BGS Volunteer Opportunities

BGS is an ALL volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and runs on members volunteering to be Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs, Special Interest Group Leads, etc.  Please look over the list of volunteer positions and let any of the Officers or other appropriate Committee Chairs know you are interested in volunteering.  The Society’s volunteer position requires anything from an hour or two a month to several hours per depending on the position.  And in the case of shared responsibilities, the time commitment can be even less.   

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider volunteering and give back to your Society and the Community.

Be a Leader in the Broomfield Genealogical Society

Our Society has executive officers and committees that provide direction and month-to-month activities. Think about running for an office or volunteering to sit on a committee.  By bringing your knowledge, skills, and talents to the organization, you will assist the Society in achieving its mission.

Teach a Genealogy Class or Workshop 

If you’ve become good at genealogy, you can volunteer to teach a class or lead a hands-on workshop. You can teach/lead a beginning, intermediate, or advanced genealogy class/workshop, or give instruction to other topics like how to use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com, Find-A-Grave, etc.  If interested in conducting a class or workshop, please contact the Activities Chair to work out the details.

Organize Genealogical Field Trips for Society Members

Work with the Activities Chair to arrange an outing to a local library, archives, museum, cemetery, etc., to learn about its genealogical resources, historical materials, or history.  You will act as the leader and organizer of the trip, along with arranging for a “tour guide”, unless you have the expertise to be the guide.

Lead a SIG (Special Interest Group)

Are you researching your Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, or Civil War ancestors, or Mayflower descendants, or maybe what life was like as an immigrant in a ship to the new world.  And you would like to confer with others on the topic and see what they have learned.  Then leading and/or participating in a Society-sponsored SIG would be the ticket!  Please contact the Society’s President with your genealogical interest in joining or forming a SIG.

Blog About Your Genealogical Adventures on Society Web Site

No one can tell the story of your own genealogical quest better than you.  Blog about your journey and others may learn new research techniques from your story.  You can also blog about genealogy resources, tools, hints, and tips that are of general use and interest to other genealogists.  Contact the Society’s Webmaster with your interest and they will help you get started blogging.

Other Society Volunteers include:

  • Copy Editor –
  • Audio-visual Technician- 
  • Videographer – 
  • Photographer –
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) – Do have experience with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest? We are looking for individuals to join our Social Media Committee. Your primary responsibilities will include working with our Publicity Chair and Web Content Editor to create social media posts and implement a broader marketing strategy.
  • Newsletter Editor – 
  • Webmaster / Assistant Webmaster – 
  • Web site and social media support
  • Data entry support to help us index/catalog collections
  • Membership – Assist the Membership Chair, learn the membership process and how to maintain the membership database; Assist the Treasurer helping to collect and process dues or special function payments at monthly Society meetings.
  • Blog Writer – Looking for volunteers to help write blog posts. You will be responsible for writing 1-2 blog posts a month following a predetermined procedure. Topics may include:  <list>
Membership & Meetings
  • Greet members, and guests, as they enter the meeting. Assist members with the check-in process, introduce members and guests to other members, answer questions about BGS.
  • Assist the Membership Chair, learn the membership process, and how to maintain the membership database.
  • Assist the Treasurer in helping to collect and process dues or special function payments at special Society events.
Education
  • Design surveys to evaluate monthly programs, seminars, workshops, classes, and SIGs.
  • Design educational programs or lead a SIG group.
  • Develop and lead local or regional field trips of interest to Society members.
Public Relations & Community Outreach
  • Create brochures, posters, and signage for Society events.
  • Send press releases to area news sources, libraries, and other genealogy societies.
  • Maintain the SAGS Facebook page.
  • Promote SAGS at community activities and assist with setting up tables and signs, speak at community meetings.
Society Meetings (Monthly)
  • Assist with set-up / take-down of the meeting room.
  • Provide audio-visual assistance at monthly meetings.
  • Prepare snacks and drinks.

 

Other Local Volunteer Opportunities

The are a number of other local organizations that welcome volunteers and have genealogical related records or archives.  Please chheck them out for volunteering and contributing back to the community.

National Archives at Denver 

National Archives

The National Archives at Denver is located here in Broomfield after its move from the Denver Federal Center ! The Broomfield NARA holds permanent records created by Federal agencies and courts in the following states:

For more information on the local NARA, head over to their website by clinking here.

The National Archives at Denver has a computer lab and volunteers available to help you discover more. If you would be interested in volunteering in the computer lab, please visit their volunteer page here and let our Society know if you are volunteering, so that your name can be added to our Volunteer List.

Currently the National Archives is closed, but will open after the pandemic is over.

Broomfield Depot Museum

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Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum

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Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

The following is a list of other Genealogy Volunteer Opportunities that you may find of interest.

FindaGrave.com / BillionGraves.com

If you live near one or more cemeteries that are remote and/or have not been recorded on FindaGrave.com or BillionGraves.com yet, you can help fellow genealogists by taking pictures of the graves and entering the grave information and photo into their websites.

The U.S. Genweb Project

This free website collects genealogical documents from around the world and puts them into their appropriate state and county sections. It depends on donations from its members to add to the collection. Donate some of your own rare documents, or even volunteer to administer the page for an “orphan” county… a county without someone to administrate it yet.

Volunteer at Your Local Archives

Volunteering at the local archives in your area is a wonderful way to give other genealogists, some of whom may be visiting from out-of-town, the assistance they need to find the trails of their ancestors in your town.

Contribute to DeadFred.com

DeadFred.com is a website where people contribute photos of their ancestors. This is a wonderful resource for people who are looking for photos of ancestors whose faces they may have never seen. You never know who is related to your own ancestors that you’ve never met, and who may be looking for the very photographs you possess.

Organize Genealogical Field Trips for Senior Citizens

Introduce yourself to the activities director at the local senior center and explain your genealogical expertise. Then, work with the director to arrange an outing for the people who spend time at the center to go to a local genealogical library or archives, with you as the leader and chief helper, giving participants tips on using the resources there to find their ancestors.

Transcribe Old Documents

If you do a lot of work in courthouses, you will often come across handwritten documents in ancient handwriting. You can transcribe this often hard to read the writing and put the transcriptions online, to make them available for other genealogists.

FamilySearch Indexing: Help FamilySearch index genealogical records from around the world. The indexes and in most cases, the record images, will be posted free on FamilySearch.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: Volunteer to do lookups for those without access to the records that are close to you.

Unclaimed Persons: Assist local and county medical examiners across the country as they try to locate living next of kin of the deceased. Your online genealogical sleuthing skills could help bring much needed closure to these families.

 

 

 

  • Colorado,
  • Montana,
  • New Mexico,
  • North Dakota,
  • South Dakota,
  • Utah, and
  • Wyoming
    For more information on the local NARA, head over to their website by clinking here.

    The National Archives at Denver has a computer lab and volunteers available to help you discover more. If you would be interested in volunteering in the computer lab, please visit their volunteer page here and let our Society know if you are volunteering, so that your name can be added to our Volunteer List.

    Currently the National Archives is closed, but will open after the pandemic is over.

    Broomfield Depot Museum

    Add text here…

    Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum

    Add text here…

    Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield

    Add text here…

    Other Volunteer Opportunities

    The following is a list of other Genealogy Volunteer Opportunities that you may find of interest.

    FindaGrave.com / BillionGraves.com

    If you live near one or more cemeteries that are remote and/or have not been recorded on FindaGrave.com or BillionGraves.com yet, you can help fellow genealogists by taking pictures of the graves and entering the grave information and photo into their websites.

    The U.S. Genweb Project

    This free website collects genealogical documents from around the world and puts them into their appropriate state and county sections. It depends on donations from its members to add to the collection. Donate some of your own rare documents, or even volunteer to administer the page for an “orphan” county… a county without someone to administrate it yet.

    Volunteer at Your Local Archives

    Volunteering at the local archives in your area is a wonderful way to give other genealogists, some of whom may be visiting from out-of-town, the assistance they need to find the trails of their ancestors in your town.

    Contribute to DeadFred.com

    DeadFred.com is a website where people contribute photos of their ancestors. This is a wonderful resource for people who are looking for photos of ancestors whose faces they may have never seen. You never know who is related to your own ancestors that you’ve never met, and who may be looking for the very photographs you possess.

    Organize Genealogical Field Trips for Senior Citizens

    Introduce yourself to the activities director at the local senior center and explain your genealogical expertise. Then, work with the director to arrange an outing for the people who spend time at the center to go to a local genealogical library or archives, with you as the leader and chief helper, giving participants tips on using the resources there to find their ancestors.

    Transcribe Old Documents

    If you do a lot of work in courthouses, you will often come across handwritten documents in ancient handwriting. You can transcribe this often hard to read the writing and put the transcriptions online, to make them available for other genealogists.

    FamilySearch Indexing: Help FamilySearch index genealogical records from around the world. The indexes and in most cases, the record images, will be posted free on FamilySearch.

    Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: Volunteer to do lookups for those without access to the records that are close to you.

    Unclaimed Persons: Assist local and county medical examiners across the country as they try to locate living next of kin of the deceased. Your online genealogical sleuthing skills could help bring much needed closure to these families.