Family History Service Missions Available from Home

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Family history missionaries serve the Lord by providing access to historical records, assisting others in binding their families across generations, and unlocking the opportunity of temple blessings for families throughout the world.

Although there are opportunities to serve in facilities near your home and around the world, many family history missions can be served from your own home. For most of these at-home service mission opportunities, the only requirements are a computer, telephone, and internet connection. Some of these activities can be done as a volunteer.

Below are a few service missions that can be done from home. If you would like to learn more about one of these opportunities, please fill out your contact information, and a family history missionary will contact you to answer your questions.

Family History Worldwide Support
For this mission, family history missionaries work from home to help prepare records for publication and answer patron questions related to the use of FamilySearch.org and its related applications. Communication is through phone, chat, email, or social media.

Time Commitment: 16 hours per week in 2-to 4-hour blocks of time for at least 12 months.

Skills Needed: Missionaries must have customer-friendly communication skills and intermediate experience using FamilySearch.org and navigating computers. A love of problem solving and an openness to change are also essential. Multiple language skills are helpful, but not required. You will have 4–8 weeks of intensive online training and ongoing training throughout your mission.

International Help Needed: Currently, FamilySearch has a critical need for Spanish speakers who can converse in Spanish (and English) and who have a good working knowledge of FamilySearch Family Tree and FamilySearch Memories, at a minimum, to help train new missionaries.
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FamilySearch Facebook Communities
Missionaries serve from home by helping members of the FamilySearch Facebook communities. Facebook community missionaries and volunteers work from home helping Facebook members with their family history research skills, helping others find their ancestors, and supporting Facebook members, who help one another.

Skills Needed: Must be familiar with computer use and FamilySearch.org and have some experience with other family history related computer programs. Initial training lasts approximately three weeks.

Time Commitment: 8–15 hours per week for at least one year. Missionaries can work any hours of the day or night.
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FamilySearch Communities
Missionaries serve from home, working with FamilySearch.org users. Tasks include monitoring the community and answering and writing posts, as well as providing training and support for community group leaders.

Skills Needed: Must be familiar with computer use and FamilySearch.org and have some experience with other computer programs related to family history.

Time Commitment: 8–15 hours per week for at least one year.
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FamilySearch Research Wiki
Family history missionaries can serve from home by writing genealogy research articles and improving the FamilySearch Research Wiki. These missionaries ensure that FamilySearch wiki information is complete, accurate, and appropriate by monitoring changes, adding content, and improving the user experience.

Skills Needed: Missionaries in this position must have basic computer skills, be able to follow detailed instructions, and have an interest in family history. Familiarity with FamilySearch.org and the research wiki is preferred. English or non-English language skills are both welcome.

Time Commitment: Minimum 15 hours per week for at least one year.
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Web or Software Developer
Family history missionaries can serve on various web-based and software development projects under the direction of engineers in the Family History Department.

Skills Needed:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Multiple years of industry-recognized and relevant professional experience.
  • Engineering experience in the primary areas of an enterprise system (such as interface, domain logic, or database layers).
  • Skills in engineering or programming, analytical or diagnostic troubleshooting, web technology, or programming methodology.
  • Experienced in data structures, object-oriented, and functional programming.

Time Commitment: Minimum 16 hours per week for at least one year.
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Records Preparation
These family history missionaries perform a variety of tasks related to preparing and publishing historical records on FamilySearch.org. The tasks include determining image clarity, data value and blocking, or editing content of genealogical interest. Missionaries can prepare records from their home or at an operations center near them.

Skills Needed: Intermediate computer experience is preferred, but genealogical experience is not needed. All training is provided.

Time Commitment: 12 to 16 hours per week for at least one year.
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Family History Community Translation
Family history missionaries with relevant language skills can help translate documents for the Family History Department databases and knowledge bases into the languages of the world. There is currently a high need for the following languages: German, Italian, French, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Chinese Traditional, Thai, Estonian, Fijian, and Finnish.

Skills Needed: Missionaries must be proficient in English and in the target language into which the assigned documents will be translated (preferably the missionary's native tongue). An online test will be administered to determine ability to meet the needs of this team.

Time Commitment: 8 hours per week for at least one year, flexible schedule.
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Interested in becoming a family history missionary? If you would like to learn more about one of these opportunities, please fill out your contact information, and a family history missionary will contact you to answer your questions.

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