Careers at American Ancestors/NEHGS

Help us educate, inspire, and connect people through family history

We are supported by 100 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, serving more than 250,000 members. Our jobs span a broad range of careers, from entry-level to professional, including genealogical research, publishing, library science, curatorial, internet technology, finance, information systems, development, sales, education, and member services.

Group photo from staff outing at Crane Estate, Ipswich

Open Positions

For immediate consideration to any of our open staff positions, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to:

Michelle Major
Director of Human Resources


New England Historic Genealogical Society is hiring an experienced Accountant that will report to the Chief Financial Officer and Accounting Manager. The Accountant will provide accounting expertise and financial accuracy under the direction of the Accounting Manager and CFO and providing direction and assistance to the Accounts Receivable Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Reconcile all cash accountants with monthly banks statements.
  • Reconcile income statement and balance sheet accounts; book journal entries, including those for current, prepaids, accruals and allocations.
  • Assist Accounting Manager and CFO with managing the monthly, quarterly and annual accounting close and annual financial audits.
  • Manage the overall flow of accounts payables for the Society, including all incoming invoices and outgoing scheduling and processing of payments.
  • Other responsibilities as designated by the Accounting Manager and CFO.

Skill and Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate accounting or finance degree
  • 3+ years of demonstrated not for profit accounting experience and knowledge, including proficiency with account reconciliation, journal entries, contributions and fund accounting.
  • Strong personal computer software experience, including Microsoft Excel and Word; Microsoft Dynamics/Great Plains or similar accounting software is preferred as well as experience with Tessitura CRM software platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively yet independently to problem solve and create solutions and efficiencies for the role and department.
  • A quick learner

Education Level

Bachelors Accounting or Finance degree strongly preferred.


Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is hired. To apply, please email a resume and compelling cover letter to Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources, No phone calls, please.


Reporting to the Vice President of Research & Library Services, the Archivist is responsible for processing, digitizing, and archiving family papers through our Research & Library Services service “Family Archive Package” and non-NEHGS Institutional Records.

This is a full time, benefits eligible position located at our amazing headquarters on Newbury Street in Boston MA.

Some of our outstanding benefits include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, 403b retirement, very generous paid time off, 12 holidays, employee assistance program, and much more!


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process collections and create finding aids.
  • Arrange and describe materials in accordance with archival standards and practices.
  • Assist with processing NEHGS manuscript collections as needed.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.


Skill Level

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives.
  • One to two years’ experience processing and digitizing archival collections including manuscripts and institutional records.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and schema, particularly DACS and Dublin Core.
  • Computing and technical skills (Microsoft Office 365, digital imaging editing software, Cloud-based storage, XML, HTML).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest in history, family history, and local history a plus.
  • Ability to:
    • Work independently and as part of a team.
    • Manage several projects simultaneously.
    • Lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
    • Adapt easily to changing priorities and task assignments.


How to Apply

Please email a compelling cover letter and a resume to by September 30, 2022. No phone calls, please.

Digitization Assistant

American Ancestors and The New England Historic Genealogical Society is seeking two part-time (21 hours per week) Digitization Assistants to scan historic materials as we work to make them available on our website, This position is an hourly, part-time position located in our headquarters in Boston MA.

The Digitization Assistant will be able to handle fragile materials with utmost care, concentrate while performing repetitive tasks, and ensure quality control of the materials scanned. The Digitization Assistant will identify materials that require conservation prior to digitization. If editing is needed, the Digitization Assistant will use Adobe Photoshop and XnView to edit images.

The Digitization Assistant will be part of the Database Team at NEHGS. This position is an in-person opportunity in Boston. This work cannot be done remotely. Work will be performed in Boston on agreed weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.



  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or experience working in a library, archive, or museum.
  • Close attention to detail.
  • Experience working with fragile materials.
  • Familiarity with photo editing software.
  • Ability to lift boxes of books that are a variety of sizes and weights.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Comfortable with learning new technology.
  • Ability to problem-solve and be adaptable.





How to Apply

Please email a resume and compelling cover letter by October 1, 2022 to Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources, No phone calls, please.


American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a full-time or part-time Researcher. Under the direction of Vice President of Research & Library Services and the Manager of Research & Library Services, a Researcher will conduct genealogical and historical research, in written and verbal form. This exciting opportunity is available as a full time or part-time, non-exempt, hourly position located at our beautiful headquarters on Newbury Street in Boston.

Some of the outstanding benefits for the full-time position include medical, dental, vision, AFLAC, life insurance, generous paid time off, paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program, tuition reimbursement, FSA, 403(b) retirement plan, and so much more!



  • Provide accurate genealogical and historical research, using knowledge of genealogical skills, techniques, and sources.
  • Efficiently conduct research in an allotted hourly time frame
  • If full-time, assist with in-person reference desk visitation at our Library in Boston
  • Contribute to the New England Historic Genealogical Society publications including American Ancestors magazine and our online blog, Vita Brevis.
  • Attend virtual and in-person genealogical conferences (as needed)



  • Genealogical Training
  • 3-4 years of genealogical or historical research experience
  • Ability to analyze documents and compile detailed narrative research reports.
  • Writing skills
  • Computer skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft and Adobe
  • Customer services experience
  • Knowledge of the NEHGS collection


Education Level

Bachelor’s degree in a history related field or related experience.



$18 per hour


How To Apply

Please send resume, genealogical sample, and a compelling cover letter to Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources at No phone calls please.


Social Media Coordinator

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications & Digital Strategy, the Social Media Coordinator is primarily responsible for collaborating with other members of the Communications and Marketing teams and internal stakeholders to substantially grow the American Ancestors/NEHGS social media audience through successful, on-brand social media campaigns.

The Social Media Coordinator will plan and execute all social media, establish KPIs, plan and execute social media campaigns, create copy (or work with the Digital Content Producer to leverage existing copy), select images analyze results, and adjust campaigns for maximum performance.

This position requires a creative, experimental approach to copy and images, a deep familiarity with social media platforms and trends, and a passion for family history, along with a mastery of American Ancestors/NEHGS’s services, products, and mission – and thorough knowledge of our brand guidelines. The person in this role will need to be an independent multitasker who can proactively work with others to keep projects moving along so deadlines are met.

Experience with Hubspot is a plus.

This is an hourly, non-exempt position eligible for benefits. Some of our amazing benefits include; very generous paid time off plus 12 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays, medical from Harvard Pilgrim, dental from Blue Cross, EyeMed vision, 403 (b) retirement plan with a 7% contribution after 2 years of service, Employee Assistance program, AFLAC, and much more!


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write or leverage existing clear, concise, on-brand copy for social media channels (Currently Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, and YouTube)
  • Establish and benchmark against ambitious KPIs to grow social media audience, and use data to test, iterate and enhance copy for optimal effectiveness. Familiarity with digital analytics and experience applying data to optimize content performance.
  • Collaborate strategically with communications, marketing, internal staff, and external vendors
  • Interpret creative, strategic and technical concepts and translate them into persuasive messaging for the target audience
  • Embody the voice of the brand across channels and touchpoints, collaborating closely with communications on brand principles
  • Proofread and self-edit to deliver work that meets the highest standards
  • Work with co-branding partners, cross team members, and vendors to leverage brand messages through internal and external channels to suggest cross-promotional opportunities
  • Help maintain accessibility standards and procedures across digital platforms


Education Level

Bachelor's degree or related experience in Web Development, Digital Communications, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or related field


Skill and Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience as a social media coordinator or similar role, and proven experience expanding a social media audience through original campaigns
  • Proficient in posting on a variety of social media platforms
  • Understanding of SEO and web traffic data
  • Highly developed written communication skills and a portfolio that highlights your range of experiences
  • Experience creating creative, visually engaging content with proven success
  • A love of fast-paced, collaborative environments, where high-volume and short turnaround times are the norm
  • The ability to self-edit and deliver high quality copy
  • Strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • A positive, team focused attitude and passion for working in fast-paced environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: Demonstrated ability to cooperate and communicate with others
  • Flexibility to handle changing priorities and the ability to thrive and work efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment required





How to Apply

Please email a resume and compelling cover letter by October 7, 2022, to Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources, No phone calls, please