Help Wanted

Help Wanted: Looking for Former TMG Users to Help Test a Future Version of Family Historian

The Master Genealogist, usually referred to as “TMG,” was a very powerful genealogy program for Windows. I have to use the word “was” because the company that produced TMG folded up and went out of business. TMG is no longer available for purchase, is no longer being upgraded, and no longer has a Customer Service department to answer customers’ questions and to help with using the program.

Despite all that, many TMG users remain loyal to the program as they have not yet found any replacement program that includes all the power and advanced features offered in TMG. Actually, I believe that at least one program is as powerful as TMG and has been available for years but many TMG users have not been aware of its existence. However, Simon Orde, the owner of Calico Pie Limited and the creator of Family Historian genealogy software, is looking for experienced TMG users who are also Family Historian 6 users, to test a new upcoming version of Family Historian. The new version (7) includes features added specifically for TMG users, such as an improved TMG import routine which automatically converts sophisticated TMG narrative sentences containing ‘variables’ (TMG users will know what I’m talking about) to Family Historian equivalents. I would refer to these volunteers as “beta testers” although that is my terminology, not Simon’s.

Family Historian is a very powerful and very flexible genealogy program for Windows. In my opinion, Family Historian has always been one of the leading Windows genealogy programs available. It always has been a very strong competitor to TMG and Simon Orde plans for the next release to be even stronger.

Help Wanted: Join the 2020 U.S. Census Team

If you are an experienced genealogist, you probably are well qualified to be an enumerator (census taker) or for any of number of other jobs working at the U.S. Census Bureau. The following is from a help wanted ad produced by the Census Bureau:

Help Wanted at the U.S. Census

As a genealogist, you should be well qualified for this position! More than 500,000 temporary and part-time jobs are available as the Census Bureau ramps up hiring to conduct the 2020 Census next year. Hiring has begun for a variety of jobs including census takers who visit homes and office workers who check home addresses among other things. Pay ranges from $13 to $30 an hour, depending on where you live.

Details may be found at:

Website Content Editor Position Available

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is looking for a Content Editor for the society’s web site. Interested? If so, here’s the help wanted ad:

Use your passion for genealogy, excellent writing skills, and WordPress experience to help expand the content on the North Carolina Genealogical Society website. Work with our team of volunteers, board members, and staff to plan, create, edit, and publish content relevant to North Carolina genealogy. This job will be done from home, so you must be able to work independently managing multiple projects, educating yourself on new tools and resources, and meeting deadlines. Familiarity with SEO concepts, copyright laws, and website statistical tools is a plus. The pay range for this contract position is $350-500 per month depending on experience and skills.

Temporary U.S. Census Workers Are Recruited for Address Canvassing

I wrote about the employment opportunities at the U.S. Census Bureau briefly in an article some months ago at: Now the Census Bureau is ramping up and needs hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. As an experienced genealogist, you might be highly qualified for a temporary position at the Census Bureau.

Known as In-Field Address Canvassing, this is the process of having field staff visit specific geographic areas to identify every place where people live or could live. The staff then compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list. They verify, correct, or add address and location information.

Help Wanted: Supervisory Archivist in Culpeper, Virginia

I know a number of archivists read this newsletter. If you are one of them and if you are looking for a new employment opportunity, you may be interested to know the United States government has an active, open job listing from the Legislative Branch. The opening is for a Supervisory Archivist in Culpeper, Virginia.

Details may be found at:

The US Census Bureau is Hiring Temporary Employees for the 2020 Census

Attention genealogists: You have undoubtedly read lots of census records. How would you like to create a few new records? You can also earn extra income while helping your community.

The Census Bureau plans to hire workers for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Job applications must be made online.

Details may be found at:

Help Wanted in the Heredis Booth at RootsTech

Heredis is a very successful genealogy program for both Windows and Macintosh that is developed in France and sold worldwide. The company will be at RootsTech and is looking for a bit of help in their exhibits booth. I received the following message from Audrey Cavalier of Heredis:

We are proud to announce our coming to RootsTech 2019, the world’s largest family-history technology conference, from February 28 to March 2 at Salt Lake City. For the second time, Heredis has a booth for this genealogical major event!

We will be presenting the newest version of Heredis: Heredis 2019!

Help Wanted: A Part-Time Archivist in Franklin, Massachusetts

An article by Scott Calzolaio in the Milford Daily News‘ web site describes a job opening for a part-time archivist for the Franklin Historical Museum. If you live in or near Franklin and are interested in the position, you can find the article at:

Help Wanted at the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut

The following was written by the folks at the Godfrey Memorial Library:

The Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut is searching for an Executive Director. The Godfrey is a non-profit member library of Genealogy and Family History with an extensive collection of genealogies, histories and reference material, along with a web site which includes unique content. The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree, experience in genealogical research, an understanding of the genealogy business, community and trends therein, a background in genealogical business generation, knowledge of fund raising for non-profit organizations, some background in web site operations and development, the basics of financial management, and management experience in library operations.

U.S. Census Bureau Needs Hundreds of Thousands of Workers

Want a job? If you are an experienced genealogist, you should be well qualified for this position.

According to the United States Census Bureau:

Taking the census in 1870

“Recruiting enough workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of temporary positions needed to take the 2020 Census won’t be easy, given the current economic climate, but the Census Bureau is more than up to the challenge.

“For the decennial census, the Census Bureau will need a large and diverse workforce to follow up by phone or in person with households that do not respond to the questionnaire.”

Other snippets from the Census Bureau web site state:

Help Wanted: a Pescatarian Archives Supervisor at Prince’s Paisley Park

I know a number of archivists read this newsletter on a regular basis so I will post this article for them. The rock star Prince’s Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis became a permanent museum in 2016 following the musician’s passing. The estate is now looking for an archives supervisor to overlook the maintenance of their artifacts (which include his remains in an urn). They’ve posted a job listing to the American Alliance of Museums’ career website for a full-time position in the Archives Department.

The job posting includes all the regular items you might expect:

  • Actively work in the care, catalog, storage and preservation of all artifacts and archival materials; the care, cleaning, and monitoring of all exhibits.
  • Maintain and Update the archival database system.
  • Monitor the trafficking of archive inventory.
  • Assist the appropriate staff in having access to the archives collection as required.
  • and much more.

However, there is one requirement of the job that I am not used to seeing in help wanted ads: “must adhere to a pescatarian environment.”

Volunteer Help Wanted at FreeUKGEN

FreeUKGen is an initiative to help make more high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently available online, preferably for free, in a coherent, easy to access and search, facility or set of facilities. (See for details.) Now the all-volunteer organization is looking for additional help from Macintosh programmers.

According to the FreeUKGen help wanted advertisement:

Help Wanted: Senior Software Engineer in Provo, Utah

A help wanted ad has appeared that may appeal to software engineers with experience in genealogy. It is for an unnamed company. However, the ad says that it is for “a British-owned world leader in online genealogy” with offices in Provo. How many companies fit that description?


The help wanted ad may be found at:

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Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board seeks Applications for Journeyman

Would you like to train others in how to preserve old records? Would you like to travel in Alaska, a fascinating state?

The Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB), a board which promotes the collection, preservation, and accessibility of historical records found in Alaskan repositories, is sponsoring a Journeyman Archival Processing Program. This venture will fund the work and travel of two journeyman-level archivists as they travel to an Alaskan repository and offer six weeks of hands-on archival arrangement and description services.

Help Wanted: Genealogist Researcher in Annapolis, MD

The AncestryProGenealogists division of has a job opening for a full-time genealogist in the Annapolis, Maryland area. The job posting on states:

Job Description

ancestry-com-bannerThe Genealogist Researcher position at AncestryProGenealogists is designed for an individual who is passionate about family history and has the skill and desire to work closely with Research Managers to investigate and solve client family history problems. Key to this role is extensive experience in genealogical research and methods. This is a professional position with potential for excellent growth within the organization for the right person.

This opportunity may have the ability to work remote in various locations throughout the United States, with concentration in and around the mid-Atlantic.

An AncestryProGenealogists Genealogist Researcher should be able to:

Library of Congress Seeks Volunteer Docents

If you live in the Washington, DC area, this could be an interesting activity. The following announcement was written by the Library of Congress:

14-Week Training Program to Begin Sept. 6, 2016

The Library of Congress is recruiting the 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours of the world’s largest library.

To best serve the more than 1.7 million annual visitors, eager to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and learn about the treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to greet and direct the visitors and to conduct tours.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Managing Editor for NGS Magazine

The (U.S.) National Genealogical Society is seeking qualified candidates for the managing editor, contractor position for NGS Magazine. The managing editor is responsible for the overall production and editorial content of NGS Magazine and produces four (4) issues per year during the calendar year, in February, May, August and November. Applicants should have previous experience in genealogical research, writing, editing, and publishing. Proficient knowledge of grammar and writing standards is essential. The effective date for this position is 1 July 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for producing the November 2016 issue.

Details may be found in the NGS Blog at

Help Wanted: Brand Manager at Eneclann in Dublin

Want to live in or near Dublin, Ireland? Are you an experienced team manager? Do you have experience in customer service, especially in the heritage/education sector? Do you have at least 2 years’ experience in content or website management? If so, you will be interested in the help wanted ad at

Help Wanted: Front-End Developer at Geni

Are you an experienced programmer with knowledge of JavaScript, including jQuery and Backbone.js, HTML5, CSS, Sprockets, Sass, Ruby and the Rails Framework? Would you like a job in Burbank, California? A knowledge of genealogy probably would help as well.

Geni, a division of MyHeritage, is hiring. The help wanted ad may be found at