27 September 2021

NGSQ September 2021 Issue is Now Online!

John Porter Langdon and his wife,
Caroline (Simmons) Langdon, ca.  1843

The September 2021 Issue of the NGSQ is Now Online

The September 2021 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 109, Number 3, is available online in the members only section of the website and printed issues are being prepared for mailing. The USPS is experiencing long delays in some areas for delivery of print copies. We apologize if your print copy is affected.


  • “Discovering Kin for Washington Graham of Arkansas and Missouri” by Ruth Randall, CG
  • “A Father for Joel Wooley of Ohio, New York, and New Jersey” by Mary G. Burdick
  • “Parents for Willis Ballenger of Weatherford, Parker County, Texas” by Jeanette Shiel, CG
  • “John Bray of Cornwall County, England: Father of Mary Bray's Children?” by Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS

  • “John Porter Langdon: One of Four Brothers to Settle in California” by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS
  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • Historical Recurrence?
  • Value of a Husband

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) is published four times per year, in March, June, September, and December. The journal is edited by Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGLSM, and Allen R. Peterson, AG, CG®.

24 September 2021

Meet the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

DEI committee

The National Genealogical Society is pleased and proud to introduce the members of its DEI Committee: Chair Andre Kearns, Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ken Bravo, Lisa Fanning, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, and David Morrow.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Committee is an advisory and working group to help NGS realize its vision to be a society open to all people seeking to discover their family stories, be inspired by them, and give voice to their ancestors. The committee is comprised of a talented team of genealogists who bring rich DEI expertise and fresh perspectives to the table.

The team formed last year as a Working Group and submitted their initial report to the board of directors at the May 2021 meeting. The board approved formation of an ongoing DEI Committee to continue their work and help implement their recommendations.

NGS gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Ellen Pinckney Balthazar, Janet Bailey, Melvin Collier, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson who served with or advised the DEI Working Group.

Biographies of the members of the committee can be found on the DEI Committee page at the society's website.

15 September 2021

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15–October 15, 2021.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined together to pay tribute to generations of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Resource list:

The Family History Guide's Hispanic Resources

And don't forget that NGS members have full access to the NGS Magazine archives and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly archives. Articles of interest include:

"The Catholic Church in the American Southwest" by David McDonald, NGS Magazine, 39 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013): 17–20.

"Introduction to Research in Latin America" by Debbie Gurtler, NGS Magazine, 41 (Jul/Aug/Sep 2015): 37–41.

"California Historic Missions and Their Records" by Sheila Benedict, NGS Magazine, 42 (Apr/May/Jun 2016): 23–26.

"War and Marriage: Some Reasons for Deportation in Hispanic North America" by George R. Ryskamp, NGSQ, 86 (June1998): 134-137.