Friday, March 24, 2017

The joys of volunteering and pro bono work

Genealogists are a pretty generous lot and most do quite a bit of volunteer and pro bono work, even the professionals. I think it is important for genealogists to get involved in projects that benefit the community as a whole. Here are some ideas.

So what volunteer/pro bono endeavors are you involved in?


Here is an interesting blog post from The Ancestry Insider about some upcoming changes to the Find a Grave website.  You can read the blog post HERE. I think this will be a good thing.

I just can’t turn my brain off from genealogy mode. As soon as I saw that the general manager for Find a Grave is a man named Peter Drinkwater all I could think about was whether or not he could possibly be related to the Drinkwaters of Robeson County, North Carolina in the late 1700s. Sigh…


  1. As a 17-year volunteer for USGenWeb, the experience was a big help in the push to dive deeper into genealogy.

  2. I was a USGenWeb Iowa county coordinator for six years and I participate in FamilySearch indexing projects occasionally. I assisted NFGS in an indexing project this past fall. I volunteered with the original ROAGK. I am a member of many Facebook groups. I don't have subscriptions to genealogy databases but I look up or direct folks to FamilySearch or the USGenWeb.

  3. I volunteer in several ways and enjoy it. As to FindAGrave. The changes are not going to be good for users. I hope they will listen to all of us.

  4. Hello!

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  5. HELP! I am searching for someone to help me take on my ancestry project in hopes of finding my biological father. I was raised by my mother who had a short fling in her late teen years and never spoke to my biological father again. He does not know that I exist. I have started my search as I recently took a DNA test and received several familial matches, many who I have deduced to be on my biological father's side. I have made some connections but know that I NEED an expert to take this on with me. It is overwhelming and I do not know how to look at all of the data appropriately. If anyone knows of someone who is skilled and willing to take this on pro-bono, it would mean more than you know! IF anyone is interested in talking further, please contact me I hope to hear from someone soon!