Expert Eastern European Researcher - Professional Genealogist (Remote)

Research · Remote, anywhere in the United States, Utah
Department Research
Employment Type Associate Temp
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Depends on Experience

**This position is for you if you have significant experience with research in Eastern Europe (particularly Russian Empire or German Empire) and can provide at least two client reports demonstrating your genealogy expertise. If you can’t, subscribe here for notifications of future positions that may fit you better. Thanks!**
**This position closes on October 19, 2020 for our November 2 start date. It closes November 30, 2020 for our January 4 start date.**
We at Legacy Tree Genealogists love helping people all over the world (in over 50 countries!) discover their heritage. We get up in the morning and do things like tell a client her birth father’s name, connect cousins in China, and share documentation that an ancestor used an alias and actually fathered two families – at the same time, in two different countries. For over 15 years, we’ve been changing people’s lives forever by answering some of their deepest questions.
Legacy Tree is growing, and we need additional support to keep providing the highest-rated genealogy research in the world to our clients. This is where you come in!

About You

It’s not easy to make each client’s experience the very best it can possibly be, and it means we can only hire an exceptional genealogist for this position. You will be a great fit if:


  • You are fluent in English and can explain your genealogy discoveries in a way that clients connect with and understand
  • You have at least 5 years of professional genealogy experience and 10 years of genealogy experience in total 
  • You are familiar with the language(s) of the countries for which you claim expertise
  • You are familiar with the repositories of the countries for which you claim expertise, and have worked with them to obtain documents
  • You have experience managing multiple research projects simultaneously
  • You are passionate about genealogy and are a creative problem solver
  • You are great at working independently and hitting deadlines (please don’t overlook this line about deadlines)
  • You are comfortable with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and PowerPoint (even better if that includes OneDrive)
  • You’re familiar with genealogical technology such as pedigree software (we use RootsMagic)
  • You have a quiet place to work without distractions, a computer, and great internet
  • We also prefer a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • We’d love it if you can research in more than one country/culture/language (that way we can make sure you’re always busy)
  • And, for this particular position, we’d love it if you can read the Cyrillic alphabet


If you really don’t match this list, please wait to apply. We play a long game and will still be around when you’re ready. Sign up for notifications on future job opportunities with Legacy Tree here.
What you’ll be doing at Legacy Tree:


  • You’ll be solving complex research problems by performing in-depth genealogical analysis – we’re serious, this will be complex and in-depth
  • You’ll be conducting genealogical research online, but you’ll also be using records in archives, libraries, and anywhere else you can get your hands on them (or a team member’s hands – our team is in over 100 countries)
  • You’ll be composing 15+ page narrative reports in English, with citations and research logs (we’ll provide templates to help you, but the genius will be all you)
  • With your input, you’ll do other things as opportunities and needs arise


If this all fits you, please submit an application and writing samples. We can’t wait to learn more about you.
What Working at Legacy Tree Will be Like
We work hard to make working at Legacy Tree a great part of our team members' lives. Here’s a little about what life here will be like:
Live Where You Want
Legacy Tree has always been a remote-based company, which allows us to hire the best talent anywhere, and which allows our team members to be where they love. For this position, you will need to live in the United States, but as long as you have a quiet place to work and fast internet in your location, that’s all that matters. (If you don't live in the U.S., we'd still love to work with you - go here to apply.)
Work When You Want
This job will require 25-29 hours a week if you choose to be part-time, and 40 hours a week if you’re full-time. Not more. In fact, if you’re full-time and work more than that, you’ll bank those hours for later. We’re serious about providing the highest quality genealogy research, and we’re also serious about work-life balance. We’ll expect you to take paid holidays and vacation time. When you join us, we’ll be asking to learn about your bucket list, and expecting to celebrate with you when you check something off.
Work with Great People
We may be a remote company, but when you’re solving some of the toughest genealogy mysteries in the world, there’s a lot of cooperation that takes place. You’ll get to know your team members pretty darn well, and you’ll be grateful for their support when you have questions. Some of your co-workers will be Michelle Chubenko, Marissa Gardner, and Linda Tseitlin, and there are lots of others who you’ll get to know, especially in our company chat Break Room and at our annual retreats. 

Get Great Benefits and Take Time to Ramp Up
Research is an art, and it takes a special person (part detective, part trivia nerd, and part writer) to do it at the level our clients expect. For the first 45-90 days, you and your manager (that’s Christy Fillerup), will focus on your research and writing, to the exclusion of nearly all other job responsibilities. Your first official title will be Provisional Research Employee. You’ll get pointed feedback from our world-class Quality Assurance team, and if all goes well, we’ll offer you a long-term position (part-time or full-time based on your needs and ours).
Our part-time employees and our full-timers get great benefits like paid time off and holidays, parental and bereavement leave, and a 401k that we match up to 3%. We’ll make sure you have time for training so you can be even better at your craft, we’ll pay you to research your own family history, and we’ll give you a bonus for becoming accredited or certified. Full-time employees also get comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits.
Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to read through this position and consider joining our team! We hope to hear from you if you think we'll make a good fit.
Legacy Tree Genealogists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We appreciate diversity, hire based solely on merit, and strive to create a working environment of inclusivity for all our team members.


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  • Location
    Remote, anywhere in the United States, Utah
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Associate Temp
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Depends on Experience