National Genealogical Society

About NGS

About NGS

NGS Mission

To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Revised and approved by the National Genealogical Society Board of Directors, May 2007

The National Genealogical Society is governed according to a set of bylaws.


NGS is more than a century old! The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, DC, in 1903. The preliminary first meeting was held on 24 April and the formal organization effected 11 November. Learn more.

NGS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of elected officers, eight directors, and the most recent former president willing to serve. Learn about board members.

NGS Staff

NGS personnel staff the office in Arlington, Virginia, and produce NGS publications in off-site locations. Find a staff member or department.

NGS Committees

The programs of the National Genealogical Society are administered by committees operating under the Board of Directors and at the pleasure of the president. Learn more.


Each year, many dedicated members of the National Genealogical Society generously donate their time and talents to benefit the organization in a variety of ways. Volunteer Opportunities.

Questions? Contact NGS at [email protected].   

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Conferences & Events

Hotel Reservations open 15 August for the NGS 2019 Family History Conference. Learn More

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