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What is a Genealogist?

A Genealogist studies and researches the history of families.

They may work for one family or for specialised organisations like museums etc.

Some Genealogists may specialise in a particular group or families which have the same surname.

One of the jobs that Genealogists do is that they draw up family trees.

What does a Genealogist do?

  • does tons and tons of research
  1. online
  2. at museums in cities and tiny towns
  3. libraries
  4. church records
  5. government archives etc


  • interviews people related to the research
  • analyses the data
  • draws up family trees
  • creates notes and reports

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in research?
  • detail orientated?
  • organised?
  • a good communicator?
  • interested in history?
  • good at comprehension?
  • patient?

How do I become a Genealogist?

A qualification would be extremely advantageous.

Degree: BA at most universities, with subjects such as Sociology, History and Languages is recommended.


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Curator or Marriage & Family Counsellor

Is becoming a Genealogist the right career choice for me?