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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:
 
INDEXING OF MEMBER ANCESTOR (PEDIGREE) CHARTS
Total expansion of ancestor charts since the new website went live is 1,753. Currently, we have over 500 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.  
 
WPGS LIBRARIAN AND LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
HELP WANTED:  Volunteer Head Librarian and Library Volunteers are needed to meet the goals of the Library Committee, which include collecting and preserving primary materials relating to genealogical research and acquiring through purchase and donation other materials relating to genealogical research for the non-circulating WPGS Library.  Please contact the WPGS President at President@WPGS.org if you can assist. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION 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 the WPGS President at President@WPGS.org if you would like to get this WPGS publication back in business.
ARCHIVES TEAM MEMBER
Work with the team leader and others to prepare original documents for improved access through indexing, scanning, and/or publishing.
WPGS LIBRARY RESEARCHERS
Looking for people who are interested in helping WPGS to assist patrons (members and non-members) with 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 on a regular basis to help someone else in their search for ancestors.
 
INDEXING OF OTHER DIGITAL RECORDS
Once the task of indexing the remaining Ancestor Charts has been accomplished, we anticipate the need to index the soon-to-be-digitized WPGS microfilm holdings 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.
  
CONTRIBUTE TO THE 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 sources with the Editor at jots@wpgs.org