Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is Back Online

Great news! Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness appears to be back online.

The original Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) website was created by by Bridgett and Doc Schneider. More than 4,000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations used the site to help other genealogists. The volunteers agreed to do at least one free genealogy research task per month in their local area as an Act of Kindness. The RAOGK volunteers agreed not to charge for their research time; however, researchers were required to reimburse the volunteer for expenses incurred in fulfilling the research request (e.g., copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, gasoline, etc.).

The original Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) website was in operation for more than a decade, benefitting thousands of genealogists. In mid-October, 2011, Bridgett Schneider sent an email message to all registered users stating that major problems had developed with the site’s hard drive plus the overall health of the administrator was not favorable. The site went offline.

Sadly, Bridgett Schneider passed away Nov. 12, 2011. The site never came back online, until now.

The http://www.raogk.org web site now states, “RAOGK is a global volunteer organization. At one time we had over 4000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations, and helped thousands of researchers. We are trying to rebuild the RAOGK site. It will take a little more time to get it back to its former glory. Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you.”

It’s great to see http://raogk.org back online. I strongly urge all genealogists to check it out and also to volunteer your efforts to help others. In the long term, you will benefit also.

My thanks to newsletter reader Russell Houlton for telling me of RAOGK’s return.

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I used Random of Acts of Genealogical Kindness with great success about 4 years ago. It concerned one of my husband’s ancestors who came from Montrose, Scotland to Canada in 1857 and settled in Chelsea, Que. as the head of the family was in the logging business. They later moved to Lake of the Woods area in Ontario and from there moved to Vancouver. I had quite a lot of information on this family but was still missing some important events. The help I received from a woman of RAGK in Vancouver was simply amazing. She sent me several marriage and death entries and adamantly refused any remuneration for copies of these documents, newspaper clippings, etc. She had visited various libraries on my behalf over the course of a 2 week period.

I totally agree with reimbursing the people of RAGK who work tirelessly on our behalf.

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Forgot to mention one thing and that is when I used them there were volunteers not only in the U.S. but from Montreal to the Maritimes to Vancouver as well as in the U.K. and Australia. When I was reading up on the new site Dick sent, they mentioned they were trying to restore themselves to their former glory…..I’m sure they will.

Dorothy

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Who is behind the new RAOGK site? I like to see people take credit 🙂

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    It was Bridgett Schneider, however, I don’t know who is running this now….probably one of the volunteers.

    Dorothy

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    The domain names raogk.org/.com/.net were purchased by Brian Nichols of Harvest, Alabama. His LinkedIn profile may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-nichols/27/220/369

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    Yep its me. I tried to get the domain when it first expired but someone else got it. unfortunately it was someone looking to make a buck. They had it held hostage for $16,900. I waited three years for someone to step up to rescue it. I too used the old site. Finally got ahold of sellers and negotiated the price down after three years of no offers. Still cost a good bit but it is worth it to get it going again. I do know there is some small issues but am currently hiring a coder to help me fix them. If you have issues contact me at support@raogk.org and I will help you.

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Wonderful news! That is a website that has been sorely missed by many. I hope it succeeds as before.

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I was a volunteer for Random Acts and I really enjoyed putting my research skills to good use.

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I urge all readers of this newsletter to volunteer their time and talents for their area. There is still a need for research at the grassroots level–even as databases come online. I do research in Michigan for obits, city directories, Sanborn maps, death and marriage indexes and local history. I have been on the receiving end of RAGOK as well and it was a wonderful resource for my out of state relatives. Please consider signing up.

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I was formerly a RAOGK volunteer and will be again. But is it me or is this a difficult site to use? I have asked three ways for Illinois volunteers and have gotten three different responses?

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I only tried using someone from this site once. I was disappointed that the researcher in the area I was interested in listed only one RAOGK–looking up something in a directory. For the trip to the local courthouse to get a specific file (not really research) she charged me mileage, her time there, postage, copying, and mailing. So essentially, she was using the site to get people to pay her for other genealogy services.

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    This is the way Random acts works. It is not a free service except for the time it takes the volunteer. Some volunteers can afford to do more than volunteer their time, others can not. The services you recieved would cost much more if you did them yourself once you figure in meals, lodging and transportation. If you were charged for her time report her that is what the volunteers are supposed to offer.

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I’m so glad they are back on line! They provided me with a lot of information and I’m truly thankful!

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I used Ragok a number of years ago . The woman who did a research for me in Licking co.,Ohio was great. I would have never known that my grandmother had 4 sisters if it had not been for this lady.

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I would LOVE to get signed back up on their site, but it’s requiring me to install “Really Simple Captcha” plug-in…I’ve NEVER seen this, anyone know (in this day and age, especially) if this is safe? I can’t even send them an email without this plugin.

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This is good news. RAGK has been maintained as a FB group. It is a closed group, but has over 17,000 members in the US group alone. A person has to ask to join. The web page is at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkUSA/

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I would love to be back on this website! I was able to help so many people.

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HI my name is Kimi Willis Beeman. I have a question, is there a facebook page to like?
I can help in some areas for Arkansas. I have Boone, Carrol, some of Newton and all of Searcy Co. Marriage and Census from the early 1800’s.

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My name is Patricia. I am continuing the work and research my mother and aunt performed for decades on the Fortenberry lineage. I have added information that I have uncovered or articles I had in my possession. Now I am trying to document information to be accepted in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The last piece of information I need is to document the father- son relationship between John Gazie Fortenberry 1840-1910 and Reverend William Magee Fortenberry 1799-1868. Mississippi did not begin recording death certificates until 1912.
I need help in locating a documents of birth, baptism, death record which demonstrates this relationship.
Thank you for your consideration in assisting me in locating these records.

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