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Competitions

Have you written an outstanding family history? Do you know a genealogy librarian who goes beyond the call of duty to support the community, or a youth who is involved in genealogy projects? These are just some of the categories in which NGS sponsors competitions for awards.

Deadline for all submissions is 15 December, annually. See below for instructions.

NGS Competitions and Entry Forms

A three- or four-generation family history is required. The prize is an expense-paid trip to the next NGS Family History Conference and possible publication in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Learn More >

Presented to an individual or nonprofit organization for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book published during the past three years that serves to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advances or promotes excellence in genealogy. Learn More >

Presented to an individual or nonprofit organization for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a database, a digitization project, a book, an article, a series of articles published during the past three years that discusses genealogical methods and sources and serves to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advances or promotes excellence in genealogy. Learn More >

Recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. There are three entry categories:

  • Major (500 or more members) genealogical and/or historical societies
  • County/local (less than 499 members) genealogical and/or historical societies
  • Family associations

Winning organizations or associations receive a one-year organizational membership in the National Genealogical Society. Learn More >

Sponsored by ProQuest, this competition honors a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually. Learn More >

Encourages those pursuing a career in genealogy who have demonstrated serious interest in genealogy by attending regional and/or local conferences, undertaking genealogical training, and subscribing to genealogical publications, this award is given annually. The prize is a full scholarship for the current NGS American Genealogical Studies series.
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This award encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. There are two categories, senior and junior. The senior category winner (high school student in grades 10–12 or ages 16–18) receives a $500 cash prize, a plaque, and a one-year NGS membership. The junior category winner (middle school student in grades 7–9 or ages 13–15 years) receives a $250 cash prize, a plaque, and a one-year NGS membership. Presentation details of the winning submission may appear in NGS MagazineLearn More >