Volunteering

Volunteer with us

Our generous and talented volunteers keep the Society of Genealogists going. They come from all walks of life and are vital to all areas of our operations. They also work on a range of special projects to help preserve our collections for future generations.

Could you give some of your time to help continue our work?

July 2024 Volunteering Update

We are pleased to announce Marisa as our new Volunteer Coordinator. We are eager to assist Marisa in enhancing and growing our volunteer program.

Tuesdays are reserved for onsite collections volunteers, and there has been a lot of activity. Our archives team has been processing a significant research collection. Library volunteers have been working hard on processing books received at the Holloway Road office onto the library shelves, cataloguing new acquisitions, and scanning administrative documents and typescript collection items. Meetings with library cataloguing and archives processing volunteers will soon be convened to refine procedure documents for their respective areas.

The library has seen bustling visitor days, with counter service volunteers working hard assisting researchers and carrying out shelving, managing digital content, and improving the Quick Reference collection at the enquiries desk.

Our three home indexing projects are progressing steadily. Volunteers of the Great Card Index will be happy to hear that we are nearing the completion of the 'H' surname cards. Meanwhile, SoG Data Indexing volunteers are rapidly progressing through our online parish register marriages. Pedigree Rolls Project volunteers recently participated in another Quarterly Catchup online on June 2, scheduled early to accommodate our indexers in the southern hemisphere. Details about home indexing projects can be found below on this page, so please complete your home volunteering expression of interest form if you can dedicate three hours per week. Brief descriptions of the projects are provided to help you decide which one suits you best.

Thank you to the volunteers who joined the recent Lunchtime Chat for National Volunteer Week; we had an engaging discussion about volunteering in general and the some of the specifics of our projects.

If you have any questions about volunteering at the Society of Genealogists, let us know. volunteering@sog.org.uk

Volunteering at Home : Indexing Projects

We have a very busy community of home indexing volunteers who contribute to our projects from all over the UK and beyond, and if this is something you are interested in doing we can get you started straight away.

Our three current home projects are the Great Card Index, the Pedigree Rolls Project and the indexing of name-rich resources on SoG Data Online.

To find out which project is right for you, see our summary below and let us know your preference in your Home Volunteering Expression of Interest Form.

Volunteering at Home : SoG Online Events Team

Our Events Team runs a busy and interesting calendar of online events for our members all over the world using Zoom.

As a volunteer for the Events Team you would have the opportunity to co-host online events, and support speakers and attendees to ensure events run smoothly. Some experience of using Zoom and attending our online events would be an advantage.

If you are interested, complete the Home Volunteering Expression of Interest Form (link below).

Recording of Lunchtime Chat about volunteering at SoG

Thanks to all those current and prospective volunteers who attended the online Lunchtime Chat on 18 May 2023.

Click here to see the recording.

To begin volunteering at home fill in our Home Volunteering Expression of Interest form
and Volunteer Coordinator Marisa will get in touch with you soon.

Summary of current projects for home volunteers

The Great Card Index
Members and non-members

Created by society members in the first half of the 20th century,
the Great Card Index is made up of over a million cards containing various items of genealogical information extracted from sources such as parish registers, marriage licenses, will indexes, monumental inscriptions and unique items in the Society’s collections. The cards have been digitised and volunteers extract information from them to make them digitally searchable.

Access via: Dropbox
Format of completed work: Spreadsheet
Notes: Previous use of spreadsheets and Dropbox is an advantage

The Pedigree Rolls Project
Members and non-members

We have an amazing collection of family tree charts that are currently being digitised. They range from rudimentary diagrams to the large, elaborate and artistic. Volunteers contributing to the Pedigree Rolls Project enter information from scans of family pedigrees into family history software to produce GEDCOM files we can use to make them searchable.

Access via: Dropbox
Format of completed work: GEDCOM file
Notes: Indexers must have family history software installed on the home computer (let us know which brand you use)

SoG Data Online Indexing
Members only

We have many digitised copies of resources in SoG Data Online such as parish registers and monumental inscriptions which require indexing so names can be found by researchers more easily.

Access via: Member login to SoG Data Online
(which is why this is a member-only project)
Format of completed work: Spreadsheet
Notes: Previous use of spreadsheets is an advantage

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