Apr 21, 2021

Help Wanted: Genealogist: Work From Home performing Lineage Verification

This sounds ideal for a highly-skilled genealogist who wishes to find a work-from-home position. However, be aware that a very high level of genealogy expertise is required. The job opening specifies “Two or more years’ professional experience in genealogical research.”

Quoting from a help wanted ad in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) web site:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) has openings in the Department of Genealogy and Research Services. These positions will work remotely as part of a team to process membership applications, by evaluating lineage information and documentation for completeness, validity, and correctness. Experience in professional genealogical research and methods is key to this role.

Required Qualifications & Skills:

Two or more years’ professional experience in genealogical research.

Demonstrates proven experience resolving conflicting evidence and same name problems.

Experience working with original and compiled sources, both original hard copy and digital documents, as well as knowledge of advanced internet search techniques, including wildcard usage.

Demonstrates strong writing skills; able to clearly explain complex research problems and provide recommendations for further research.

Demonstrates advanced proficiency in word processing (Microsoft Word & Adobe PDF) software, and on and offline database and lineage software.

Attention to detail; experience in proofing and editing, as well as excellent time management and organizational skills.

Communicate and respond to supervision effectively using video conference applications (Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc).

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with experience in advanced genealogical methods.

Experience with lineage society applications a plus.

Proven track record of remote productivity a plus.


Finalists will be asked to provide a sample analysis of genealogy or family research submitted in narrative form.

There is more background information about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants available at

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