NGS Home Study course, and a one-year NGS membership. The junior category winner (middle school student in grades 7–9 or  ages 13–15 years)  receives a plaque, the NGS Home Study course, and a one-year NGS membership. Presentation details of the winning submission may appear in NGS Magazine. Learn more.

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