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Genealogical Standards & Guidelines

These Genealogical Standards are recommended by the National Genealogical Society. NGS recommends standards and guidelines for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogy. 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 have served their purpose when an individual decides that the standards and guidelines have or have not been applied in a matter of personal interest.

NGS welcomes links to its standards and guidelines on other Web sites, or their reproduction by others, as permitted by the copyright notice, but such support from others doesn't assure that their websites or works conform to the recommended standards or guidelines. Should such a claim be made, it is a matter for each individual to consider, and to take whatever action seems appropriate from a personal standpoint.

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