Genealogist Researcher

  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Full-time

Company Description

Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products include: AncestryDNA,  AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.

AncestryDNA, is the world's largest consumer genomics database providing consumers insights into their ancestral origins. The service enables customers to not only uncover their ethnic mix and rich family stories, but discover distant relatives with a common ancestral match, and help solve the toughest family mysteries.

Ancestry by the numbers:

  • Since 1996, more than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. 
  • More than 1.2 million people genotyped in the AncestryDNA database.
  • Ancestry revenues have increased from $225M in 2009 to $620M in 2014.

The company has more than 1,300 employees in locations across the globe. Headquartered in Utah, Ancestry has offices in San Francisco, Dublin, London, Sydney, Munich, and Stockholm.  

AncestryProGenealogists is the research division of Ancestry. With excellent researchers on staff, Ancestry ProGenealogists has developed training, tools, and processes that aid in the delivery of high quality and cost effective research services to media groups, corporations, law firms, and consumers. Ancestry ProGenealogists has researched histories for several television shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?and Showtime’s production The Tudors. 

Job Description

The Genealogist Researcher position at AncestryProGenealogists is designed for an individual who is passionate about family history and has the skill and desire to work closely with Research Managers to investigate and solve client family history problems. Key to this role is extensive experience in genealogical research and methods. This is a professional position with potential for excellent growth within the organization for the right person.

An AncestryProGenealogists Genealogist Researcher should be able to:

  • Conduct effective and efficient genealogical research at various archives, libraries, online, and onsite in order to solve a client’s research needs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of available sources and archives from around the world. 
  • Work closely with Research Managers to determine a research plan and execute on that plan, with close adherence to time allocation and deadlines
  • Thoroughly and efficiently analyze and solve complicated genealogical problems, especially those in which there is no direct evidence, or those in which analysis of evidence is particularly difficult
  • Compile documents and present research findings in an organized, clear, and coherent manner, either through a written summary or a report
  • Work in a fast-paced team environment while helping to direct the work of contracted and in-house researchers
  • Serve as a teacher and mentor to other researchers, sharing information about records, search techniques, and research methodologies


  • Bachelor’s degree in Family History, History, Psychology, Sociology, or related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • Genealogical certification or accreditation (CG, AG)
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Minimum 8-10 years of professional genealogical research experience
  • Experience managing client-facing projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Self-starter who is hard-working, persistent, and able to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Detail oriented

Additional Information

Ancestry is a profitable, growing company with a positive, high-energy environment. Together, our dedicated teams are harnessing the power of technology and using it to simplify the way people connect with their families and their unique legacies. Our work environment is fast-paced and challenging, but also extremely exciting. You’ll work with a team of passionate, engaged individuals. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at 

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting.  

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.