NGS Quarterly

National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) & Archive

A Journal for Today's Genealogist

  • Free to members and organizational subscribers
  • Published four times per year
  • Index (1912-current; no issues were published in 1926), of titles and authors. Public access.
  • Archives (1912-current; no issues were published in 1926), open to individual members, family members and life members.

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Since 1912, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly has published material concerning all regions of the nation and all ethnic groups including

  • compiled genealogies,
  • case studies,
  • essays on new methodology and little-known resources,
  • critical reviews of current books, and
  • previously unpublished source materials.

The NGS Quarterly emphasizes scholarship, readability, and practical help in genealogical problem solving. Published in March, June, September, and December, each issue contains eighty pages. Articles show

  • how to cope with name changes, burned courthouses, illegitimacies, and other stumbling blocks;
  • how to interpret records that do not mean what they seem to say; how to distinguish among individuals of the same name; how to identify origins of immigrant ancestors;
  • how to research a variety of ethnic groups; how to find a way through the maze of records at the National Archives; how to conduct research in specific states; and
  • how to compile solid genealogies.

The NGS Quarterly captures the challenge of modern genealogy and proves that thoroughly researched and well-written family history is never boring!

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Submissions to NGSQ

As a learned society journal with nearly a century of leadership in the field, the NGS Quarterly welcomes submissions of appropriate materials. Interested readers and potential submitters may want to know more about the editorial process.

Book Reviews

Donate a copy to NGS Collection; St. Louis County Library; 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard; St. Louis, MO 63131. Specify contact and ordering information in a cover letter. Publishers of works chosen for review will be asked to supply a copy to a designated reviewer. A limited number of contributed works can receive critical review in the NGS Quarterly. The NGS Quarterly may occasionally review important but undonated works. Learn more about the NGS Book Loan collection in the Free Genealogy Resources section of this website.

About the Editors

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, of Aiken, South Carolina, is a full-time professional genealogist. Peters has served as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is the former editor of its newsletter, OnBoard. She has  conducted in-depth genealogical research to solve complex “brick wall” problems of identity and kinship for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily in England, Germany, New York, and southeastern United States. She lectures at the NGS Family History Conference and is an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the BCG Education Fund on skill-building topics and genealogy standards. Her articles have appeared in NGSQ and other genealogical journals. She is the author of Chapter 18, “Research Reports” in the Writing, Editing & Publishing section of Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018).

Allen R. Peterson, AG, CG, of Katy, Texas, is a BCG trustee and was vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History from 2016 through 2018. He has both published and peer reviewed numerous articles in the NGSQ during the past decade. His research experience is primarily focused in England but extends to genealogical records in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia. Peterson served as the director of the Katy Texas Family History Center—an annex of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City—for seventeen years and is a member of NGS, and several other genealogical societies in the United States and Britain. In addition to the NGSQ, his articles have appeared in NGS Magazine; the Jackson County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society’s Journeys Through Jackson; and The Derbyshire Family History Society. He is the author of two, privately printed, family history books.

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