Genealogical Organizations

Genealogical organizations exist for various reasons: from helping and supporting genealogists to providing classes and workshops. Some organizations provide informative newsletters to members, allow members to submit queries about surnames they are researching, or have genealogical libraries. I have provided information about some of the more major organizations here. Keep in mind that many more exist, and a quick Google search can lead you to many of them.

National Genealogy Society: The National Genealogy Society was founded in 1903 and offers access to genealogical records, training, and education. Members receive subscriptions to the organizations three periodicals, access to several genealogical databases, and access to the organization’s discussion forums.

New England Historic Genealogic Society: The New England Historic Genealogic Society was founded in 1845 and is the leading genealogical research center in the United States. The society’s library in Boston offers access to more than 12 million resources. A basic membership provides members with unlimited access to the library, access to genealogical databases, and subscriptions to the organization’s two periodicals. There are eight additional membership options, which provide more benefits.

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society: The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is the premier African-American genealogical organization in the world. The society is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but has chapters throughout the United States. Members receive subscriptions to the organization’s two periodicals.


Daughters of the American Revolution
: Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization for women who are the direct descendants of American Revolutionary War veterans. Members must show proof of lineage. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but has chapters throughout the United States.

The Mayflower Society: The Mayflower Society is an organization for direct descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims. Members must show proof of lineage. Doing so will yield subscriptions to the society’s two publications and access to the society’s library and museum.