About NGS

Awards and Competitions—Recognizing Excellence

The National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence in the field of genealogy by presenting awards and competitions to individuals, societies, libraries, and other organizations.

The National Genealogical Society’s merger with the Federation of Genealogical Societies created one organization serving the needs of our combined and expanded membership. Accordingly, we have combined and expanded our joint awards programs.

Learn about the awards and competitions available to our individual and organization members.  Please consider whether an organization you know or an individual you work with, research with, or admire fits the bill for an award from the “new” NGS and nominate them today!

Deadline for all submissions is 15 December, annually.


The NGS Awards program recognizes scholarship, service, excellence, and achievement in the field of genealogy by presenting awards to individuals and to societies, libraries, and other family history organizations.


Have you written an outstanding family history? Do you know a youth who is involved in genealogy projects? Is there a newsletter edited by a volunteer that deserves recognition? These are just some of the categories in which NGS sponsors competitions for awards.

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame honors individuals of the past who made significant contributions to genealogy and set the high standards by which we work today. One person is inducted into the Hall of Fame each year.