Genealogy Volunteer Opportunities
Many of the wonderful records now available online to genealogists have been indexed by volunteers like you. Participating in these kinds of projects is a fun way to contribute to the genealogical community and make more records available to all of us. Most of these can be done with your computer or mobile device at home in bite-sized batches.
You can usually choose the type of record you want to index, including the degree of difficulty and language. Be sure to read the instructions with each project carefully.
Decoding the Civil War
Help with a crowdsourcing effort to transcribe a collection of nearly 16,000 recently discovered Civil War telegrams. Click here for more information and to get started. PPGS member Marjorie Rapp has been transcribing and says she can do a 100-word telegram in about 15 minutes. They might include message on troop movement, needed suppliers, even "nasty grams" between generals. Some "code" pages are also part of the project. Familitarity with 19th-century penmanship is a plus.
Add your family's obituaries to this website to honor your relatives' memories and preserve their obituaries.
FamilySearch is continually digitally copying new records and digitizing microfilm from the mountain vault. Thousands of volunteers worldwide are indexing the records to make them easier for genealogists to find. You can select things that are as easy to read as typewritten or printed documents or as challening as you'd like. Select the state or country you want to work in. There are always hundreds of projects to select from. Work batches usually take only 15-30 minutes to complete. Click here to get started.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Click here to be a Citizen Archivist and help transcribe records held by the National Archives. Current projects include
- letters by presidents
- declassified CIA records
- 9/11 terrorist attack interviews
- record books of the Confederate government
- audiorecordings of historical significance
War of 1812 Pensions (Fold3)
Add annotations or comments to anything at Fold3, a site that specializes in U.S. miltary records. War of 1812 records are open to the public without a Fold3 subscription. Click here for easy Fold3 annotation instructions, then select "Annotating Images" or "Leaving a Comment."
Volunteer to do local genealogical lookups, take pictures of tombstones, etc. Specify what repositories and records you're willing to search.
Add graves, photos, and family information to local cemeteries or your relatives' entries.
Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents and other data more accessble.
Suggest other volunteer projects to add to this page.