These Guidelines are recommended by the National Genealogical Society for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits. NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations serve their purpose when an individual decides that the Guideline have been applied appropriately in a matter of personal interest.
NGS welcomes links to its Guidelines on other websites or their reproduction by others, as permitted by the copyright notice. However, such support from others does not assure that their websites or works conform to the recommended Guidelines.
Guidelines revised in 2016.
- Guidelines for Sound Genealogical Research (PDF 179KB)
- Guidelines for Using Records Repositories and Libraries (PDF 190KB)
- Guidelines for Use of Computer Technology in Genealogical Research (PDF 78KB)
- Guidelines for Sharing Information with Others (PDF 173KB)
- Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth (PDF 90KB)