PAYING IT FORWARD
Many times we benefit from friends, acquaintances, or even strangers, who do something special to help us out in one of those tough times we all experience. We desire to show our appreciation for what was done but circumstances make it difficult to do the same kindness for that individual. The concept of “Paying it Forward” has arisen, which means passing on to others the help that was given to you.
This concept certainly applies in the genealogy world. How many times when we are researching our family tree have we encountered documents relating to our family that another researcher has taken the time to abstract, transcribe, copy and/or publish their findings so it was available to us? Maybe the information helped break down one of those “brick walls”. How can we ever pay back such a priceless find?
We can “Pay it Forward” by volunteering our time to the North Carolina Genealogical Society in many different ways. We can transcribe, abstract, proofread, find information, submit research, index, serve on committees, and a host of other activities that will benefit other researchers everywhere, now and in the years to come.
You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina to participate! In our Internet connected world, most of these volunteer opportunities can be done from your home. Of course, the NCGS is based in North Carolina, but our members are scattered across the United States - many researchers have found roots here.
Not only does volunteering give you an opportunity to "Pay it Forward" by helping other researchers, it helps to improve the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
Please take a look at the opportunities below to "Pay it Forward". If you see an opportunity you're interested in, you may use the Volunteer Form, or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Ruse, at email@example.com. She will forward your contact information to the appropriate project coordinator or committee chair. (The Volunteer Form will be emailed to the Volunteer Coordinater when you click on Submit.)
In you wish to e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator directly, please provide the following information:
Volunteer opportunity you are interested in (more than one is perfectly acceptable!)
Your name, city, and state
Your e-mail address
Your phone number (optional - only needed if you wish to be contacted by phone)
Submit transcriptions and abstracts of original documents of NC Genealogical significance. In some cases, the editor can acquire images of original documents so that contributors can work on transcriptions or abstracts from home.
Alerting the editor to sources of statewide or broad regional interest that haven't already been abstracted or transcribed elsewhere, particularly for areas that have received less attention in past journals.
Submit carefully researched and well-documented case studies and methodological articles as well as source material and fillers.
(Please see the "Contributing to the Journal" page, under Publications>NCGS Journal, found on the top menu bar.)
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If you would like to assist with the planning and executing of various NCGS activities, consider serving on one of the following committees:
Help plan for upcoming workshops- topics, speaker, and location
Help execute the plans
Secure members willing to serve in various NCGS positions
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Publicize upcoming workshops, webinars, and other activities of NCGS, through a variety of media. Develop and maintain contact lists for publicity efforts.
Volunteers are needed to begin training for delivering upcoming NCGS webinars. You must have access to reliable Internet access, headphones and a microphone, and a curiosity in this new delivery form. This can be done from wherever you live. Training is required and offered for all those interested.
What goes into producing an NCGS Webinar? Be part of a team that does everything from choosing the speakers, writing the promotions, and being present at pre-recording sessions. Would you like more information? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help develop strategies to increase NCGS membership.