New England Historic Genealogical Society

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
October 17, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Genealogist- full time


The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) seeks a service-oriented individual with genealogical research experience for the full-time, on-site position of Genealogist. The successful applicant will join an experienced team providing reference assistance and instruction to library patrons at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of genealogical and historical research. Genealogists prepare and deliver educational content in a variety of forms, including print publications, in-person lectures and conference presentations, webinars, and online courses and subject guides. NEHGS is looking for a Genealogist who will be committed to excellence and will help the team achieve its goal of delivering professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous service to NEHGS members and the public.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Provides reference assistance in person, by phone, and electronically to patrons with a wide variety of research interests and experience.

· Gives scheduled one-on-one consultations to assist patrons with their research.

· Prepares and delivers presentations for groups at the library and beyond.

· Participates in the development of online reference and educational content, including webinars and online courses.

· Keeps current with developments in the field of genealogy.

· Creates research guides in relevant subject areas.

· Provides written contributions to NEHGS publications.

· Represents NEHGS at conferences and on research tours.

· Work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday, onsite at our location in Boston.


· Strong knowledge of genealogical research methodology, standards, and sources (both print and online), and ability to instruct library patrons in how to apply and use them.

· Expertise in two or more subject areas of genealogy.

· Minimum of two to three years of experience providing reference, research, or customer service.

· Experience with or interest in online reference delivery and current and emerging technologies, including social media tools and chat software, and their applications for patron services.

· Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and strong public-speaking ability.

· Professional, dependable, flexible, and constructive work ethic.

· Evidence of interest in professional and scholarly activities.

· Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages is a plus.

How To Apply:

Please send resume, sample of genealogical research, and a compelling cover letter to:

Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by:
October 22, 2018
About this Organization:

American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, American Ancestors / NEHGS is the nation’s leading resource for family history research. American Ancestors / NEHGS provides comprehensive family history services through an expert staff, original scholarship, educational opportunities, world-class research center, and award-winning website,, to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

American Ancestors / NEHGS is a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.

As the flagship genealogical society in the nation, American Ancestors / NEHGS serves more than 260,000 members and millions of online users with more than a billion searchable records on, and through the assistance of a full-time staff of more than 100  genealogical experts and nonprofit professionals.