Chapter 17

The National Genealogical Society

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is one of the most important genealogical societies in the United States. This service organization, which is over 100 years old, leads and educates the national genealogical community and assists members in tracing family histories.

On its website (, you’ll find announcements of NGS seminars, workshops, and programs; information on its home-study course; youth resources; and other NGS activities. This is an excellent site for learning genealogy standards and methods.

NGS was organized in Washington, D.C., in 1903. The preliminary first meeting was held on April 24, and then it formally organized that year on November 11. Now, the NGS ...

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