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We Are a Society of Volunteers

There are many ways you can contribute to the success of WPGS, even if you live outside of the Western Pennsylvania area. Please don’t hesitate to ask for details if you're at all interested in any of the following tasks:
 
ANCESTOR (PEDIGREE) CHARTS INDEXING
Total expansion of ancestor charts since the new website went live is 1,753. Currently, we have just over 200 member ancestor charts that are still in need of indexing. If you have an interest in our indexing project, please send an email to ancestorcharts@wpgs.org. Copies of the charts can be sent to you and the indexing can be done online, from the comfort of your home with a good internet connection. As soon as your indexing is verified, the chart can be made available to our members for research purposes. Email ancestorcharts@wpgs.org.
 
ARCHIVES TEAM MEMBERS
Work with other volunteers and team leaders to prepare original documents for improved access through indexing, microfilming, scanning, and/or publishing. Email archives@wpgs.org.
 
JOTS NEWSLETTER
The Jots Editor is always on the alert for articles, research sources, and activities of interest to our membership. Share your research stories and knowledge of genealogy resources with the Editor at jots@wpgs.org.
 
LIBRARY
  • COLLECTION: Library collection volunteers are needed to meet the goals of the Library Committee, which include collecting, repairing, and preserving primary materials relating to genealogical research and acquiring through purchase/donation other materials relating to genealogical research for the non-circulating WPGS Library.  Email
  • DONATIONS: Members occasionally donate their family history research and resources the Library and volunteers are needed to review these materials for acceptance into the Library Collection. Some of this material could be digitized and made available for members only.
  • MICROFILMING: Assist in the preparation of documents and records for microfilming and the actual microfilming of these for purposes of preservation and to make them available to the public. Email microfilm@wpgs.org
  • INDEXING:  The soon-to-be-digitized WPGS microfilm holdings will need indexing so that they can easily be found when searching. This task can be done in the comfort of your home, working from PDF files. If you have indexing experience, the concept should be as easy as entering info and sending the file. If you are not familiar with indexing, training can be provided.  Contact President@wpgs.org for more information.
  • RESEARCHERS: Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to assist visitors at the WPGS Library, as well as helping WPGS respond to inquiries from patrons (members and non-members) that come by U.S. mail, e-mail, or by telephone and prepare limited genealogical research within the scope of the WPGS collection and resources. Such research extends to Index Look-up, WPGS File Search, First Families of Western PA Applications, Naturalization Records Documentation, WPA Home Survey Search, and General Research. Contact research@wpgs.org if you can volunteer to help someone else in their search for ancestors.
 
MEDIA RELATIONS
Prepare and provide media announcements (news, Facebook, etc.) with a consistent message regarding WPGS and its activities. Email president@wpgs.org
 
MEMBERSHIP
  • Processing membership and renewal data
  • Providing lists for mailing and blast emails
  • Researching potential additional membership benefits
  • Participate in membership outreach events
 
PROGRAMS
  • Welcome participants and provide information to members and visitors
  • Attend and provide written overview for the newsletter.
  • Someone knowledgeable in production of webinars and video presentations
 
WEBSITE
Editorial assistance is needed to keep all of the pages of the WPGS up-to-date and readable, including spell checking, grammar checking, formatting corrections, etc. Email president@wpgs.org
 
 
QUARTERLY JOURNAL EDITOR AND VOLUNTEERS
HELP WANTED: Volunteer Editor and Content Volunteers. The Quarterly Editor has not been published since the 2015-2016 membership year due to the lack of a volunteer Editor and volunteer editorial staff. The intent of the editorial staff of the Quarterly is to solicit articles, write articles, and proofread & edit to scholarly standards. The previous Editor can be available to work with new volunteers to get up to speed. The Editor and all volunteers should be familiar with standard genealogy citation format for footnotes. All editorial and published tasks can be accomplished remotely. Please contact President@WPGS.org  if you would like to get this WPGS publication back in business.
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Please consider volunteering to serve on the WPGS Board of Directors for the upcoming 2019-2020 membership year. The Board consists of the officers and six directors-at-large. The officers of the Society consist of the President, President-Elect, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. The President-Elect serves as President the year following the year he/she serves as President-Elect. The term of the six Directors-at-Large is two years, three new Directors being elected each year. Directors-at-large act as the liaison between a committee or special interest group and the Board.  We also will need a chairperson for the Nominiating Committee for the 2019-2010 year by November 11, 2018.  Email president@wpgs.org
 
You can always contact the President at president@wpgs.org if you want to volunteer for any of these requests for assistance or need further information.