About NGS


Below you will find a list of the NGS competitions available to individuals, societies, and organizations.  We hope you will consider submitting your entry by 15 December.

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

NGS Competitions and Entry Forms

An NGS tradition since 1986, NGS encourages its members to submit a family history that covers three to four generations.  The prize is a complimentary banquet ticket to the next NGS Family History Conference and possible publication in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyLearn More >

Presented for a genealogy or family history book published during the past three years that serves to foster scholarship and excellence in genealogy. Learn More >

Presented for a work published during the past three years that discusses or demonstrates genealogical methods and sources and serves to foster scholarship and excellence in genealogy.  Learn More >

Award for Excellence: NGSQ

The NGSQ editorial Board and staff select one exemplary published article, from the previous year’s publications, that demonstrates excellence in modern genealogical research.

Recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that volunteer editors devote to their newsletters.  Winning entries from each category will win a complimentary one-year organization NGS membership.  There are now two categories for newsletters edited by volunteers and published by genealogical/historical societies, family associations, and related member organizations.

  • Large (500 or more members)
  • Small (less than 500 members)

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Recognizes and encourages our youth as the next generation of family historians.   The two categories are

  • Senior (grades 9-12) and
  • Junior (grades 6-8).

Winners receive a monetary prize, a certificate, and a one-year NGS digital membership.  Learn More >