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
  • Archives (1912-current; no issues were published in 1926), open to individual members, family members and life members.

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  • previously unpublished source materials.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

Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, has been a genealogist since 1976. Author or editor of more than forty books and numerous articles, she currently co-edits the NGS Quarterly. She has served as an officer in the Oregon Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Genealogical Council, New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, and New England Genealogical Regional Consortium. She is currently president of the American Society of Genealogists. As their program director, Byrne designed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program, and teaches its Forensic Genealogy module.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, works full-time as a genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher. A past president and former trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he has co-edited the NGSQ since 2002. Jones lectures in national and local venues and has published Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He teaches “Evidence Evaluation and Documentation” in Boston University’s online and classroom-based genealogy certificate programs, “Advanced Genealogical Methods” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Contact the Editors

Address questions or comments about the NGS Quarterly to:

[email protected]

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Melinde Lutz Sanborn, CG, FASG
Boston University
Center for Professional Education
1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

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