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  • Why Volunteer?

    Volunteers assist the Society by working at its Boston location or from home. There are a variety of library-based activities, such as welcoming visitors to the library, assisting them in the location of materials and the navigation of online databases, or answering basic reference questions. The Publications team seeks volunteers with proofreading, indexing, and source-checking skills. NEHGS is continually adding to its digital collections, so volunteers are needed to scan and transcribe handwritten records. For those with a basic knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, volunteers can help to create new database indexes or update website content. Some database projects can be done from home.

    Please consider joining the growing cadre of volunteers. We promise you will enjoy the experience, and the time you contribute helps to enrich the NEHGS experience for others!

    For more information on the volunteer program, contact Helen Herzer by email at hherzer@nehgs.org or by phone 617-226-1276.

     


    Volunteer Opportunities


    Library Patron Services
    ATTN: Library Director
    The library needs friendly, welcoming volunteers to greet visitors and orient them within the building. If familiar with certain subject areas, volunteers can apprentice with staff genealogists to assist with research questions. Volunteers who have experience with online databases or the NEHGS microtext collection can help patrons get started with their research.


    Library Technical Services
    ATTN:
    Technical Services Manager
    Volunteers with computer skills are needed to help with a variety of cataloging and data entry tasks. Processing of new books is a regular task. Help is also needed with inventory and retrieval of books and journals from the library stacks. Certain tasks require some bending and lifting. For volunteers with a background in bookbinding, the conservation department is always in need of those with hand skills in repairing books and manuscripts.


    Publications
    ATTN: Publishing Director
    Seeking volunteers who have proofreading, indexing, source-checking, book layout/design, or organizational skills to assist with NEHGS book publication projects. Here is your chance to take part in creating valuable new resources for the genealogical field.


    Website
    ATTN: Website
    Volunteers work both onsite and from home with staff contact and instruction. Projects include transcribing manuscripts, proofing and editing, as well as extracting information from documents to place in spreadsheets. This is a great, “hands-on” way to learn the process of transferring printed material to the Internet! NEHGS staff will provide training; however volunteers must have basic computer skills. All opportunities require working knowledge of the Excel spreadsheet program.

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