Thursday, May 26, 2011

Job Opportunity: WikiTree is looking for a 'Counsin Connector'

This is from the note from Chris Whitten at WikiTree:


The full description is at
and included below in plain text.



As's Cousin Connector, you will help connect distant
cousins and facilite their enjoyable, productive genealogy

This will be your
guide. You will be setting an example for what's best about WikiTree:
A generous, cooperative, community attitude ... a dedication to
discovering and sharing genealogy ... an excitement about the grand
goal of growing a single worldwide family tree.

You will be helping make sure that WikiTree really is a worldwide
shared tree and not a collection of individual trees. Specifically, we
anticipate that you will be spending a few hours a week browsing
surname index pages and using our FindMatches tool to look for likely
duplicates. From there, you'll be proposing merges.

You will also be improving the overall quality of merged ancestor
profiles by demonstrating and explaining good genealogical methods
(especially: citing sources). You'll be making research suggestions
and answering questions by e-mail and our message boards.

Since disagreements are so common in collaborations, you will be
helping diffuse conflicts and encourage a style of WikiTree usage that
minimizes them (again, especially: citing sources). You'll be clicking
a lot of "thank you" links to demonstrate how this feature can
encourage people to make useful contributions and help maintain a
friendly atmosphere through positive reinforcement.


You should have prior experience helping people research genealogy,
either as a volunteer or a professional.

You must be able to express yourself well in writing. You need to be
able to show a smile in your electronic communication. :-)

Most importantly, you need to be genuinely excited about this as an
opportunity to help other people with an interest in genealogy and our
common mission. This needs to be what motivates you. The compensation
is just what enables you to prioritize it.


Approximately five hours a week to start. You can work whenever you want.

The only constraint is that if someone asks you a question you can't
leave them for days without a response. If you're not going to be
available you just have to let people know.


From your own computer, anywhere on the Internet.


We will negotiate a monthly rate that works for you, based on your
experience and needs.

It won't be a lot of money. WikiTree is a free website; you'll be
helping non-paying members with their genealogy. You'll be working
alongside volunteers.

On the upside, if you also work as a free-lance professional
genealogist, this will be great advertising. WikiTree gets thousands
of visitors a day and is growing fast. You will be a highly-visible
leader in the community. The job description is to be fun and helpful,
so you will get a good reputation. Every person you help is a
potential future client.

Plus, if you have a website or page elsewhere on the Internet the
search engines will rank it more highly because of your visibility


E-mail Chris Whitten at chris -at-

A CV or resume isn't necessary if you don't have one handy. Just tell
me about your relevant experience. In particular, are there discussion
forums, blogs, or websites where I could see posts from you?

Let me know what you would need for compensation and ask any questions
you might have about the position or WikiTree in general.

If haven't used WikiTree lately, be sure to spend some time using the
site and browsing our Help Pages before contacting me so that we can
have a more informed discussion.

You might also contact Elyse Doerflinger at elyse -at-
She can tell you what it's like to work as part of our team.

You can also get a sense of our community through our Facebook page.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

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