Family History Volunteer

To help beginners understand how to go about researching their family history online using Library resources.

What will it involve?

  • Sharing with groups of customers your knowledge and experience of using online sources of information.
  • Helping customers to understand the range of information available on a variety of online family history resources.
  • Demonstrating search techniques that can be used to find information on these resources
  • Promoting other online sources available to library members, and how they provide information for family history researchers.
  • Explaining the role of the Essex Record Office and the Essex Society for Family History in providing information about Essex ancestors 
  • Drawing attention to equivalent organisations in other parts of the country.

What will you get from volunteering?

  • Satisfaction of sharing your enthusiasm for family history with others
  • Help people to increase their social networks by making contact with relative and family history groups.
  • Satisfaction of using your skills and experience to give something to the community.


  • Experience of online family history research and enthusiasm for the subject 
  • Information technology skills 
  • Good communication and people skills 


  • Ongoing support
    There will be ongoing support from local library staff. All volunteers are engaged for an introductory period (usually 1 to 3 months depending on the frequency of volunteering). This is to ensure the volunteer and activity are properly mated and either side may decoded to end the agreement at this stage.
  • Training provided
    Specific training for your volunteering role, this may be shadowing or an occasional training session or just talking through what's involved.

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 03/04/2019

End Date: 03/04/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Typically a morning or afternoon session per month.


Rayleigh Library
132-134 High Street

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