How to Volunteer

Getting involved is always a very rewarding experience. And we have some great news for you! CGSI is a 100% volunteer organization. Over the years, our members have accomplished some fantastic feats and the opportunities to get involved today are even more abundant than they have been in the past.

It’s always a bit intimidating to just contact someone and say I want to help. Typically the response is going to be, “Great! What do you want to do?” And that’s where all too often things may stop. Let’s not let that happen with your energy and talent!

Being an international organization, we can use your talents no matter where you live. The following information will list some key talents and projects that are always underway, or unique to this particular time. The list is significant. That doesn’t mean we don’t have people doing anything. Rather, it means we have a lot going on and a lot more we want to do! So, please take a few minutes to think about what gives you energy and how you might want to be a more active member. At the end of this list is some initial contact information. Please volunteer…it’s a great way to meet people, give back, be energized, and learn even more about your heritage.

Here’s a 6 minute video to give you more information on volunteering at CGSI.


Volunteer Openings

CGSI Excecutive Committee Positions for 2018

The CGSI nominating committee is putting together the slate of officers and committee chairs for 2018 and we’d love to meet you and put your skills to use at CGSI. CGSI is conducting meetings electronically so you can participate no matter where you live, either as an elected chairperson or as a volunteer committee member.
Click on the link below each position for the job description, or contact Kathy Jorgenson for more information.

Marketing Chair

Time Commitment: flexible, as this is a new position

This is a new position where you can create your own job using Social Media to creatively communicate with our members and attract new members.

Marketing Chair Job Description

Education Chair

Education: Develop educational programs for the membership, including beginning genealogy classes, language classes, youth education, locating potential speakers and other outreach programs to members.

Education Chair Job Description


CGSI’s 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

With more than 300 attendees and an off-site location, there will be lots of fun opportunities to help out. Here are a few:

1) Registration Table and Concierge: Take a shift and help people get registered, find their participant materials, help them locate the meeting rooms, provide general guidance and support as we manage through each day of the conference.

2) Technical Assistant: Each room will be set up with PC’s, speakers, microphones, projectors, and recording equipment. If you have some skills (or would like to learn) in managing set up, take down, and technical support during presentations if needed, you’ll enjoy providing this support to our speakers and audiences.

3) Research Assistant: During the conference we will have a room dedicated to helping members break through the brick walls in their genealogical research efforts. Typically this involves helping the member search through the on-line archives for a particular village, or it may just be a conversation to help find that still un-turned stone with the clue to help find the connection or move their research forward.

4) Room Monitor: Monitor the room during a presentation. As simple as dimming the lights, making sure the presenter has a bottle of water, handing out materials, and just making sure things are proceeding as needed.

5) Silent Auction: Help over see the silent auction that takes place each day during the conference. Volunteers here just make sure things are neat and orderly each day during the bidding time. Volunteer for a few hours or a lot…it’s flexible. Want to be more involved? Help us find items for the auction. The money raised through this effort are earmarked for special projects.

6) Photographer & Videographer: Help capture the full picture of the conference. We use the pictures and video we capture to “tell our story” and document our history. And we also use these materials to market to our existing and future membership. Pictures tell the story! If you are interested in helping us capture the full experience of our conference, please volunteer!

Education Committee

Our goal is to increase the amount of educational materials we have on our website. It’s a team effort and we have a variety of on-going ways in which you can contribute:

1) Research and Proofing: Help find content that will be used in the modules. It might include on-line research, sourcing and accessing written materials, locating other websites aligned to the topic which we can tie to our content, and of course, reviewing materials before they are published to ensure accuracy.

2) Design and Development: Our materials will primarily be accessed through this website. If you have web design experience (or want to gain some!), the topics you can develop are almost limitless! We use standard design methodology and have a lot of flexibility in how we create our learning content.

3) Technical Talent: Use your talent to create audio overlays, create graphics, produce the timeline and render the results. Help with the recording, editing and posting of quarterly program webinars.

4) Present at quarterly programs: We are always looking for people to deliver in person or web based presentations! Here’s a chance to share your knowledge and wisdom with others in our membership. Topics can cover a large range of topics including genealogy, language, history, culture, and immigration, just to name a few. Most presentations are 40 minutes in length with 20 minutes available for Q & A.

Research Assistance

We receive requests for research assistance on a regular basis. Sometimes this involved responding by email or phone to just “talk things through” and help the person gain some perspective on how to proceed. Sometimes we will use our library materials or do basic archive research to get them started. Or, we may help them understand when it’s time to use one of our professional researchers. It’s a great way to “give back” the things you’ve learned in your research, and often times the patrons pay fees for our time and those funds help our organization thrive!

As you can see, it takes a lot of people. We’d love to have you be part of the team! For more information, email Barb at