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Awards

The NGS Awards program recognizes excellence, scholarship, and achievements in the field of genealogy by presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed exceptional work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

The presentation of these awards is administered by the NGS Awards Committee, which sets deadlines for the receipt of nominations. Notice of the deadlines is sent to the Board of Directors and to the membership through NGS Magazine, NGS Monthly, and by email and NGS Monthly. Nominations are submitted to the NGS Awards Committee, which reviews and evaluates the nominations. All nominations must include contact information (name, email, and phone) for nominees and the person(s) nominating them.

Send nomination forms by postal service or email to:

NGS Awards Program
6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22042-2318

Email (Include “NGS AWARD” in the Subject line of your message): [email protected]

Deadline for all submissions is 15 December, annually.

Award of Merit

Awarded to an individual or nonprofit genealogical or historical organization in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy over a period of five or more years that have significantly aided research or increased interest in genealogy. The nominee need not be a member of NGS. This award may be presented to an individual or institution more than once.

Award of Merit Nomination Form (PDF) >

The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism

To recognize a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years. The recipient must be a member of NGS.

Wilcox Nomination Form (PDF) >

Distinguished Service Award

To recognize outstanding contributions to the work of NGS. A nominee must have been a member of NGS for at least one year when nominated. This award may be presented to an individual more than once.

Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form (PDF) >

Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS)

To recognize outstanding work in the field of genealogy or the related fields of history, biography, or heraldry, in addition to outstanding service to the National Genealogical Society. A nominee must have been a member of NGS for at least five years. See the list of Honored NGS Fellows >

Fellow of the National Genealogical Society Nomination Form (PDF) >

The following awards are nominated and decided by the Awards Committee, the NGS President and Board of Directors, and/or the NGS Family History Conference chairs. Applications not accepted.

Award of Honor

To recognize an individual or organization for dedicated and sustained service in support of an NGS Family History Conference. A nominee or organization need not be a member of NGS.

Certificate of Appreciation

To recognize an individual or organization for service during an NGS Family History Conference. A nominee need not be a member of NGS. This award may be presented to an individual or institution more than once.

President’s Citation

This award is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the Society.