The American Genealogist

The American Genealogist is an independent quarterly journal dedicated to the elevation of genealogical scholarship through carefully documented analyses of genealogical problems and through short compiled genealogies. For ninety-five years, The American Genealogist, affectionately known as TAG, has been America’s premier independent genealogical journal. TAG was founded in 1922 by Donald Lines Jacobus (1887–1970), the father of scholarly genealogy in this country and the first person elected to the National Genealogical Society’s National Genealogy Hall of Fame. TAG was Jacobus’s vehicle for elevating genealogical scholarship to the same high standards as other scholarly disciplines, and it was at the center of what is now known as the “Jacobus School,” a group of professional and amateur genealogists who were dedicated to these standards.

Throughout its long run, TAG has emphasized carefully documented compiled genealogy and analyses of difficult genealogical problems, all directed toward providing serious genealogists with examples of how they too might solve such problems.


Schedule: Publication of TAG was delayed early in 2017. TAG 89.1 (January 2017) mailed in early July. The next issue, TAG 89.2 (April 2017), will go to press within the month of August. We expect to be fully caught up to our ordinary quarterly publication schedule by the end of this year.

Publication of each new issue (with mailing date, once known) is announced on this site and on our Facebook page.


TAG accepts online payment for subscription or back issue orders. Please select the menu option Order > Subscriptions for subscriptions, or Order > Back Issues for back issues.