National Genealogical Society

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NGS Special Publications

From early in its founding to now, the National Genealogical Society’s American focus has produced numerous publications of interest to a wide audience. From modern guides to research in a specific state, to topical books such as the nitty-gritty of numbering a genealogy, to record extracts published in the days before computers, NGS Special Publications offer tools for family history researchers.

Research in the States Series

Early in the history of the NGS Quarterly, lengthy articles about researching in specific states were featured. Eventually the articles were updated, expanded, and published as consise guides to the history, records, and research facilities of a state. Written by well-known experts who specialize in the areas they write about, the guides have an easy-to-understand style and format.The guides in this ongoing series are available as traditional print books or as downloadable PDF versions. Learn more.

Current Publications

The National Genealogical Society brings new publications to family history researchers and historians and revises old favorites to keep up with new trends, information, and technology. Check our website or visit the NGS booth at conferences to see the latest current publications. Learn more.




Legacy Publications

Almost since its founding in 1903, the National Genealogical Society has published books to help its members find their ancestors. Some NGS early publications are still available, and their information on settlement, vital records, and census substitutes is still as valuable today as when they were first published. Learn more.

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NGS members enjoy special benefits including

  • subscriptions to NGS Magazine and National Genealogical Society Quarterly;

  • discounts on NGS online store purchases, educational courses, and conference registration;

  • access to NGSQ index 1912-current and selected back issues of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly;

  • free research worksheets and forms; and

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