Member Benefits

Individual Member Benefits. Build Your Skills. Build Your Family History.

Membership Levels and Benefits: Individual, Family, and Life.

Note: If you do not have an account profile for NGS, create a profile before proceeding to join NGS. Create an NGS Profile >


NGS Magazine: delivered quarterly by print or digital access. A top choice by NGS Members, with articles on effectively using records for family history research—i.e., vital records, immigration, land, and courthouse records—and columns on genetic genealogy, repositories, technology, writing, etc.

NGS Monthly: delivered monthly by email. A digital publication with articles, authored by an award-winning genealogist on methodology, research techniques, sources, and NGS news.

NGS Quarterly (NGSQ): delivered quarterly by print or digital access. A leading scholarly journal in the field, highly in demand for its case studies and genealogies, essays on methodology, and book reviews.

Discount registration for the annual NGS Family History Conference

Free Family History Skills Course (online, take anytime, anywhere)

Discounts for online genealogy courses (only NGS offers the e-learning system Canvas):

  • Foundations in Family History A three-part course that teaches genealogical skill building using methods and records for family research
  • Advanced Skills in Genealogy A comprehensive course tailored to provide intermediate to advanced students with an institute-level, standards-based program.
  • Continuing Genealogical Studies Thirteen individual courses, you chose topics of interest to accelerate your family research

Discounts on books, including our Research in the States Series and Special Publications

Free Member-only Resources, including genealogy templates and charts, tutorials, articles, quarterly MemberConnects! and Culture Conversations events, and a free subscription to NewspaperArchive

Full access to e-library and Archival Resources, including fully searchable NGS Magazine, NGS Monthly, and NGSQ articles with 24/7 access on our website:

  • Sixteen years of NGS Magazine issues
  • 70+ articles from NGS Monthly since inception February 2016
  • 500+ issues of the NGSQ

Upfront with NGS: a blog featuring news and resources for genealogists

Special packages for audio and video recorded lectures at

Forum: join NGS’s online member community to ask questions and participate in discussions about genealogy and family history topics

Access to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) YouTube channels with timely member educational and event videos.

Eligible to enter the NGS Family History Writing Contest

Special Offers from NGS Partnerships and discounts from Affiliates


A family membership option is available for two persons living in the same household for $105.00 per year. Family members receive all the same benefits as Individual members, but only one print delivery of NGS Magazine and NGSQ is mailed to that family address. Both family members may attend the NGS Family History Conference at the discounted member rate. Both receive member discounts on purchases of genealogy courses, books, and anything else offered in the NGS Store and both have full access member resources on the website. Each family member must register a separate email and password.

Family Membership is an option available at checkout for $105 in the NGS Store.

If you are already an individual member, you must contact [email protected] to cancel your current membership and purchase the upgrade to a Family Membership. The primary member and the family member will have the same start and expiration date, or renewal date.


  • Note: If you do not have an account profile for NGS, create a profile before proceeding to join NGS. Create an NGS Profile >
  • Your membership or subscription begins the day you join and expires twelve months later. For example, join on 31 October 2021 and your expiration date will be 30 October 2022. Renewing members will have their current expiration date extended by a year.
  • NGS does not automatically renew a membership upon expiration. Members are notified two months before their expiration date and given the opportunity to renew.
  • NGS membership is for twelve months and dues are non-refundable.
  • For members outside the United States there is an additional charge of $35.00 for international postage.