Introduced in March 2018, the Family History Docent program pairs volunteers with special training in our resources for genealogists with guests researching their own family stories. Many of our Docents have done thorough genealogy work on their own families, and several Docents have extensive library experience as well.
Docents receive three hours of training on the contents of our Reading Room computers and an inventory of our genealogical books, learn to identify Moravian memoirs within and without our computer system, and take a skill-set test of their knowledge at the end of training to make sure they know where to find things. Trainees agree to volunteer for three hours a week for three months, or a total of thirty hours in time anytime in that three-month period. Docents meet guests who have scheduled family history research in advance. They also assist with other family history work at the Archives.
If you would like to work with one of our Docents during your visit here, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. If you’d like to apply to be a Docent, please contact our office. Training classes are limited, and sessions will be offered only two to three times a year. The next class is set for June 19, 2018.