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The Duggar family has 20 children (19 biological, 1 adopted) and 23 grandchildren from parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They have been the subject of two television shows, 19 Kids and Counting, which aired on TLC from 2008 to 2015 and Counting On, which began airing on TLC in 2015, as well as several TV specials which began airing in 2006. Jim Bob and Michelle raised their children following the teachings of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, although many of the married children have started to veer from these teachings with their own families.


Jim Bob is wearing a white shirt and black tie. Michelle is wearing a white shirt and turquoise cardigan, along with a pearl necklace. It is a selfie style photo.

Jim Bob and Michelle in March 2021


Anniversary: July 21, 1984[1]

Jim Bob and Michelle own commercial and residential real estate and do speaking engagements.


Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Joshua James Duggar March 3, 1988[1] married to Anna Keller with seven children, currently in federal prison
Caleb Ryan Duggar January 23, 1989[2] miscarriage
2 Jana Marie Duggar January 12, 1990[1] fraternal twin to John-David Duggar
3 John-David Duggar January 12, 1990[1] fraternal twin to Jana Duggar, married to Abbie Burnett with one child
4 Jill Michelle Dillard May 17, 1991[1] married to Derick Dillard with two children
5 Jessa Lauren Seewald November 4, 1992[1] married to Ben Seewald with four children
6 Jinger Nicole Vuolo December 21, 1993[1] married to Jeremy Vuolo with two children
7 Joseph Garrett Duggar January 20, 1995[1] married to Kendra Caldwell with three children
8 Josiah Matthew Duggar August 28, 1996[1] married to Lauren Swanson with one child
9 Joy-Anna Forsyth October 28, 1997[1] married to Austin Forsyth with two children
10 Jedidiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[1] fraternal twin to Jeremiah Duggar, married to Katelyn Nakatsu with one child
11 Jeremiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[1] fraternal twin to Jedidiah Duggar, married to Hannah Wissmann
12 Jason Michael Duggar April 21, 2000[1]
13 James Andrew Duggar July 7, 2001[1]
14 Justin Samuel Duggar November 15, 2002[1] married to Claire Spivey
15 Jackson Levi Duggar May 23, 2004[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special 14 Children and Pregnant Again!
16 Johannah Faith Duggar October 11, 2005[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special Raising 16 Children
17 Jennifer Danielle Duggar August 2, 2007[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special Duggars' Big Family Album
18 Tyler Wayne Hutchins February 10, 2008[3] Great grand-nephew of Michelle, in the permanent guardianship of Michelle and Jim Bob since 2016
19 Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar December 18, 2008[1] birth featured in 18 Kids and Counting episode "And Baby Makes 18"
20 Josie Brooklyn Duggar December 10, 2009[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Special Duggar Delivery"
Jubilee Shalom Duggar December 11, 2011[4] stillborn; funeral featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "A Duggar Loss"

To see more information about the Duggar children's weddings, please see The Guide.

Josh's Family

They are standing in front of a couple of trees with fallen orange leaves on the grass. From left to right it goes Marcus, wearing dark trousers, a blue shirt and brown body warmer vest. He is holding hands with Meredith, who is wearing a brown pinafore dress over a white jumper. Then there is Anna, wearing an orange skirt and blue top, holding Maryella, wearing a white dress with brown cardigan. Then Josh, wearing a blue buttoned top and jeans. Then there is Mason, wearing jeans, blue checked shirt, and beige jacket, holding hands with Josh and Mackenzie. Mack is wearing a denim jacket and white top with a brown flowy skirt. She is also holding hands with Michael, who is wearing a blue jumper and dark orange trousers.

Josh and his family in Autumn 2020

Anna Renee Keller - born on June 23, 1988[1]

Anniversary: September 26, 2008[1] (wedding featured in 17 Kids and Counting episode"A Very Duggar Wedding")

Josh is currently in federal prison following a guilty verdict and a sentence of 12.5 years. Anna is a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Mackynzie Renee Duggar October 8, 2009[1] birth featured in 18 Kids and Counting episode "First GrandDuggar!"
Baby Duggar 2010[5] miscarriage
2 Michael James Duggar June 15, 2011[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "First Grandson"
3 Marcus Anthony Duggar June 2, 2013[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "GrandDuggar Makes 3!"
4 Meredith Grace Duggar July 16, 2015[1]
5 Mason Garrett Duggar September 12, 2017[1]
6 Maryella Hope Duggar November 27, 2019[6]
7 Madyson Lily Duggar October 23, 2021[7]

John's Family

John, wearing a dark blue suit, with a light blue shirt and pink tie, standing with his arm round Abbie, who is wearing a pink dress with dark modesty panel. She is holding Gracie, who is wearing a patterned blue dress with a pink bow on her hair

John's family in April 2021

Abbie Grace Burnett - born on April 16, 1992

Anniversary: November 3, 2018[8] (wedding featured in Counting On webisode "John David & Abbie's Wedding")

John currently works as the elected constable of Washington County, Arkansas[9]. He also co-founded MEDIC Corps with friend Nathan Bates and currently serves as the Director of Business. He has experience as a rescue specialist, commercial pilot, certified flight instructor and Law Enforcement Officer. He is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services.[10] Abbie is currently taking time off from her nursing career to focus on being a mother.[11]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Grace Annette Duggar January 7, 2020[12]
2 Baby Boy Duggar due Summer 2022[13]

Jill's Family

Jill's family in February 2022

Derick Michael Dillard - born on March 9, 1989[1]

Anniversary: June 21, 2014[1] (wedding featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jill's Wedding")

Derick has a law degree but it is unknown how is he using it. Jill is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Israel David Dillard April 6, 2015[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jill's Special Delivery"
2 Samuel Scott Dillard July 8, 2017[1]
River Bliss Dillard October 2021[14] miscarriage
3 Baby Boy Dillard due July 2022[15]

Jessa's Family

kneeling on the beach, on the left is Henry, with blue shorts and a white top. Jessa has her arm around him, she is wearing a blue dress. In front of her is Ivy, wearing a yellow romper with rainbows on, holding a little spade. Holding on to her is Ben, wearing a white top and blue shorts, and in front of Ben is Spurgeon, wearing a white top and blue shorts.

Jessa's family in January 2021

Benjamin Michael Seewald - born on May 19, 1995[1]

Anniversary: November 1, 2014[1] (wedding featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jessa's Wedding")

In 2021, Jessa and Ben announced that Ben had gotten a full time pastor position at a church. Jessa is a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Spurgeon Elliot Seewald November 5, 2015[1] birth featured in Counting On episode "Counting One More"
2 Henry Wilberforce Seewald February 6, 2017[1] birth featured in Counting On episode "A New Baby"
3 Ivy Jane Seewald May 26, 2019[16] birth featured in Counting On episode "A Surprise Delivery
4 Fern Elliana Seewald July 18, 2021[17]

Jinger's Family

Jinger's family in November 2020

Jeremy Joseph Vuolo - born on September 5, 1987[1]

Anniversary: November 5, 2016[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Jinger's Wedding" and "The Big Day")

Jeremy has a Master of Divinity degree from The Master's Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.[18] Jinger is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Felicity Nicole Vuolo July 19, 2018[19] birth featured on Counting On webisode "Jinger & Jeremy's First Baby"
Halleli Grace Vuolo[20] November 2019[21] miscarriage
2 Evangeline Jo Vuolo November 22, 2020[22]

Joseph's Family

Joe is wearing a dark blue suit with white shirt and blue tie. He has a white flower on his lapel. He is holding Addison, who is wearing a blue dress and pink tights, with tan ankle boots and a bow in her hair. Next to Joe is Kendra, wearing an orange maxi dress. She is holding Brooklyn, a very small baby, who is wearing a pink onesie and a flowery dress and white cardigan, with a pink bow in her hair. In front of them stands Garrett, who is wearing a white shirt, green tie, and grey waistcoat. The photo cuts off at his waist.

Joe's family in April 2021

Kendra Renee Caldwell - born on August 11, 1998[1]

Anniversary: September 8, 2017[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Joseph's Wedding" and "Joe and Kendra Say I Do")

Joseph currently works at one of his family's used car lots.[23] Kendra is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Garrett David Duggar June 8, 2018[24] birth featured on Counting On episode "Kendra Has A Baby"
2 Addison Renee Duggar November 2, 2019[25] birth featured on Counting On episode "A Baby Girl for Joe & Kendra"
3 Brooklyn Praise Duggar February 19, 2021[26] Birth featured on Counting On episode "A New Life"

Josiah's Family

Autumnal sunlit photo. Lauren is wearing a white cardigan and pale dress, and black hat. She is smiling at Bella who is wearing a brown pinafore dress with a white top. Bella is beaming at the camera. to their right, also smiling at Bella, is Josiah, who is wearing a brown jacket and white shirt and dark trousers. He has his arm around Lauren.

Josiah's family in November 2020

Lauren Milagro Swanson - born on May 18[27], 1999[28]

Anniversary: June 30, 2018[29] (wedding featured in Counting On webisode "Josiah & Lauren's Wedding")

Josiah currently works at one of his family's used car lots.[23] Lauren is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
Asa Duggar[30] October 4, 2018[31] miscarriage
1 Bella Milagro Duggar November 8, 2019[32]
Joy and Austin sitting on a ledge. Joy is wearing a blue denim skirt, orange shirt and grey cardigan. She has Evelyn on her lap who has a dark bow on her head and a pink top and leggings. Next to Joy is Austin, who has a black baseball cap on, is wearing a dark pink/faded red shirt and black trousers. He has Gideon on his lap, who is smiling and is wearing a grey shirt and denim jeans.

Joy's family in February 2021

Joy-Anna's Family

Austin Martyn Forsyth - born on December 11, 1993[1]

Anniversary: May 26, 2017[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Joy's Wedding" and "Joy and Austin Tie the Knot")

Austin and Joy currently work together flipping and selling houses.[33]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Gideon Martyn Forsyth February 23, 2018[34] birth featured on Counting On episode "A Birth-day and a Birthday"
Annabell Elise Forsyth June 2019[35] stillbirth
2 Evelyn Mae Forsyth August 21, 2020[36]

Jedidiah's Family

Katelyn Koryn Nakatsu - born on July 29, 1998[37]

Jedidiah and Katelyn with their son Truett

Anniversary: April 3, 2021

Jed owns and operates Champion Motorcars. Katey is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Truett Oliver Duggar May 2, 2022[38]

Jeremiah's Family

Jeremiah and Hannah in March 2022

Hannah Marlys Wissmann - born on June 23, 1995[39]

Anniversary - March 26, 2022[40]

Justin's Family

Justin and Claire at their wedding

Claire Yvonne Spivey - born on February 27, 2001[41]

Anniversary: February 26, 2021[42]

Justin works for Claire's father at Spivey Construction based in Fort Worth, TX.


Michelle has had two miscarriages:

  • Caleb Ryan Duggar - first-trimester miscarriage on January 23, 1989, between Josh and twins Jana and John David
  • Jubilee Shalom Duggar - stillborn on December 11, 2011 weighing 4 oz and measuring 6 cm in length (miscarriage featured on 19 Kids and Counting episode "A Duggar Loss")

Permanent Guardianship of Nephew

Tyler in November of 2019

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were granted temporary guardianship of Michelle's great-nephew, (then) 8-year-old Tyler Hutchins, on August 26, 2016. This guardianship was made permanent on November 21, 2016. Tyler is the son of Rachel Hutchins, who signed off on the guardianship due to her inability to care for the child.

Family Bios

Throughout their time in the public eye, the Duggar family released bios of their children. Those can found here.

Beliefs and Practices


The "quiverfull" movement, whose primary focus is producing as many children as possible and raising them to enter into government and civil service positions, first formed in 1995. The Duggar family joined this movement at some point in its early years. Their first public connection to the movement was in 2001, when QuiverFull posted an article referencing them as a success story.[43] The family's original website in 2005 linked to this article but didn't go any further in depth about the movement.[44] By 2007, any reference to the movement had been removed from their website.[45] The Duggars have not gone on the record discussing this movement.

Institute in Basic Life Principles

The youngest Duggar children in their ATI uniforms for the 2016 conference

14 Children and Pregnant Again features the Duggar family packing up and heading to a homeschool conference in Big Sandy, TX. This conference is one of the biggest gatherings of the Institute in Basic Life Principles' Advanced Training Institute (their homeschool system), and was the first public connection tying the Duggars to this group. The group lists the following goals on their website:

The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) was established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to giving individuals, families, churches, schools, communities, governments, and businesses clear instruction and training on how to find success by following God’s principles found in Scripture.

These goals are accomplished primarily through seminars, educational programs, printed literature, and the operation of centers to facilitate training.

You are invited to explore and avail yourself of the resources we offer.[46]

The oldest four Duggar daughters with Priscilla Keller at Journey to the Heart

The Duggars are regularly shown to follow the institute's practices, including only long skirts and long hair on the women, homeschooling the children, limiting access to television and other modern media, and adhering to strict gender roles at all times.

In addition to the ATI conference in Big Sandy, many of the older Duggar children have been seen attending other IBLP functions such as Journey to the Heart and ALERT Training.


Michelle teaching several of her children in 2004

The Duggars made the decision to homeschool their children when Josh was five years old.[47] In later interviews, they would say that they made this decision because they felt it was "the best way to teach our Christian values". As their oldest children grew old enough to help out, the responsibility of schooling began to be one that Michelle shared with them so that the younger kids could always have someone to help.[48] The Duggars have used a variety of different homeschool curricula over the years, but the Advanced Training Institute is one of the constant presences in their schooling.

Jill going grocery shopping with her buddy team

Buddy System

At some point prior to 2001 the Duggar family implemented a buddy system, where each older child was paired with a younger child to assist in tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and schooling.[49] By 2009, the family had switched over to buddy teams, where each of the oldest four daughters was assigned 2-4 younger buddies.[50]

Debt Free Living

In the early 90s, Jim Bob and Michelle attended a seminar on living debt-free. They implemented many of the practices suggested in this seminar and made it their goal to pay for everything through cash. By 2001 they had begun teaching these seminars out of their home.[51] As indicated by the earliest versions of the family's website, the seminar they attended was Jim Sammons' "Financial Freedom Seminar", which is affiliated with the Institute in Basic Life Principles.[52]

Television Career

Early Specials

The Duggars on 14 Children and Pregnant Again

On September 6, 2004, the first television special about the Duggar family, 14 Children and Pregnant Again aired on Discovery Health Channel. It introduced TV viewers to the Duggar family and their fourteen children, showcasing things like homeschooling, bulk shopping, and the buddy system, before ending with the birth of their fifteenth child, Jackson. In 2006 and 2007 three more specials aired on Discovery Health Channel and TLC. These specials showcased a major vacation in the western US, the construction and completion of the family's new house, and the births of Johannah and Jennifer.


19 Kids and Counting

On September 29, 2008, TLC premiered the first episode of 17 Kids and Counting, a weekly reality program about the lives of the Duggar family. The show ran for ten seasons before being canceled in 2015. The show changed its title to keep up with the number of children the family had, and was known as 19 Kids and Counting from season four onward. This show covered a number of major family events, including the weddings of Josh, Jill, and Jessa, the births of Jordyn, Josie, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, and Israel, and a number of family trips across four continents.


Counting On

On December 13, 2015, TLC aired the first of a three-part series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On. These specials started with having the adult Duggar children and in-laws discuss their reactions to the two scandals that had rocked the family that summer, and then shifted into showing how the family had moved on through the lens of Jill and Jessa, who were the two Duggar daughters who were married at that time. The show changed its title to Counting On beginning with season two, as the focus expanded to include more of the adult Duggar children. Counting On has covered several major family events, including the weddings of Jinger, Joy, Joseph, John, Josiah; the births of Spurgeon, Henry, Gideon, Garrett, Felicity, Ivy, Addison, Bella, Brooklyn; the Dillards' time as missionaries in Central America; and the death of Mary Duggar. The births of Grace and Evangeline were also featured in special webisodes. It ran for 11 seasons before being cancelled in 2021.[53]


For a comprehensive timeline of the scandals, please see Josh Duggar Scandal Chronology.


See main article: Josh Duggar molestation scandal

On May 21, 2015, the magazine InTouch Weekly published an article with the headline "Bombshell Duggar Police Report: Jim Bob Duggar Didn't Report Son Josh's Alleged Sex Offenses For More Than a Year". This article included a link to a redacted police report the magazine had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act which gave details of Josh Duggar molesting five underaged girls - including four of his sisters - in 2002 and 2003, when he was around fourteen years old. There was much public outrage over how Jim Bob and Michelle had handled the situation, as many people felt that they should have reported the situation to the police and made sure Josh had received proper counseling for the safety of their other daughters. This scandal eventually led to the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.[54]

Jessa and Jill on Fox News's The Kelly File

On June 3, 2015, Fox News aired an interview with Jim Bob and Michelle about the scandal, which included a preview for a June 5 interview where Jill and Jessa named themselves as two of Josh's victims.

On May 19, 2017, the identities of the two other Duggar victims were confirmed when Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy filed a lawsuit against InTouch Weekly, Springdale, Arkansas, and Washington County, Arkansas, for breach of privacy. This lawsuit is still ongoing.[55]

Ashley Madison

See main article: Josh Duggar Ashley Madison Scandal

On July 15, 2015, a group called The Impact Team hacked the database of Avid Life Media. When their demands were not met, they published large caches of data stolen from the website Ashley Madison, which was a service that assisted married people in having affairs. On August 19, 2015, the website Gawker announced that they had discovered records within this data indicating that Josh Duggar had maintained two different paid accounts between February, 2013, and May, 2015. On August 20, 2015, Josh publicly confessed to cheating on his wife[56], and within the next few days he had checked into a faith-based rehab center in Rockford, IL,[57] where he stayed until March 10, 2016.[58] Since then, Josh has stayed mostly out of the public eye.

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Car Lot Scandals

See main articles: Josh Duggar Car Lot Scandal (part one) and (part two)

After returning home in March 2016, Josh opened another used car lot in order to earn a living to provide for his growing family. Unfortunately it was rife for controversy, being involved in at least three scandals before finally shutting down in 2020.

Real Estate Scandal

See main article: Josh Duggar Real Estate Scandal

In April 2016, Josh's real estate company, ALB Investments, as well as Edward Lewis were sued by Lewis' cousin, Carl Echols, for fraud and breach of contract. Echols claimed his cousin illegally and fraudulently sold his property to Josh, and faulting Josh for not doing his due diligence on the property. Echols won his lawsuit after Josh failed to appear in court on multiple occasions.

Money Moving Scandal

See main article: Josh Duggar Money Moving Scandal

Starting in March 2019, Josh started moving money around, sparking many rumors that he was trying to avoid paying any sort of fines or judgements should he lose his real estate lawsuit or being sued again in the future. Several LLCs, and thus all the real estate he and and Anna own, have been registered in Anna's name. All but one are currently in good standing.

Federal Arrest

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, it was revealed that Josh had been arrested by the US Marshals. On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Josh was granted bail and scheduled to be released the following day. Due to the potentially triggering nature of this case, no further details will be published on this page. Please see the main article for further information: Josh Duggar Federal Arrest Scandal. TW: CSA


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