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NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.ngsgenealogy.org

Mission Statement

To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Main Programs

  1. Learning Opportunities
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NGS accomplishes its mission through providing various educational publications, online courses and an annual conference where attendees have the opportunity to refine their genealogical research skills by listening to presentations by experts in the field.

ruling year

1993

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Edward Grandi

Keywords

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genealogy, ancestry, family history, historical societies

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Also Known As

NGS

EIN

52-0745713

Physical Address

3108 Columbia Pike, Ste. 300

Arlington, 22204

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has effectively fulfilled its goals by successfully bridging the early 20th century when the organization was founded with the first decade of the 21 stcentury in its efforts to promote genealogical research education. The Society has supplemented its printed page with electronic files facilitating the study of genealogy beginner and the professional seeking to improve their skill level. The NGS is a respected leader in the genealogy community for the educational resources it makes available to all who are interested in genealogy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Learning Opportunities

Confused by snippets of information you've found in online databases? Our educational courses teach you about the records so you'll understand what it means to find your ancestor's name in a probate file or deed or military record. You'll learn how to interpret the information and put it together to draw a valid conclusion, record it so you know where it came from, and follow the next logical step to find more relevant information.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NGS seeks to promote sound genealogical research through various educational tools – publications, online courses and an annual conference. NGS also advocates for access to and preservation of genealogical records through a coalition of other nonprofit genealogy organizations
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Society continues to refine its educational tools namely print publications, the NGS Quarterly and the NGS Magazine, both of which are available to members in PDF. Recently, we added a monthly e-newsletter to serve as a bridge between the Quarterly and the Magazine. NGS also has a series of special publications that expand on special topics, such as Mastering Genealogical Proof and Genealogy and the Law. Our educational courses that began as print and now are accessed through Distance Learning online. New courses oriented to beginner and intermediate genealogists are always in development. NGS also holds annual four day conference. The NGS Family History Conference provides up to 2,000 attendees over 150 educational sessions on genealogical research. Many of the presentations recorded and are available for download or on CD after the conference. Ten presentations are live-streamed during the conference for those who cannot attend the event. These presentations are recorded as well and available for three months after the conference.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    NGS capability comes in part from the century-old history of the organization. From this foundation comes the Society's scholarly journal – NGS Quarterly. Also a part of this foundation is the legacy of family history conference that has brought together tens of thousands of interested learners with the best educators in the genealogy community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    There are three metrics that will demonstrate whether NGS is making progress. As membership organization the first metric is whether there is an increase in the number of members of the Society.

    The second is evaluations from attendees at the annual Family History Conference. Favorable responses demonstrate NGS has succeeded in providing an educational meaningful event to those that participated.

    Third are the sales of the publications and online courses. Purchases of either or both are evidence of progress in providing valuable educational content to member and nonmember alike.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    NGS continues to transition from an older style educational platform to one using the latest in distance learning technology. Existing courses are migrating from CDs to the Instructure Canvas program and new courses are in development using the cloud-based learning environment.

    The research publication - Research in the States series, which gathers together information about the various sources of genealogical information available in a particular state, continues to expand the number of states as well as the updating of states previously researched.

    Pending is work to update the Society's website to make it easier to navigate and to update the content. NGS is expects to have this accomplished by November of 2016.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NGS accomplishes its mission through providing various educational publications, online courses and an annual conference where attendees have the opportunity to refine their genealogical research skills by listening to presentations by experts in the field.

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NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Leadership

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Executive Director

Edward Grandi

BIO

Prior to entering the independent sector, Edward had a long career as a business executive in the area of insurance and risk management. His background in sales and marketing, coupled with a commitment to further their missions has made the organizations he has worked for more dynamic and responsive to the needs of varying constituencies.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jordan Jones

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity