National Genealogical Society

References for Researching

Interested in Family History?

Then you've come to the right place. Family history is about so much more than genealogy and a pedigree chart filled with names, dates, and places. It's about becoming an explorer and following in your ancestors' footsteps to see what they experienced. The National Genealogical Society helps you learn how to find your family and the details of their lives. Our educational courses, conferences, research trips, and publications all provide keys to unlocking your family's mysteries.

Confused by snippets of information you've found in online databases?

Our resources teach you about the records so you'll understand what it means when you find your ancestor's name in a probate file or deed or military record. You'll learn how to interpret the information and put it together to draw a logical conclusion, record it so you know where it came from, and follow the next logical step to find more relevant information.


A few basic tutorials will help you find your way along the path to your ancestry, whether you're just getting started or you want to become a professional genealogist. Learn more.

NGS Article Archive

Check our article archive for informative articles previously published in the NGS Quarterly, NGS Magazine, or UpFront with NGS.

NGS Guidelines

Read the NGS-recommended set of Genealogical Guidelines for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits.

NGS Book Loan Collection

The National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection is located at the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) in St. Louis, Missouri. The collection consists of 20,000-plus books, and new titles are added almost daily. Almost every book in this special collection is available for Interlibrary Loan to NGS members and non-members alike. Learn more.

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Educational Courses

American Genealogy Special Topics Series: Working with Deeds
Learn to locate, use, and understand deeds in this new NGS course.

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Become a Member

NGS members enjoy special benefits including

  • subscriptions to NGS Magazine and National Genealogical Society Quarterly;

  • discounts on NGS online store purchases, educational courses, and conference registration;

  • access to NGSQ index 1912-current and selected back issues of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly;

  • free research worksheets and forms; and

  • more.....

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