Member Benefits

Join or Renew Your Membership

The NGS Membership Year is twelve months following sign-up or renewal. To provide uninterrupted service, Members are notified two months before their Membership expiration date. NGS does not automatically renew Memberships nor will we ever sell your information.

All amounts are in US dollars. Membership dues are non-refundable. Options for international shipping are
available at checkout.

Join today and take advantage of the FREE Family History Skills course NGS offers to members. This online course will help you understand the importance vital records play in building a strong foundation to expand your family’s history back many generations.

NEW! Join NGS’s exclusive online member community: Forum.  Ask questions, participate in answers and discussion on family history topics.

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NGS Membership (US) Description One Year Two Years Three Years
Individual NGS Membership (US) Membership for one individual. $85 $150 $215
Family Membership Membership for two individuals living at the same address. One set of mailed materials; discounts apply to both members. $105 $190 $275
Youth/Young Adult Membership for people age 14-24. Dues increase the year the member turns 25. $35 N/A N/A

The National Genealogical Society is the Indispensable
Resource for Family Historians and Genealogists

Personalize Your Learning

Only NGS offers the depth of choices to build your skills and for all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. We give clear, straightforward, step-by-step guidance in genealogical research. You choose the best way for you to learn: reading, audio recordings, video recordings, in-person lectures, conferences, online courses with or without grading, case studies, and more.

What Sets NGS Apart?

Unlike other ancestry organizations that focus on providing online databases, NGS helps you navigate through the maze of genealogical resources that exist online and in repositories throughout America. We provide the learning tools you need to best use these source materials and build a solid family history. You decide which will best suit your skill set and your needs.

Choose from a wide range of learning opportunities, including:

  • Online courses, easy to access anywhere, anytime
  • Publications: Books, Magazines, Quarterlies, e-Newsletters
  • Blogs and Social Media
  • Research Trips
  • Annual Family History Conference or Live streaming Lectures
  • Audio and Video Lectures on Demand
  • E-Library Archives
  • Forum: the NGS member community for questions and family history discussion
  • A New Website designed to help you at every level of your experience

Network with your Peers

At our annual Family History Conference, on research trips, and via social media, family historians and genealogists have the opportunity to network. Sharing your stories with other researchers—or discussing brick walls that impede your research—often is a welcome break from the solitary and at times tedious pursuit of those elusive ancestors.

Experience Counts

We’ve been around since 1903 and have a proven track record. Learn from the experts how to build and expand your family tree that meets the genealogical proof standards.

At just $85 per year—just $7.08 a month—individual membership in NGS is one of the most cost-effective investments you can make.

Don’t feel daunted or stymied. Let NGS be your guide. And discover the intrigue, excitement, and fun of researching your family history.

Build Your Skills. Build Your Family History. >