Society & Org Member Benefits

Society and Organization Members

Genealogy societies, family associations, libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations can join the National Genealogical Society. Organization members have voting rights in NGS and receive a wide range of helpful benefits. See more information about the resources provided to member organizations in the downloadable Society & Organization Member Benefits brochure.

Organization member dues are outlined in the chart below. All amounts are in US dollars. Membership dues are non-refundable.

Membership Type Description One Year
Society Membership Genealogy societies and family associations.
Small (less than 200 members)
Larger (200 or more members)
Library Membership Any public or private library.
Small (fewer than 24,000 patrons)
Larger (24,000 or more patrons)
Archives Membership Any public archive.
County and local archives.
State and regional archives.
Museum Membership Any museum or institution with exhibits or holdings that supports the genealogy and family history community.
Small (under $100,000 budget)
Larger ($100,000 and greater budget)
Colleges/Universities Any college department or degree granting program. $150
Print Subscription to NGS Quarterly and NGS Magazine (Optional) Membership is digital publications only. For print publications, choose the additional $35 print option. $35
Additional International Postage Additional to any Membership above, per year. (Option available at checkout.) + $30

Note: Organization membership dues are payable online or by phone with a credit card or via mail with a check. Online renewals can be paid for by the organization administrator. To set up a new membership online, click on the type of organization above to access an existing non-member account or create a new account. You must be authorized on behalf of your organization to purchase an organization membership.

If you need assistance joining or renewing, or if you have questions about your organization’s account status, please contact [email protected].



Official Administrator and Delegate

NGS asks every member organization to appoint two roles: a delegate and an administrator. Those people are the primary conduits for the relationship between your organization and NGS.

The admin is the person assigned to manage your membership with NGS. This can include updating the delegate’s name, maintaining contact information in the NGS database, and logging in to the website to access resources or pay dues. The delegate serves as the official representative of your organization to NGS. The delegate brings your needs and ideas to NGS, shares information from NGS with your organization, casts your organization’s votes for the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Delegate Council (an advisory body within NGS).

For more information on both roles, see Delegates and Administrators.

NGS Magazine

Available quarterly in digital format or in print by mail for an additional $35/year (print cost includes NGSQ as well).

A top benefit for NGS individual 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 Magazine features many “how to” articles and uses “show” and “tell” to teach family historians how to succeed across a wide variety of genealogical resources by learning best practices. Society and organization content is now available in NGS Magazine too.

Organizations have a limited license to use NGS Magazine as a library lending resource for access by one organization member at a time.

NGS Quarterly (NGSQ)

Available quarterly in digital format or in print by mail for an additional $35/year (print cost includes NGS Magazine as well).

A leading scholarly journal in the field, highly in demand for its case studies and genealogies, essays on methodology, and book reviews. The NGSQ is one of the most important reference and teaching tools in genealogy.

The NGSQ, edited by recognized scholars in the field, publishes peer-reviewed articles which focus on methodology and how researchers have used research results to form or support conclusions about family connections and identity. The NGSQ is recognized by every top-level genealogical teaching program for its case histories—an invaluable tool in teaching research methodology.

Organizations have a limited license to use the NGS Quarterly as a library lending resource for access by one organization member at a time.

Discounts on the NGS Family History Conference for Three Organizational Leaders

Each year, NGS hosts its Family History Conference which attracts family historians and genealogists with several days of outstanding lectures, special events, and unique resources in the Expo Hall. Three of your organization’s officers, directors, or leaders can attend the conference at the discounted individual membership rate if they are not NGS members.

Discounts on NGS Store Purchases

Organization members receive merchandise discounts. You can submit a purchase order for the items you want to purchase or your account administrator can purchase items in the NGS Store at the member rate. NGS also offers bulk discounts if organizations purchase five books or more. Contact [email protected] for discount rates and shipping information.

Free Event Postings to the NGS Online Genealogy Calendar

Each society or organization subscriber benefits from posting their local genealogy events and conferences on the NGS Calendar. Submit your event posting today!

Newsletter Competition

Organization members are eligible to enter the annual newsletter competition. This competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. Winners receive a one-year organizational membership for the National Genealogical Society. Learn more about NGS Competitions >

NGS Awards and National Genealogy Hall of Fame

Organization members may nominate candidates for the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. A nomination for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame must be made by a genealogical society or similar organization on the official nomination form. There are also several award categories that recognize organizations and their members. Learn more about all of NGS’s Awards and the nominating process.

NGS Membership Year

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.

Access These Benefits and More with NGS

The list above is a sample of the resources provided to NGS member organizations. For more information or to ask questions, email [email protected].